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Teaching Lessons

I have been teaching Pilates for a long, long time—since 1975, in fact. I have seen what works, and what doesn’t. There are a few things that maturity and “being around the block” can afford you. It may not hide the wrinkles and gray hair (only a good doctor and hairdresser can do that), but it does afford us the opportunity to see trends come and go, witness so-called fitness gurus in their 15 minutes of fame and learn not to sweat the small stuff. Heck, even the big stuff passes on to something more beautiful and long lasting.

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Feeling Compressed?

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Pilates is all about lift, which turns out to be one of the most important tools in combating day-to-day compression, and maintaining good posture. Whether you spend your day slouched over a desk, running around the house, carrying babies, or just find yourself toting a heavy bag about town, your resilient joints and spine are being compressed. Our joints were created to withstand impact, but over time even our naturally durable design can be affected. Age, extra weight and inactivity all contribute to spinal compression and can result in loss of height, poor posture and even contribute to the thickening your waistline (read muffin top). Compression can also putting pressure on internal organs, which can affect your overall health and energy levels.

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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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