yesterday at baptism class, i nearly debated till the ends of the world. not with the person up front but with an individual off the side during break time. over nothing but pilates.
i was told earlier yesterday that Christians should not exercise in accordance to the pilates method and i questioned deep and hard. the first thought that came to my mind was, "what the fuck are these peeps talking about? do they even know what they are talking about?" pilates, to me, does not have any fundamental spiritual aspect to it. it's an exercise regime meant for strengthening the core muscles of your body and promoting flexibility along with it. unlike yoga, which many could potentially argue with greater success, the roots of pilates is NOT spiritual.
so why is it that pilates could potentially be spiritual? if you go to a new age facility for your pilates session, you will more likely than not be faced with a spiritual aspect, along with the regime. not because pilates' root is in spiritualism but because of the instructor's root in that aspect! if you had gone to a gym for a session, you would realise that they focus on the physical aspect. in fact, pilates only has one aspect - the PHYSICAL aspect. its fundamental purpose was to be an EXERCISE regime and NOTHING else. like so many other things on Earth, humans are the buggers who give interpretations, along with manifestations, to ideas that had sprung out innocently to benefit the society.
likewise, some might argue that this is my interpretation. if that's the case, go try it yourself! go to a new age facility for a session then go to the gym for another, before you come and argue with me over the appropriateness of pilates for Christians.
ps. Christians have an Almighty Lord but i feel at times, we are putting ourselves way above the others. where's the humility?
pps. what's wrong with yoga anyway? does it actually dictate you to pray to a particular God? does it actually sway you as a Christian? it may have been formed under Hindu influence but under what aspect of that influence was it formed?
ppps. discernment should be encouraged within Christians on the various regimes out there meant to keep your mind and body healthy, not total discouragement!