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  • Should you do Pilates during pregnancy?
  • OFF THE MAT, ON THE MENU: A Breath of Fresh Air
  • Taking Your Pilates Business to the Next Level
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The Ultimate Prenatal Workout

Side Leg Series

Okay, so you’re pregnant—what an exciting time! As your body begins to change, so must your fitness goals, safety precautions and exercise regimen.

One of the most commonly praised forms of prenatal fitness is Pilates. Why, you ask? The exercises in prenatal Pilates are specialized, controlled forms of movement that strengthen not only the big muscles, but the small stabilizing ones as well. Much attention is paid to the hips, outer thighs and bum, which aids in balance, good posture and relieves lower-back pain…

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Should you do Pilates during pregnancy?

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The other day, I was having lunch with a friend who is in her third trimester of pregnancy. The moment we sat down, she leaned in as if she were going to tell me a secret: “During my pregnancy, I haven’t gotten a very good answer as to what kind of core work I can do…” and she continued further, “Should I even be doing core work?”

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OFF THE MAT, ON THE MENU: A Breath of Fresh Air

fresh lemonade from lemon ginger and mint

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile,” Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Han reminds us.
Headed to the mat, Reformer, Half Barrel or lunch table? Bring your body, mind and your breath…..and your satisfied smile won’t be far behind.

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Taking Your Pilates Business to the Next Level

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Given that running a Pilates business requires a lot time and commitment, you might assume that growing your business requires even more.

Good news: It doesn’t have to be that way.

By paying attention to these aspects of your business planning and strategy, you can ready your Pilates studio to grow on its own, bringing new clients to you and opening up new revenue streams in the long run.

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An Inspiring Pilates Success Story

Renee (right) with her sister and Pilates teacher, Risa.

I’d like to share a testimonial from my sister, Renee. She wrote to explain how Pilates, more than anything, helped her heal from a horrific traffic accident in 1980 that took the life of her husband, Michael, and left her with a concussion, broken ribs, a punctured lung, broken collar bone and other disabilities.

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Off the Mat, On the Menu: Commitment with Parsley on the Side

Green-Smoothie

You know the saying. And it applies to our plates and our powerhouses as we prepare to roll out mats for the upcoming year (which fittingly enough is the Year of the Horse, according to the Chinese Zodiac, a time for unremitting self-improvement). Time to take inventory. Is your plate booming? Is your practice blooming? If not now, when are your meals going to begin bursting with life-enhancing antioxidants? If not now, when is your Open-Leg Rocker going to become open, leggy and well, rocking? What are you waiting for? “Physical fitness [as Joseph Pilates reminded us] can neither be achieved through wishful thinking or outright purchase.” The same applies to nutritional fitness. If this is the year you were meaning to add raw juices to your daily routine and maybe try that green juice cleanse, take them out of the wishful-thinking column. Not sure where to start or what vegetable to start with? How about parsley?

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Diet, Exercise and Weight Loss: Where Pilates Fits In

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In a recent issue of Pilates Style magazine, nutritionist Jonny Bowden explains that diet is more important than exercise when it comes to losing weight. You’d think this would be the sort of information that a Pilates instructor would want to keep under wraps, but in fact, I feel that it further validates the value of including the Pilates method in a healthy lifestyle.

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