"I adapt to change with ease" Liza Laird
Carve, scoop, hollow — typical cues that help to engage deep abdominal wall muscles.
Try this visual cue for a bonus (from the GYROTONIC® method’s creator Juliu Horvath) : GREYHOUND DOG BELLY
(Lee Shit, greyhound II)
Lasting solutions to maintaining healthy weight center on pulling the power and point of reference back inside. There is no perfect weight, percentage of body fat or diet. The key is listening to your body, knowing your constitution and making empowered choices aligned with your truth, phase of life and anchored in a spiritual practice. Our food and exercise choices often stem from deeper emotional and psychological issues.
Tis the season for new growth. Which could stimulate allergies, swollen glands…—> discomfort in the head. If you suffer from any of these conditions take a look at what you are and aren’t ingesting.
*If you’re allergic to grass or ragweed : try avoiding melons, bananas, cucumbers, zucchini, peaches, celery, tomatoes, chamomile tea and sunflower seeds — as they share the same proteins found in those pollens.
*Vitamin C and quercetin have anti-oxidants that act as anti-inflammatories : try eating any berry, red/green bell peppers, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, leeks and onions.
*Some proteins have anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids : wild salmon, sardines, enriched eggs and flaxseed.
*Pump up your pre and pro biotic count. Yogurt, cultured veggies, allium family (onions, leeks, garlic), apples…
*Hydrate with water and movement to keep things flushing around and outwards.
The word TMJ is commonly associated with stress, grinding of the teeth, tension headaches…perhaps if we were more clear with what it is/looks like and the function of this hot spot, we’d have a better grip on how to avoid the discomfort some experience.
TMJ = Temporomandibular Joint
Function = connect the upper temporal bone (part of the cranium) with the lower jaw bone (mandible)
As with all joints if they have space to move the nerves, fluids, surrounding muscles, etc can all function as intended without any pain. Try these movements to relieve TMJ pain :
-mimic a yawn —> imagine a snake’s jaw opening (and opening…)
-let the bottom jaw disengage from the top —> think slack, like a hanging puppet —> gently shift the bottom jaw side to side, front to back
-massage —> palpate your TMJ and circulate the surrounding areas to assist any release that perhaps want to happen but needs a nudge
What lies underneath our skin organ? Fascia, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, liquids, nerves,…How can we enhance it all?
Quite simple : MOVEMENT. Keep it all hydrated, mobile and supportive. Because once you stop, your body will respond with cranky tension that restricts your movement —> restricts enjoyment of life.
Courtesy of Antoine Bridier-Namias
"Men (as well as women) enjoy many of the same benefits that Pilates has to offer : integrated core and total-body strength/conditioning, increased flexibility, decreased injuries and improved posture, function and mobility. Pilates is the perfect exercise method for longevity, and enhanced quality of life and an improved sense of confidence and well-being." -Kevin Bowen
"The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive." Thich Nhat Hanh
of dancing grace
long lean legs
feeling my body
all of its parts
of the ropes
to the core
near mermaids by the sea
with Cleopatra in beauty
a loving gift
for my body
Corinne Van Meter of St. George, UT
Pilates Style Magazine, January/February 2014 issue, p16