Black History Month 2023: Friction as a Catalyst

Black History Month 2023: Friction as a Catalyst


Our first week of The Movement of Resistance took us through a bit of thinking on the concept and the NEED for resistance in life and movement. We further this concept in week 2 with “Friction as a Catalyst”, but first we take a look at how Black History Month has evolved. (3 videos below)


This week we focus on connection in the whole shape and the definition of resistance meaning, “looking for opposition.” Pilates exercise is always discussing the oppositional points in the body and we will explore a very simple exercise called leg slides and how it impacts the body as a whole. We will also add a roller to this movement pattern and exploration to further the need for Friction as a Catalyst.

We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback, so feel free to find us in our bios below and stay in touch.



MISTY LYNNE CAUTHEN: I am the owner of Dragonfly Pilates Studios, a Professional Coach and public speaker. I was born to slay dragons, which is a complicated destiny due to the actual lack of dragons. For the past 20 years I’ve directed my energies toward educating people of all ages and stages about the power of movement to strengthen, balance, and heal their bodies. As a Balanced Body Master Instructor since 2008, I’ve trained the next generation of teachers to share the gifts of Pilates, Bodhi Suspension System, and Balanced Body Barre to their students so they can thrive in their best bodies; and as a business coach, I’ve helped movement studio owners slay the dragons that inhibit their success. My goal as a teacher is to always lead my students and clients to the joy of movement through grace, humor, and hard work. And I love telling people what to do, so that’s a bonus. NICKY TAYLOR STEWARD: My objective as a teacher is to empower clients and teachers to know and be better in their own bodies, thus making the work an integral part of their life-style. I love teaching and being a part of the process that enables someone to take ownership for changing, being better and bettering themselves. This is accomplished in client sessions and through workshops and mentoring for teachers, both new and experienced. I have been a professional functional movement teacher for 26 years and teacher trainer for 18 years. Combined with my professional dance training and career, movement and teaching movement has been a part of my life for 32 years. My movement training includes Stott Pilates, McEntire Pilates, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. In the spring of 2020, I began a new journey with James D’Silva and Garuda.



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