"You're looking for a new place now?" a concerned comrade asked.
"It takes time." I responded, dispirited. "There are some factors to consider about my progress thus far and which next steps must be taken first."
The dishes are fantastic, as takeout via UberEats has often been. The format may as well be more preferable to the dine-in portions, dare I say.
The availability of strawberry jam incited a layered creation - an entry point to the realm of lavish-looking cakes and a task to acquire familiarization.
- Whipped Cream
- Strawberry Mousse
- Strawberry Jelly
- Chantilly Cream
Joining me this time around was, again, another duo of beginners. While I had seen one of them in an earlier class slot in the weeks prior, the other was noted as a first-time partaker in a group session, having completed only the introductory private session before. Verbal instructions were more thorough than past classes, with a heavy emphasis on alignment, form, and pilates fundamentals. Even at a beginner level though, pilates is really never easy if the correct muscles are being engaged.
In a side-lying position, a foam block was slipped underneath the head for support. Detaching to the obliques from the Carriage, we proceeded with several thigh and hip exercises with the top foot placed through the hands traps. Frequent form reminders were extended to assist the two beginners, which also served to instill awareness in my own body alignment. A lifted chin and stacked hips were required to ensure isolation of the correct muscle(s) and prevent lower back injury.
Oblique and lat stretches in mermaid position and a final standing rolldown concluded the class.