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7 Ways To Use the Foam Roller

 7 Ways To Use the Foam Roller

Roll with me!

Did you know that the foam roller can relieve sore muscles and increase flexibility easily?   

Plus it can help you increase performance for your next workout!

The foam roller is such a great way to wind down after a hard workout or tense day.  It’s like giving yourself a massage without the 💰expensive price tag

How To Use The Stretching Strap With Loops

How To Use The Stretching Strap With Loops

Exercises with the Looped Yoga Strap & More!

Have you seen those looped out stretching straps? 

Have you been wondering how you can use them? 

Whether you’re a dancer or a desk jockey this flexibility tool may just give you a leg up on your flexibility!

The Pilates Burn

The Pilates Burn

Its the end of Summer and with it comes the last chance to show off those festive shorts, rose gold dresses and sparkling crop tops I've seen you wearing all season. 

Let’s send out summer with a sizzle.   I've got six hardcore prop based Pilates total body workouts. 

Beginner Friendly Yoga Flow

May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.”   ~ Yoga Sutra of Patanjali Jois

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Happy International Day Of Yoga!

The yoga sutras are based on ancient texts outlining the yogic philosophy of living a balanced and healthy.  

Movement is one of these paths- AKA sutras.  Breathwork and meditation are paths too.  The goal of it all is to lead a happy life.  It’s a little bit different than Pilates where we strive for core strengthening or muscle balance or fluid moves

This quote resonates with me now. The only thing we can control in a crazy cruella type world- is ourselves and our emotions.  I chose to send love and smiles.  It’s a choice I try to make every day.

The goal of stretching in yoga is to prep you to meditate.  And meditation is the only way I can keep my creative spark going and not be distracted by so much of whats going on around me.. 

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In short, yoga helps me burn off the crazy....

Pilates is great for my strength, my balance, and my movement patterns.  But sometimes I just need to stretch and relax into my moves a bit deeper then Pilates usually calls for.

The asanas or poses are what is commonly done in western fitness classes and studio environments.  And rightfully so!  The stretches are beneficial for loosening tight muscles and linking breath to your moves. 

Vinyasa classes are quite favored in the USA which focus on gliding between the poses.  Hatha yoga is also a gentle popular style. 

Click below for my beginner-friendly yoga workout video!  Scroll down if you want to learn more about the 8 limbs of yoga sutras.

I will stick to the English names as I am no Sanskrit expert  I'm more of a Pilates gal but I do think there is something special about the yogic principles.  They're lovely guidelines for living a more mindful life.  

 

  1. First up are the Namas.  The moral code and they break it down to kindness truthfulness non stealing moderation and non stealing.
  2. Second is niyamas or things to observe- purity, contentment, austerity, self-study, and surrender.
  3. The third is the postures or asanas- to create strength balance flexibility and mental clarity.
  4. Breathing comes up as fourth or Pranayama.  The deep breathing is believed to help your energy flow.  Studies have shown that this increases your lung capacity and decreases blood pressure.
  5. Next up is turning inward- self-reflection or the withdrawal of the senses to the mind.  Pratyahara is the name in 
  6. Concentration- or Dharana which is extreme focus or attention.  This is a major principle in pilates too!
  7. Meditation or Dhyana is next.  Notice that we meditate after we have done the other work.  The pastures really tire us out and even more so which enables for us to go deeper into out zones..
  8. Is Pure Bliss!  So with yoga happiness is really the goal..

I do not claim to be an expert in all of these aspects by any means.  But I do believe that more people practicing yoga could be the key to the world becoming a better place.

Jessi fit pilates beginner friendly yoga flow

Which are your favorite parts?

Comment below and let me know!

Photos: Stephanie Hirasawa

Outfit: Love Prema

Tips & Tricks for Fit Girl Skin Care

Tips & Tricks for Fit Girl Skin Care

Fit Girl Skin Care- Anti Aging and Anti Acne 5 Top Tips 

Plus my AM & PM Routines

Ever since I turned 40 I have been on a mission to stay looking young inside and out!  Did you know that girls who sweat have different skin needs? 

I've been working out daily since I was 18 and I've always had oily skin.  I have made a lot of mistakes along the way - I really wish I didn’t go in the sun as much in my 20s- my freckles are really age spots!  

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Eco Friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Sustainable Gifts for Fit Chicks

Looking for a green way to gift your fitness friends and lovers a holiday season?  I found a few conscious ways to help the planet aaaand get your gift list done.

Make Your Morning Amazing!

Make Your Morning Amazing!

Start your day with a blast of energy and fluidity.

Flow with me to a blend of yoga and pilates moves in this quick and inspiring workout.

As the colder mornings fold in I sometimes feel a bit stiffer in my body.  I have used these mobility type drills in my own practice and my clients practice for years.  They help to wake me up in the morning and get the blood flowing!  Simultaneously, I can loosen any stiff joints that that may have tightened during my sleep positions.

5 Ways To Stay Motivated to Work Out

5 Ways To Stay Motivated to Work Out

 

What's holding you back on your fitness path? 

Do you struggle to with actually waking up for your morning workouts? 

Does something just always seem to come up last minute and prevent you from hitting that Pilates class you love places ?  Are your summer travels bringing you to Here are my five favorite tips to stay motivated on your path