Wednesday Tips

For Side Kick Front/Back Series...Imagine, stacked coffee cups...


Lie on your side with your elbow, shoulder, midback and buttocks aligned with the back edge of your mat.Think shoulder over shoulder, hip over hip.

Lift your top leg to hip height and turn it out ever so slightly from the hip. Inhale, pressing your navel deep into your spine.

Swing your leg to the front and pulse it twice (like two small kicks) as far forward as it will so without rocking forward in your hips or scrunching your waist.

To stabilize your shoulders, imagine balancing stacked coffee cups on your shoulder and do not rattle the cups as you go. 

Exhale as you swing your leg back, reaching for the back corner of the room. Watch those cups.

Repeat 10 times

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Yamuna Body Rolling is coming to P/oP

Our very own Pilates Instructor Abby Hanson

has recently been certified in Yamuna and will be teaching classes here at Pilates of Pasadena.  

What is Yamuna Body Rolling? 

  • YBR is a ball rolling therapy that combines the release of massage with the strengthening and toning of exercise, providing an effortless workout and a deep stretch. 

  • The balls apply traction that frees up connective tissue, reeducates muscles, stimulates bones, and leads to fully releasing negative holding patterns in the body.  

  • YBR heals deep body problems at the same time that help you get in shape.  In the traditional class format YBR uses balls to lengthen muscle, stimulate bone and open up joints for a healthier more sustainable happy body. 

If you have ever used a foam roller for self healing, think about how much more specific you can get with a ball!  The balls also offer a different density than the foam rollers and many people find them to be more effective for release technique.

Private lessons can also accomplish deep tissue release and can be personalized to target habitual body patterns.

Its fun and compliments the Pilates traditional program.

Please look for classes in June.  Private lessons will also be available.  

To find out more about Abby Hanson Click on Our Story or go to go to


Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

Maria and family recently visited Wolf Mountain Sanctuary. 

It is a sanctuary for rescued wolves located in Palmdale, and is primarily dedicated to saving the threatened species while lending a helping hand to at-risk local youth. It is also one of the few wolf sanctuaries that hosts interactive wolf educational tours.

Everyone learned about the wolves, about their life in the wild and most importantly, why save the wolf?


A wolf is so noble, so beautiful.

The wolves, as well as other endangered species, are ecological indicators.  It is by studying these species and learning how to preserve them that we learn the main factors affecting our environment.

Visit the organization's website to learn more.

Yes, you get to actually touch a wolf and could most likely get kissed by a wolf … if you want to!!





You can't buy your Mother's Love

Mother’s day will soon be here,

which means

it’s time to start thinking about how you are going to

cement your place as your mom’s favorite child. 


It's true...

that you can’t buy your mother's love – but we can help you by getting her the perfect gift.... we suggest a Pilates of Pasadena Gift Card to show your love. 




Call (626)765-6500 or email us to place your order.

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This Mat Class is Not to be Missed....

Mat Class presented


Meredith Rogers, visiting Faculty BASI Sr. Instructor

Sunday, May 6, 2018

9am - 11am

Open to everyone!

(75 minute class with a Q & A) - $40

11:30am - 4:30pm Private sessions, $110 (SOLD OUT), 1 group class $40


990 South Arroyo Parkway
Pasadena, CA  91105

We hope you will take advantage of this top-notch Pilates line up and join us!


Quick Balance Test

To evaluate your own balance...

  1. Stand up and imagine you're going to walk forward on a straight line, placing one foot directly in front of the other so that the heel of your front foot touches the toes of your back foot.

  2. Keep both feet flat on the floor.

  3. Hold that position and close your eyes.

If you can maintain your balance for 30 seconds, you are doing pretty well. Congrats!

If you are wobbling just about as soon as you close your eyes—or before—your balance is poor.

If you did not perform as well as you thought you should, it's OK.

Let’s work on this together!

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Join  P/oP on Sunday at 9:30 am for Dorothy's

Sculpt, Tone and Balance group class with props. 

Text 626-818-0241 or Email to reserve a spot.

Sculpt, Tone and Balance Class: $20

Love our Planet on Earth Day

Pasadena Earth Day

Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Sponsor: Armory Center for the Arts

For more information call: 626-229-9570

Or click here:

Celebrate Earth Day with an festival at two adjacent locations -- Pasadena Memorial Park for outdoor activities and, across the street, the Armory Center for the Arts for indoor activities. 

The festival features information booths about local grassroots environmental efforts and hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and interactive activities to learn about sustainable practices that include storm water harvesting, water-wise gardening, bike repair, healthy recipe demonstrations, clean energy options, and electric vehicles. 

Visitors can join in zumba dancing and drum circle beats while also listening to live music. 

Food trucks on hand too!

Exciting New Mat Class Coming to Pilates of Pasadena

Sunday, May 6, 2018

9am - 11pm

Mat Group Class 

Presented by visiting BASI Sr. Faculty Member, Meredith Rogers

(75 minute class with a Q & A) - $40

We hope you will take advantage of this top-notch Pilates line up and join us!

To register for this Mat class: 

Email or

or call Jeanne King at (818) 434.9180

Please note:  The 11:30am - 4:30pm $110. Private session segments, are SOLD OUT.



Sculpt, Tone and Balance Class

Join Dorothy Waterman

for a

Group Sculpt, Tone and Balance class with Props

Sunday morning ~ April 7 at 9:30am

Text 626-818-0241 or Email to reserve a spot.

Sculpt, Tone and Balance Class: $20

Dorthy Waterman, Instructor

Dorothy Waterman has been a health and fitness professional since 1991.  A lifelong athlete and dancer, she finds herself most comfortable engaging in many forms of healthy activities including dance, weight lifting, biking, swimming, running and group exercise.

Dorothy has certifications in personal fitness training, Zumba, group exercise, senior fitness, Pilates, restorative yoga, and laughter yoga.  She trains individuals ranging in age from 40 to 95 in healthy body movement and leads group exercise classes from Zumba to Pilates to water aerobics.

 In her pursuit of personal growth and healing, Dorothy has discovered that the healing power of laughter can be nearly as effective a mood elevator as a 5k run. Plus it’s a lot easier on the joints. 

Celebrating Spring Holiday Traditions

Season to celebrate Easter and Passover.

Both of these holidays bring an emphasis of nature, hope and history.

The renewal of nature that comes with spring amplifies the promise of redemption intertwined in the historical events being commemorated.

Passover commemorates events leading to the liberation of the children of Israel and is celebrated for seven to eight days. 

Easter, a festival in the Christian calendar, celebrates the events leading to and the resurrection of Jesus and is celebrated over a week which is known as the 'Holy Week.'

We can always admire the varying Easter and Passover traditions that are held around the world and here in our community. 

Whether you remember having ham or lamb, or as a kid you hunted eggs, had a chocolate bunny, or smashed dishes to indicate a fresh start during Passover, traditions are meaningful for how uniting and celebratory they are every spring. 

Join us in celebrating the tradition of sharing meals with family & friends.

Enjoy  one of our favorite traditional recipes.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Olive Oil

  • 1 1/2 Lbs. medium asparagus, peeled

  • 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt & fresh ground Pepper

  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 450.

In a baking dish lined with parchment paper, drizzle the asparagus with half of the olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

Roast for about 15-20 minutes, or until tender when pierced with a fork. When done, drizzle the asparagus with the remaining olive oil, lemon juice and zest. Serve hot.