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What Do You Store in Your Core?

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | July 24th, 2012 | 13 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: abdominal massage, abdominal pain, abdominal surgery, abdominals, abs, back-pain, bulimia, bulimic, core, Coregeous, eating disorder, emotions, Kelly Starrett, Mobilitywod.com, nauli, nauli kriya, pilates, post-partum, post-partum depression, scar tissue, Yoga, Yoga Tune Up®

Core MassageWhen I was an 18-year-old yogini, I was also an active bulimic. I was in college studying dance, training to be a shiatsu therapist (Japanese pressure point massage), making sandwiches and slicing salami at Jimmy John’s Deli, racing around Chicago learning yoga, and using food to self-medicate.

During that time, I remember never feeling connected to my core, my abdominal muscles. My Pilates teacher was always giving me corrections that I could not embody. In dance class, I was never able to find balance in my turns or jumps, and I would often duck out of class in frustration. Then I would become even angrier with myself because I was a quitter! This would inevitably lead to a binge and purge.

Envisioning the Body You Want

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | February 9th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: Accelerator, body, core, core strength, exercise, Fitness, Mari Winsor, pilates, Reformer, resistance bands, Slimming Pilates Kit, toning, weight-loss, work out, workouts

We’re well into the new year, and the expectations of a better year — and a better you — are still high! We all keep in our mind’s eye what kind of shape we would like to be in, but it needn’t stop there. You can make it happen!

Reviewers Recommend Gaiam’s Best Yoga Gear

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 1st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: accessories, asanas, clearance, colleen saidman, CouponSherpa, customer reviews, DVDs, emails, exercise, facebook, Fitness, gaiam, gym bag, mat bag, newsletters, non-slip, online yoga club, organic cotton, outlet, pilates, poses, product reviews, rodney yee, sale, saving money, slippery, social-media, sticky, tote, towels, twitter, water bottles, work out, workout, yoga class, yoga clothes, yoga coupons, yoga flip flops, yoga gear, yoga mats, yoga sandals, yoga socks

Gaiam Yoga Products

Customers know that Gaiam is the place to go for the best yoga mats, DVDs, clothes, and other yoga gear, according to our many glowing user reviews. Based on these reviews and satisfaction rates, we’ve selected the best yoga products from the Gaiam catalog. Here are the seven most loved, most purchased, most reviewed and most awesome items Gaiam has to offer.

Spring Links: Vegan Recipes for Lent, Piloxing & an Airport Serenade

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 11th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Gaiam Happenings, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Home, Personal Growth | tags: boxing, circadian rhythm, compassion, Cyndi Lauper, family, Fitness, food, healing, healthy-eating, Lent, memories, mind-body fitness, oatmeal, pilates, Piloxing, recipes, Relationships, reminiscences, SAD, saving money, singing, sleep, Tap Project, UNICEF, vegan, water

From time to time, we highlight the best articles, blogs, news, videos and interesting Web tidbits to help you live fit, live healthy, live green and live happy. Here are our latest finds, just in time for Spring! From wild new workout hybrids to sweet-smelling charities, we’re sure you’ll find something to pique your interest.

Empower Yourself With Exercise!

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | March 10th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Aging, Pilates, Weight Loss | tags: cardio, creativity, empower, empowering, exercise, Fitness, Healthy Aging, holiday weight gain, lose-weight, Mari Winsor, pilates, quality time, self confidence, self-esteem, toning, weight-loss

Woman Working With Weights In GymI don’t know about you, but it seems the older I get, the harder it is to rebound from holiday excess back to my summer weight. But lucky for me, I have a proven way to get my weight and my body back to where I am most comfortable and looking my best.

My thought has always been that when you have no control of anything else in the world, you can get control of yourself. It will make you feel more powerful, healthier, clearer and creative. How you look is directly related to how you feel, and how others relate to you. Better posture, a little toning and firming, a longer neck, and a flatter tummy are all directly related to your self-esteem.

Gaiam Is a Finalist in the 2011 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | February 14th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Gaiam Happenings | tags: about.com, awards, Clothing, dvd, exercise, Mari Winsor, pilates, workout

We’ve been selected as finalists in the 2011 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards! We’ve been nominated in two categories:

Rear View

Mari Winsor by Mari Winsor | February 7th, 2011 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Pilates | tags: abs, butt, buttocks, core, exercise, feet, Fitness, legs, lift, Mari Winsor, mat, moves, pilates, rear, resistance bands, shape, thighs, tone, toning

Mari Winsor Rear View blog

Here are some quick moves to target and lift your buttocks in no time. This series uses resistance bands, which are phenomenal for creating the perfect amount of resistance that will bring about the results you want, fast! Start with one foot through one handle, and using the same hand as foot, hold the other handle. Lie face down on your tummy on the mat.

Stretch Toward Good Health

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | March 30th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: flexibility, improve cirulation, pilates, stress-relief, stretching, Yoga

women stretching outdoors

Cardio and strength training oftentimes take center stage, but flexibility exercises are just as important in your fitness routine. Regular stretching can increase your range of motion, improve balance and posture and reduce the risk of injury. It can also improve circulation and relieve stress. And if that’s not enough, it actually feels good!

Exercise Shortcuts that Still Burn Big Calories

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 18th, 2009 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Pilates | tags: burn-calories, cardio, exercise, exercise routine, exercise shortcuts, Fitness, kickboxing, pilates, short exercise, short workouts, time-efficient exercise, workout

freytagfeaturesquare2The most common reason people give for not getting enough exercise is: “I’m too busy.”

But remember that just because you are BUSY doesn’t mean you are ACTIVE! Being busy and being active are not synonymous. You can be busy all day long sitting at a desk or driving in a car without being active.

1 Cool Resistance Band, 5 Ways to Use It

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | November 9th, 2009 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Pilates | tags: body sculpting, building muscle, exercise, muscle-endurance, muscles, pilates, portable fitness, resistance bands, resistance-training, strength training, workout

freytagtoner

We trainers are always looking for new and innovative ways to accomplish the same goal — helping our clients get into better shape. In addition, I’m personally always looking for fitness products that are affordable for my clients to use on their own at home and on the road. Well, the Ultra Toner resistance band has been on the top of my list for over a decade as one of the most affordable, portable and USEFUL at-home fitness toys.