snapshots of an idle mind

July 10, 2006

you’re welcome

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassinak @ 8:58 pm

i feel very cocky saying this but i’m sure i’m right that at least some of you are going to say thanks… and i’m a ho for the comments so.

here are some rejected pilates pics from the photo shoot for my website…


period. most of these are rejects for bad form as much as anything, not to mention you aren’t a pilates instructor.

no i mean it. don’t do it.




be sure to thank hubris for being the photographer and othercat for the camera!



  1. I promise not to use those picture for anything except pilates form. I won’t stare at them later after the lad goes to sleep. I will not do anything that is prohibited in the bible. I promise. LOL. Girl, you have got it going on…and if I didn’t think so…I just would not say anything. Wow is the word that came to mind….then thanks.

    Comment by Casually Me — July 10, 2006 @ 9:22 pm | Reply

  2. Why the hell am I turned on????

    Damn you, Sassinak. ;-)

    Comment by Will — July 10, 2006 @ 10:09 pm | Reply

  3. hmmmmmmm

    *steps away from her pilates matt*

    FINE!!! jesus. *mopes off*

    Comment by da buttah — July 10, 2006 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

  4. uhhh. right. click. save.

    Wow. you can definitely be a whore for the comments, only you leave me utterly speechless.

    Good job Hubris, Othercat, and Sass.. that last picture is poetry for the eyes.

    Comment by Everything Nice — July 10, 2006 @ 11:39 pm | Reply

  5. Damn woman, you are some kind of limber!

    Great pics sweetie. I could do a whole porfolio on bad form. Hey, we could do something with that… Maybe a “How not to do pilates”???

    Seriously… great pics :)

    Comment by RobynB — July 10, 2006 @ 11:50 pm | Reply

  6. cas: thanks man, i appreciate that… really.

    what you do with your bible is between you and your bible… i mean it’s a bit weird and all but i guess you know… if bibles do it for ya.

    also? *blush* thanks!

    will: um?

    is there any way under the sun i can answer that question?

    (thanks btw)

    elle: damm all that lawyer school paid off *grin*

    it’s fun the stuff i was doing but ultimately not the point. it’s easier in a lot of ways than the fundamentals.

    also? *snerk*

    bubbles: *blush*

    wait i made you speechless? that’s like impossible though??

    i love that last pic, it’s totally unsuitable but nonetheless one of my favourites :)

    robyn: i’m actually so flexible that it’s almost dangerous. a lot of the challenge for me is to move well but in control. to actually shorten things.

    we took like 250 pics… it was easy to cull for ones i liked :)

    thanks! was so much fun and i’ve learned a ton about what i need to work on.

    Comment by sassinak — July 11, 2006 @ 12:37 am | Reply

  7. okay i think i know what is going to happen here in teh comments section for a while so instead of mentioning anything about your photos in this here fine post i think i will direct your readers attention to this instead

    keep it up and you might get a link for the Uber Cribbage Clan. you have been WARNED.

    Comment by factory_peasant — July 11, 2006 @ 1:11 am | Reply

  8. wow … you’re bendy ;)

    thanks othercat and hubris! :)

    Comment by DZER — July 11, 2006 @ 1:26 am | Reply

  9. Well…it was a rhetorical question, so no. No way for you to answer it. You’ll be relieved to know I’m over it now :-)

    (you’re welcome, BTW)

    Comment by Will — July 11, 2006 @ 2:34 am | Reply

  10. Dang it………I wish you were able to train me

    Comment by Kristen — July 11, 2006 @ 6:56 am | Reply

  11. peasant: do you think anyone ever really orders one of those? cause that is some seriously funny shit. and i can see some of the people i know ordering that just to see if it shows up.

    i can see cribbage being nice and distracting, what’s a girl have to do to get one of those?

    dzer: yes, yes i am.

    will: oh good, i’m glad to hear that i wasn’t required to come up with an impossible answer before breakfast.


    kj: i wish i could run a class for bloggers. too bad y’all are nowhere near here… :(

    Comment by sassinak — July 11, 2006 @ 8:36 am | Reply

  12. Holy mother of GOD!!!!

    *major picture snoopydance*

    You look awesome. Awesome I tell you :)


    I want to be like sass :)


    Comment by Natalia — July 11, 2006 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  13. “Don’t try this at home”
    Are you shitting me? I’m so inflexible I reckon i’d pull a muscle doing the third last one!!!

    Comment by debambam — July 11, 2006 @ 11:54 am | Reply

  14. Between admiring the pictures, and criticizing the form, I’d say you’re working yerself into a slightly neurotic state. For once, could you just think happy thoughts that you aren’t the inflexible couch-ridden mess you were a few years ago?

    As always, every artist is their own worst critic, so I will join the chorus of people who think you look fabulous, and you ought to quit knocking yerself. You have gotten to know the “Art” of Pilates quite well, and you should be proud of your success.

    You’re not just hot, you’re incendiary!

    Comment by othercat — July 11, 2006 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  15. Awesome pictures!! You are amazing.

    Comment by Leigh — July 11, 2006 @ 12:31 pm | Reply

  16. nat: yeah that was a LOT of pics for me… like two months worth. i might post a couple more when i’m in the mood but these are my faves of the ones i’m for sure not using.


    yay be like sass *g*

    deb: you mean the one where you lie on the ground, look up, and smile? cause if that’s how you pull muscles i’m afraid for how inflexible you are!

    Comment by sassinak — July 11, 2006 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  17. othercat: slightly neurotic? that’s like LESS neurotic than usual! i mean that’s almost positively healthy or something *g*

    oh man was i ever a mess, you know what’s funny? i can hardly remember that now. like really the emotional memory is effectively gone. weird huh?

    thanks dude, it’s hard to realise the trip is effectively done… it was such a long road that i can’t imagine it ending.

    yay me! ;>

    leigh: THANKS!

    Comment by sassinak — July 11, 2006 @ 2:15 pm | Reply

  18. See, still speechless….

    Hey, are you saying I talk to much? *g*

    Oh wait, factory peasant said cribbage…..

    I heart you.

    Comment by Everything Nice — July 11, 2006 @ 4:56 pm | Reply

  19. bubbles: you know i’m actually imagining you sorta staring at the monitor and not talking. but somehow your fingers still work!

    i would never say you talk too much… i haven’t seen you in person yet *eg*

    i heart cribbage
    and you!

    Comment by sassinak — July 11, 2006 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  20. Brb, I’ma go get a soda and some chips. Gonna be here a while. :)

    Awesome photos, gotta LOVE the one (13th) with that smile.

    Comment by Matt Vella — July 11, 2006 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  21. matt: *snicker*

    uh you get that i made a back picture right?



    Comment by sassinak — July 11, 2006 @ 6:09 pm | Reply

  22. Lol @ dzer calling you bendy…funny. Look at you teasing all the men on here, girl…lot’s of guys gonna be thinking about you tonight. :)
    # 11 is my favorite.

    Comment by kathi — July 11, 2006 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  23. Sass, yeah thats the pic I was referring to, I was over exaggerating just a tad…but I do have trouble touching my toes.. :) I know, very sad, and yoga or something like that is one of those things that I really want to do but never get around to……

    Comment by debambam — July 11, 2006 @ 11:53 pm | Reply

  24. oohhhhh check out the angles of that hot bod!


    #2 is cool!

    Comment by HuneeB — July 12, 2006 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  25. Okay I read the other comments now…

    Dzer I like the word bendy, it’s fun!

    And Sass I completely agree with Othercat’s comment, he hit the nail on the head!

    Okay you are hot and bendy!


    Comment by HuneeB — July 12, 2006 @ 12:29 am | Reply

  26. kathi: yeah that cracked me up also. i wasn’t doing this to be a tease, i just know matt and bubbles and nat and a couple of others love the pics. but i don’t mind if they make people think they’re beautiful. i hope they are :)

    mine is the last one.

    deb: it’s all right, i know people that are as flexible as you are and i feel bad for all of them!

    maybe you want to do tai chi instead?

    hunee: yeah i love how right angled it is, it’s cool huh?

    i love the word bendy.

    freaking othercat, knows me too well! :)

    Comment by sassinak — July 12, 2006 @ 12:33 am | Reply

  27. Beautiful Sass. :)

    Comment by pure novelty — July 12, 2006 @ 1:10 am | Reply

  28. *waves at T*

    Comment by HuneeB — July 12, 2006 @ 1:18 am | Reply

  29. T: ah ha… i didn’t know that was you.


    hunee: thanks for outing T *g*

    Comment by sassinak — July 12, 2006 @ 6:14 am | Reply

  30. Your body has completely transformed itself dude! Looking grrrrrrrrreat!!


    Comment by Anonymous — July 12, 2006 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  31. Ok, ok!

    Comment by Matt Vella — July 12, 2006 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  32. tasha: thanks man, i’m pretty happy with it myself!

    matt: :P


    Comment by sassinak — July 12, 2006 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  33. Don’t do it?
    Too late.

    I’ve never been sure if Pilates borrowed from Martha Graham or did Graham borrow from Pilates?

    I must say I did have fun ‘correcting’ your form in a couple…it’s the teacher in me.

    You have a lovely strong body and an inner light that just radiates from with in you.

    Comment by Madame X — July 12, 2006 @ 6:54 pm | Reply

  34. madame: but you’re smart enough to know what you can and can’t do and how to do them safely. i’ve seen your forward bend *g*

    they borrowed from each other because they shared so many students. i’ve heard they didn’t like each other much…

    yeah my sacrum is about three inches too high in swan for example :) i’m curious what pointers you see… i love other people’s eye.

    thank you! thank you muchly!

    Comment by sassinak — July 12, 2006 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  35. Whenever I see pics of you I think you look somewhat like Carrie Anne Moss. I don’t know if it means much to you or not. I get told I look like just about everyone not famous. I aspire to be in way better shape so all in all I can say I aspire to be like you. If that’s ok?

    Comment by Amber — July 12, 2006 @ 7:02 pm | Reply

  36. Well from a Graham perspective?
    Your fourth position on the floor ( I am not sure what you call it in Pilates) Your knee is too far forward and you are ‘sitting’ in your hips.

    I need to really get back into my Pilates classes and dance classes!

    Comment by Madame X — July 12, 2006 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  37. amber: i’ve heard that before in fact. she’s the supermodel thin version of me *grin* … i think it’s the line of the lips or something.

    um. you aspire to be like me? pardon me while i faint. damm girl. if that works for you then more power to you!

    madame: do you mean downward dog? i don’t have a very good one. i do tend to sit in my hips, i’m still pretty weak from the pelvic floor/obdurator perspective so it’s hard for me still to get up and out of my hips… and that was ten minutes in without warmup *grin*

    i don’t get the knee thing though… (all the pics are names what they are btw)

    i need to get into dance classes but i teach during all the good ones.

    Comment by sassinak — July 12, 2006 @ 8:50 pm | Reply

  38. Damn woman. Some of these look like album covers or print ads. And some of them have the rare quality of capturing something essentially ‘you’. Hold onto these.

    Props go out to Hubris for his mad Leibovitzian skillz. Sometimes the best photographer is the one who actually sees you.

    Comment by Princess Valium — July 12, 2006 @ 9:49 pm | Reply

  39. pv: yeah i’m really delighted. there’s actually one that’s for sure for the website where i look so beautiful i’m not sure i believe that it’s me. hubris did a lovely job.

    next time you’re over i’ll put on the slideshow and you can see the out takes and the really good ones.

    i knew that he would, he has a good eye and he thinks that i’m beautiful. seems like a fantastic combination. i hope he’s reading all his compliments…

    Comment by sassinak — July 13, 2006 @ 2:07 am | Reply

  40. The one with the mermaidshrug…That’s also 4th on the floor in Graham technique.
    I made the correction from a dancer’s point of view.

    I always have problems with my lower back I tend to ‘sway’ it out.
    Know what I mean, jellybean?

    Comment by Madame X — July 13, 2006 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  41. madame: cool i didn’t know that. it’s called mermaid but it’s really prep for mermaid. it’s kind of mermaid on the reformer turned into a stretch to do at home. okay point. (it’s called shrug cause i have another pic of mermaid in another outfit)

    okay so in pilates i’ve got my right knee way too far out to the side, it should be coming out of my hip straight at the camera.

    my left knee is therefore slightly forward of where it should be. my chin is pressed forward and cocked a bit upward… and i suspect i’m not chopped into my bottom arm because my upper right ribs are flat instead of making a smooth arc.


    (and? i’m sitting in my hips *g*)
    how does that relate to graham thought?

    damm this convo is fun.

    yeah you’re a dancer with a dancer’s back. i can help you with that with a quick couple of things if you want?

    Comment by sassinak — July 13, 2006 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  42. Wha?
    Are these Cougaring outfits?
    I’m confused.

    You look as lovely as ever Sass, and your expression in the photo called ‘resting1’ is SO you. Good job, Hubris.

    All I can really say for sure is that you will have an AMAZING time at Hillside this year!

    Stay limber!

    Comment by Johnny Canuck — July 13, 2006 @ 11:36 pm | Reply

  43. johnny: hee!

    nope, these are what i wear to work most days. nice huh? i quite like my uniform it’s just that one does get tired of tights…

    it’s funny i do love that one, i can read my face and i’m thinking like ten things at once…. and yeah hubris did an excellent job.

    oh dude so will you! i’m so stoked!!!

    can’t help the limber… trying to stay unbroken for a while… :)

    Comment by sassinak — July 14, 2006 @ 7:29 am | Reply

  44. Ok, after much patience on your part – 50% of what IOU. :)

    I hope you like as much as I like the smiley shot of you.

    Comment by Matt Vella — July 14, 2006 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  45. matt: finally *grin*

    dude you have a lovely back :)

    Comment by sassinak — July 14, 2006 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

  46. Sass Q for you…in pic #4 from the top are your heals supposed to be touching the ground?

    Thanks :)

    Comment by HuneeB — July 18, 2006 @ 10:03 pm | Reply

  47. uh
    no and yes
    in other words that’s what you do as you settle in and then you slowly reach your heels down toward the floor

    BUT it is not acceptable to overstrain or round your back to do it. most people never get their heels down.

    alternate version involves heels down and knees bent but i don’t like it as much though i do keep the knees soft.

    Comment by sassinak — July 18, 2006 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  48. hmm so is it bad that when I do it my knees are locked, heals on the ground and I don’t think my back is rounded at all…although my feet and hands are much closer to each other; foot to foot and hand to hand not feet to hands…

    Did that make any sense at all? Geez I am retarded tonight.

    I mean to say my feet are usually much closer to one another like almost touching and my hands are in line with my shoulders, knees are solid, heals on the ground and back not rounded. It feels like a good stretch in my calfs and a little in the back of my thighs but more in the calf. Is this bad for me?

    Comment by HuneeB — July 19, 2006 @ 12:39 am | Reply

  49. hunee you should never have your knees locked. instead of thinking about straightening your knees think of reaching your heels down and your sitting bones up.

    this has the effect of lengthening your knees but is less likely to lock them. if your back is pretty flat save for natural spinal curves you’re okay with heels down but not with knees locked.

    pilates and yoga differ a lot on what correct stance is and remember i’m really tall and have broad shoulders so my hands are likely to be further apart than yours if for no other reason than that.

    it isn’t bad but soften the knees and reach the sitting bones up to get into your hamstrings more.

    that said? down dog is a spine stretch not a hamstring stretch

    that said? remember half these pics are rejected for form

    that said? ask othercat, he does a lot more yoga than i do :)

    Comment by sassinak — July 19, 2006 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  50. Noted; thanks Dude! :)

    Comment by HuneeB — July 19, 2006 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  51. welcome babe!

    Comment by sassinak — July 19, 2006 @ 6:35 pm | Reply

  52. Excellent, love it!

    Comment by Anonymous — August 7, 2006 @ 10:06 pm | Reply

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