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.


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


Spring Into YOUYOGA this April April 3, 2012



"Yoga That Let's You Be You"





Mom’s Day Special 30/30:

30 days of yoga for 30 dollars……That’s right give the moms in your life the gift of wellness and clam.  This 30 day window will be from May 14 – June 16.  She can take as many classes as she would like during this time frame…..with exclusion of YOU in Stillness; however, this gift will be recognized as a pass, so she may qualify for the discount.



Upcoming YOU in Stillness Practices Sundays @ 1:00-2:30 pm:

May 06: session filled

May 20: session filled

May 27: space available

Remember, space is limited to 6 students in this practice, so please sign-up and pay in advance for your session.

Cost: 20$, or 15$ if class pass holder



New YOU in the Beginning Practice:

Wednesdays: YOU in the Beginning @ 6:15-7:15 pm, this practice will begin on April 18

Learn to build your practice from the ground up, as well as learning name of poses, along with various breathing techniques.  You’ll gain the confidence to move forward in your practice…..while feeling good about yourself!



Pilates with Darrell Wray:

Thursday, April 12 @ 9:30-10:30 am (on the mat)

Saturday,  April 24 @ 9:30-10:30 am (on the chair)

Get your “powerhouse”  strong so that you can feel good in your body!



YOUYOGA Kids: 6 Week Junior Yoga Instructor Program with Danelle Drury:

Wednesdays:  May 9 – June 6 and June 13 – July 25

Level 1 (5-8 yrs): 4:00-4:45 pm

Level 2 (9-12 yrs): 5:00-5:45 pm

Cost:  54$ per session (9$ per class), or 12$ drop-in

By sharing yoga with children it can help to promote self-awareness, discipline and confidence in them.  It’s the ultimate learning through play!


“PowerHouse”……defined in Pilates Terms March 27, 2012

Darrell Duane-Wray, Pilates Instructor

Hello Everyone,

Wow, what a fun time I had doing some ”mini pilates” sessions in the flow and chair yoga classes, as well as meeting and talking with some of you !
Thank you Danelle and Ericka for opening up your classes to share some Pilates in them 🙂
I would like to share a little bit about the ” Powerhouse” what is it? and where is it in the body?
The Pilates exercises start from the abdominals, hips, buttocks and lower back. This band of muscles circles the body just under you belt line.
Think about how you stand and how you sit. Probably, if you are like me, you will sink most of you weight into those areas…… Right?
This can cause stress on the lower back making it sore.
The action of pulling up and in simultaneously will automatically engage your “Powerhouse” or core and help protect you lower back.
When doing Pilates exercises on the mat or on the chair, you will want to constantly be working up and out from the “Powerhouse” area of your body.
I hope this will answer the some questions about the “Powerhouse” and you can start to keep it engaged in all your daily activities.
Don’t forget to breathe as you move!
Thanks to you all,
Darrell-Duane Wray

Pilates with Darrell Duane-Wray: On the Mat, and On the Chair March 3, 2012

Darrell demonstrating Pilates 100 Exercise.

Hi Everyone,

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,
Darrell-Duane Wray


Introducing YOUYOGA Guest Blogger: Darrell Duane-Wray February 23, 2012

Darrell Duane-Wray, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Group Exercise/Pilates Instructor

Darrell’s interest in working in the fitness industry started in 2006.  A car accident in 2001 caused a crushed pelvis, collapsed lungs and a broken leg and ankles, among several other injuries.  An orthopedic doctor told him he would never walk unassisted again, but after five years on crutches, a walker and a cane, and seven hip surgeries including two total hip replacements, he is walking, and more!

With the use of many different rehabilitation therapies, Darrell found Pilates to be one of the most helpful to strengthen his body.  Learning to walk again, created a passion to help people, as he was helped.

As a N.E.T.A. Certified Group Exercise Instructor he started teaching Pilates and Cycle, and then Boot Camp, Body Shaper, Bar Bell Strength, Joints in Motion and most recently, in March of 2011, became a Water Arts Aerobics instructor.  He always includes cues for beginners, intermediate and advanced clients with modifications to each step when appropriate.

Upon teaching this wide variety of group exercise classes he saw many people with arthritis or who had orthopedic surgeries or had been injured.  Many of these people were struggling to regain their health.  This led him to become an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer in June of 2010.

After performing a fitness and health history assessment, he designs personalized strategies and introduces his clients to workouts which are designed to reshape mind, body and spirit.  One of Darrell’s strengths is to make sure all his clients use appropriate form.  As he says, “It is not about how many repetitions you do, but how well you do them.”  He is very knowledgeable with all gym equipment and has the ability to monitor and instruct clients regarding safe and effective use of cardiovascular, flexibility and strength training equipment. Darrell gives clear and concise explanations for his recommendations.  He has a calm and relaxing communication style which his clients enjoy.  His teaching technique is motivational and goal oriented.

Darrell is passionate about helping people improve their health, increase their stamina and regain their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.


Sharing One Message….with the Voice and Passion of Many February 20, 2012

YOUYOGA is feeling pretty fantastic that beginning in the near months we’ll be sharing quality information on a variety of wellness  topics with our followers.  It’s our goal to offer wellness information ranging from yoga, nutrition, physical fitness, as well as mindfulness that will allow YOU, and us to become our best selves!!! 

By bringing all of our forces together we seek to provide a one stop destination for our viewers.  So, we invite you to stay tuned….not to mention being ready to have your cup filled with knowledge that allows you to be, to become, and to maintain being your best YOU.  In fact, we’re so excited that we want to introduce our Guest Bloggers to you right now, so that you can get a better idea of where all of this goodness will be coming from.

In the following weeks we’ll be rolling out their individual information, so that you can learn more about their message and passion for their own personal topics.


 Guest Bloggers:


Kristin Malara, Awesome Mom, Wife, YOGI, and Small Business Owner:  How to become a Vegetarian, or adopt parts of this healthy lifestyle to suit one’s individual needs……recipes will be shared as well.  Maybe even some discussion on food allergies, and how to live a healthy life with them.


Lakshmi Voelker, E-RYT 500, IAYT, KYTA and Bruce Binder, President of Get Fit Where You Sit:  Chair Yoga……oh my YES, yoga can be done from a chair!  And you still get ample benefits from your practice.


Dr. Michael Norwood, PhD of Sports Psychology, CPT:  Connection between Mind, Body and Performance, along with useful tips on healthy weight loss


Danelle Drury, CYT 200: Kids Yoga….. sharing a yoga practice with children can help to promote self- awareness, discipline and confidence. It is the ultimate learning through play.


Darrell Duane-Wray, ACE Certfied Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor: Inspiring Seniors to stay/become fit through weight training and cardio routines…..sprinkled with a little Pilates from time to time.


Rachael Wiedner, Health and Wellness Coach with Herbalife International:  Works with individuals to help them see the value of a nutritional lifestyle changes,  and the importance of exercise…… when the body receives both it becomes healthier and stronger.


Matt McDaniel, Martial Art Master, and owner of AKKA Karate:  Sharing his prospective on how the practice of yoga can help enhance one’s life….no matter the gender, or the goal.


Kim Wells, PT, ATC, and Juice Plus Consultant:  Educates and empowers others to understand that simple choices in nutrition and fitness can make a profound difference in their health, athletic performance and overall quality of life.