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A Real Find

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in News | Comments Off on A Real Find

There is a certain exhilaration one experiences when discovering a real “find”. By that, I mean, your intuition pulls at your heart strings and sparks an immediate affirmation of delight! You know instinctively that this feeling is unique and different from other encounters by which you can form comparative opinions. Such was the case when my client Heidi Horowitz showed me a few of her photos on her iPhone. With an unaffected humbleness, she stated that she had compiled a catalogue of similar family expressions and poses that had...

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The Core of Pilates

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in News | Comments Off on The Core of Pilates

The Core of Pilates

Over the last 19 years as a certified Pilates instructor, I have stayed abreast of my profession attending seminars, conferring with other instructors and taking classes, and reading countless articles on the newest trends in equipment, techniques and approaches in teaching. I support my commitment to classically teaching as I was taught by my mentor Romana Kryzanowska. I have observed that there is no shortcut to attaining perfect form…we seek to execute the most advanced routines as effortlessly as possible. When there is no resistance...

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The Pure Joy of Muscle Memory

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in News | Comments Off on The Pure Joy of Muscle Memory

The Pure Joy of Muscle Memory

At home one afternoon, after returning from my studio, I became riveted to an exhibition ice skating special on the television. For the past several weeks, in anticipation of the upcoming winter Olympics, there have been various winter related sports venues scheduled on the weekend. From a publicity aspect, these can wet the appetites of the public and elevate a high level of interest to these events. However, this show was different. The performing ice skaters had a very special place in my heart. Because my daughter ice skated as a young...

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Walking Properly is an Art

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Walking Properly is an Art

Walking Properly is an Art

Our feet carry all of us throughout our lives. But, how often do we actually think about the process of walking? How do we appear to others as we walk? Our natural tendencies will probably vary everyday due to the types of shoes we are wearing that day, to the weather, to even the handbags we are toting on our shoulders. The feet are at the lowest point of circulation in our bodies and the abuse our feet endure can create chronic problems in our gait. Just as models learn to “walk” their walk, the natural walk is really a learned...

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Slapstick or Reality

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in News | Comments Off on Slapstick or Reality

Slapstick or Reality

Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, even The Three Stooges are all great examples of old time slapstick humor. It was born from vaudeville and their skits brought laughter and entertainment to its viewers. I always felt a little sad to see someone get hurt, if only in jest. Perhaps I was only projecting some hidden agenda inside me to what I perceived on the TV screen. These programs were choreographed and rehearsed to look like situational pratfalls that made the actor look like a sorrowful victim of circumstance. Was this really supposed...

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What “The Pilates Guild” Meant To Its Teachers

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in News | Comments Off on What “The Pilates Guild” Meant To Its Teachers

After about 3 months of taking pilates, I knew that this was something I felt an immediate passion for. I had a dance background and my mind and muscles sensed a kinesthetic  relationship which was like no other form of exercise I had ever experienced. I wanted to be taught by the best and that led me to the Pilates Studio of New York and Romana Kryzanowska. I took lessons from her and her daughter Shari as well as other trained teachers there and waited impatiently for the next scheduled semester registration. I decided to audition for their...

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Shall We Dance?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

Probably no other form of dance can better exemplify the elegance of spinal alignment than ballroom dancing. In your “dancers’ hold,” the term “mirror image” is uniquely expressed as if the two dancers move simultaneously but opposite of each other with precision, form and fluidity. I have seen top professionals perform and it appears as if they actually breathe together as “one.” Ballroom dancing is wildly popular with TV shows like “Dancing With the Stars” and “So You Think You Can...

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Are all barre classes the same?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Are all barre classes the same?

Are all barre classes the same?

Are all barre classes the same? I think not. The ballet barre is a staple of the classical dancer. It is their primary piece of equipment for methodically and structurally slowly warming up all the muscles of the body. Professional dancers warm up even prior to the class with various modes of their favorite stretches such as sitting in center splits with legs outstretched in two opposite directions or leaning up against a sturdy wall with one leg on the floor and the other propped up onto the wall they are facing. This is commonplace for the...

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A Tribute To My Pilates Mentor: Romana Kryzanowska

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in News | Comments Off on A Tribute To My Pilates Mentor: Romana Kryzanowska

A Tribute To My Pilates Mentor: Romana Kryzanowska

There are certain events in your life that make an indelible impression in your memory. One such encounter for me was, the very first time I entered the Pilates Studio of New York in 1998 and was mesmerized at the unfolding scene. The room I saw was filled with 9 reformers (Pilates equipment) and 9 teachers attending to clients on the apparatus. The room was only illuminated by light filtering in from the floor to ceiling windows at the far side of the room which overlooked 57th street. There was also a sectioned off area in which gymnasts...

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Alignment and performance

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Alignment and performance

Alignment and performance

Any activity, whether it is for competitive goals to be mastered, or simply, for pure recreational outlets, have one certain component in common…. And that is alignment of the spine. Why is that? Movement of our limbs in concert with the muscles can be simply walking briskly or shuffling along and kicking up leaves with our feet. The more concentration a person can bring to the memory within the muscles, the more accurate and efficient our movements can become. Having a daughter who figure skated competitively, I spent many hours...

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