Perfect balance of Body and Mind, is that quality in civilized man, which not only gives him superiority over the savage and animal kingdom, but furnishes him with all the physical and mental powers that are indispensable for attaining the goal of Mankind - HEALTH and HAPPINESS.
— JOSEPH H. PILATES 1934
Animo (the Spanish word for support, encouragement, enthusiasm) refers to the spirit that drives a persons actions, or for our purposes, the consciousness behind the exercises. At Ánimo Pilates, we keep in mind the enthusiasm, encouragement, hope and intention, that made working with Joseph H. Pilates a motivational experience. Romana Krysanowska is one of the original teachers who was given the mandate by Mr. Pilates to create a curriculum that would train people to become Pilates Instructors. Romana based it on the hand written notes given to her by Mr. Pilates and the memories she experienced of what it felt and looked like to be in the room while Mr. & Mrs. Pilates taught their method in the late 1920's. When Romana taught, she would reassure us with the instruction to just "put some guts", into it. Some exercises were hard but with these words, and other inspiring phrases, our strength, flexibility and control increased, along with our health. As Mr. Pilates said many years ago, the "method develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit." We, at Animo Pilates, hope to pass on this "workout" experience that will ultimately deliver health and happiness.
The Spirit of the Method
Doing a Pilates workout can be exhilarating or boring. Understanding the reason why Pilates movements are so important is what makes the difference between Romana's Pilates (Classically trained instructors) and teachers of other schools of Pilates.
Instructors at Animo Pilates teach the method invented by Joseph Pilates by focusing on the needs of the individual. Mr. Pilates, in his day and age, used a scientific method to understand how the body uses its muscles and how leverage is necessary to be able to move. In todays age, we use His experience and the developments in Science that prove what Mr. Pilates knew from acute observation and study. That the body and mind can be taught to understand what it means to be strong, flexible and in control while moving in a very simple and systematic way. This is what Romana's Pilates Instructors are taught to recognize in themselves through consistent practice, teaching, observation and writing. In this way, we pass on to you what we know in our bodies.
Animo Pilates is located in central Austin between Interstate 35 and Loop 1 (Mopac Fwy). The studio offers customized Pilates lessons in an intimate setting. It is fully equipped with Gratz apparatus as designed by Joseph Pilates. Lessons utilize all the apparatus in the studio needed to address the needs of your body and your skill level, thereby developing the body uniformly.