Spring is a beautiful season in the southeast. Flowering dogwoods, azaleas, wisteria and many other beauties offering an array of color and intoxicating smells. The birds are chirping, arranging their nests-as many of us are. Our activity levels start to increase with the sunshine and longer days. Hopefully, we have caught up on our sleep and are ready to play outdoors. Gardening, hiking, biking, kayaking, etc. all require a prepared body to handle the challenges. Take good care of yourself – become more aware of your needs and limitations. Strength, mobility and control that Pilates offers will balance you in amazing ways. Make it a healthy spring and a great looking summer.
With Mercury in retrograde for a few weeks, the universe could rock our world! It is a three week period where Mercury appears to be in a backward motion. During this time we can experience adverse affects, such as memory loss, loss of time (clocks change too), loss of items, technology issues and a lot of confusion and communication breakdowns.
We get an opportunity to put a positive spin on it. It is the best time to re-do things. You get a second chance to do things right, to re-start a project. Think of words with a “re” in front of them and apply. Review your schedule, revisit your work out plan, reenergize your body, reduce your weight with healthful local eating.
Recall your intention(New Years resolution?) to start Pilates at MYB.
We will restart your regimine to reverse the signs of aging.
Enjoy the stars tonight and soak it up while reflecting. The rooftop is a great place to enjoy the sky and workout.
I am so excited to announce the recent move of Mind Your Body Pilates Studio! The right location, vibe and hip space to enjoy your workout. It’s a dream to bring a taste of the West into the scene of Southern Pines. The architecture is stunning and a perfect palette for the beautiful up-fits of recycled, repurposed and green improvements I have incorporated into the studio. More classes, workshops and great clients. The fall weather offers rooftop – open air classes. weather permitting. Join in on the fun!
Stay tuned for SQUEEZE Juice Bar to open in the studio. It will soon offer whole food nutrition (blended) to include the most nutrition possible and locally sourced whenever possible. SQUEEZE is open to the public and a great stop in on the go.
It is hard to believe that another holiday season is here. The days are shorter, air is chilly and the dark evenings encourages us indoors to work on our bodies. I love the opportunity to help my clients with their injuries, goals and overall fitness. It is a busy season – BUT if you tend to yourselves…you will breeze through it with much less stress and in better spirits. The gift of giving will recharge your friends and family lives as well. I am ready for the challenge – are you ready for the season of giving?
I cannot express how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to hang and teach some of the top professionals in the their sport. These International eventers prepare for their sport with such intention and passion! They are tapped in to the very best – because they are the very best! Pilates was so apparent in the dressage ring this morning. YES indeed – the riders hope for the long, supple, supported top line of this magnificant animal. The rider – sitting tall and connected while maintaining the partnership of body movements, anticipating each and every step – guiding with such deliberation. Impressive to say the least. To ask for compulsary movements and containing the powerful energy of their horses (who are so incredibly fit) and the very next day – gallop them at high speeds flying over fences and through water…..hard to imagine it’s possible. They are professionals in cross-training. That is what brings them into Mind Your Body Studio. A continuous pursuit to be among the best.
I cannot express how amazing my recent training session was. I attend several a year – I head West, where I believe much of the latest, greatest technique is started, perfected and shared. I had the pleasure of AERIAL FITNESS. This form of exercise is so broad – it encompasses body needs from rehabilitation to Circque D’Soleil. I was immediately hooked. My instructor was a gem and a lovely spirit. We enjoyed the next four hours flipping, gliding and working every muscle in my body in holds that felt like my days in gymnastics and the fun of monkey bars. The equipment standard
resembled my climbing gear (daisy chains, carabiners). This training was a gift to me after instructing so many other bodies – a time to tend to my own. I truly feel inspired to bring the new technique back to my clients.
Here is a taste of what is ahead for the studio….
Mind Your Body Pilates has another new training tool! An Indo Board…..used for balance and lateral stength. It is very challenging! Surfers, snow boarders, kite boarders are among some who use it to perfect their form. It is also provides great training for those that always track in a forward – back motion – i.e. cycling, running, swimming. The addition of lateral strength to your repetoire aids in hip mobility and strength, lengthens IT band (outside thigh) tightness, provides ankle mobility and strength, etc. I find it works so many tiny, deep muscles in the lower body in the essential movements. The challenge continues as you add unilateral movements and flex bands or light weights. The upper body also plays a role as you are required to use your core for stability. It really drives the point home! I brought it to a July 4th gathering for fun – it was a hit as you can see. Come challenge yourself and your balance at Mind Your Body Pilates.
Pilates isn’t an Olympic sport but was certainly behind the scenes at London 2012. Pilates was used by athletes from a range of sports including track and field, swimming and beach volley ball. With its emphasis on improving flexibility, Pilates is regularly practised by divers and synchronised swimmers but it may surprise people that even some weightlifters practice this form of exercise.
Pilates has been popular for years in the US and many American gold medallists, including double gold track medallist Sanya Richards Ross, credit their success at London 2012 in part to this form of cross training. However it’s not only the women – Pilates exercises have been used by Andy Murray to develop core stability and also helped Alistair Brownlee back to fitness after his Achilles tendon tear.
To be honest the Pilates studio with all its strange looking equipment including harnesses reminded me of Mr Grey’s Red Room!
So what is Pilates and why is it so good for sports people?
As a triathlete I am always looking to make gains so I decided to give it a go at my local Pilates studio.
Pilates, created by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, is a body conditioning routine that helps to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance, core stability and coordination in the legs, abdominals, arms and back.
I took part in a variety of classes including a mixture of apparatus based and mat classes. The mat classes follow a series of exercises that are done lying, sitting or kneeling whereas apparatus classes use a variety of Pilates exercise machines. To be honest the Pilates studio with all its strange looking equipment including harnesses reminded me of Mr Grey’s Red Room!
But what does it really do?
I can only speak for myself, but I believe that it has helped me with my core stability which is vital for many sports. Sometimes I focused on using Pilates to increase my flexibility and did stretching exercises, using the machines to get a bigger stretch. Other times I used the resistance machines to develop strength. The machines mean that you can target specific muscle groups whilst also learning to connect your mind and body. That is, exercising whilst trying to keep a proper form and using the mind to isolate and use specific muscles whilst relaxing others.
Pilates can also help reduce the risk of injuries and is often part of athlete’s rehabilitation programmes. I used it to strengthen weak glutes, stretch tight hip flexors and have used the equipment to try and get one of my knees to track better.
With all these benefits it is no surprise that Pilates played a part at London 2012.
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I HAVE TO SAY, AFTER A TWO WEEK VACATION THAT FELT LIKE A PIECE OF HEAVEN, I DID NOT WANT IT TO END…..HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING WITH A MULTITUDE OF THINGS TO CATCH UP ON…….THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME! I WAS SO HAPPY TO GET BACK IN THE STUDIO AND SEE MY PILATES FAMILY! IT WAS A WARM WELCOME OF BODIES READY TO GET BACK TO WORK. SEVERAL INTENSIVE PILATES VISITS FROM A CLIENT THAT MOVED TO MAINE (MY NEW FAVORITE COAST) ADDED TO THE FUN AND BUSINESS. LOCAL SPECIAL FRIENDS, TRAVELING NEW CLIENTS, UPCOMING WORKSHOPS, ETC. ARE ALL AT THE TOP OF MY LIST THIS WEEK! WE ARE TRULY BLESSED IN THIS GREAT COMMUNITY! THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING A PART OF MY LIFE!!
Let the Games Begin……
The emotion has been building for the Games to begin. I have many memories of sheer emotion as the world is momentarily coming together in peace and fair play.
I am grateful and a lucky one to watch select groups of fearless athletes show their honed bodies and perfected skills capable of astonishing feats. It is a display of such remarkable focus and commitment. It hardly seems possible to have that level of excellence and constant drive for perfection, I exhaust myself as i watch the Olympics on the edge of my seat, catching myself holding a breath. The Games encourage me in so many ways. I feel the magic and wonder….what if? Or an even bigger question……which sport?
Surely, I am not alone in having that dream. I have always been a more diverse athlete than a pro. I call it “a well rounded” athlete. The competitive nature has waned after realizing “playing” was my goal.
Years ago, I met my dear friend Will Faudree and introduced him to Pilates. Tiana Coudray was also a temporary student as she competed locally. I feel proud to hear bits and pieces of the line-up of the US Eventing Team. I get goose bumps thinking of Will Faudree and Tiana Coudray preparing for the weekend . I wish we could physically all be there for local support. Although, they are far too immersed in reality to notice anything outside the zone. Jeannie -MYB Pilates is honored to have had an opportunity to instruct these athletes endowed with the right combination of genes and guts. I dream of traveling with a Team as their personal Pilates/body coach. I would assist in coaxing through diet and exercise for loftier heights. It’s tough for any equestrian (they are not alone) to sit still long enough to routinely practice anything besides their three disciplines. Time and injuries leads most people (athletes) to my MYB Pilates door.
I can appreciate all the valuable pieces to the puzzle, numerous roles required and unselfish support $ystem. Aiding the Olympians to reach the level of a superhuman. Let alone the enormous amount of time commitment. They inhabit these machine like bodies with such grace.
Cheers to all and connect with the the Olympic excitement! I also applaud those who are proactive and incorporate Pilates in all they do!
I relax on the peaceful and unassuming St. Lawrence River looking across to Canada, as I delight in daydreaming of what it feels like around the Olympic Village (before=tense-after= crazy party!!!). Are you a happy spectator or proud athete?- I am both- and Pilates has helped me find my balance.
I have weighed it out (for me) The necessary practice schedule of a pro vs. play. (fun, outdoors, family, friends, food, fishing, my tent, bike and dog along with a well equipped gear bag) you already know the answer……
Each and every one of us has a story attached to our memories surrounding the Olympic Games. Let the Games begin!