Why you can be flexible and still have hip pain

It seems like the universal solution in yoga to hip pain…sciatica…and piriformis syndrome in yoga is pigeon pose – or rolling your glutes with a ball or foam roller. As Dr. Phil would say, “How’s that working for you?” While we don’t want to hate on pigeon or self-massage, because both are relaxing, but...

Why the Semicircle Deserves a Class of its Own

The semicircle on the reformer is my favorite Pilates exercise. I love the way it feels to wind my way through space while undulating my spine with arms overhead.  The feedback from the reformer shoulder rests, carriage, and footbar support me just right, so I can worm my way through space—in a more refined...

Tunnel Vision: Guest Post with Trina Altman

Tunnel Vision: There’s so much more going on than what’s in front of your eyes We bipedal humans focused on what’s in front of us. Our eyes are forward-facing lenses through which we orient ourselves and navigate the world. But what are we missing?Being tech savvy takes a toll on the body. When we...

Join The De-Rotation Play Station (Watch the video below!)

Daily life has a way of getting us out of whack. No matter how balanced we try to be in our bodies, we’re almost always favoring one side or another. I’m going to tell you about an exercise I began to teach and practice when I noticed huge muscular imbalances during rotation in my...

Relax Your Back for Better Breathing (Watch the video, see below!)

Did you know that 50% of your breathing muscles are on your back? If you have knots and trigger points in your neck, back and shoulders, you can’t breathe well. That’s because you stop using your diaphragm, the primary muscle of respiration, and start using the muscles around your neck and upper chest...

Pilates From the Inside Out

I have always been fascinated with the “under layer”. As a child, a favorite activity of mine was to design images on the Light Bright: a black screen covered with small round holes. I loved exploring how the placement of the small component parts changed the entire design. It was a jigsaw puzzle with...

Navel To Spine: Are You Hyperventilating Yet?

The cue “navel to spine” is used ubiquitously in Pilates and yoga classes. I don’t like it. I don’t use it. It is impossible to sustain, and does not sleeve your spine with the muscular support needed to prevent injury. Your core involves so much more than just the muscles around your belly button....