Do I lift my hip during single leg circle?

One of the things I enjoy most about teaching Pilates is when you ask questions. Asking this one about your hips helps you learn more about your body and movement. This gives you a deeper understanding and helps you remember! Building hip strength is important for core strength and activities like walking, running, cycling and manyContinue reading “Do I lift my hip during single leg circle?”

How to Relieve Shoulder & Wrist Tension

Recently I struggled with shoulder and wrist discomfort and I wanted to share my experience with you. When we have discomfort in our body and don’t know the reason, it makes us pause. You might wonder, ‘why did this happen?’ I found myself asking the same question and instead of wondering why I asked ‘howContinue reading “How to Relieve Shoulder & Wrist Tension”

How to relieve your foot pain

Ever wonder why your feet hurt? Do you notice they hurt after sitting or standing for long periods? How do they feel after you take your shoes off? They can breathe again! Our feet are very important and it’s why Pilates is so helpful. Whether it’s in person using equipment or at home in an online Pilates session with a mat; your feet feel happy and free after exercising them. Exercising your feet also relieves back, hip, and knee pain.

When to Breathe during Pilates

One of the questions I am often asked is when do I breathe? Overall I hope that you keep breathing during Pilates. It is an important part of the movements and if you do the breathing backward, that’s ok! It’s a lot to understand when first doing Pilates and I’ve struggled with breathing as well.Continue reading “When to Breathe during Pilates”

Shoulders: Relieve Pain & Strengthen

Before I became a Pilates instructor I worked in an office for 4+ years. I worked in customer service which meant answering emails and phones, entering paint orders for our customers, etc. I started Pilates to help a nagging knee pain I had from running. Little did I know, Pilates would help open my chestContinue reading “Shoulders: Relieve Pain & Strengthen”

Chakras: Balance Energy and Let Go

Chakras are energy sources within your body. When the chakras are discussed it’s in terms of flow or being blocked. Think of the energy as a river and when one chakra is blocked, it builds a damn and stops the flow. The chakras travel from the base of your spine at your tailbone to theContinue reading “Chakras: Balance Energy and Let Go”

A Year in Texas during a Pandemic

It’s been one year since Mike and I moved to Texas. We had no idea when we would be moving once Covid-19 was announced a pandemic. I remember sitting in our hotel room in The Woodlands after finding an awesome house to rent and thinking “should we just stay here?” Instead, we flew back toContinue reading “A Year in Texas during a Pandemic”

Isn’t Pilates hard and intense?

The other day I was having a conversation with someone new and they asked what I do. I said I teach Pilates, strength building exercises for your whole body. And he said, ‘wow, Pilates, isn’t that really hard and intense?’ Honestly, it’s not but I can understand how you get that impression. Pilates uses equipmentContinue reading “Isn’t Pilates hard and intense?”

Relax, Recharge, and Energize

I’ve always had a hard time relaxing. My mind thinks I should be doing something. The trouble with ‘should’ is it’s an expectation. But we need to check with ourselves and ask if that’s the truth. The more opportunities you give yourself a chance to relax, the more you can recharge.  When our bodies stayContinue reading “Relax, Recharge, and Energize”