Thursdays at noon with Charletha
Charletha utilizes small props, (i.e., small balls and 18” dowel sticks) for closed chain movements. This class is a combination of Pilates mat work and stretching, as well as an emphasis on joint articulation, fascia release and standing balance.
The goal is to increase overall core strength, achieve better functional range of motion in joint structures, and maintain overall body movement and balance awareness.
This is a great class
for anyone, especially older adults who wish to remain fit and maintain a full range of motion.
SIGN UP FOR CLASS AT: pilatesofpasadena.com/book-classes $25.00
“ I see so many of us lose our balance as we age, any way to continue to improve our balance will ultimately prevent injuries caused from falling “ — Maria
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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Spring Into Action
Tuesdays at noon with Toni
Jump boards and trampolines attached to reformers transform your Pilates workout into a jumping cardio workout. Jumping horizontally against the springs, rather than fighting gravity, provides low impact to joints while using your core to stabilize the body. Get your heart rate going and get ready to move.
This is a 40-minute class. $25.00
TO BOOK CLASS GO to:pilatesofpasadena.com/book-classes
While there are lots of good-for-you and your family foods out there, some key ingredients make it a lot easier to keep your weight or meet your weight-loss goals.
Next grocery store run,
be sure to load these 3 diet-friendly items in your cart:
1 - balsamic vinegar (it adds a pop of low-cal flavor to veggies and salads)
2 - in-shell nuts (their protein and fiber keep you satiated)
3 - fat-free plain yogurt (a creamy, comforting source of protein)
Caring for the planet is one of those things that can seem out of our reach.
James K. Williamson’s article,Things You Can Do to Care for the Planet, NYT Feb. 24, 2019, offers several ideas that we can do in our everyday lives to take part in caring for our community, country and planet.
Hang on to your smartphone
The little computer you carry with you requires a lot of energy to assemble. The production of an iPhone 6, for example, released the equivalent of 178 pounds of carbon dioxide, or about as much as burning nine gallons of gas, according to a 2015 study. Instead of buying a new phone, try to keep yours in working condition for as long as possible (here’s some advice on how to extend its life). But if you must get rid of yours, recycle it or consider buying a used one.
Leaves provide shelter for worms, moths and some butterflies, which then become prey for neighborhood birds. They also help nourish and fertilize soil, and you won’t burn fossil fuels by using a lawn mower or leaf blower.
Use a dishwasher, not the sink
Dishwashers have improved over the years: Average models certified by the government’s Energy Star program use 3.5 gallons or less per cycle. Compare that with an efficient kitchen faucet, which pours 1.5 gallons of water per minute, meaning that handwashing for four minutes nearly doubles the water use of a dishwasher. If you don’t have the luxury of owning a dishwasher, try to do the two-bucket method: “When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.”
Buy fewer clothes
Manufacturers use water and chemicals to dye and finish cotton clothes. Polyesters and nylons aren’t biodegradable. In this age of fast fashion, it’s best to wear your clothes for a long, long time. (Buying secondhand helps, too.)
Consider your online order, from click to carrier
When you’re shopping online, try to buy in bulk to reduce multiple deliveries, which can help cut carbon emissions from delivery trucks. Research your items to avoid having to return them, and always recycle the boxes.
Be mindful of your food waste
A massive amount of energy goes into producing the food we eat, especially meat and dairy and about 40 percent of food in the United States is thrown away. To limit food waste when you’re hosting a get-together, use this “Guest-imator” to calculate the amount of groceries you’ll need. Also check out the “Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook” for more help on reducing food waste.
We are very excited to announce multiple new open classes to the P/oP daily line-up! Did you have to miss your regularly scheduled session this week? Schedule a “nooner” with Heather or Toni. Want to get the weekend started right? 4pm reformer “happy hour” classes on Fridays through April will do the trick!Read More
Berries are an incredible food, rich in nutrients for our brain, our digestion, and they’re disease-preventative.
They’re also a fresh source of produce and keep us fuller than processed cereals with dried fruits. Add 1/2 cup of your choice frozen or fresh berries to either a smoothie, oatmeal, or just have some with some unsweetened coconut yogurt and a little chia or flax seeds.
Berries are also a great source of vitamin C to kickstart your immune system.
A revolutionary device, the OOV is ergonomically designed to complement the 3 curves of the spine and mimic natural movement. Developed by Australian Osteopath and Neuroscientist Daniel Vladeta who saw a need for a self-correcting device that would embed motor learning. The OOV is an unstable, proprioceptive, bio-feedback tool, that re-patterns and enhances efficient movement. The OOV Courses explore how using a device like the OOV can facilitate Functional Movement and create stability through improving mobility, focusing on exercises and training methods that continue to evolve with the latest research and our understanding of the body. Incorporating traditional Pilates exercises applied to the OOV and Balance Training, the course teaches you to Assess Correctly, identify where Instability and Restriction exist in the Body, and how to develop Strategies to Promote Improved Motor Control, Strength, Endurance, Proper Alignment and Increase Dynamic Stability through the 3D Activation of Myofascial Slings. The OOV is an experience and will change your daily practice and view of Functional Alignment.Read More
A fitness friend is hugely helpful for keeping motivated,
it's important to find someone who will inspire - not discourage.
Make a list
of all your exercise-loving friends and then see who fits this criteria such as; Can your pal meet to exercise on a regular basis? Is he/she supportive (not disparaging) of your goals?
And last, will your bud be able to keep up with you or even push your limits in key workouts? Now that’s a buddy!
If you've got someone that fits all three, make that phone call and we will see you both at your next Pilates workout.
"In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body"
~ Joseph Pilates
No matter how uncoordinated you might think you are, or how insecure about your age and body you are.…All of that is about to change with Pilates.
Doing Pilates properly is about awareness of the tempo and flow of the routine and how one movement blends into the next. Here are just 4 advantages to doing pilates.
You’ll be developing and strengthening your “powerhouse” abdominal core to support everything you do.
You will be keenly aware of the parts of your body that are weak and need to become more flexible.
You will also notice a vast improvement in your overall sense of well-being.
You’ll feel rejuvenated after only your first workout.
How badly do you want to do this?
The more you want to do Pilates, the greater and more satisfying your experience will be.
Let’s do it together!
Attend our Group classes for a fun and affordable way to experience Pilates. Each workout is tailored to each individuals level within the group setting. Book an appointment today!
3 private, 55-minute introductory sessions: $180
The studio is open 7 days a week from 6am to 9pm.
** Intro Offer: This set of 3 classes is an introduction to the art of Pilates and is open to first-time clients. Build core strength and learn the beginning moves you'll need to master this timeless exercise. Inquire on instructor availability.
"There is no charm equal to tenderness of heart."
Fitness experts now believe that if there is one form of exercise that men of all ages should be doing, it’s this one!
Pilates was created by a man -- for men. Creator, Joseph Pilates, had a list of occupations -- diver, wrestler, body builder, self-defense teacher and professional boxer -- that's pretty much the stereotypical definition of manliness. The truth is, Pilates offers a great workout, regardless of your gender.