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The Pilates, Yoga, and Tai Chi Energy-Boosting Workout

Source: @FitnessMagazine By Alyssa Shaffer; Photos by Chris Fanning http://www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/yoga/poses/pilates-yoga-tai-chi-energy-boosting-workout/

Yoga, Pilates, and Tai Chi Elements

Sometimes the quietest exercises can be the most invigorating. That’s the case with this energy-boosting routine, which brings together elements of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi.

“Yoga is about stability, Pilates focuses on mobility and stability, and tai chi is all about mobility,” says Lawrence Biscontini, group fitness manager for the Golden Door Spa at Wyndham El Conquistador in Puerto Rico, who designed our program. “Moving from one discipline to the next circulates the energy throughout your body, so you’re refreshed by the end.” You’ll also feel pretty darn strong — these moves are a killer way to sculpt your arms, abs, legs, and butt, using just your body weight for resistance.

Do each circuit three times through, breathing deeply and evenly throughout the workout.

Circuit 1

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Strengthens: Shoulders; Stretches Front of Body

  • Kneel on floor with feet behind you, legs slightly apart.
  • Stretch your hips and thighs forward while reaching back, placing your hands on your lower back (easier) or heels (more challenging).
  • Gaze up toward ceiling while pushing your hips forward and arching spine; hold for 7 to 10 breaths.

2. Thigh Stretch

Strengthens: Glutes, Core; Stretches Quads

  • Release from Camel and return to start.
  • Inhale, then exhale while leaning back from hips, this time without bending spine, so your body forms a straight line from ears to knees.
  • Place hands on hips (easier) or extend arms in front at shoulder height (more challenging).
  • Come back to start, then repeat. Do 7 to 10 reps.

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Strengthens: Legs, Glutes, Hips; Stretches Back

  • From thigh stretch, bring left foot in front of you, left knee bent 90 degrees.
  • Lift right knee off the floor, straightening leg behind you.
  • Sweep arms out as you rise; then lower arms as you sink back down.
  • Do 4 reps; switch sides and repeat.

Circuit 2

1. Tree Pose

Strengthens: Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings; Improves Balance

  • Stand with feet together, palms together in front of chest.
  • Place sole of right foot on left inner thigh, as high as you are able; turn right knee out to side.
  • Keep hands in front (easier) or extend arms overhead, keeping palms together (more challenging).
  • Bend left knee slightly to work quads.
  • Hold for 7 to 10 breaths.
  • Go directly to Single Leg Circle.

2. Single Leg Circle

Strengthens: Glutes, Hamstrings, Inner Thighs; Improves Balance

  • Remaining on left leg from tree pose, straighten right leg and bring it out in front of you, toes pointed toward floor.
  • Drawing abs in, make 1 large circle clockwise with your right foot, keeping hips still; exhale 1 full breath to draw the circle.
  • Keep hands on hips (easier) or arms extended overhead (more challenging).
  • Reverse direction, drawing a counterclockwise circle.
  • Do 7 to 10 reps per direction.
  • Go directly to Rooster Stands on One Leg.

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Strengthens: Glutes, Quads, Hamstrings, Shoulders; Stretches Back

  • Remaining on left leg, bring right leg in front of body, knee bent 90 degrees and thigh parallel to floor.
  • Slowly bend left knee in a half squat, keeping weight over heel.
  • As you squat down, bring arms down in front, then out to sides and back above head as you straighten leg.
  • To make it easier, don’t squat down as deeply and keep your right foot closer to floor.
  • Do 7 to 10 reps.
  • Repeat the entire series, starting from Tree Pose, on opposite leg.

Circuit 3

1. Warrior 1

 Strengthens: Legs, Glutes, Core; Stretches Back
  • Stand with feet 3 to 4 feet apart.
  • Turn left foot out 90 degrees, pointing to left side, and pivot right foot toward left.
  • Bend left knee 90 degrees, knee aligned with ankle; turn hips to face over left thigh.
  • Place hands on hips (easier) or raise both arms overhead, palms facing each other (more challenging).
  • Hold for 7 to 10 breaths. Go directly to Tuck and Extend.

2. Tuck and Extend

Strengthens: Arms, Chest, Glutes; Stretches Hips

  • From Warrior 1, sweep arms down to touch floor on either side of left foot.
  • Step both feet back behind you.
  • Inhale, then exhale as you lift right foot off the floor and sweep knee under body (not shown).
  • Straighten right leg behind you, lifting it as high as you can, then bring knee back toward nose.
  • To make it easier, bring right knee to floor before straightening leg.
  • Do 7 to 10 reps; go directly to Slow Kick.

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Strengthens: Glutes, Chest, Shoulders; Stretches Hamstrings

  • Lower right foot and walk hands back, rolling up to standing position.
  • Lift right leg, knee bent 90 degrees; bend elbows 45 degrees, palms down (not shown).
  • Slowly kick forward with right foot, leading with the heel; at the same time, slowly push palms forward.
  • Lower and repeat.
  • Do 7 to 10 reps.
  • To make it easier, keep standing leg slightly bent and hands on hips.
  • Repeat entire series on opposite leg.

Get More Early Morning Energy

Question: “What can I do to get more energy for a morning workout?”

Answer: Try these tips from Lawrence Biscontini, coauthor of Morning Cardio Workouts (Human Kinetics, 2006).

  • Think caffeine. Set your automatic coffee maker (or even better, make some green tea) so it’s ready when you get up.
  • Then eat a small snack that’s high in carbs and protein, such as peanut butter on a slice of apple.
  • Finally, choose some new music for your routine. “Just hearing something different can get you moving,” says Biscontini. And of course, make sure you’re going to bed early enough at night.

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What’s the Difference between Yoga and Pilates?

Source: Jennifer Carter Avgerinos [http://www.chopra.com/articles/what-the-difference-between-yoga-and-pilates]
Nearly 20.4 million people were practicing Yoga in the U.S. in 2012, according to The Huffington Post, and those numbers are likely even higher now as yoga is at an all-time height of popularity.

Pilates, too, is rising in popularity. Yoga may have a bigger following right now but with celebrity Pilates teachers like Tracy Anderson and participants such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, and Jennifer Aniston, yoga may have some competition.

The good news is that you don’t have to choose between the two. A lot of people practice both yoga and Pilates to get just the right balance of benefits.

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The Breakdown: Yoga Vs. Pilates

Part scientist, part mechanical genius, and part anatomist, Joseph Pilates paired his method with a variety of equipment that he referred to as “apparatus.” Yoga in the West has also recently adopted the practice of using equipment such as straps, blocks, bolsters, and eye pillows. While it’s possible that Pilates may in some ways inspire yoga, yoga certainly inspired Pilates. Pilates himself studied yoga, and his writing indicates that it was his intention to unify mind, body, and spirit, and as a result, many of the benefits of the two technologies are similar.

Both Pilates and yoga offer stress-relief, flexibility, strength, control, and endurance. The biggest difference between the two is the emphasis on the spiritual component in classes. Outside of Yoga-laties, most Pilates classes don’t offer an obvious spiritual experience, however, Pilates may be a great starting point or compliment for a yoga practice. The slower pace of a Pilates class can be meditative and stress relieving.

Pilates: Pilates classes focus on strength, muscle toning, body control, and flexibility, with the main emphasis being core strength. Pilates is a disciplined practice that needs to be done on a regular basis to provide benefit. If you like a more structured workout without the cardio component, chanting, OMing, or complex postures, this could be the workout for you.

Yoga: On the other hand, yoga focuses on flexibility and broad muscle groups. It offers balance, endurance, strength, spirituality, and some really physical movement. Classes can range from gentle and nourishing to challenging and sweaty. With all the variety, there is always a class and a style for everyone. If you like to move and you’re a go-with-the-flow kind of person, yoga might just be your ticket.

The Perfect Combo

The question remains—should you practice yoga or Pilates? Why choose a practice when you can have the benefit of both? Although I practice some form of yoga almost every day, I also incorporate one or two Pilates sessions into my workouts each week. I enjoy the flexibility, freedom, and challenge of yoga, as well as the attention to detail and ab work that Pilates provides.

Consider your fitness priorities and level, and build your practice from there. If you’re in great shape and want to burn extra calories and work on endurance, a Hatha, Vinyasa, or Anusara yoga class would be ideal. If you’re a runner and need to fine-tune your core strength, then Pilates may be the best choice. The main thing is that you want to pick a practice that you enjoy and that you can do on a regular basis.

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Reversing Effects Of Sedentary Lifestyle: 1 Hour Of Daily Exercise May Keep You Healthy

“For many people who commute to work and have office-based jobs, there is no way to escape sitting for prolonged periods of time. For these people in particular, we cannot stress enough the importance of getting exercise, whether it’s getting out for a walk at lunchtime, going for a run in the morning or cycling to work,” he said. “An hour of physical activity per day is the ideal, but if this is unmanageable, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the risk.”

Introduction to Pilates

Introduction to Joseph Pilates and  The United Pilates™ Teaching System

Joseph Pilates created Contrology in the 1920s during years of hardship in Europe prior to immigrating to America. The work, now synonymous to the creator, is referred by many as “pilates”.  

Many confuse this extraordinary work with yoga, although, kinetically speaking, the two are quite different. Joseph Pilates was a pioneer and visionary, ahead of his time, as the exercises prove its efficacy (over time) through the lens of studies and experimentation by sports trainers, researchers, and rehabilitative experts. Some exercises have been modified to suit the purposes of physiotherapists and studio trainers, but much of what is offered to the healthy public falls under two categories: the classical and contemporary approaches. After several decades since its debut to the mass public, the exercise program and method is found in gyms, fitness centers, and health clubs around the world.

The success of pilates as an exercise movement has little to do with hype and fad. Other complementary movements and systems have also found similar esteem as their methods were tried and tested through time. Similarly, the authors and founders of these unique movement (sciences) have all been exemplary students of the human body. Looking specifically at how the body functions and moves with space, gravity, changes, injuries, health, and ailments.

7041281_origJoseph Pilates’ Contrology, as taught through the United PilatesTeaching System, is an inquiry to the prescribed methods and exercises; in context with our current knowledge of health science and optimization of biomechanics. Each United Pilates™ Teaching System certificate programs is delivered and hosted with The Health Alliance Network; through dedicated partners and gifted educators. Classes focus on the intent of the choreography sequence and approaches with the purpose of attaining a solid foundation in anatomy and physiology training in harmony with the modern population.

The United Pilates Teaching System was created to welcome and train (new and experienced) members into the pilates, studio fitness, and wellness industry and community, through a constructive and comprehensive program that herald the works of past generations, which delivers and maintains Joseph’s original intent: bringing fullness of life to people through exercise and mobility.

Through the course of four certificate programs, anyone with little (to no) pilates, anatomy, or personal training background or experience can become fully certified pilates instructors (as recognized by the Pilates Method Alliance). Each program builds from the central piece, Mat Course, which fosters self practice and begins the teaching practice.

From the first class, the teacher trainee will learn to:

  • present important science-based knowledge in anatomy and physiology,
  • teach in an encouraging and methodological way,
  • assess the needs, and design classes, to help clients reach their fitness goals, and
  • know the sequence and difference between classical and contemporary movements.

We encourage you to learn more about our programs for qualifying individuals and personal enrichment. Hope to see you at one of our courses.

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Excerpt of “Pilates and Pregnancy”

Excerpted from: Balogh, Adi (May 2005). Pilates and Pregnancy. Midwives Magazine, May 2005. Retrieved from: https://www.rcm.org.uk/news-views-and-analysis/analysis/pilates-and-pregnancy

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a ‘mind-body’ conditioning exercise programme that targets the muscles stabilising the trunk (Anderson and Spector, 2000). The method was the brainchild of Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Born in Germany in 1880, Pilates was a rather sickly child and said to have asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. However, by the age of 14 he had overcome his illnesses and chose to dedicate his life to physical fitness.

He studied a variety of techniques from gymnastics, zen meditation, martial arts and yoga to the Greek and Roman regimes of exercise. These were the inspiration for his method that he called ‘contrology’. After the first World War, he emigrated to the US and opened the first Pilates studio in New York City. Dancers and other performing artists took a liking to his techniques and it gained an almost cult-like status among these groups. Following a great deal of research to understand the science behind the art (Hodges and Richardson, 1997; Richardson et al, 2002), the Pilates method has now become a mainstream form of exercise used by doctors, physiotherapists and physical therapists all over the world. Pilates first described 34 mat-based exercises, although he also introduced moving equipment that worked on a pulley and spring principal to aid beginners with some of the more difficult exercises.

Ideally, a Pilates instructor will combine mat and equipment-based exercises and tailor them to the particular user’s needs. The most commonly used piece of equipment is the reformer – a moveable carriage for pushing and pulling against spring resistance.

Pilates in pregnancy

The Pilates method emphasises the importance of beginning movements from a central core of stability, combined with appropriate breathing control. Pilates focuses on lateral chest breathing as opposed to the stomach breathing advocated in yoga. This breathing technique utilises four sets of muscles, namely, the diaphragm, the transverses abdominus (inner abdominal muscle), multifidus (part of the erector spinae muscles) and the pelvic floor muscles. These muscles have been termed the ‘cylinder of stability’ and contracting them together leads to an increased intra-abdominal pressure.

This tenses the thoracolumbar fascia and has been proposed to be one mechanism of increasing the stability of the lumbar spine region (Hodges and Richardson, 1997). Learning the correct method of breathing is vital, but one of the most difficult principles for beginners to grasp. Once the mother has stabilised her pelvis and lumbar spine, gradual arm and leg movements are introduced to challenge this core stability. Exercise during pregnancy offers many physical and emotional benefits (Artal and O’Toole, 2003) and because of the gentle nature of many of the exercises in Pilates, it is increasingly being sought by mothers during and after pregnancy. In particular, many of the exercises can be performed on the side or while sitting, and hence are safe during the second and third trimester when a supine position is contraindicated.

Pilates is now a mainstream exercise and although the basis for the exercises have been well researched (Hodges and Richardson, 1997; Richardson et al, 2002), very little has been published on Pilates in the academic literature, largely as a result of Pilates activities being outside of academic institutions. I am unaware of any published studies looking at the effects of Pilates on pregnancy or indeed whether exercises to focus on the transverses abdominus during pregnancy can reduce the incidence of diastasis recti. Such studies are therefore much needed. In the hands of the right instructor, Pilates can be enjoyable and a highly effective form of therapy. It is important to caveat this by saying that Pilates in the UK is not well governed, and it is therefore important that anyone considering seeing a therapist check their credentials carefully and preferably seek references from other patients.


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The United Pilates™ programs are a qualifying series for fitness and wellness enthusiasts to become certified Pilates instructor. The human body moves and strengthens dynamically and beneficially through the Joseph Pilates method. At the end of the course you will learn to teach both classical and contemporary forms of Pilates; with teaching skills and understanding anchored in biomechanics. The United Pilates™ programs are accredited National Academy of Sports Medicine. 

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