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Pilates Centering

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"Extend from your center, return to your center" ~ Gautama Buddha   I love this quote – so simple, yet so wise. In Pilates, we often talk about moving from our centre, but what does that really mean? When I looked up the definitions of centre and...

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Top 3 books on Pilates

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When I began practicing Pilates in the late 1990’s, there weren’t very many books on Pilates, so every time I saw one at the bookstore I would scoop it up. As Pilates grew in popularity, so did the number of books on Pilates – and...

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The Hundred – Part 2

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"Pose 3 (a) EXHALE SLOWLY (b) Raise and lower both arms (tensed) (c) From shoulders only (d) Without touching body (e) within a radius of 6" to 8" (f) Mentally counting 5 movements while (g) EXHALING SLOWLY" (excerpt from the instructions for the Hundred. Joseph Pilates, Return to Life, p. 39)   In Part 1...

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Summer Sipping

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Ah, the lazy days of summer… they are finally here! When I think of summer, I think of hot weather, sleeping in, and cool drinks on the patio with friends. Calgary is quite beautiful in the summer, with lots of activities going on.   My personal faves?...

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Celebrate your successes

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  “Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away!”  (Oh, the Places You’’ll Go, Dr. Seuss)   Do you remember reading the Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, The places You’’ll Go?” It is often given as a graduation gift, to celebrate new adventures in life....

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Happy Pilates Day 2016!

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  Last summer, my father-in-law came over to help hang my historical photos of Joseph Pilates in the studio. While we were measuring and spacing out the photos, he commented “I didn’t know he was a real live person”. I found his comment fascinating, as it...

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The Hundred – Part 1

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Quintessential: adjective.  Representing the most perfect or typical example of a quality or class (source: www.oxforddictionaries.com)   Ah, the infamous Hundred. Love it, like it, or sometimes even dread it, our Pilates workouts wouldn’t be complete without the Hundred.One of my Pilates teachers once said that the Hundred...

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Chocolate for the Pilates Soul

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Ah, nothing says love more than a scrumptious box of chocolates and overpriced roses… or so all the Valentine’s Day advertising would have us believe.   If you have known me for any length of time, you know that I LOVE chocolate. Chocolate truffles, chocolate cheesecake, chocolate...

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