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Jul

09

2017

Performing Vs. Learning Pilates and Yoga

July 9, 2017 It is said that Joe Pilates did not like working with dancers (he originally wanted to work with boxers, which is why his studio was located close to Madison Square Garden). It was alleged that the reason he didn’t was because dancers wanted to perform, rather than learn the Method. I can understand his thinking although if I was able to talk...

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Apr

02

2017

Achieving Results With Pilates

I have taught Classical Pilates Method for close to twenty-six years now and worked with hundreds of students and clients. Most of these people had goals in mind when they began practicing the Method but not all of them achieved those goals. Why? A few things to consider about a Pilates practice: Pilates is a skill and, like any skill, contains a mindset in addition...

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Sep

23

2016

Be Led By Your Spirit and Not Your Wounds

If someone told me thirty years ago that in 2016 I would own my own Yoga and Pilates Studio, I would have thought they were confusing me with another person. By the time I was 28, I was working in a CPA firm preparing individual and corporate tax returns and financial statements, setting up the books of new businesses, and representing clients in front of...

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Jul

31

2016

Hands Off!

The Case for Intelligence in Adjustments I recently attended a three-day workshop that left me wondering about hands-on adjustments. The questions I had – and still have – are: 1) whether they can really be taught at all or are they more of a learned art combined with intuitive sense and 2) are being overused by instructors who are not able to articulate the dynamics...

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Jul

17

2016

To Tuck Or Not To Tuck?

To tuck or not to tuck? That is the yogic question inherent in Tadasana (aka Samasthiti or Standing Pose). What is the end product of this action supposed to feel like? We are told it should feel as if the tailbone is lengthening. But what does that feel like? And should there be other actions going on to support the asana? To answer those questions,...

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Jun

27

2016

Changing Into Summer

  No doubt by this time, you’ve put away all the winter clothes and have been enjoying your summer couture (especially if you live in my neck of the woods – the very hot, very humid St. Louis area). Have you changed into your summer lifestyle, too? Enjoying robust health means that we flow with nature and its changing seasons. The heat of summer brings...

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Jun

05

2016

My Story Of Depression

Friday, June 3, 2016   Every once in a while, an article comes across my Facebook feed linking exercise as the cure for depression. “Pilates Cures Depression” or “Yoga Cures Depression” is guaranteed click bait for those who suffer from it. Mostly, I find these articles glib and dismissive; for one, exercise in general is often prescribed for depression so really, there is nothing specifically...

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May

15

2016

Does Ego Affect Your Workout?

  When we hear an instructor tell us to “check our egos at the door,” we tend to think that what he/she is saying is don’t be a show-off. But the ego is more than just the desire to show off – a whole lot more. I use the word “ego” the same way it’s used in the classical yoga – as interchangeable with self-identity....

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Apr

24

2016

The Psoas: Key To Connected Movement

Saturday, April 23, 2016 This weekend, I had the privilege of attending a workshop by Liz Koch, author of “The Psoas Book” and all-around psoas expert extraordinaire. I first became aware of Liz’s work in the early 1990s as a student in the Laban/Bartenieff School of Movement Studies in New York City. I found the first edition of her book – which was really little...

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Apr

15

2016

Does Your Exercise Program Fit You?

Friday, April 15, 2016 As we age, we need to start looking more critically at our lifestyles to determine whether the choices we’ve made in the past are going to serve us in our future. While we have no control about aging per se, we do have some control as to how we age. According to Ayurveda, mid-life to old age (about mid-forties onward) is...

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