Mind Body

Resolution Refresh – 1st Quarter Run Down

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 in At the Studio, Goals, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

While the new year isn’t so new anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t do a Resolution Refresh. Find all the good nuggets in your first 90 days of 2014 and keep cheering yourself on! And while you’re at it, maybe you should mark the calendar for another 90 days and check in with those 3 questions. I’ll be you’ll have some great wins for the scoreboard.

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There’s More to the Core Than Abs

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 in Anatomy, At the Studio, Get Toned!, Mind Body, Pilates, To the Core | 0 comments

The Psoas is crucial in helping to stabilize the spine, and if imbalanced, can contribute to lower back, sacroiliac and/or pelvic pain. Because of its deep effect on posture and geographic orientation to our center, it absolutely makes sense that it is considered in programming for core training.

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The Roll Up Puts the Spring Back into your Spine

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in At the Studio, Get Toned!, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

I thought I would give some attention to a classical mat exercise called The Roll Up. True to its name, this exercise was designed to create a lengthening and fluid effect on the spine.

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Perfect Gear for your Pilates Valentine

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 in At the Studio, Holidays, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

February is a month marked with passion!  For instance, from the love that comes out of dedication and hope – like those of the Olympic athletes competing now in Sochi. I find it so inspiring to witness them following their dreams, having worked tirelessly toward a perfect moment. In a number of ways, you could say this is the perfect month for passion. Typically a wintery follow-on to January, and especially this year here in Chicagoland, you need to keep the fires stoked! To keep you warm, for sure – but also to keep the figurative embers burning on the passion for the goals you set forth...

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The Mind Body Connection: Key Elements in Pilates, Part 3

Posted on Jan 29, 2014 in At the Studio, Balance, Goals, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

“Broaden your minds!” a commanding instruction given by a character from one of the Harry Potter books.  It is a teacher giving the directive, and urging her students to “use your inner eye to see the future!” While I don’t expect anyone in class to invoke mystical powers to see the future, it is a significant task within the practice, to ‘use your inner eye’ to stay present in your movement.  This is why mindfulness and the mind body connection are a key element in Pilates. In the blogs from earlier this month, we talked about your body’s Center of Gravity in the Pelvis, and the Feet as a...

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Get to Know Your Center: Key Elements in Pilates, Part 1

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Anatomy, At the Studio, Balance, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

Time to turn the calendar on the wall and with it, a fresh start to the year: new goals, new workout shoes, maybe even a new hairdo.  This time of the year, we see a rush of new faces in the studio, students charged with excitement to get stronger in their core, increase muscle tone and ready to look and feel great!  The inspiration of a new year spurs the intent to move in a new direction, make positive change, and to learn from different experiences. One of the first concepts I introduce to a beginner student is Centering.  When preparing to go on a trip, you get your Map App or the GPS...

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