Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Educat...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Power of Education

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the true goal of education. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King. I often ask myself two questions: One, As a Pilates and movement teacher, how can I be of service? And two, How can I create freedom? These are the two principles of Dr. King that resonate with me the most. As Pilates or movement educators it is our duty or service to teach clients, students, and each other to ultimately be creative thinkers. As the Pilates and movement modalities evolve, it is critical to have creative thinkers look at exercises and programming differently, make us all look at movement in a way we haven’t thought of before, or to even spark the next wave of movement. With this, there needs to be freedom.

Freedom to feel each of us has something to contribute to the health and wellness industry. It is not about owning a certain genre of health and wellness but creating space for people to flourish and be seen. Pilates and movement are not only about physical freedom but educational freedom. Once we let go and allow each other to be a part of this thing we call health and wellness, then there are no limits to what we can accomplish. Then truly we can become intelligent educators with character.

None of this education is ours to keep but to share with people for the betterment of our lives.


Jason has been in the health and fitness industry since 2002. As a former college track athlete, his focus is integrating mind body techniques using fitness, pilates, barre, reiki and meditation. He has created programs for pilates barre teacher training, written articles for mindbodygreen, Pilates style magazine, prevention health and more. Jason has written four kids health and wellness books, "The Adventures of Frankie Fitness". He currently teaches and trains in Baltimore, Md and Miami, Fl., and on Pilates Anytime and with Balanced Body Education®.



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