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New Year’s Resolutions

Welcome to day number two of 2014. If you are among those taking a few more vacation days, good for you! For the rest of us, at least it is only a couple of days to the weekend and then reality can really set back in on Monday. Whenever I think of New Years I

Eighty Years Young

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper One of my first blogs talked about the things that hold us back from achieving our goals and reaching beyond what we may think is possible. (If you missed it, check it out here What Holds You Back?) Today I’m

My Motivation Matrix (Part 4 of 5) – Blast the Tunes

  When last we left our motivational matrix, we scheduled an event, got our training on the calendar, got in gear, and then got moving and started tracking our progress. How is that going? That good huh? I get it. I was talking with one of my coaches the other day and she said “Don’t

My Motivation Matrix (Part 2 of 5) – Get in Gear.

When we left our story last week, you were finding an event to register for and possibly teaming up with a buddy. Now that we have our event and our training plan we need the right gear! Today I’m talking about three categories of gear to get you started: Shoes and socks Clothing Water bottles

My Motivation Matrix (Part 1 of 5) – Your Wellbeing is Worth the Time.

“It’s too hot.” “It’s too cold.” “It’s raining”… and my personal favorite… “I don’t have time today. I’ll do it tomorrow.” Sound familiar? Not enough time to work out is one of the top reasons people give for not getting started or falling off the wagon. Life just got in the way. And I get

Our bodies speak. Are you listening?

If you listen when your body whispers, you will not have to hear it scream. Author Unknown Many years ago, before I found yoga and Pilates, I ran my first marathon. It was grueling. Fortunately the summer I trained was fairly temperate for the D.C. area, unlike this past summer, so heat was not a

What is Pilates? Who was Pilates?

Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.Joseph H. Pilates 1945 People commonly say “Pilates was a person?!” He was indeed! Anyone that has been to my studio has seen the photo of the original studio in New York complete with Joe, his wife Clara

Yoga, So Many Choices.

Yoga can be traced back to The Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali, written down in approximately 200 AD. The Yoga Sutras teach yoga as an 8 limbed system. • Yamas – Self Restraints • Niyamas – Observances • Asana – Physical practice • Pranayama – Control of Breath/Life Force • Pratyahara – Control of the senses

What Holds You Back?

I am always a little surprised by the ways in which we sabotage ourselves with what we can’t do rather than just saying “I’m doing that” whatever that is. Many moons ago I got a postcard in the mail to “go further than you’ve gone before”. It was a flyer for a marathon fundraising group.

Why I do what I do.

Habits are invisible. Movement just happens. You don't actively think about how to stand up and walk across a room. Right?? Unless a foot or knee or hip are not working as they should then it can be tough or downright painful.

The human body is an amazing instrument and everyone’s is different. Some people have long limbs and short torsos, some have long torsos and short limbs, some are lean and naturally muscular, others work hard to build strength and even harder to gain and maintain flexibility, while more still have such flexibility in their elbows, knees, shoulders and hips that the muscles need to work overtime to protect them from injury. Or more commonly learn how to recover.

Pilates and Yoga Therapy are tools I have used to rehab injuries for myself and post-rehab with my clients. I know what it is like to work through an injury. It is extremely rewarding to guide my clients on their path to strengthen, re-balance, and improve their overall functional fitness.

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