Dear Movement Source Community,
Movement Source Pilates Studio became a business in 2016.
This is the same year that the Black Lives Matter movement created policy demands and went global in response to the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Leaving a “Blue Lives/All Lives Matter” studio to build my own space was something I found necessary, but it was also a result of my immense privilege. While reflecting and deeply reassessing these past few weeks, I arrived at a thought that I’ve never firmly faced before:
With the murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in July 2016, my biggest personal worry was the risk of leaving a job and starting over. THAT is privilege.
I had an uncomfortable meeting with my boss at the time on a Monday and by Friday I had Movement Source Pilates Studio.
Since opening I have hoped that the studio was a welcoming space for all people (all races, body types, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities) to safely move and grow in. I had convinced myself that having a good heart, accepting all people as they are, and WANTING to share movement with everyone was enough. I am recognizing now that it is not.
I am taking accountability for my privilege and for the message remaining underlying for so long - Black Lives Matter.
Movement Source is an Anti-Racist organization and fiercely stands with the Black community against racism and inequality of any kind. Movement and Pilates is for every single body, and I am committed to using this platform to stand for social justice and equality.
Owner, Movement Source Pilates Studio