Friday, December 24, 2010

Breathe ~

There are Six Pilates Principles:

Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow

For many, these six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique in the fitness world.

During this holiday season I thought it would be appropriate to highlight ‘breath’.

The integration of the principles accounts for the balance, grace, and ease that one can experience as a result of practicing Pilates.

Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows -- using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Using the breath properly is an integral part of all the movements.

Did you know that ‘Breathing’ can transform your life!

Especially during this hectic season it is important to slow down and breathe…

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

And If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe.

It will bring you back to the present.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.

If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.

When you are exercising, breathe. It will help you enjoy the exercise, and therefore stick with it for longer.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

So breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

Let’s all remember the most important part of this holiday season is to give our love and

our thankfulness, all the rest are extras. Simplify and breathe.

Peace to all ~

Thank you to 2010!


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

jaime's birthday ~ Charity: water campaign!

October 2010

Hi Everyone ~

My birthday campaign has been running for almost a month!

My b-day has passed; however, we still have much ground to achieve our goal …

Thank you to everyone that has participated, it means so much to my family and to me.

We are so excited that we are actually helping to change the world!

There simply DOES NOT need to be so much suffering on our planet ~

We do NEED everyone’s help to reach this goal ~ and we need it NOW!

We have until Mid-November to pull together the total of $5,000 to complete our project.

Image how our GIFT of water will help the people of Bayaka, and change their lives!

They will be able to drink clean safe water, as we are able to do every single day ~

Water is such a simple thing; we go through our day without thinking about how much it really provides us. It is necessary for most life on Earth. Humans can survive for several weeks without food, but for only a few days without water.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren't strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.

A clean water project nearby means more than safe drinking water to women and children in developing nations; it means time, freedom and incentive to change their communities.

When a water project is built in a community, members can often use the new water source to grow small gardens near their homes and secure their own food supply. Self-sufficient households are less affected by external conflict, famine or inadequate government services.

This September Campaign continues for several months – to focus and help the poorest and most remote countries in the world. The goal is to raise $1.7 million with the help of individual fundraisers.

Remember, 100% of the money raised will directly fund sustainable water projects.

Please pass this on to your friends, your church, your temple, your book club... seriously, ANYONE who you feel could lend a hand. We want this to go BIG!

We are more than inspired to make this happen! Please join us today!!!

When you make your donation please pull up the exact site below, so the funds are directly deposited into our WELL account!

~ Thank you ~


To learn more about charity: water ~

Friday, October 8, 2010

Q & A:

The essential facts to know about your teacher: Jaime


Birth Doula
Advances in Pilates, Long Beach Dance & Conditioning
Power Pilates Mat
Absolution : Level 1 - 5 - Classic NY Method
Stott : Continuing Ed courses


BA in Dance & Theatre, Minor in Anthropology from UC, Santa Cruz

Years Teaching Pilates:

Long Island, NY

Top 3 Hobbies or Activities:
Being with my family, kayaking & hiking

Q & A:

From my favorite foods to some of my bucket list~

What kinds of foods do you like and how do you like to fix them up?

Brown rice, lightly fried with tofu, peas and carrots, couscous, salad, beets ~
fresh water, ginger tea

What’s one of your favorite exercises to teach and do you have a special spin to it that you prefer?

The Pull up on Wunda Chair; I help clients find their position and strength and talk them through the lift and the lowering; pretty amazing to pull your body up in space and maintain balance and poise
And Jump Board because its so fun and empowering, until exhaustion:)

If Joseph Pilates were alive today, what would you ask him?
I would ask if he is happy with the evolution of Pilates, what his favorite exercise was, what the internment camp was like and how come Clara got very little publicity.

Top 3 places you’ve traveled?
Costa Rica, Canada, Italy

Top 3 things on your “To Do Before You Die” list?
To climb Machu Picchu, Peru;
to speak fluent spanish, to move our home where
there are 4 seasons

What’s some of your favorite Pilates studio's

Renee Watson Pilates Studio (Constantia, South Africa)
Drago, NY
Bodyline for Pro class - BH

What’s your Pilates “a-ha” moment?
I was in a certification course in 2001 in Long Beach, CA ~ I remember driving
in my car down my street in Culver City ready to make a right turn. I engaged
my abdominals while turning the wheel - that moment was the ' I think she's got it' moment

Two words that describe your teaching style?
Passionate, inspiring; can I add a 3rd word please... engaging

Favorite type of sessions or classes to teach and why?
I love Privates, as a teacher I am able to connect with my clients and take them out of their boundaries and guide them in a new direction or one that feels good and challenging to them. I also enjoy duets and group classes - whole different animal.

Care to share any teaching blunders?

In the early days, I had a client on the Cadillac with his feet up on the trapeze bar instead of below on the webbing - it was quite funny getting him down ~ we had a good laugh!

Where can we find you usually on any given Friday eve?
Being happy its Friday, rounding up my husband & kids and being together relaxing at home

or having a massage:)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pilates and Patience

I was taught from my first Master Pilates teacher in 2001 that Pilates is a work in progress ~ how true it is!

Have you ever attended a Pilates class and said afterwards, “I didn’t feel a thing” or “What’s the point?” Most people want the Burn or the Heart Pounding intense workout no matter how they get there. If people don’t get the Burn right away, they quickly move on and never return to take another Pilates class ~ what a shame that is!

What people don’t realize is that Pilates can make your heart spring out of your chest! My clients…they always leave my studio sweaty and elated! The Clue: You have to learn to use the smaller muscles, not only the larger ones!
And that takes time and practice.

If you’re constantly moving from the larger muscle groups, you will feel nothing. We call the larger muscles 'Global' muscles. Everything will seem easy, disconnected, and monotonous. Your musculature will not change, and you will most likely overdevelop those larger muscle groups, possibly leading to an injury or chronic pain.

What I have experienced in my own body is, you must change the movement patterns– Period! That’s what Pilates gives you in the beginning. You have to be patient with this form of exercise until you learn to move efficiently, which means using all the muscle groups. Once you learn the fundamentals and essential movements your body restructures or rewires its patterns, and then you will get that heart pounding like no other feeling. You wait and see! In Pilates we call it an internal shower, and it’s addictive!

No one method does it all but Pilates is a major piece of the fitness puzzle, not the whole puzzle.

Be persistent, open and kind with yourself in the beginning, drop your expectations ~ You will get there, I promise!

Remember: Patience is a Virtue.

Thank you to Dana Fykerud

Monday, September 6, 2010

jaime's birthday!

September, 2010

Dear Family and Friends ~

This year I have decided to do something a little different for my birthday. I have been blessed in my life with as many “things” as I could possibly need… so this year, instead of gifts, I am asking for your help for what might be the coolest birthday present ever: clean water to communities of people who desperately need it!

My family and I are joining Charity: water’s September campaign. Hundreds of people like us are raising money to bring clean and safe drinking water to the Bayaka people in Central African Republic – one of the poorest and most remote countries in the world. Visit the site below to see a video about this campaign:

Right now, almost a billion people on the planet do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. That’s nearly one in eight of us.

Charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Here’s the amazing part: private donations have COMPLETELY covered ALL of the organizations administrative costs… so, that means that 100% of all public donations go to directly fund sustainable water solutions in areas of greatest need.

That’s right - 100% of the money raised will directly fund sustainable water projects!

We want to raise at least $5,000 to build a freshwater well in a village and provide 250+ people with clean drinking water.

If you would like to contribute you can donate on my personal campaign site. 100% of your donation will be directed to Central African Republic and in 12-18 months we will get proof of where our dollars are helping, and a link to the specific water project we contributed to on Google Maps.

It would mean so much to me, and my family if you pitched in to help us meet our goal - you can go straight to my fundraising page here:

Thank you for making this project a success!