Are you having one of those “bad back” days? Do you want your back pain to “go go”? Here are a few simple ways to get out of spazm and find your mobility. Learn how the discs need to move in every direction with a few simple exercises.
After an inspiring trip to the Gila Wilderness, I was thankful for the strength Pilates gave me to endure and thrive on an 18 mile trek. Let’s love those 100’s and enjoy the footage at the end, of Joe, circa 1936, working out in the woods.
We are continuing from the previous video. You know where the psoas muscle is. You can feel it. You have learned how to relax it when it is stressed. Now learn how using it with awareness can make many Pilates exercises feel deeper and more effortless. Want a better teaser? Watch now.
As a Pilates student, you should know that Joe was all about the transitions.
He was NOT a dancer, but a boxer.
He studied the movement of animals and nature. Never an awkward movement in the cats he studied and based some of his work on.
Today’s video is required viewing for all of my students of the reformer.
We’re taking a look at transitions on and off of the apparatus. These transitions should become an exercise in themselves.
It’s about economy of movement, precision, grace and elegance.
Moving with these qualities is just as important as strength and flexibility.
Where else can you find more graceful transitions in your life? Let me know in the comments below.
Learn 5 quick Pilates exercises you can do in less than two minutes to strengthen and tone your core. Try doing the exercises mentally with me first. We call this “mental simulation of movement”. Imagine YOU are on the mat moving with perfect form. Feel it. This mental rehearsal will stimulate your brain and fire muscles so when you do the exercises for real you can do them with more efficiency.
Whether you are wanting to improve your leg circles or just learn to to tell the difference between your hip joint and your pelvis, this video is for you. When I first learned this Pilates mat exercise I was taught to keep my pelvis absolutely still (stable). After watching Joe Pilates teach it (on film), I saw everyone lifting their hips? What’s the difference? Watch for more insights on how to create awareness in your hips. You might even feel more “hip”.
The Pilates Roll Up exercise can be difficult if your back is tight. Learn 3 simple techniques to find a deeper, smoother roll up, keeping your spine as strong and supple as a cat. Watch for footage of Joe Pilates doing the roll up at the end.
Wouldn’t you love to have more energy, a pain free back and be more flexible in your hips? This week we’re taking a look at how your pelvis is supposed to move, in more ways than one. A new image can completely change how an old exercise feels.
This week we’re heading into our second Pilates video. This is an exercise you either love or hate’ the 100’s. Am I right?
I want to share a little imagery that I use that makes me look forward to this great exercise.
You can practice this imagery without ever leaving your seat or try next time you’re in class.
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below about what you love about the 100’s and what imagery you might do.
Stick around for the end of the video for some archival film footage of Joe Pilates getting his groove on.
After celebrating another great year with all of you at the PilateZone, I wonder what’s next?
One of the things I have pondered as I make my goals for the coming year, is how to take better care of myself.
I know that is something we share. That is why you come to the studio.
Enough with the “doing, doing, doing”? How do you want to feel in 2013?
What if your purpose in life is to take impeccable care of yourself so that you have the energy and joy to serve others?
Let’s work smarter, not necessarily harder this year. Let’s eat better and be kinder.
Set an intension for your Pilates practice. Something to come back to, keep you focused and take you deeper.
I love going back to the six Pilates Principles (as set out by Joe in his book “Return to Life”): Concentration: awareness, knowing what’s going on in all parts of your body at all times Centering: moving from your core Control: complete control of your mind over your body Precision: executing the movement exactly as it was meant to be done Breath: breath as you move, rather than holding your breath, breath is movement Flow: transition, how you begin and end an exercise are important
As I have always said, you are your own best teacher.
Now, don’t get me wrong, we have some amazing teachers at the Zone, but we are only as good as your attention.
Set some Pilates goals for yourself and let us know how we can help you achieve them.
We are here to serve (and have fun doing it).
My love and best wishes for a happy, healthy New You in 2013!
Look what I got for Christmas!
(or as Marlyn Seckler calls it, a blender on steroids)
I’ve been looking for a way to get more fresh, whole fruits and vegetables into my diet, one of my goals for 2013. This way I can eat a banana, pear, cucumber and kale in an easy, portable way. Just warning you in case you see me with a green mustache during class.
For those of you who got to try the Chai in the Friday class before Christmas, just wanted to share the website where I get mine in bulk:
spiritvoyage.com (go to “shop”, “tea”, “bulk yogi tea”)
This is an ayurvedic herbal blend of cinnamon bark, ginger root, cardamom seed, clove and black pepper. I’ve been drinking it since I was 15. It helps to purify the blood, lungs and circulatory system.