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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03rd Jun 2015

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Love, love, love this move. #ABs! All springs on so the #reformer doesn't move. #longbox. One foot under strap. Scoochie to the front edge of the box. Pull free leg...

03rd Jun 2015

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My husband just said I look like a #dork. Really? I'm perplexed. #gracefulpilatesknowsfashion

30th May 2015

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Beautiful morning breakfast. Have a happy Saturday! Eggs, avocado and strawberries.www.gracefulpilates.com

24th May 2015

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Just for a giggle www.gracefulpilates.com

21st May 2015

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Hi! Want a full body workout?? Try the TRX plank. Both feel in straps, pull the tummy muscles in tight and lift your knees off the ground. Squeeze your butt,...

15th May 2015

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Here's a great one for the butt and upper, inner thigh! I had my client on the reformer box, but this could be done on the ground too!! Lay on...

14th May 2015

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Hello everyone! Try this intense move to work your shoulders. We used a red spring. Sitting upright, facing the straps, pull your abs in deeply to support your power house....

12th May 2015

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Number on the scale won't budge? Try this, add high energy circuit training for just 10 minutes once a week. Do 60 seconds each of 10 exercises that challenge you,...