Pilates & the Myth of the Dancer’s Body

My first introduction to Pilates was at 13yo at Dance Theater of Harlem where it was a required part of my training during Summer intensives. I had no inkling whatsoever that, almost 20yrs later, teaching Pilates would become my profession. For many, dance is the gateway to Pilates. And then it becomes our “retirement plan”…
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How To Not Fail Your Fitness Goals in 2019

The New Year is an energizing time when possibilities seem limitless! January’s air is infused with focused determination as we collectively wipe the proverbial slate clean and list all the ways we intend to transform over the next 12 months. Together we surge toward new goals or the ones that collected dust in 2018. We’re…

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What’s Your Personal Credo?

It’s said that, “If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything”. To me, it’s absolutely imperative to cultivate a set of beliefs, values, and ideals that resonate deeply in your gut, heart, and mind. Because your personal credo is where authenticity begins, integrity lives, and a fulfilling life is possible.   Developing my own…

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Are You a Contrology Freak™?

A Contrology Freak™ is anyone obsessed with Pilates and battling uncontrollable urges to drop and do The Hundred. You’ll find Contrology Freaks sweating in torture chambers around the world on apparatus with names like the Reformer, Electric Chair, Spine Corrector, and Guillotine. We practice Joseph Pilates’ Method of exercise with as much integrity as possible…

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Lemon Essential Oil

When Life Gives You Lemon Essential Oil…

Lemon essential oil instantly reminds me of two things from my childhood: 1. Joy dish detergent and 2. Pledge furniture polish. And as a kid, I dreaded all lemon-scented chores; even if they did earn me enough cash for Atomic Fire Balls and a new set of Jacks. But that cloying citrus scent still pulls…

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Why Joseph Pilates’ Legacy Will Live Forever

Joseph Pilates’ legacy includes a lifetime of developing and teaching exercise to a wide range of clients. He trained injured dancers, professional athletes, and opera singers; to businessmen, kids with scoliosis, and even breast cancer survivors. And within that process, he invented a cohesive exercise system and specific equipment for physical and mental conditioning. Meanwhile, he…

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Ginger Essential Oil: Snap Out of It!

Ginger essential oil feels like an enthusiastic cheerleader with a little bounce to her step and Colgate smile. Whenever my gut feels queasy with fear and self-doubt, she throws a zinger of a tumbling pass, sticks it perfectly, gets in my face and challenges me with “Whatchya got, girl?”. Challenge on!   Ginger is that…

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How to Change Your Body With Pilates

“In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”. Joseph Pilates You probably started Pilates because you want to change your body somehow; the way it looks, moves, or feels. But whatever your goals are, they cannot be achieved with…

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How Does Your Fitness Routine Make You Feel?

“Physical Fitness is the first requisite to happiness”. Joseph Pilates The older I get the more I value this statement; especially as a fitness professional who’s been in the industry for two decades. I entered the fitness industry as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor and for the last sixteen years I’ve been teaching…

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Chemical Attraction & Red Flags

I’ve been in a polyamorous relationship with essential oils (EOs) since about 2002. Polyamorous because not just one EO can satisfy my physical and emotional needs. So I’ve been following my nose and pure chemical attraction to guide my aromatic experiences. And while I’ve fully absorbed myself in every sensual encounter, I never let it…

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Are You Practicing Pilates Or Contrology?

What is Contrology? While today it’s more commonly known as Pilates, Joseph Pilates actually called his exercise method Contrology. In his book, “Return To Life”, he claims that “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” Who doesn’t want that? The fact that Contrology has been…

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