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22 Jan When Pilates is Your Gym

Stretched and stepped out a bit broadly on Week 2 of #YR58Pilates. It was the true start of my own “program” week with a focused part of the Pilates repertoire to be used each day of the week in my own personal work.  It keeps it interesting for me, filled with variety and for regular clients keeps us moving around the studio through various workouts on all the apparatus regularly.

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08 Jan The Start of Something New

I have been blogging sporadically for years.  It’s been a sometimes on/off thing, or when I arrived at an “aha moment” or something exciting about a student to share.  This year, I am now living my 58th year of life and I know I am on the path I need to be running.
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18 Aug Elderflower Melon Sorbet: Good Gracious!!

The end of August and that temperature has climbed to the high point that I don't even consider going to the pool during the mid-day.  Today I bought a few melons with the intent of eating them, juicing them and mixing them up for nibbles.  I doctored a HoneyDew Melon Sorbet recipe -  with a splash of St. Germain and honey and fell in love!
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02 Aug Always a Student of Pilates

Teachers get their butts kicked by Senior teachers.  Senior teachers are reminded what it is that they still don't know by working with a Master teacher.  Master teachers got that way as a result of having worked as an apprentice (back in the day) or having been trained and mentored by an "elder" of the Pilates community.  
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09 May Day 9: 30 Day Spring Challenge

.....and we are off to the races.  There are 6 of us challenging ourselves to stay on point and active for the 30 days of May.  We are not necessarily seeking to do jaw dropping things like headstands, handstands or twisted-triangle poses of any kind, but we are seeking to move regularly and consistently in our bodies and maintain healthy habits in our lives.
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15 Feb My Over-Sensitive Nose

This is not a story about Pilates, fitness or exercise.  It is a  story of the quick and speedy response of the fireman of Hudson county, my over-sensitive nose and a comedy of errors in my Pilates studio one early Monday morning in February.  Sometimes #IAmSuchAnIdiot
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Pilates4Fitness TRX Balance Control

03 Feb Two Challenging & Favorite Moves

Jack Knife and Control Balance are two very challenging Pilates Mat Intermediate/Advanced exercises that we love to hate. Doing them on the mat is tough stuff and a huge challenge mentally and physicially for most of us. So why is it, doing these same challenging moves - with the TRX - are two of the studio's "hands down" favorite moves?
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Practicing Teaser

18 Jan Resist to Lighten and Lift

It's Sunday morning, 9:31am and I have finished a hard-driving run, stretched and sweated and glistened through an hour alone, enjoyed my oatmeal breakfast, giggled at a few friends posts, commented on a colleague's blog and on this rainy, cold mid-January morning, I am thinking about all the new faces, minds and bodies that have come into the studio in the past two weeks to learn to "resist to lighten and lift."
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28 Dec Back to the Beginning

Ran 6 miles at 730am because I couldn't sleep anymore. Took a salt bath with the plan and intention of  getting my butt kicked in Juan's Tower class at noon.   While running, which I still do on Kangoo Jump shoes, I ruminated about the fact that all my old, original remedies of my yesteryear have returned to full use in the past year. It's really a "back to beginning & basics" regimen. I mean really?
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Cowl - my rendition

15 Dec I Am Woman

Feeling very powerful this morning waking with the realization that I was thrown from my bicycle and nearly missed a concussion just three months ago; completed the re-construction, design and personal hand-painting of the studio two month's ago and in the "in-between" time have started knitting a full length sweater coat simultaneously with an intricate cowl. Feel so, Helen Reddy-ish.  ee-he, can you hear me roar!
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Wonderful art angles

09 Nov Surprise Sundays

New for the fall!  Surprise Sunday.  For today was filled with complete and unadulterated gleeful, "only in New York does this work out this way" joy and surprise.  Follow along with the images and I will tell you a story of surprises unfolding, if you are open to simply look.
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02 Jul Pilates Over 50: Beautiful Changes in Living Color

I started writing this three-part story on Friday, June 13th; a unique day. There was a full moon. Mercury was in retrograde for its second week and all hell had broken loose across the planet.  It was the first of such a day in many years and the last of such a day until 2049. I probably won't be around the next time the moon is full on a Friday the 13th. Jesh! Or maybe I might be? For this is a story about how Pilates has changed the health, life and movement of my life and that of three other women over the age of 50.
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Pilates Fitness TRX Workout

02 Jul Pilates Over 50: From Pilates Mat to TRX Suspension

I wrote about Vernell and Alina two years ago when they began training with me as Beginner Pilates students.  They maintained their Pilates Mat regimen, twice a week, for two years and Alina started training with TRX while Vernell started to run. Vernell admitted she wasn't the most coordinated person and consciously and deliberately chose to stay out of the gym. She became intrigued, although with a little trepidation, by the TRX suspension straps that Alina, her life partner, was using and raving about.
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02 Jul Pilates Over 50: Perfectly Executed

Carolyn is one of my absolute favorite people to work with.  She claims she "hates to exercise" but she approaches every activity she has pursued with me through the  years, with full attention and absolutely perfect execution.  She  is one of the strongest, most beautifully women I know. She is also one of the feistiest women I have ever had the pleasure of laughing and working with as a teacher. 
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Pilates Fitness Workout

23 Apr Heels on Wheels!

That's the mantra that has been causing quite a bit of a stir with more than a few hamstrings and butts lately.  I keep getting text messages, emails or comments - usually two days after students had  a class that uses the Pilates4Fitness FootWheels - that scream, yell and holler about what they are feeling.  What do I do?  Happy Dance!! 
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Pilates Fitness Mat Class Workout

18 Apr The Moves to Use

One of my long-term students brought this article to my attention, as she recognized all of the exercises and moves featured in the article. I love it for a couple of reasons and am sharing to support everyone's continued use of the perfect form of Pilates in your home and all of the studio workouts.
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22 Mar The Pilates Baby “Three-Peat”

Anya's daugther, the third Pilates baby in the Scheflan family, was born February 24, 2014. I had the pleasure of visiting Anya and the proud Pilates-Baby-Daddy, Eran, on a recent sunny afternoon and am proud to share a few of the lovely images of Ayla Iris Scheflan along with a few blast from the past memories of the other two....just so they won't be left out!
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25 Jan Changing and Holding Onto It

It's January 25, 2014.   I have not had a glass of wine for 24 days!   This is a particularly amazing fact, when I tell you that I had fallen into the bad habit of drinking 2 glasses of wine (sometimes 3) at night which often resulted in 3-4 bottles of white wine consumed a week.  That was prior to January 1st when I kicked the habit after drinking all the champagne.
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27 Dec Three Good Reasons You Should Practice Pilates

I ran into an old friend, an avid cyclist, rock climber and personal strength trainer. To the average person, he looks like a world-class athlete. You know the form, rock hard abs, legs and arms many drool over, not to mention the energy and heart of a child at eternal play.  He knew I had a Pilates studio and thought it would be a great idea for me to allow him to bring his kettle-bells into my studio to “help my students build muscle.” “Oh, well, isn't the purpose of Pilates & Yoga to build muscle and bone density?” he asked in response to my very quick but courteous response, “No, we don't do kettle-bells in Pilates studios.”
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05 Dec One Down, Two to Go

One down, two more to go. Two more Pilates babies that is! Ariadne made her way "down and out" to greet the world and her proud parents.   Two more studio mom's are still scooping "in and up" as they stretch and strengthen; awaiting the arrival of their precious bundles.
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25 Nov Reform, Renew and Refine

Recommit yourself to repeating the things that feel good in your body and your life.  Pilates exercises, and the open fluid movement that the method fosters, is a perfect way to rejuvenate, reform, renew and refine yourself.  Recommit yourself to finding new space, new openings and change in your body. Become allergic to can't and addicted to healthy movement.
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Plank Pilates

22 Nov Three Keys of Relaxing into Exercise

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24 Oct Boundless Variety in Movement

An amazing amount of work has taken place to date inside the studio.  The magnitude of that was made apparent to me this weekend with my preparation for the Galaxy Holiday Bazaar, an annual event that takes place within the mall.  I created a composite video loop to provide visitors with a sample of the wide array of pilates, fitness and bodywork going on inside the Movement Space.  
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17 Sep Celebrating Year Four

September is a favorite month for me. It marks the beginning of my favorite season, the month of the lion share of my friends and family's birth (including my own) and it marks the start and opening of the Pilates4Fitness Studio. Can you color me peaceful, grateful and elated in one stroke? Yes, and it would be gold!
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Pilates4Fitness FootWheels

26 Aug Pilates FootWheels: Fluid Movement on Wheels

"OMG! This feels so good!! I love them!" That is what everyone says - men and women alike - after just the FIRST occasion using the Pilates4Fitness FootWheels. They were designed as a compact tool to provide fluid movement while challenging the core and balance. As one observing teacher commented jokingly, "Pilates was too easy, so you just had to kick it up a notch!?"
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Building a solid core foundation

29 Jul Witnessing a New Form Take Shape

One reason I enjoy taking photos of students as they work in the studio is the visual evidence and feedback the image provides to the viewer. Not only for the student, but for next person that seeks a "virtual" experience to affirm and embrace the potential for themselves. Of course, the story of the individual is equally powerful and universal. For as we all know, there is nothing new under the sun. We are all mirrors of each other's experience.
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24 Jul Marathoners Fall in Love with Pilates & TRX

I love this image of Chris Schick and EJ Minor! She is glowing from ear to ear because this is the end of another successful state marathon in Missoula, MT.  It was Chris' 10th and EJ's 14th state full marathon. This awesome couple have set a goal of traveling to each state in the country to complete 26-mile marathons before he is 50 years old. They have nine years left on the countdown.  EJ pulled Chris into the marathons and she pulled him into TRX Flow workouts and I pulled them both into Pilates Mat classes.  
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28 May Almond Apple Delite

I don't get "kitchen-creative" often, however, since I purchased my VitaMix food processor, I have been experimenting and thoroughly enjoying the results.  Truly, I must say so myself, this is an absolute killer for the taste buds!  I completely doctored a VitaMix recipe to make it even healthier and better, if you think that is possible. The almond meal (my replacement for flour) gives it an absolutely scrumptious, soft, "melt-in- your-mouth" pure goodness.  Alas, every person that has tasted it agrees!
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TRX Forearm Pike

18 May Mindfully Changing the Way We Move

Mindfulness in movement is why I love and use Pilates in everything. Mindful attention to the details, to the origin of the movement, the source of the energy and the power of the core center to facilitate the completion of every movement changes the way we move. By changing our mindful focus to center of our body, to control and concentrate the movement from that space, all of our movements are changed completely - no matter where they are performed, no matter what equipment is being used, no matter how many repetitions are being performed. My coaching for most students, to encourage a more pronounced shift to mindful movements, is simply this: a) slow down, b) work thru the center, c) control it, d) breathe. In a nutshell, a few of the basic principles of Pilates. Sure, in the beginning, most of us here the words yet miss their value. Occasionally, there will be an "aha" moment from someone in a group class, "you have to really think to do this work!" When that is acknowledged, appreciated and practiced repeatedly, then the fun can begin.
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13 Apr Change Happens and it Feels Like Magic

OMGoodness! April 12th has been filled with magic!  The morning started with a small group TRX Flow class at 6:00am followed by three more invigorating private client sessions and then an email notice that a blog entry of my "life changer's" story was posted to thousands of Pilates Teachers around the world and ends with me pouring a glass of Reisling and receiving a text message that caps the day full circle.  April 12, 2013 - you have been an utterly magical day.
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25 Feb Working the Angles with TRX Movement

I have been a little re-miss in keeping this blog updated with news and encouragement in the past few weeks. The studio has been busy and the results are showing in all who regularly workout within the Movement Space. While Pilates Mat and Reformer sessions are regularly attended, capturing video images as I teach these classes is next to impossible. However, the core strength, focus, balance and control developed in these classes is evidenced in the work and fun we all have working the angles of the body with TRX, which I can and love to capture, edit and share.
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28 Dec 2012: The Year in Review

Reflections, memories and many thanks to all who have given me permission to participate in deeply touching their lives, mind, body parts and in some instances their soul.   Many more thanks to those that have touched mine as well.  We all know who we are. All are perfect.  As we are now and as we will be in the path chosen ahead.
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Build Strength Without Weights

18 Dec Hey Guys!! Heavy Weights Not Necessary

Yes, I can throw heavy weights around quite easily.  I have, on occasion, loaded the leg press with 2X my body weight and comfortably worked my legs.  I also work my body diligently with Pilates on a regular basis.  I call it functional, cross-training and I've been doing it for about twelve years as a health and lifestyle approach to fitness.  I am a Pilates studio owner/teacher and certified personal trainer so now, with my new found love of TRX Suspension, there will be no need for weights anymore.
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03 Dec Delicious & Spicy Vegetarian Surprises

I could easily become a vegetarian with these two dishes! Delicious. Delightfully spicy. Clean and healthy.  Hands down winners for warming the mind, body and soul. The warming comes from the carminative, Indian spices that I enjoy the most and used a little extra to make the difference.  The first was a plain (but very good) Butternut Squash Apple soup that I doctored - adding many more pinches of flavor and spice than what was called for in the original Simply Recipes Food & Cooking Blog preparation - making it a hearty, wholesome and "mmmhmm good-er" than Campbells and ten times better than any SoupMan recipe.  The second was prepared exactly as Martha Schulman, NYT, Recipes for Health Editor, designed.  It was the most satisifying meal I think I have ever had, or at least made in my own kitchen.  Every spoonful was worth every second of preparation required.  I enjoyed the first bowl watching Mitt Romney go down in flames on Election night 2012.  I ate the second bowl of Spicy Butternut Squash soup for lunch and Martha's recipe for dinner, the next day, thereby being inspired to share the story and these two recipes, albeit a little late at this post writing.
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