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/
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.
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.
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.
Foam Roller Ab Prep
Laying on the foam roller, reach you hands behind you head and support it gently. Inhale to prepare drop your chin down a little and the exhale as you flex forward from the mid ribs. Inhale and then as you exhale gently return to your start position.
Leg Lift With Twist
Start with the foam roller under the mid back again, as you inhale raise the right knee towards your nose, as you do this twist your upper body towards that knee, carefully stabilising the pelvis with your supporting leg, exhale to return to the starting position.
Repeat 5 on each leg. Be sure to engage your lower abdominals by gently sucking your belly button to your spine to support your lower back.
Back Extension with Knee Raise
Starting with the foam roller under your mid back, your head gently supported by your hands, raise you right leg towards you nose as you inhale and then exhale to lower.
Then as you inhale extend your upper back over the foam roller, exhale as your return to the starting position inhale as you raise your left knee towards your nose and exhale as you return to the floor.
Repeat 5 times for each leg.
An amazing day on the water today, the beach was full of sunseekers and it was really hot, we had a beautiful sail and all I wanted to do tonight was just come home and stretch.
Light breezes mean there is not a lot of movement in fact you hold a position for some time while trying to catch what little breeze there is and make sure you maintain boat speed.
So tonights exercise is more of a stretch than an exercise on my favourite piece of small equipment “The Foam Roller”, it is the blue thing I am lying on. I love it so much most of my pilates clients also own one because we use them every class and they love them too.
So when you buy your foam roller if you don’t have one already here is the stretch.
Sit at the top edge of your foam roller and gently roll back onto it so your lying on it long ways with your head at the top.
Find your balance and breathe in and out 5 times.
Next open you arms out wide and gently drop them down to each side just above your head. Gently release them as close as you can to the floor and feel a nice stretch and opening in the fronts of your shoulders and pec area.
Breathe in and out 5 times and then gently roll back up off the foam roller.
Even if you do nothing else after a day hunched at your desk I guarantee this will make you feel lovely.
Cheers & Happy Stretching