Pilates After Waking Up

Have you ever woken from a deep sleep and taken a big stretch? Reaching your arms past your head and feeling your feet stretch for the wall. It feels so good to do! You can take it one step further by doing Pilates after waking up. After sleeping all night your body might feel stiff. AndContinue reading “Pilates After Waking Up”

Stretches when Traveling

I love to travel and especially to new places. If it’s close, we love a good road trip. After traveling in a car or plane, I feel stiff and cramped. In an airplane there’s very little room to stretch your legs. And in a car I sit in all kinds of positions trying to getContinue reading “Stretches when Traveling”

Meditation: My Favorite App & Rec’s

Meditation is something I like to include when talking about Pilates. Pilates focuses on our mind and body and I’ve found meditation to be very helpful with my Pilates practice. It’s helped me reduce the clutter in my head.  My favorite app for meditating in the morning is Insight Timer. The app is free andContinue reading “Meditation: My Favorite App & Rec’s”

Which props are good for stretching & Pilates?

There are many props for stretching and ones specifically for Pilates. You may not know where to start or how to use them. This post includes my favorite props to use for stretching, relieving tension, challenging myself during Pilates, and making exercises easier. All of the props included are affordable and I’ve included links forContinue reading “Which props are good for stretching & Pilates?”

Pilates and Coffee

Are you looking for movement in a fun and safe environment? How about doing things differently than exercising at home or in a gym? That’s what Pilates and Coffee is all about.  When you walk in the door at Artisan Culture, it’s a welcoming and inviting space instantly. The sunlight streams in through the stainedContinue reading “Pilates and Coffee”

Pilates after Walking: 10 Minute Videos

There are many options for Pilates after walking! These videos are specifically for you and all you need is ten minutes! I love going on walks. The fresh air, moving my body, listening to music or a podcast are my reasons for walking. It feels good to get out of the house even for aContinue reading “Pilates after Walking: 10 Minute Videos”

How to Tone Your Arms

There are many exercises to build strength and tone your arms! And don’t worry if you struggle with push-ups, the answer is not to do 30 push-ups a day. There are a variety of ways to tone your arms and I’ve included multiple videos to show you how. I started doing Pilates consistently (4 timesContinue reading “How to Tone Your Arms”

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure

The air is getting colder, the leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere which means allergy season! Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love the smell of it, when my sinuses are open. If you have seasonal allergies you know stuffy nose, runny nose, and sinus pressure are no fun. I’veContinue reading “How to Relieve Sinus Pressure”

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”