Do you REALLY need a teacher for meditation?

This is a great question to ponder, and one I’m sure you’ve asked yourself before considering enrolling in a meditation course, signing up for a live workshop/class, or booking a reservation for a mindfulness retreat. I can hear myself wondering the same thing before I began my 100 hour meditation teacher training, “Do I reallyContinue reading “Do you REALLY need a teacher for meditation?”

How Busy People Find The Time for Mindfulness & Movement: The Waiting Game

I have heard this one many times before, and I have even said it myself, “I’m so busy, I just don’t have time for _______.” I just don’t have the time to sit and meditate. I just don’t have the time to fit in a workout today. Usually the posts I’ve seen that follow upContinue reading “How Busy People Find The Time for Mindfulness & Movement: The Waiting Game”

Walking: A Moving Meditation

Seated meditation is not everyone’s cup of tea. And that’s okay. Just because you find seated meditations, especially seated meditations in silence, difficult doesn’t mean you’re bad at practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness can be found in many different activities (washing the dishes, combing your hair, coloring, petting your dog or cuddling with your cat, even goingContinue reading “Walking: A Moving Meditation”

“Where can I learn more about Mindfulness?”

Hi friends! The following is a list of apps and books that I have personally used and found to be particularly helpful in developing my own mindfulness practice. But wait, aren’t you taking away from your business by promoting these other services??? Let’s be real. Gone are the times when you have one gym membershipContinue reading ““Where can I learn more about Mindfulness?””

Mindful Movement: Walking with Awareness

If you find yourself getting sleepy or restless during other forms of meditation, a walking meditation provides an opportunity to practice mindfulness while moving. Taking a walk can also help give you a boost of energy and alertness, like a little movement espresso shot.   Normally when you go on a walk, it’s very easy to letContinue reading “Mindful Movement: Walking with Awareness”

How to Start a Mindfulness Practice

As a psychology major in college I had read all about the benefits of mindfulness. And as an anxious and overwhelmed first year, I was eager to dive into a meditation practice so I could reap those benefits. But when I first started, it went a little like this…. I bought a special cushion filledContinue reading “How to Start a Mindfulness Practice”

Preparing for the National Pilates Certification Exam

Y’all I am on cloud nine right now 🙂 Yesterday I passed the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) exam to become a certified Pilates teacher. I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve taken the leisurely route to becoming certified. I took two years to finish all 500 hours of my teacher training with Club PilatesContinue reading “Preparing for the National Pilates Certification Exam”

Working with a Neutral Spine in Pilates

One of the most common cues you will hear me say in my classes (Pilates and all the other formats I teach too), is to “find your neutral” and to “maintain your neutral spine,” but what exactly does neutral spine mean and why is it important? Neutral spine roughly translates to “good posture,” however theContinue reading “Working with a Neutral Spine in Pilates”

Are shorter workouts worth it?

What do you think is the main reason people do not stick with a fitness program or workout plan? a. lack of knowledge “I’m not really sure what I’m doing…” b. lack of accessible gym equipment “I can’t find any dumbbells on Amazon…” c. lack of time “I’m so busy, I just don’t know WHENContinue reading “Are shorter workouts worth it?”

Stepping Your Best Foot Forward

Your feet are such an important part of your body, yet they are often overlooked or even forgotten, unless they hurt. And if your feet hurt, it can have ripple effects on the entire body, affecting your mood, your gait pattern as you walk, and even how the knees and hips are functioning. When ourContinue reading “Stepping Your Best Foot Forward”