A Change Of Teacher

Students often get attached to their teachers and become vexed when there's a change of teacher - even when the replacement teacher only fills in for a few weeks.

Now, all teachers are different. That almost goes without saying...almost. But I mention it because it's the biggest reason students become unsettled over a change of teacher ("This teacher is different to the one I'm used to - I can't cope!!"). And while humans are, as a general rule, creatures of habit who don't necessarily like change, the fact is that life is full of change - and we can either rile against life's changes or flow with them.

So I encourage you to embrace a change of teacher. There's nothing you can do about it, after all. Sure, you could waste time and energy being annoyed about it. You could. But, instead, why not welcome the change of teacher as a new adventure? 

Learning to cope with change in a low-stakes situation like a change of teacher in Pilates class, can actually help you cope with the changes of life. When I see Pilates students freak out over a change of teacher, I always wonder, "How in the world are these people coping with the important changes of life, when they can barely hold it together in the face of a relatively unimportant change like a change of teacher?"

I don't know the answer to that, but I do that, from birth to death, our lives are full to the brim with change, and we can either accept that, or use up a lot of energy resisting it.

If you're the kind of person who tends to have difficulty accepting change, you can start to embrace change in small ways, so as to not be so knocked around by the bigger changes of life. One way you can do that is to let go of resistance when you experience a change of teacher at your regular Pilates class.

So next time you experience a change of teacher, rather than pushing against the change, get excited about it! See it as a new adventure - a chance to learn something entirely new, and a chance to learn old things in a new way. When you next experience a change of teacher and feel yourself clenching up with resistance, consciously relax that resistance, and replace it with a feeling of openness to the new adventure ahead.

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Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance

It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.

Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.

Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.

Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.

Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.

If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.

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