Another Step on the Path to my Dream Coming True

Silhouette of woman practicing yoga on the beach during a beautiful sunset.

I just realised last night not all my clients at the studio know my exciting news for November.  I thought I had been talking about it so much that everyone knew and it seems this is not so.

My excitement is that in November I am going to the Nappa Valley in the United States to train to be a Yoga teacher with two of the most amazing Yoga Teachers in the world Gina Caputo and Kathryn Budig.  It is a 4 week long immersion certification, so when I get back I will be able to add yoga classes to our schedule.  Yes I am not sure when but I know that it will sort itself out as everything else along the path has so far. 🙂

Visit Gina Caputo and Kathryn Budig’s website

Gina Caputo: http://www.ginacaputo.com/

Kathryn Budig: http://kathrynbudig.com/

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6 ½ years ago I left my job as a Senior Management Accountant with one of Australia’s largest food manufacturers and I said to myself this is just not me.  I had a dream of one day owning a yoga/Pilates retreat where people could come to a beautiful space and practice yoga/Pilates.  So I embarked on that journey.

As you can see I am not at the end of the journey because the retreat is still a beautiful place in my mind.  But I do now teach Pilates at my own studio and now I am off to add Yoga teaching to my skills.  Which is the next step in this amazing journey towards my dream career.

As I have mentioned before it could not be further from the career I have already established myself in as a Finance Manager.  But these skills certainly do not go astray.  I have often asked myself why I went down that path that seem to be wrong, however I am entirely grateful that at least I was on a path and to be honest if not for that career I would not be able to finance my dream which is slowly but surely starting to take shape.

Anyhow essentially I just wanted to let you all know that yes I will be away for 4 weeks from November 7 – December 5, but I also wanted to let you know I am at work in the background talking to some lovely yoga and Pilates instructors who I am hoping are going to join the studio and start taking some classes.  Which will mean that you all get more timeslots to fit in some Pilates or yoga and most of all you are looked after while I am overseas get my new skills.

I hope you all are having a lovely week, and thankyou to each and every one of you, because without you, I can fulfil my dreams, which is to share the benefit of mindful movement which is my passion.

Cheers

Son

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And She Discovered Pilates Is So Much More – By Karen

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I have been gym junkie for years and love exercising but as I get older my muscles don’t recover like they use to.  I was speaking with a girl at work one day, talking about exercise and complaining that my shoulder and knees ache, most days walking around as if I was older than I was.  She suggested Pilates and was telling me how it changed her life.

So late last year I decided I would give Pilates a goand what a change it has made.  I have now been doingPilates classes for the past 8 months and in this time my body has become stronger, I stand taller, my core gets stronger every day and I feel fantastic. The aches and pains I once had are no longer there and I still attend a couple of high intensity classes a week, so I get the best of both worlds.

If someone would have said to me years ago tryPilates, I would have saidthis isn’t exercising looks like a stretching class.

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Pilates is so much more, I get a better workout in Pilatesthan I do in other classes I do at the gym,  I am stronger through my body & mind, I have toned and I feel amazing. I highly recommend Pilates to everyone, it will change your life.

Karen

Pilates Week 10 – The Side Lift

March is a beautiful month in Australia, we get the last of summer and there is a couple of great long weekends.  This long weekend is now a long week off for me and I am pretty excited because the weather is going to be some great beach days, one of my favourite things about this time of year and having a week off is that the beach is ever so quiet because the kids are back at school.

There is something about exercise at the beach, one of the things I love about pilates is you can do it anywhere, anytime once you know the basics.  On that note just a gentle reminder to make sure that you are practicing your pilates with a trained instructor at least once a week so you make sure that you are learning the right technique.  Integrity with your technique will help you grow stonger, leaner muscles quicker and move on to more advanced exercises sooner.

Today’s exercise is part of the side lift series, it will help you build strength in the sides of your abdominals, your inner thighs and help you build balance and control.  This series will take place over the next few weeks.

Lie on your left side, with your left arm stretched underneath you following the same line as your torso.  Place your right hand on the mat in front of you for support.  Your legs are stacked on top of each other.

Breathe in to prepare, as you breathe out lengthen both legs as far away from your hips as far as possible, and then lift them a few inches off the ground.

Keeping your legs together, breathe in as you lower both legs until they hover just above the floor.  Repeat ten times, and then swap to the other side of your body.

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Pilates Week 4 – The Back Support

Happy Australia Day weekend all!

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I started my weekend with a beautiful family wedding at the Werribee Park Mansion, an absolutely stunning day in a picturesque environment. I often start thinking how glad I am for my pilates practice and core strength during everyday events and yesterday was one such moment.

Seven years ago I would have really struggled to stand for an hour or more in heels and be able to concentrate on what was going on. But because I consistently do my pilates practice and have now gained real core strength, standing in the garden at my cousins wedding was a breeze. Which meant I could fully concentrate on the beautiful ceremony and be there in the moment, rather than have my body and brain grumping at me that I needed to sit.

So for today’s exercise I thought lets do some static back work.

Everybody needs to be able to stand at times in their life, whether it be at a family wedding in a beautiful garden or at your kids football/netball match. And every body should be able to do this without the pain or exhaustion that comes from holding your body in the wrong posture for extended periods of time.

That was my problem, my posture was terrible, the most inefficient and not at all flattering, one day I will share my old posture with you to show you just how lazy core muscles can get and what kind of problems this then creates. However today’s post is week 4 of the 2013 challenge which I am proud to say is still going strong.

The Back Support

Goal : Torso stabilisation and upper-body strength

Technique Tips: If you feel any discomfort in your wrists, lower yourself down onto your elbows.

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Step 1. Sit up straight. Place your hands behind you with your fingertips facing towards your hips, and stretch your legs together straight out in front of you.

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Step 2. Lift your body into a reverse plank position, visualising one long line from the crown of your head to your toes, being careful to keep your chin slightly lowered and soft, maintaining the alignment with your spine.

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Step 3. If you feel any discomfort in your wrists, lower yourself onto your elbows. If you feel any discomfort in your knees, bend your legs (with a 90-degree angle at the knee joint), with your feet hip width apart. If you feel any discomfort in your lower back, stop the exercise.

Step 4. Hold the position, draw your navel to your spine and slowly breathe in and out ten times.

Cheers
Sonia
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