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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26th Apr 2015

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Thank you @thewholesmiths @dollyessfit @pretend_its_a_donut for my new cookbook #thehomegrownpaleocookbook I won I won!!! We made the Vietnamese Beef Salad with Peaches and Herbs for dinner #delicious @sustainabledish #yum Its...

26th Apr 2015

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Look who joined me for our very first paleo lunch and bullet proof coffee. We understand a lot more now. #gracefulpilates #sweetadrienne #greattime

26th Apr 2015

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Here is my beautiful lunch from @missionheirloom in Berkeley. Thanks for introducing me to such a wonderful Paleo eatery. Loved spending time with ya'll @thewholesmiths @dollyessfit @pretend_its_a_donut @happywifestyle @mermaidnorcal And,...

24th Apr 2015

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Teaching Pilates to the kids at school today. #gracefulpilates #sofun #kidsarelimber #pilatesisforeveryone #kidfun #joy

24th Apr 2015

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Day 23 = 3.5 minute plank. Distractions while we plank if boredom is a problem. You need one shot glass (empty people!) and major mouth suction (wait…never mind). And voila...

23rd Apr 2015

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Day 22 = 3 minute plank. A great way to open the chest after all the forward planking is teaser on the chair. Medium springs, back is on the chair,...

21st Apr 2015

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It's here!!! Sunday, April 26 @ 10am. Free Pilates in the Park at Pleasure Island Park! I'll be leading the class:-) All levels welcome – in fact if you've never...

21st Apr 2015

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Day 21 = 3 minute plank #gracefulpilates How is everyone feeling? Not there yet – don't worry!! Do what you can do, come down into a rest position and then...