grace·ful

- moving in a smooth and attractive way; having a smooth and pleasing shape or style; polite or kind

Pilates

I'm reminded Pilates is a lifestyle; not just an exercise method to practice a couple times a week. I agree with Joseph Pilates ideal of a balanced lifestyle. It's not complicated. Value your health, your mind, your body and spirit. Let's live Pilates and experience "the ecstasy of living".

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Mat Pilates

To an outside observer, a mat Pilates class may seem pretty harmless. Most mat exercises are performed on your back or your tummy without any equipment. Every mat Pilates move, however, depends on principles such as concentration, control, fluidity, breath and balance. Through a strong mind-body connection, your muscles become toned and you improve your overall ability to execute coordinated movements. Specific to mat exercises is the fact they are proven most helpful to people with back care issues.

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Chair Pilates

Chair is a little secret that is still gaining ground with the reformer folks.  You can achieve a full body workout,  just utilizing the chair.  If you've never tried it, you are welcome to explore it with me.  It's more fun that you might think.

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TRX

Total Body Resistance Exercise, or it's more popular name "TRX", is a full body workout using your own body for resistance.  Also, with unstable straps, it forces you to stabilize with your core or power house.  We can get into the deepest squat using the TRX.  It will get you strong quickly.  And definitely give you the confidence to wear your favorite shorts!

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27th Sep 2016
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Be the reason someone smiles today❣ #smile #bringjoy #gracefulpilates

Be the reason someone smiles today❣ #smile #bringjoy #gracefulpilates

27th Sep 2016
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Practicing balance with these goddesses‍️‍! We used one red spring. Stand in front of your reformer with one foot on the carriage. As you push the carriage away, lift onto the ball of your foot on your standing leg. Whoa – spread your wings (arms) to help stabilize. Go for it! #reformer #balance #stability #stabilize #goddess #pilates #pilatesgoddess #basi #basipilates #gracefulpilates

Practicing balance with these goddesses‍️‍! We used one red spring. Stand in front of your reformer with one foot on the carriage. As you push the carriage away, lift onto...

26th Sep 2016
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Oh my gosh! New jean love! Thank you @anthropologie #jeans #jeanlove #sparkles #anthropologie #gracefulpilates

Oh my gosh! New jean love! Thank you @anthropologie #jeans #jeanlove #sparkles #anthropologie #gracefulpilates

25th Sep 2016
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Yes to whip cream!! What is your indulgence today? We all deserve one.. #yestowhipcream #indulge #workhard #playhard #gracefulpilates

Yes to whip cream!! What is your indulgence today? We all deserve one.. #yestowhipcream #indulge #workhard #playhard #gracefulpilates

24th Sep 2016
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Get your zen on, in what ever way that looks to you❣ #yogapartner #getyourzenon #peace #gracefulpilates #yoga

Get your zen on, in what ever way that looks to you❣ #yogapartner #getyourzenon #peace #gracefulpilates #yoga

21st Sep 2016
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You know you have an amazing yoga partner when they save you a spot #yogapartner #goodfriends #gracefulpilates

You know you have an amazing yoga partner when they save you a spot #yogapartner #goodfriends #gracefulpilates

21st Sep 2016
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I'm all excited thinking protein, right! Been working out, need some good healthy protein.. so I find Piri Piri chicken on @smittenkitchen and its some Portuguese recipe- I love Portugal, looks like I might have the ingredients. And since I'm all wound up about my @vitamix I decide I'll use that to make the marinade. I'm loving this cause it requires fresh parsley and I found some random sprigs out in the yard (geez, I need to water, lucky these babies held on). Anyhoo, I'm doing my thing and the hubs calls..he's bringing home take out. Listen, I'm all about spontaneity..so out comes a giant storage baggy and in the fridge goes the chicken. But guess what, the recipe says this thing's going to be even better after marinating for a few hours (or overnight). Beauty🏻 #workingmybody #protein #proteinforoptimummusclegrowth #smittenkitchen #vitamix #portugal #gracefulpilates #🏻

I'm all excited thinking protein, right! Been working out, need some good healthy protein.. so I find Piri Piri chicken on @smittenkitchen and its some Portuguese recipe- I love Portugal,...

20th Sep 2016
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Posture people! That's where it's at, especially with our youth in the age of electronics! Great posture not only looks beautiful (think Cinderella), but it can change your whole attitude. Try it- round your shoulders forward and hunch over- how's your breath? Now sit up, abs in, shoulders back, chin held high- now you're a rock star, and you can fill that diaphragm. In this vid I'm helping my little goddess fire up a few of her postural muscles, like the traps, lats, erector spinae, and a few more..Focus here is sitting upright, opening that chest and PULL🏻 #posture #pilatespower #pilatesposture #rowing #reformer #abs #lats #erëctorspinae #traps #livermore #gracefulpilates

Posture people! That's where it's at, especially with our youth in the age of electronics! Great posture not only looks beautiful (think Cinderella), but it can change your whole attitude....

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