YouYoga…..We Invite YOU to Come Share in Our Fall Offerings….Begins October 1, 2012 September 6, 2012
Pilates isn’t just for the Core July 31, 2012
Standing up straight (shoulders, hips, knees and toes in alignment) back against the wall, or if more advanced away from the wall.
- Arms down at your sides.
- Inhale and begin by, bending your elbows out to the side as you draw your hands up the mid-line of your torso. Plams face in-ward, and fingers tips face each other.
- Exhale and lower the hands and arms slowly, resisting gravity as you go.
- As you gain body awarness, add 2lb weights to increase intensity.
- Repeat 8 to 10 reps.
Standing in the same position as the Zip Up.
Arms down at your side, this time palms facing forward.
Bend the arms at the elbows, as you inhale lift the palms up towards the shoulders, and exhale as you bring them back down.
As you gain body awarness, add 2lb weights to increase intensity.
Repeat 8 to 10 reps.
Standing up straight facing the wall.
Extend your arms straight onto the wall from your shoulders, palms sealed to wall.
Walking your feet back to add more resistance.
Inhale, engage your core.
Exhale, bend your arms allowing elbows to go out to sides, and lower your body towards the wall.
Inhale, push back up to your starting position.
Repeat 8 to 10 reps.
Most students participating in Chair Pilates classes are unable to share in a traditional mat Pilates practice; however, at YouYoga we don’t want that to limit our students growth! So, there are many ways to adapt a practice to help meet each students individual needs. These standing arm movements are just a few examples of how we can help improve your upper body strength, while at the same time bringing more stability to your body’s core. Remember, Pilates begins in the core and moves out to the rest of the body giving you increased awareness, strength and balance. We look forward to seeing in Chair Pilates soon!
Helping you connect in Mind and Body,
Darrell-Duane Wray, Certified Pilates Teacher
Chair Pilates defined by Darrell Wray May 2, 2012
Chair Pilates helps you to locate your true core by using tactile touch. Once the true core, or “powerhouse’ is located you begin to understand that all stability, and increased balance starts at the core, and flows out to the rest of the body. All the way to the finger tips and toes.
When the breath is used in unison with a Chair Pilates practice it helps to give the body strength, allowing you to flow from one movement into the next. It also helps to detoxify and replenish the body leaving you feeling energized after your practice.
A Chair Pilates practice helps to stretch and strengthen the entire body, one day at a time, one practice at a time. You’ll also learn that Pilates is never to be forced. It’s never to leave the body hurting or sore, but to make the body flexible, stable, and strong.
May Happenings……come join us this Spring!!! May 1, 2012
The month of May has rolled around on the calendar yet again…….and with it comes longer days followed by cool, crisp nights. There is also a new sense of possibility for growth and renewing ideas that were left in winter’s path. If we stop to listen we may find that we’re still longing to be more healthy, more balanced, as well as enveloped in more energy with less stress. Yet, we still wake taking on the same task……. in the same patterns……. while yielding the same results!
How about a change in action to celebrate the change in season? YOUYOGA welcomes YOU to share in a yoga practice with us. Gain increased health, increased balance, and increased energy as we decrease your stress together!
FREE Yoga for Moms :
May 7 – May 12……all week long……come as often as you’d like…..bring other moms with YOU!
Mom’s Day Gift:
$30 – 30 Days of Yoga (Valid May 14 – June 16)
Chair Pilates with Darrell Wray:
Saturdays @ 9:30 – 10:30 am: May 5, 12, and 26
Kid’s Yoga 6 Week Jr. Instructor Program with Danelle Drury ($54, or Drop-In for $12):
Wednesdays, May 9 – June 6
4:00 – 4:45 pm, Ages: 5-8
5:00 -5:45 pm, Ages: 9-12
“PowerHouse”……defined in Pilates Terms March 27, 2012
First, I am honored that Ericka has asked me to be a guest blogger and a Pilates Instructor for YOUYOGA in Overland Park, Kansas! Thank you Ericka 🙂
I would like to share a little about Pilates and some of the benefits of adding it to your Yoga practice.
Pilates is a body conditioning set of exercises that starts in the core (trunk) of the body and works outwards all the way to the finger tips and toes.
It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides balance and flexibility and joins the mind, body and spirit into a more streamlined shape.
It was designed to be done on a mat just like Yoga, and also can be done from a chair. As you become more in tune to your core muscles, you will begin to take the Pilates movements into all your daily activities, hopefully as you do with your Yoga practice.
I will be sharing some “Mini Pilates” sessions during some of the Yoga and Chair Yoga classes this week, and I will be around after class to answer any questions. So wherever you are in your Yoga practice, beginner, intermediate, advanced, either on the mat or chair, I believe Pilates will add to, and go hand in hand with your Yoga practice.
Join me for a “Mini Pilates” session during the last 10-15 minutes of the following classes:
- Monday, March 5 @ 6:15 – 8:30 pm YOU in flow
- Thursday, March 8 @ 9:30 – 10:45 am YOU in flow
- Thursday, March 8 @ 11:00 – 12:00 pm Chair Yoga
- Saturday, March 10 @ 9:30 – 10:30 am Chair Yoga
I would like to end this post with a quote from Joseph Pilates the creator of the Pilates Method of Contrology:
”Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.”
Thank You and Namaste,