• mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardt

 

This week we caught up with acclaimed Pilates teacher and mahabis ambassador Benjamin Degenhardt.

With over 15 years of experience, Benjamin is the creator of an immersive education program called 360° Pilates. Though he live in Brooklyn, he presents his work around the globe, and is rapidly growing a worldwide pilates community across social media. 

But whether he's teaching, travelling or working from home, his mahabis are always close to hand (/feet!). Read on to find out more about Benjamin, and click on this ready-to-go tweet to share the piece. 

 

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardt

 

Before we begin, talk us through what you do in just one sentence?

I am an independent Pilates educator and run training programs for Pilates enthusiasts and professionals around the world.

 

How do you divide your time between teaching Pilates, writing for your website, traveling and relaxing?

More often than not, all these things blend together seamlessly—they are all part of my work, take up even amounts of space in my life, and fortunately they all fulfill me. 

 

How important is downtime to you, and why?

The importance of downtime is fully engrained into the work I teach—philosophically, the original teachings of Joseph Pilates (who came up with the work we now know as "Pilates") were really designed as a method of physical self-maintenance that decidedly doesn't wear you out, but leaves you feeling rejuvenated. So that you have energy left to play and enjoy yourself.

 

How much of your work, do you consider as ‘work’, and are there elements that you find relaxing? 

I live a cliche: "love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life", even if on paper I work pretty much non-stop. My work is incredibly varied and I get to wear many different hats in a day, so it provides a lot of stimulation and doesn't wear me out as fast. Working with my students and actually teaching is the most rewarding, and possibly the most relaxing—like a good conversation can be.

 

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardtphoto: benjamin teaching at the padara beach studio, in summer mahabis

 

You spend a lot of time traveling with your profession, if there was one city you’d never tire of returning to, which would it be - and why? 

I never seem to tire of visiting Southern California, Los Angeles in particular. Born and raised in Germany and having lived on the U.S. East Coast for much of my life, the concept of warm weather year-round is completely foreign to me. Whenever I visit California, I can feel how the climate opens the door for a whole different culture—a different way to interact with the world, the outdoors, and others.

 

If you only had space for three books to take with you on your travels, what would they be?

I must admit that I haven't been much of a reader in recent years (other than literature relevant to my work). Instead, I turn to podcasts, mostly to stimulate my senses differently and getting to listen—rather than observe and speak. My favourite podcast is the TED Radio hour—it's a phenomenal way to learn about the world and to listen to some of the most fascinating people talk about their unique perspectives. That said, I'll probably have a copy of "Return to Life through Contrology", the original Pilates book with me where I go...

 

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardtphotos: instagram // @benjamindegenhardt 

 

When do you choose to wear your mahabis? 

Let's just say very frequently! What I love about mahabis is that they never look out of place in most of my everyday life. Whether I teach, lecture, shoot materials for my online courses, or travel, lounge, work from home... The ability to slip an alternative sole colour into my bag really fit my varied daily activities from work to play. And it doesn't hurt that they are really comfortable and easy to get in and out of!

 

Which colour combinations did you go for, and why? 

I have 3 slippers and 6 soles so there's quite a few possibilities. One of my go-to combinations is the nora navy slipper with the gotland green sole, but recently I've also been wearing the combination of sala stone and ilen ivory quite a bit.

 

mahabis // benjamin degenhardtphoto: benjamin's mahabis of choice // nora navy x gotland green 

 

Describe your ultimate downtime, the best way you’d choose to unwind…

The ultimate downtime for me is active—I can't sit still for long periods of time—but introspective. That could be a moving meditation, taking a long walk in nature, or getting immersed in an honest conversation.

 

If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it?

I would probably alternate between cashing it in as an extra hour of sleep and using it for one of the aforementioned ways to unwind...

 

Thanks Benjamin! To share this post, click on this ready-to-go tweet

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardt

 

This week we caught up with acclaimed Pilates teacher and mahabis ambassador Benjamin Degenhardt.

With over 15 years of experience, Benjamin is the creator of an immersive education program called 360° Pilates. Though he live in Brooklyn, he presents his work around the globe, and is rapidly growing a worldwide pilates community across social media. 

But whether he's teaching, travelling or working from home, his mahabis are always close to hand (/feet!). Read on to find out more about Benjamin, and click on this ready-to-go tweet to share the piece. 

 

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardt

 

Before we begin, talk us through what you do in just one sentence?

I am an independent Pilates educator and run training programs for Pilates enthusiasts and professionals around the world.

 

How do you divide your time between teaching Pilates, writing for your website, traveling and relaxing?

More often than not, all these things blend together seamlessly—they are all part of my work, take up even amounts of space in my life, and fortunately they all fulfill me. 

 

How important is downtime to you, and why?

The importance of downtime is fully engrained into the work I teach—philosophically, the original teachings of Joseph Pilates (who came up with the work we now know as "Pilates") were really designed as a method of physical self-maintenance that decidedly doesn't wear you out, but leaves you feeling rejuvenated. So that you have energy left to play and enjoy yourself.

 

How much of your work, do you consider as ‘work’, and are there elements that you find relaxing? 

I live a cliche: "love what you do and you'll never work a day in your life", even if on paper I work pretty much non-stop. My work is incredibly varied and I get to wear many different hats in a day, so it provides a lot of stimulation and doesn't wear me out as fast. Working with my students and actually teaching is the most rewarding, and possibly the most relaxing—like a good conversation can be.

 

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardtphoto: benjamin teaching at the padara beach studio, in summer mahabis

 

You spend a lot of time traveling with your profession, if there was one city you’d never tire of returning to, which would it be - and why? 

I never seem to tire of visiting Southern California, Los Angeles in particular. Born and raised in Germany and having lived on the U.S. East Coast for much of my life, the concept of warm weather year-round is completely foreign to me. Whenever I visit California, I can feel how the climate opens the door for a whole different culture—a different way to interact with the world, the outdoors, and others.

 

If you only had space for three books to take with you on your travels, what would they be?

I must admit that I haven't been much of a reader in recent years (other than literature relevant to my work). Instead, I turn to podcasts, mostly to stimulate my senses differently and getting to listen—rather than observe and speak. My favourite podcast is the TED Radio hour—it's a phenomenal way to learn about the world and to listen to some of the most fascinating people talk about their unique perspectives. That said, I'll probably have a copy of "Return to Life through Contrology", the original Pilates book with me where I go...

 

mahabis interviews // benjamin degenhardtphotos: instagram // @benjamindegenhardt 

 

When do you choose to wear your mahabis? 

Let's just say very frequently! What I love about mahabis is that they never look out of place in most of my everyday life. Whether I teach, lecture, shoot materials for my online courses, or travel, lounge, work from home... The ability to slip an alternative sole colour into my bag really fit my varied daily activities from work to play. And it doesn't hurt that they are really comfortable and easy to get in and out of!

 

Which colour combinations did you go for, and why? 

I have 3 slippers and 6 soles so there's quite a few possibilities. One of my go-to combinations is the nora navy slipper with the gotland green sole, but recently I've also been wearing the combination of sala stone and ilen ivory quite a bit.

 

mahabis // benjamin degenhardtphoto: benjamin's mahabis of choice // nora navy x gotland green 

 

Describe your ultimate downtime, the best way you’d choose to unwind…

The ultimate downtime for me is active—I can't sit still for long periods of time—but introspective. That could be a moving meditation, taking a long walk in nature, or getting immersed in an honest conversation.

 

If you had an extra hour in the day, how would you spend it?

I would probably alternate between cashing it in as an extra hour of sleep and using it for one of the aforementioned ways to unwind...

 

Thanks Benjamin! To share this post, click on this ready-to-go tweet

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