So, how much do you love the Tree on the Reformer? Ok, maybe it’s just me! But, I happen to know a few people who love the Tree and all it does in Pilates. And, you’re probably wondering why I am even talking about the Tree here in my online mat classes. Well, last week I was quite inspired by the Tree after one of my Skype clients found her inner acrobat. And, afterwards a whole discussion on Instagram happend about all the amazing gifts the Tree gives us. And, while, yes it happens on the Reformer or the Ladder Barrel mostly I decided to bring the Tree to our Mat practice this week.
And, what I hope you’ll find is that the Tree not only spices up our mat work it also helps us dive a little deeper into some exercises or saves us in others! I hope you find a little love for the Tree this week!
I cannot tell you how many times I have heard “I hate Stomach Massage” or “Why do we do this?” And then, there is lots of love for Tendon Stretch until we take a leg off… In this week’s mat class we channel our Stomach Massage in many of our Mat exercises. I hope that by the end you at least like a little bit what the Stomach Massage does to help your Mat practice. And, to make it a little fun we rock out with our Tendon Stretch! I know you’ll have fun with it! I really did.
When you lift one foot off even one inch does your whole bridge fall down? I know mine has been struggling for almost 10 years… until now! After hearing from you last week I found many of us struggle to not fall out of our bridge when we lift a leg. And, it’s not only frustrating but it disconnects us from our center and the exercise.
START DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 2:00pm PST (check your timezone). If 7 days from class start time has passed, you can find the next available class here. DESCRIPTION: I don’t know about you but sometimes my lower abs just feel like they are on vacation. My legs LOVE to do ALL the …
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START DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:00pm PST (check your timezone). If 7 days from class start time has passed, you can find the next available class here. DESCRIPTION: Ok, I’m coming clean! I absolutely hate stretching post a run or workout with my trainer. I mean, I would rather do a full …
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Sometimes we are all about the Mat! And, well, these are mat classes so it’s pretty hard not to be all about the mat work. But, the rest of the Pilates method was designed to support us when we are on the mat. So, this week, while we mat out we will be gaining strength and inspiration from Pilates exercises typically done on the other pieces of equipment!
By request, we are starting an exploration of extension. This will be one of many that we do. This week, we explore what it means to find length in the spine without doing massive backbends. I used to think that extension could only exist if my feet were touching my head. But, after lots of studying in my own body, I have found that the more I allow the extension to stay away from my lower back and work its way up my spine the more strength I feel in my body. In this week’s class enjoy the mini extension exploration. And, take it a few times because the thing about relearning extension is the more you do it the more your body remembers!
I know you love the Reformer! Who doesn’t?! Well, in this week’s class the Reformer meets your mat. Get ready to footwork, row and snake away on your mat. Who needs a reformer when you’ve got your imagination and your muscles?
See you on your mat,
There is lots of cues regarding the shoulders. Too often “shoulders down” is a quick fix cue thrown out there. Or, even, “don’t use your shoulders…”. But, what does it feel like to have your shoulders connected? Is it down? Is it back? How will it feel to simply focus on the shoulders throughout the whole mat workout? Well, take this week’s class and find out! I can tell you I can feel the effects after just one time doing this class. Enjoy your shoulder explorations!
See you on your mat,
This week’s class is inspired by every person who has rocked back and not rocked right back up. It happens. It seems like such an easy exercise when you rock back and it’s almost shocking you can’t rock back up right? But, the truth is this rolling exercise is more than rocking back and forth. There are some key things you can do in the exercise to make it happen. And, there are pieces throughout the mat work that help teach your body how to rock back and right back up.
This week let’s roll that open leg rocker!