Six Steps Toward Improving Lower Back Health (Naturally)

Lower back pain is lousy and way too common. Whether it’s chronic or temporary, a dull ache or a stabbing sensation, mild or severe (or anywhere in between), it can disrupt your life. Lower back pain limits what you can do day-to-day, be it exercise, sitting for too long at a desk, or even playing with your kids. To avoid pain, many people restrict themselves from doing too much, which can lead to…

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Center Yourself and Strengthen Your Core with Hard Core Flow

I originally designed this class – Hard Core Flow – for my clients who want a hard-core workout that keeps moving (hence the name). It is a challenging, full-body, equipment-free workout that can be done in the comfort of your own home or away on travel. While toning and sculpting the muscles is a nice bonus feature of this program, Hard Core Flow can provide much more than that…

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Unite and Ignite: Burn and Breathe Your Way to Better Health

When you ask someone how they’re doing, do you ever hear, “I’m great, life is so balanced and calm and stress free”? Or, when you’re sitting in traffic, late for an important meeting and you see the minutes going by, do you say to yourself,  “I’m so relaxed and calm because there’s nothing I can do about it anyway. So I’m just gonna chill”? Yeah, me neither…

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Start Your Day Off Strong With These Morning Moves

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Do you grab your phone and check emails? Or get lost in the social media vortex? Or maybe you stare at the wall wishing you didn’t have to get out of bed. Perhaps you even dread something you have to face that day…

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Can I Do Pilates While Pregnant?

I approach this subject with particular pleasure based on many past and present gratifying experiences with prenatal Pilates clients. For this blog I will relate the experiences of one client in particular —we’ll refer to her as Courtney. Courtney began with me early in her first trimester, as recommended by her obstetrician...

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It's a Big Sky

It’s almost launch time! Over the past year and through today, I have been immersed in an enormous undertaking: To create and release my first series of online instructional videos, soon to be available through my website. You will be able to access a mobile, equipment-free program that is designed to benefit everyone regardless of fitness level, stage in life, or access to a private instructor or fancy gym...

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Will Pilates Help My Back Pain?

Outside the gym we spend a large amount of time sitting in front of screens, often in seated positions that do not require any core strength or stability. Combine that with wearing a heavy purse (usually on the same shoulder) or carrying too many grocery bags, moving or shifting furniture or boxes around our apartments, working out with improper form, etc., and we increase the occurrence of muscular imbalance, misalignment, and overuse...

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The Road of Life: The Good, the Bad, and the Muddy

The path I’ve taken to get here has certainly not been straight, nor have I always stayed on it. I often questioned if I was even going in the right direction. I’ve fallen down on the path, fallen apart, and even fallen off and been lost. But every time I fell down, I eventually got back up…

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Love - A Healthy Gift

Who are the people in your life who love you? And I mean really love you. I bet you can count them with your fingers. For many of us it’s a parent or parents, a child or children, partner, spouse, a best friend or two, maybe a sibling or close family member. Go ahead, take a minute and think of these people, the ones who, if you called them right now and said, “Please help me,” would be there no matter what the circumstances. Now notice how it makes you feel simply to think about these people. Just notice…

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"Living Your Best Life"

It started out to be a promising day, with my morning wellness rituals on point - mediation, gratitude, Pilates, and yoga, all of which had followed a good night’s sleep. I felt great, and in the perfect frame of mind to work on my upcoming blog about – a subject of my choosing – “Living Your Best Life.”

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Following Your Joy

When you ask people around the world what they most want out of life, so much of the time the answer is, “I just want to be happy.” It seems to be life’s #1 goal, and in the U.S., one of our inalienable rights is indeed ‘the pursuit of happiness.’ But what is “happiness”? Scientists can’t even agree on a definition, even though they’ve filled bookcases and professional journals with advice on how to get it…

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Healthy Holiday Habits!

We’re entering into the busy holiday season - a time to enjoy friends, family, and food.

Contrary to popular belief, you can have all three without derailing a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps in past years you’ve found yourself over-indulging in unhealthy and sugary food and beverages at various celebrations and festivities. Your fitness and nutrition plans took a back seat to holiday activities, because many traditions and events involved scrumptious treats and long evenings of drinking and eating…

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A September to Remember

We are wise to recognize and honor specially designated holidays that increase awareness of important social and health and wellness issues. For example, most of us can appreciate the value of observing National Parkinson’s Awareness Month which sheds light on how we can support our friends and family who are afflicted with Parkinson’s disease and the challenges they face...

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The Company We Keep

Have you ever noticed that people with supportive families and friends are generally happier and more successful in life? Friends can exert a measurable and ongoing influence on your behavior and, consequently, your health. You know how much better you feel when, on a bad day, you call on a friend who cares and with whom you share a meaningful conversation. Wouldn’t you agree that such friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement? Indeed, our well-being is influenced by the company we keep…

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Mental Wellness

Since 1949, May has been nationally recognized as Mental Health Month. This year's theme is “Fitness #4Mind4Body.” Through activities, events, and writings, mental health leaders and practitioners have been offering information to help individuals bring mental health fitness into their own futures. The goal is to raise awareness and educate the public on symptoms, causes, and available treatments. A larger mission is to inspire more social empathy for those of us who suffer from time to time with some component of mental illness or disturbance…

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Starting a Conversation: Pilates and Parkinson’s

For the ninth year, the United States Senate has officially declared April Parkinson’s Awareness Month. The greater Parkinson’s community continues to raise awareness about a disease that affects roughly 1 million people in the United States. The Parkinson’s Foundation has set this year’s theme as “Start a Conversation,” a call to action that urges people to engage with loved ones to talk about Parkinson's. #StartAConversation - their official hashtag - aims to encourage conversation and discussions about how care and treatment can be improved…

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An Integrative Approach to National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month. This annual campaign draws national attention to the importance of making healthy food choices, combined with making time for new, or, better physical activity habits. Inspired by this year’s theme, “Go Further With Food,” I am writing this blog post to address the subject with my personal integrative approach which incorporates the whole self - mind, body, spirit and core. A few simple adjustments to your daily life can have a huge impact and make you feel better and function better...

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Happiest, Healthiest You

It’s that time of year when we create Vision Boards, make New Year’s Resolutions, reflect on the past year and ruminate about the upcoming year. Retrospection helps you reevaluate your life choices, including health and wellness goals. The task need not be daunting. I offer you here 10 Must-Do Tips to help you feel and look your best in the year ahead! You will find them to be easy, effective, and designed to fit your busy life...

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De-Mystifying "The Core"

“I want to work on my core!” Good for you, because all movement starts at “the core.” I hear individuals tell me they want a stronger core as each one indicates his or her mid-section. Perhaps you have expressed this very goal. Not surprisingly, “the core” is currently THE “buzzword” in the fitness industry. And, “the core” is one of the most significant aspects of my professional work...

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