Aging Strong Pilates Volume 2 is at the printer right now and I’m so excited to make these workouts available to you! This DVD is a brain body challenge with 2 efficient workouts ~ 25min each, for when you’re tight on time! In addition to standing weight bearing exercise and core mat work, It includes a bone building stomping dance and a bonus posture coaching section. If you have all 3 of my DVDs, you’ll have a workout for every day of the week! Pre-order by 8/19 and enter code FREESHIP to get Free Domestic Shipping!
I was honored to present at the 23rd Annual Health Living Retreat for Women sponsored by the Stanford Health Improvement program which is part of the School of Medicine. My workshop entitled BoneSmart: Movement Strategies to improve Posture, Balance and Bone Strength was attended by an enthusiastic audience of Stanford Alumni who are interested in aging strong.
My sister Mercedes flew from New York to serve as my right hand assistant. We enjoyed engaging conversations with many of the alum and took advantage of the beautiful surroundings at Fallen Leaf Lake. Amidst much laughter we hiked, kayaked, and ate healthily and abundantly!
It is a privilege to be able to give participants the ability to change the course of their lives through BoneSmart Pilates workshops.
Enjoy the video highlights above. I had so much fun sharing with this lively, smart and inquisitive group of women. If you know of a group that would like to host this workshop, please contact me by replying to this email.
Description of my BoneSmart Workshop below.
“1 in 2 women over 50 will experience an osteoporosis related fracture in their lifetime (NOF 2005) Despite common misconceptions, this is not just a concern for the elderly. This workshop will provide an overview of the scientific research and current guidelines to improve your bone density and decrease your fracture risk. Learn 5 simple strategies you can apply right away to improve your muscle and bone strength, posture and balance.”
Here’s a sneak peak into one of my Aging Strong Pilates Workshops. I have conducted these workshops across the United States to ensure women are aware of the risks of osteoporosis and osteopenia, and to assist women in maintaining and regaining bone strength. If you’d like more information about a Aging Strong Pilates workshop for your group or conference, please contact me.
There is nothing like the stretch-eze® to give you feedback while you do your Pilates work to build bone and reverse #osteoporosis.
This individual nylon lycra stretch band developed by dance/movement therapist Kimberly Dye, is used for resistance and stretch exercises. Wrap it around your shoulders and put in your feet. Feel snug, supported, and able to press into the resistance to create a cleaner access to the intrinsic core muscles with no build up of tension.
The benefits realized from using the Stretch-eze ® resistance band are:
This video explores the opposite arm leg reach with the stretch-eze® to enhance connection in your body and provide sensory feedback. You can purchase a stretch-eze® on my website!
If you think osteoporosis is an old lady’s disease or that men don’t get it, think again. Meet Keith McCormick, who will not only shatter those misconceptions but will enlighten you on treatment options that don’t rely on big pharma. In a recent conversation with Dr. Keith McCormick, a chiropractic physician and author of The Whole Body Approach to Osteoporosis, we spoke about the importance of addressing health as a triad – physical, nutritional and emotional – whether it is helping patients maintain good health or working with them to overcome a chronic disease, like osteoporosis. “Osteoporosis is not just the weakening of bones; it is a weakening of the body’s entire physiology,” Keith explained. “When you have a chronic disease, you have to treat your whole body.”
Overcoming a chronic disease is exactly what Dr. McCormick did. In between getting his degree in Human Biology at Stanford University and going to Chiropractic school, he competed in elite triathlon competitions including the Ironman Triathlon World Championships and was chosen to participate on the 1976 U.S.A. Olympic Team in Montreal, Canada. He maintained his fitness into adulthood and then sustained 12 fractures in a short 5-year period after he was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the age of 45. He immersed himself in the study of osteoporosis and – using the triad approach – went on to find ways to fight it and recover to the point where he could once again compete in triathlon competitions including the World Championships in Hawaii. His story of recovery is truly remarkable, he is the epitome of resilience and aging strong. I would recommend reading his book and checking out his web site, www.osteonaturals.com.
Exercise such as my BoneSmart Pilates® program, can be most successful when we provide the body with all the nutrients necessary for building good strong bone tissue. That only makes sense, and Dr. McCormick has addressed this need through his OsteoNaturals’ nutritional supplements that he formulated specific to improving bone health.
The thing I like about Keith is that when I read through his blogs he really drives home the foundation of good bone health: good diet, healthy life-style choices, exercise and taking steps to promote healthy gut function. He sees bone health through a unique prism that I rarely see in doctors when they treat osteoporosis. Just reading about some of his amazing adventures on his blog also shows that he values the emotional part of the health triad. Having a positive outlook and engaging in life to its fullest, in addition to exercise and nutrition, is truly important for bone and overall good health.
I was recently asked to teach a master class at Mountain View H.S. for the class of advanced student dancers. My first thought was to teach some Martha Graham modern dance technique along with some Pilates. After all, Martha started her company in NY in 1926 and that same year, Joseph Pilates emigrated to NY to open his studio. Also while a dancer in her company, I took Pilates classes to focus on mindful balanced muscle development and to help prevent the injuries that were common with a demanding rehearsal and touring schedule.
While preparing for this workshop I realized quickly that Martha would not want to share the spotlight with anyone else, so “totally Graham” it would be. Joseph Pilates will have his own master class later.
While reviewing my materials for the workshop I remembered quickly why I was originally drawn to, and devoted much of my life to Martha Graham’s work. There are few people who can claim that “my boss was an oracle, a legend, a goddess”. Having had the good fortune to work directly with Martha for 7 years before she died, she was all of these things and more to me.
I didn’t know what to expect from the students and wondered if I’d be faced with behaviour issues. I created Graham Quote cards, 14 brightly colored index cards each with a memorable Martha Graham quote. My thought was to hand these out during the class as an incentive, to those exhibiting focus, drive and determination. I gave out 1 card and had to stop. I could not choose.
These students were totally absorbed, committed and hungry to learn and experience this unique movement style. I took seriously, my responsibility to this young group of dancers many of whom knew little about Martha.
My format included lecture, exploration of basic movement principles, an excerpt from the Helios section of the Martha Graham Company dance “Acts of Light” (see me guiding the students here) , and viewing of a video clip that I made while on tour. They enjoyed seeing what the choreography was “supposed to look like” and relished viewing some of the behind the scenes banter that occurs in a professional company while on tour.
At the end of class I held a lottery to hand out the quote cards. The dancers clearly were hoping to be chosen and applauded for each person that received one. My directive was simple. Commit to memory, the card you receive, and over time, pass that card onto another dancer in class who displays a positive work ethic. In this way they will keep alive the eloquent words of Martha Graham, and through their actions, pass on an “act of light” and appreciation to their fellow dancers.
Here is my New Years’ gift to you. Some of my favorite quotes by Martha Graham that hold special meaning to me:
Blessings to you all for a healthy and fulfilling 2015
(Joseph Pilates, I guess your turn is next.)
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