In the world of Pilates I am a cat,
a clam, a dog, an archer, a swimmer,
a flyer, a cockle, a warrior, a windmill…
but I am always myself.
I am propelled and uplifted by a balloon above my head,
While I breathe, my ribs become a bell.
I gaze into the distance and concentrate on balance and posture –
The result is a feeling of well-being and satisfaction,
even though my joints complain, telling me…
I am myself.
– Marilyn Phipps