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!