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Fresh Food – to go! August 14, 2012

While picking up a few staples at Whole Foods the other day I came across a sample stand……..I love samples.  It’s a great chance to try a product before you buy it.  On this particular day they were sampling a product called, Core.  It’s prepackaged raw food that you can take and grab on the go.  It caught my eye because it was a portable, food that contained whole foods.  This is perfect for me, because I feel like I’m always on the go!!!  And when you’re on the go the best food choices aren’t always being made……even if they’re intended.

I mentioned these bars are made with whole foods, so let me share the ingredients with you:  Whole Oats, Almonds, Raisins, Flax, and Ground Spices.  That’s it!  They are handmade and packaged, and they must be stored in the fridge, or they’ll sprout…..how about that, living food in a package that’s easy to grab and go!  I love it!!!  Core also claims that eating one bar with 2 glasses of water equals 1 full bowl of oatmeal.  This meal creates 3 hours of stable energy helping you to get through the morning task, or afternoon lows.  I’ve always tried to eat oatmeal, because I understand the benefits, but I strongly dislike the texture.  Core is giving me yet another chance to work oats into my diet, and it’s pretty darn good.

They offer 4 different varieties, along with vegan options too.  So if you’re looking for  a portable whole food option that packs a protein punch  Core just might be a great addition to your diet.  I invite you to find out more about Core, visit their website @ www.corefoods.com

All the best to your health and wellness!

 

Pilates isn’t just for the Core July 31, 2012

Darrell Duane-Wray, Certifited Pilates Teacher

 
 
 
Last Saturday I challenged my Chair Pilates class at YouYoga to get off the chair, and to try a few series of standing movements.   The goal  was to focus on developing some upper body strength, as well as improving posture.  The students practiced 3 individual, standing, upper body movements which have been outlined below.  These movements were done with the aid of a wall to help increase body awareness, along with proper body alignment.  As the student’s body awareness grows,  these exercises can be done without the wall to develop greater strength in the upper body, and core.  The beauty of these movements is they require little to, no equipment…..just your willingness and effort to move, and connect with your own body.
  
 
Zip-up  (2 lb weights if desired)
 
  • 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.
 
 
  Bicep Curl (2 lb weights if desired)
 
  • 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. 

 

Wall Push 

  • 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


Pilates Body by Valentin ::: Pilates Studio in Dublin, CA

 

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.