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How to Do Pilates with a Band

How to Do Pilates with a Band

Have you been wondering the best way to use the band?  Do you need a new way to strengthen your core and stretch your whole body?

If you want an effective Pilates workout at home with a piece of equipment that fits in your pocket read on

Classical Pilates Exercises for #MarchMATness

Classical Pilates Exercises for #MarchMATness

Have you been looking to learn more about Pilates? March Matness is a universal celebration of our passion for Pilates. March is a great time to start your Pilates journey. Join in to learn the 31 moves

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

14 Day FIT Core Challenge

14 Day FIT Core Challenge

14 Days To getting fit, toned and fabulous.

Build Core Strength 

Tone abs, hips, arms and thighs. 

Improve flexibility and posture.

Feel confident and strong as you learn how to integrate fitness into your life AND on your time.

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!

Top 5 Stretches

Top 5 Stretches

Did you know that stretching boosts blood flow to the brain?

PLUS it always just feels sooo good! Stretching out is just a highlight of my day!

I’m back to picking my favorites again- and this time to end 2018- I’m choosing my top 5 stretches….

How To Do Tabata - The 4 Minute Workout

How To Do Tabata - The 4 Minute Workout

Tabata Workout & Benefits

Ho Ho Ho and happy HIITing!

Have you tried Tabata yet? 

This form of High Intensity Cardio is great when you’re super busy and may be traveling during the holiday season.   

How To Use the Exercise Ball

How To Use the Exercise Ball

How to Use the Ball with Pilates

Let’s get ready to wobble!

When you first use the ball you may find that it its a little shaky and don’t be alarmed!  You’ll need to use your core to stabilize the ball….  Ball workouts are a great way to train those deep ab muscles!

Halloween FIT Fun

Halloween FIT Fun

Let’s get fit and toned with lots of laugh.   Is your Instagram feed blowing up with skimpy Halloween outfits?  Are you off to a cool dress up party?  Or do you just like your Pilates class to be a fun filled party?  If so, keep reading.

Magical Morning Yoga Stretch

Magical Morning Yoga Stretch

Welcome to my Magical Morning Yoga Series!  

Let's make your mornings sparkly ,spectacular and of course,stretchy.

If you’ve been waking up stiff or sore or just plain blah I’ve got a solution.

This five-part video series will take you from ugh to absolutely vibrant in just 15 minutes or so!  Let's learn how to do morning stretches that are designed to lengthen and get your muscles ready for anything.

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 Pilates Workouts

Are you ready for a powerful new way to get stronger and toned at home? 

Pilates has become more popular as more people experience the ab flattening and stress relieving results. 

Pilates treats the body as a whole- targeting multiple muscles groups in a controlled manner- to maximize your energy and fitness levels.

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I have seen thousands of peoples lives improved with it.  As you gain strength you will also learn to move with grace and ease as you get more flexible and reduce pain.  Even if you are an advanced pilates practitioner, going back to the basics is a great way to refresh you body alignment and form.  Good form is crucial for combating back pain and ensuring the right muscles are being used.

If you are new to pilates, start with the first video below to experience the booty lifting and ab flattening benefits of Pilates Mat and Magic Circle.  In the first video, we will not be using any equipment.  

Pilates Abs & Thighs for Beginners

This beginner friendly Pilates 20 minute workout is perfect for newbies or anyone that is wanting a slower paced core strengthening routine that also focuses on your thighs.  This workout will target your upper and lower abs as well as sculpt and tone your rear, thighs, and hips. 

No equipment is needed! If you add pilates into your daily routines, I promise you will be shocked at how fast you will begin to notice results in your body.  For more beginner workouts check out this playlist.

Be patient with your body and know that it takes some time to build strength. So if at any point any exercise gets painful or doesn’t feel right, feel free to skip it and come back to it when you're ready again. 

How To Use The Magic Circle - Beginner Friendly Workout

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Learn the basics of the Magic Circle or Pilates ring in this 22 minute full body core focused Pilates routine.  If you are brand new to this circular pilates prop Ill break down the basics in a variety of positions to target abs, legs, thighs, calves, hips oblique and arms.  

 

Advanced Pilates practitioners will love the slower pace and form focused workout thats a perfect compliment to your summer bikinis.  This beginner friendly routine can be done by anyone- add Pilates into your healthy habits for a sleeker midsection and greater poise and flexibility.

 

Grab your pilates ring and join me on the mat to tone up and have fun while we wok on strength and stability.  Turn up the volume for the deep house beats- so we can groove as we do Pilates. 

Do you want more free beginner Pilates workouts?  Check out this blog post

Are you just starting your fitness journey?  Are you having trouble staying on a clear path to fit babes success?  Click the below button to donload my free eBook on Pilates and Mindset!

How To Use The Yoga Wheel

How To Use The Yoga Wheel

Have you tried the yoga wheel yet?  It came onto the scene a few years back and it’s a unique way to deepen your moves and add some mojo into your routine.   It may look easy but this circular prop is really quite challenging to stabilize balance on.   

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.

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Photos: Stephanie Hirasawa

Outfit: Love Prema

Total Body Magic Circle Unicorn Workout Series

Total Body Magic Circle Unicorn Workout Series

Looking for a magical way to stay strong and sculpted? 

Pilates is the fitness unicorn.  It's all about the shiny horn with those mythical beasts and with Pilates it's all about the sculpted core.  They have rainbows and we have side bends....