On Monday, June 20th, 2016, nearly 200 members of the fitness community came together for “Guns Against Gun Violence”, a campaign conceived by The Sweat Life Founder Aly Teich in collaboration with photographer Chris Fanning, and fundraising platform Spotfund, in response to the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and in support of all victims of gun violence.
The Real Pilates crew and I are proud to use the strength of our ‘guns’ to make a symbolic statement against gun violence to show that love will always be stronger than hate.
Nonviolence is only for the brave men and women of the world because it requires courage — courage to love the beauty of life, beauty of humanity and the beauty of the world. To become a true united front, one must abandon all notions of ‘otherness’ and instead embrace ‘togetherness’. As fitness instructors our job is to help people change the way they see things within themselves. Global betterment is similar in the sense that it is a mental process, not one that requires huge sums of money or a high level of authority. Change has to be psychological. It’s imperative that we stay persistent in educating humanity on how similar we are than different. The language of the heart is mankind’s common language.