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Location: toronto, ontario, Canada

Monday, July 10, 2006

you're welcome

i feel very cocky saying this but i'm sure i'm right that at least some of you are going to say thanks... and i'm a ho for the comments so.

here are some rejected pilates pics from the photo shoot for my website...


period. most of these are rejects for bad form as much as anything, not to mention you aren't a pilates instructor.

no i mean it. don't do it.




be sure to thank hubris for being the photographer and othercat for the camera!


Blogger Casually Me said...

I promise not to use those picture for anything except pilates form. I won't stare at them later after the lad goes to sleep. I will not do anything that is prohibited in the bible. I promise. LOL. Girl, you have got it going on...and if I didn't think so...I just would not say anything. Wow is the word that came to mind....then thanks.

7/10/2006 09:22:00 PM  
Blogger Will said...

Why the hell am I turned on????

Damn you, Sassinak. ;-)

7/10/2006 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger da buttah said...


*steps away from her pilates matt*

FINE!!! jesus. *mopes off*

7/10/2006 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

uhhh. right. click. save.

Wow. you can definitely be a whore for the comments, only you leave me utterly speechless.

Good job Hubris, Othercat, and Sass.. that last picture is poetry for the eyes.

7/10/2006 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger RobynB said...

Damn woman, you are some kind of limber!

Great pics sweetie. I could do a whole porfolio on bad form. Hey, we could do something with that... Maybe a "How not to do pilates"???

Seriously... great pics :)

7/10/2006 11:50:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

cas: thanks man, i appreciate that... really.

what you do with your bible is between you and your bible... i mean it's a bit weird and all but i guess you know... if bibles do it for ya.

also? *blush* thanks!

will: um?

is there any way under the sun i can answer that question?

(thanks btw)

elle: damm all that lawyer school paid off *grin*

it's fun the stuff i was doing but ultimately not the point. it's easier in a lot of ways than the fundamentals.

also? *snerk*

bubbles: *blush*

wait i made you speechless? that's like impossible though??

i love that last pic, it's totally unsuitable but nonetheless one of my favourites :)

robyn: i'm actually so flexible that it's almost dangerous. a lot of the challenge for me is to move well but in control. to actually shorten things.

we took like 250 pics... it was easy to cull for ones i liked :)

thanks! was so much fun and i've learned a ton about what i need to work on.

7/11/2006 12:37:00 AM  
Blogger factory_peasant said...

okay i think i know what is going to happen here in teh comments section for a while so instead of mentioning anything about your photos in this here fine post i think i will direct your readers attention to this instead


keep it up and you might get a link for the Uber Cribbage Clan. you have been WARNED.

7/11/2006 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger DZER said...

wow ... you're bendy ;)

thanks othercat and hubris! :)

7/11/2006 01:26:00 AM  
Blogger Will said...

Well...it was a rhetorical question, so no. No way for you to answer it. You'll be relieved to know I'm over it now :-)

(you're welcome, BTW)

7/11/2006 02:34:00 AM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Dang it.........I wish you were able to train me

7/11/2006 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

peasant: do you think anyone ever really orders one of those? cause that is some seriously funny shit. and i can see some of the people i know ordering that just to see if it shows up.

i can see cribbage being nice and distracting, what's a girl have to do to get one of those?

dzer: yes, yes i am.

will: oh good, i'm glad to hear that i wasn't required to come up with an impossible answer before breakfast.


kj: i wish i could run a class for bloggers. too bad y'all are nowhere near here... :(

7/11/2006 08:36:00 AM  
Blogger Natalia said...

Holy mother of GOD!!!!

*major picture snoopydance*

You look awesome. Awesome I tell you :)


I want to be like sass :)


7/11/2006 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger debambam said...

"Don't try this at home"
Are you shitting me? I'm so inflexible I reckon i'd pull a muscle doing the third last one!!!

7/11/2006 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger othercat said...

Between admiring the pictures, and criticizing the form, I'd say you're working yerself into a slightly neurotic state. For once, could you just think happy thoughts that you aren't the inflexible couch-ridden mess you were a few years ago?

As always, every artist is their own worst critic, so I will join the chorus of people who think you look fabulous, and you ought to quit knocking yerself. You have gotten to know the "Art" of Pilates quite well, and you should be proud of your success.

You're not just hot, you're incendiary!

7/11/2006 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Leigh said...

Awesome pictures!! You are amazing.

7/11/2006 12:31:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

nat: yeah that was a LOT of pics for me... like two months worth. i might post a couple more when i'm in the mood but these are my faves of the ones i'm for sure not using.


yay be like sass *g*

deb: you mean the one where you lie on the ground, look up, and smile? cause if that's how you pull muscles i'm afraid for how inflexible you are!

7/11/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

othercat: slightly neurotic? that's like LESS neurotic than usual! i mean that's almost positively healthy or something *g*

oh man was i ever a mess, you know what's funny? i can hardly remember that now. like really the emotional memory is effectively gone. weird huh?

thanks dude, it's hard to realise the trip is effectively done... it was such a long road that i can't imagine it ending.

yay me! ;>

leigh: THANKS!

7/11/2006 02:15:00 PM  
Blogger Everything Nice said...

See, still speechless....

Hey, are you saying I talk to much? *g*

Oh wait, factory peasant said cribbage.....

I heart you.

7/11/2006 04:56:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

bubbles: you know i'm actually imagining you sorta staring at the monitor and not talking. but somehow your fingers still work!

i would never say you talk too much... i haven't seen you in person yet *eg*

i heart cribbage
and you!

7/11/2006 05:40:00 PM  
Blogger Matt Vella said...

Brb, I'ma go get a soda and some chips. Gonna be here a while. :)

Awesome photos, gotta LOVE the one (13th) with that smile.

7/11/2006 06:02:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

matt: *snicker*

uh you get that i made a back picture right?



7/11/2006 06:09:00 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

Lol @ dzer calling you bendy...funny. Look at you teasing all the men on here, girl...lot's of guys gonna be thinking about you tonight. :)
# 11 is my favorite.

7/11/2006 06:23:00 PM  
Blogger debambam said...

Sass, yeah thats the pic I was referring to, I was over exaggerating just a tad...but I do have trouble touching my toes.. :) I know, very sad, and yoga or something like that is one of those things that I really want to do but never get around to......

7/11/2006 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

oohhhhh check out the angles of that hot bod!


#2 is cool!

7/12/2006 12:24:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Okay I read the other comments now...

Dzer I like the word bendy, it's fun!

And Sass I completely agree with Othercat's comment, he hit the nail on the head!

Okay you are hot and bendy!


7/12/2006 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

kathi: yeah that cracked me up also. i wasn't doing this to be a tease, i just know matt and bubbles and nat and a couple of others love the pics. but i don't mind if they make people think they're beautiful. i hope they are :)

mine is the last one.

deb: it's all right, i know people that are as flexible as you are and i feel bad for all of them!

maybe you want to do tai chi instead?

hunee: yeah i love how right angled it is, it's cool huh?

i love the word bendy.

freaking othercat, knows me too well! :)

7/12/2006 12:33:00 AM  
Blogger all bitched out said...

Beautiful Sass. :)

7/12/2006 01:10:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

*waves at T*

7/12/2006 01:18:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

T: ah ha... i didn't know that was you.


hunee: thanks for outing T *g*

7/12/2006 06:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your body has completely transformed itself dude! Looking grrrrrrrrreat!!


7/12/2006 09:50:00 AM  
Blogger Matt Vella said...

Ok, ok!

7/12/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

tasha: thanks man, i'm pretty happy with it myself!

matt: :P


7/12/2006 02:07:00 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

Don't do it?
Too late.

I've never been sure if Pilates borrowed from Martha Graham or did Graham borrow from Pilates?

I must say I did have fun 'correcting' your form in a couple...it's the teacher in me.

You have a lovely strong body and an inner light that just radiates from with in you.

7/12/2006 06:54:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

madame: but you're smart enough to know what you can and can't do and how to do them safely. i've seen your forward bend *g*

they borrowed from each other because they shared so many students. i've heard they didn't like each other much...

yeah my sacrum is about three inches too high in swan for example :) i'm curious what pointers you see... i love other people's eye.

thank you! thank you muchly!

7/12/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Whenever I see pics of you I think you look somewhat like Carrie Anne Moss. I don't know if it means much to you or not. I get told I look like just about everyone not famous. I aspire to be in way better shape so all in all I can say I aspire to be like you. If that's ok?

7/12/2006 07:02:00 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

Well from a Graham perspective?
Your fourth position on the floor ( I am not sure what you call it in Pilates) Your knee is too far forward and you are 'sitting' in your hips.

I need to really get back into my Pilates classes and dance classes!

7/12/2006 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

amber: i've heard that before in fact. she's the supermodel thin version of me *grin* ... i think it's the line of the lips or something.

um. you aspire to be like me? pardon me while i faint. damm girl. if that works for you then more power to you!

madame: do you mean downward dog? i don't have a very good one. i do tend to sit in my hips, i'm still pretty weak from the pelvic floor/obdurator perspective so it's hard for me still to get up and out of my hips... and that was ten minutes in without warmup *grin*

i don't get the knee thing though... (all the pics are names what they are btw)

i need to get into dance classes but i teach during all the good ones.

7/12/2006 08:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Princess Valium said...

Damn woman. Some of these look like album covers or print ads. And some of them have the rare quality of capturing something essentially 'you'. Hold onto these.

Props go out to Hubris for his mad Leibovitzian skillz. Sometimes the best photographer is the one who actually sees you.

7/12/2006 09:49:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

pv: yeah i'm really delighted. there's actually one that's for sure for the website where i look so beautiful i'm not sure i believe that it's me. hubris did a lovely job.

next time you're over i'll put on the slideshow and you can see the out takes and the really good ones.

i knew that he would, he has a good eye and he thinks that i'm beautiful. seems like a fantastic combination. i hope he's reading all his compliments...

7/13/2006 02:07:00 AM  
Blogger Madame X said...

The one with the mermaidshrug...That's also 4th on the floor in Graham technique.
I made the correction from a dancer's point of view.

I always have problems with my lower back I tend to 'sway' it out.
Know what I mean, jellybean?

7/13/2006 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

madame: cool i didn't know that. it's called mermaid but it's really prep for mermaid. it's kind of mermaid on the reformer turned into a stretch to do at home. okay point. (it's called shrug cause i have another pic of mermaid in another outfit)

okay so in pilates i've got my right knee way too far out to the side, it should be coming out of my hip straight at the camera.

my left knee is therefore slightly forward of where it should be. my chin is pressed forward and cocked a bit upward... and i suspect i'm not chopped into my bottom arm because my upper right ribs are flat instead of making a smooth arc.


(and? i'm sitting in my hips *g*)
how does that relate to graham thought?

damm this convo is fun.

yeah you're a dancer with a dancer's back. i can help you with that with a quick couple of things if you want?

7/13/2006 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger Johnny Canuck said...

Are these Cougaring outfits?
I'm confused.

You look as lovely as ever Sass, and your expression in the photo called 'resting1' is SO you. Good job, Hubris.

All I can really say for sure is that you will have an AMAZING time at Hillside this year!

Stay limber!

7/13/2006 11:36:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

johnny: hee!

nope, these are what i wear to work most days. nice huh? i quite like my uniform it's just that one does get tired of tights...

it's funny i do love that one, i can read my face and i'm thinking like ten things at once.... and yeah hubris did an excellent job.

oh dude so will you! i'm so stoked!!!

can't help the limber... trying to stay unbroken for a while... :)

7/14/2006 07:29:00 AM  
Blogger Matt Vella said...

Ok, after much patience on your part - 50% of what IOU. :)

I hope you like as much as I like the smiley shot of you.

7/14/2006 09:43:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

matt: finally *grin*

dude you have a lovely back :)

7/14/2006 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Sass Q for you...in pic #4 from the top are your heals supposed to be touching the ground?

Thanks :)

7/18/2006 10:03:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

no and yes
in other words that's what you do as you settle in and then you slowly reach your heels down toward the floor

BUT it is not acceptable to overstrain or round your back to do it. most people never get their heels down.

alternate version involves heels down and knees bent but i don't like it as much though i do keep the knees soft.

7/18/2006 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

hmm so is it bad that when I do it my knees are locked, heals on the ground and I don't think my back is rounded at all...although my feet and hands are much closer to each other; foot to foot and hand to hand not feet to hands...

Did that make any sense at all? Geez I am retarded tonight.

I mean to say my feet are usually much closer to one another like almost touching and my hands are in line with my shoulders, knees are solid, heals on the ground and back not rounded. It feels like a good stretch in my calfs and a little in the back of my thighs but more in the calf. Is this bad for me?

7/19/2006 12:39:00 AM  
Blogger sassinak said...

hunee you should never have your knees locked. instead of thinking about straightening your knees think of reaching your heels down and your sitting bones up.

this has the effect of lengthening your knees but is less likely to lock them. if your back is pretty flat save for natural spinal curves you're okay with heels down but not with knees locked.

pilates and yoga differ a lot on what correct stance is and remember i'm really tall and have broad shoulders so my hands are likely to be further apart than yours if for no other reason than that.

it isn't bad but soften the knees and reach the sitting bones up to get into your hamstrings more.

that said? down dog is a spine stretch not a hamstring stretch

that said? remember half these pics are rejected for form

that said? ask othercat, he does a lot more yoga than i do :)

7/19/2006 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger HuneeB said...

Noted; thanks Dude! :)

7/19/2006 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger sassinak said...

welcome babe!

7/19/2006 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent, love it!

8/07/2006 10:06:00 PM  

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