Posts Tagged ‘breathing’

Seek straightness from the circle.

Spiral Movements

  Life doesn’t happen in a straight line.  It’s cyclical or more of a spiral, if you will . These days I am more often thinking of life more as a spiral than as a straight line. Life does not come with a directional map or step by step instructions.  I’m embracing a more circular, softer approach. I’m…

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The Body as Teacher: What I’ve Learned Beyond the Power of Pilates

The human body is a terrific teacher; a miraculous, complex multi-layered marvel that most of us know very little about. In our Western world that spends so much time focused externally on the material world and identified with the mind, it’s important to consistently stop , find moments of stillness and quiet, and trust the…

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The Healing Path of Pilates

Before surgery, the physiatrist recommended  Pilates as one way to help prepare for surgery.  He recommended Amy Anderson (A Living Art Centre), who specialized in Pilates rehabilitation. I’m forever grateful to Amy for introducing me to Pilates and setting me on the path of my healing journey. I walked into Amy’s studio, looking around the…

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The Purpose of a Bind is to Discover There is no Bind.

By Guest Writer Diana Bailey Part I The deep “binding” stretches of Pilates and Yoga challenge body and mind to learn balance in their work together. Releasing chronically held tension takes the patience of repeated invitations and acceptance of the often minimal response. Dissolving the tension is the immediate goal, and certainly the most obvious…

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7 Tips for Stress Relief at the Office

Office stress is hard on our bodies. Deep in a project, we’ll sit with poor posture, have our computers at the wrong height or angle, and generally do not pay attention to our body’s needs. Here are seven of my favorite stress relief remedies for our hectic office lives. 1. Improve Your Seated Posture Poor…

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The Pilates Method and Concentration

“The first thing you’ll learn, doing the Pilates Method, is that the position and movement of every part of your body is interrelated and important. When you’re walking, how you place your foot both influences and is affected by the way you hold your head. Concentrating on your whole body at once as it performs…

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