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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15th Apr 2015

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DAY 14 = 1.5 minute plank. Kids, I'm so late to the game today. Hopefully you viewed the #Aprilplankchallenge calendar and knew what to do. How you doing with holding...

13th Apr 2015

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DAY 13 = 1.5 minute plank! Let's do it! Here we have @jodiecorliss giving it her all planking with feet in #TRX straps! More challenging. Since the planks are only...

12th Apr 2015

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Happy Sunday kids! I have 2 spaces available in my 10am Pilates class at the Livermore Valley Tennis Club tomorrow. You do not need to be a member. Class is...

11th Apr 2015

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DAY 10 = 1 minute plank = 50 minute walk = 25 jumping jacks! #gracefulpilates #practicewhatyoupreach Don't like jumping? do low impact jumping jacks, start legs together, step out to...

10th Apr 2015

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DAY 10 = 1 minute plank. You've got this! @christinaskally os my over achiever. She's doing her plank with feet in TRX straps! After resting in child's pose, she decided...

10th Apr 2015

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What the heck. These bars seem to be the buzz word. Why? I've never tried one and never seen one in real life @RxBar. How do I get hooked up?...

09th Apr 2015

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DAY 9 = ONE minute plank! Get down and dirty! Let's do it. Wherever you are! Get it done. You can do this! Fight for it! Brisk walk today 40-50...

09th Apr 2015

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Has this baby upstaged us? I think so. Do not attempt that at home. But what I really wanted to share with you is by doing the plank as we...