So what does Pentecost have to do with Pilates? Well, probably not much, but bear with me on this….
Pentecost Sunday (May 23rd) commemorates the decent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other followers of Christ. Acts 2 tells us, “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.” We see that the Holy Spirit came in a violent wind or breath and enabled the followers. What happened next? “42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Enabled by the Holy Spirit, the followers begin to move in The Faith, as they did so, the strength of The Faith began to grow. The power of the Holy Spirit, the Breath of God, not only enabled Jesus to carry out God’s purpose for Him on earth, but it did the same for Christ’s followers. The Spiritual Core of their faith was activated at Pentecost so that they could move with energy as they carried out the purpose God had set before them. We, too, have this Holy Spirit breath to activate our faith and move us with precision and purpose on our path for the Lord.
Ok, you say…and what does this have to do with Pilates again? Just as the Holy Spirit brings about action in our spiritual lives, so does the physical breath activate us to move through Pilates practice with precision. It is the breath that engages the core, focuses us on proper form as we flow through each movement with control.
Please join us for the next SIX WEEKS at COREpilates on Thursdays at SUMC 6:45-7:30pm and learn more about how God’s Holy Spirit Breath can strengthen our faith and how our physical breath helps strengthen our core. For details see the “Events” Tab or contact Jeanette Yates at firstname.lastname@example.org.