The midline is an often underused area of our bodies. It’s easy to think you are squeezing your inner thighs only to find out when you get to the shoulder bridge that your knees roll out and you’re not engaging your inner thighs at all!
This week LL focuses on finding that inner thigh connection with or without a prop. She uses a magic circle. You can use one if you have one or a squishy ball or yoga block will work as well. If you don’t have any props you won’t need them. Your imagination and attention to detail will wake up your inner thighs as well.
See you on your mat,
This week, our first week adding in the Reformer classes we are bringing a little Reformer to our Mat! If you have 1 lb. weights bring them with you to your mat. We will be incorporating the love of Rowing and some other Reformer exercises to your Mat practice as we have been the last couple weeks in honor of Spring and the springs on the Reformer. These exercises are designed to help you get more connection to your back and your mat!
And, for those of you taking Reformer class, welcome to the first Reformer class on OPC! This week’s class we will focus on what’s connecting to where. While it seems easier to work on these connections on our Reformer there are so many places where we can disconnect that it makes for a fun flow!Grab your mat and or Reformer and let’s get ready to flow!
P.S. After class be sure to use the comment box to share what you loved, questions you had and any wins!
Hi, this is Arlene. Welcome to my studio Bodywork & Pilates on our Pilates Retreat Maui!
This is day two of our retreat and we just had an amazing day of a morning mat class, hiking, an extraordinary brunch and now we’re about to get started with our evening mat class.
So glad you can join us!
In the members only group y’all were wanting more breath themed classes before the last one even ended. SOOO here we are… back with the breath. In both the Mat and the Reformer class, we’ll be only focusing on our breath. Don’t worry about the choreography. Just have fun moving and breathing. Notice how strong, calm and connected you are when class is over.
Be sure to come back to the breath as often as you can this week and then see if you can challenge yourself to remember this theme in the weeks to come.
Breathing. Easier said than done. Have you ever noticed where you are breathing from? Maybe you’re breathing into your back like a Pilates pro… or maybe you’re trying but it’s getting stuck in your chest, neck, shoulders or face?
In this week’s classes it’s less about doing things “right” and more about how we can use our breathe to facilitate our movement.
Are you ready to breathe? Don’t worry, we’ll still be getting an awesome Pilates workout!
See ya in class,
How does 1 little extra lb change your entire practice? I am not talking about your scale! I am talking about your mat work! What happens to how you feel your practice when you take one lb and add it in to almost every exercise?
Find out this week in class! It’s fun! And, if you don’t have a 1lb you can try a theraband or go weightless and imagine what 1 lb feels like. The mind is a pretty powerful thing!
Can’t wait to hear how what new discoveries you had.
Joseph Pilates created the Mat work first, then saw how hard it was for people (I mean, you know) and designed the Reformer. In this week’s mat class we’ll take some of the exercises from last week and continue to add on! If you’ve never been on a Reformer don’t worry. The Reformer exercises were born from the Mat so you’ll recognize a lot of the spine shapes.
See you on your Reforming mat,
It’s no secret we are a society that is beginning to round forward. Standing tall or pulling your shoulders back can only do so much. We have to strengthen the body to hold ourselves up so we don’t have to think about it all day and every day.
Today’s class with LL requires no props and if you have a mat great but as long as you have enough floor space to lay down and reach your arms out you are good to go. So, no excuses for missing 30 min to get Pilates in your body. You’ll be paying extra attention to your back muscles and your outer hips. Most of our workouts and lives do not give the side bodies enough attention. Today you will give these muscles the love and strength they deserve.
Good morning, it’s (almost) the final class of our retreat and today I asked our group what they want to do in this class. After a week of doing Pilates every day, there are just some exercises that our bodies haven’t opened up to yet and some that they really love. So before we do class I’m going to ask them what they want and that is what class will be about – right there on the fly!
So in 2019 you have to just come and join us!
I know most of us are always looking to shed the weight whether physical or figurative. But, this week, I do want to bring a little weight into our practice. Just a little bit. Like 1lb or 2 lbs.
If you’ve got little hand weights bring them with you. If you’re traveling or at your office and you don’t no worries! The mind is a beautiful thing. Grab your real or imaginary hand weights and join me as we explore what a little weight can do for our Pilates practice.
Every so often we just get our flow on. It can feel fast to do this kind of a class but it’s not about going fast or going slow, it’s all about the practice. And, as the class continues to layer in exercises and feel more advanced I will shout out options from earlier in our practice for you to do instead. But, there is to be no judgment. No feeling like you aren’t strong enough. Nope! When we do this kind of class it’s literally a check in. How are you doing? What is still a struggle and where are you feeling improvement. And then share that in our FB group!
Not only will you connect with other members on shared struggles and discoveries but you’ll also inspire themes and tutorials to help you get stronger before our next check in.
No props needed, just yourself!
See ya in class!!
Let’s find out how we can work our midline without losing our outer thighs too! On the Mat, we’ll use the Magic Circle for a few exercises to discover what our midline feels like when it’s working. On the Reformer, we’ll use the Foot Bar and springs to discover our inner strength not just our “go-to” muscles!
Let’s do this!
It’s funny how we fall into our feet. Have you ever noticed how you stand? Do you stand more on one side of your foot or the other? I stand heavily into my heels. But, the more I focus on my whole foot the more my entire body gets stronger, more connected.
In this weeks Mat class we are going to focus on how our feet allow us to connect more to our entire body. Leg Pulls will feel soo good when you stand in your feet. Side Kicks will feel so stable when you connect to the outside of your foot!
And on the Reformer we will use the springs and our feet to share information to our entire practice! Ever wondered how the horseback flex and point actually makes the exercise more possible? Wonder no more!
Share your feet discoveries in this weeks class comments and in our group page.
This week we’ll be doing our Reformer exercises on the Mat and the Mat exercise on the Reformer. If you have never done Pilates on a Reformer, there may be some exercise that seem odd to you. And, if you are always choosing our Reformer classes instead of the Mat, you might want to skip this week. But, I really want you to feel how the entire Pilates method works together. How the Reformer can support you and the Mat can challenge you.
On the mat have a set of 1 lb. weights nearby (if you have them it’s not necessary). Reformer lovers you won’t need any extra props just pay attention to different spring settings and flows.
See you in class!
While I don’t like to get picky about the little things too much in our classes sometimes it’s important to going a little deeper in our practice to sweat the “small stuff.” This week, we are going to focus on where our hands go and what they are and are not doing in each exercise.
When I started really paying attention to my hands it completely changed my Open Leg Rocker!
Are you ready to give your hands a little attention? Yeah! Me too!