Mind Body

The Foundation of Breath

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in Anatomy, At the Studio, Mind Body, Pilates, To the Core | 0 comments

Joseph Pilates said, “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last… above all, learn how to breathe correctly. “ Pilates had asthma as a child, and so it seems in his passion for health and wellness, he established Breathing as one, or perhaps the foundation of all principles in his Method.

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1-2-3 Breathe

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 in Anatomy, At the Studio, Health & Nutrition, Mind Body, Pilates | 0 comments

What do you do approximately 20,000 times a day without even thinking about it? Breathing is possibly the most important and essential function of the body. Oxygen flows in, and we make the exchange, eliminating the carbon dioxide waste. Breathing is linked with the mind-body connection and is also, not surprisingly, one of the 6 Pilates Principles.

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Summer Reading List for the Body

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 in Anatomy, Health & Nutrition, Mind Body, Pilates, Summer | 0 comments

What is the summer without a good book to tote along to the beach, pool, or simply take to that hammock swinging beneath the trees in your own back yard?  I’ve ‘raided’ my personal library to entertain my crave for summer reading and I thought I’d share some of the titles sitting in my reading basket.  Yes, I keep an actual basket of reading materials by my bed-side – shocker – not everything is on my iPad! So, I’m kind of a body geek, you might imagine, and truth is I don’t really read a ton of fiction.  Because of that, my list is rather inspired by latest pursuits with respect to fascia –...

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Become a “Pro” at Proprioception

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 in Balance, Mind Body | 0 comments

Proprioception, or body awareness is like a sixth sense. It informs the body of where your limbs and your torso are in space consciously and unconsciously. The Pilates method calls for attentiveness to form so that there is no wasted effort or undue tension. The starting point for anyone’s form however, begins in the individual’s perception and negotiating their center of gravity in space.

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7 Keys To Your Best Cat Stretch

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in At the Studio, De-Stress, Mind Body, Pilates, To the Core | 0 comments

Because the Cat Stretch is such a great exercise, not just for Pilates, but across many disciplines, you can imagine there are many variations on how to perform it. These are the most common adjustments I give to people when cueing the Cat Stretch (Neutral and Flexion) so they can achieve greater length in the spine, and connect more precisely with the abdominals.

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Bridge to a Summer Bum

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 in Anatomy, At the Studio, Get Toned!, Mind Body, Pilates, Summer, To the Core | 0 comments

I love this exercise because, the Bridge as a Pilates Fundamental, makes you focus on both stabilizing through the lower body, while articulating your pelvis and spine. While it looks deceivingly simple, this really is a powerful movement that targets the abdominals, back muscles, hamstrings and glutes, while at the same time challenging awareness of the spine and pelvis.

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