Succulent Spring Salads

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a delicious salad? Every Monday I look forward to eating a beautiful salad for lunch from The Mixing Bowl. The Mixing Bowl is across from our Oakland studio on Telegraph Avenue. They offer take-out on a daily basis as well as catering services for […]

Joseph Pilates: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

You may have noticed a new figure hanging on the wall in our San Francisco lobby. Studio, meet Joseph Pilates. Pilates, the method we all love and use for fitness, core strength, and rehabilitation, was created and developed by, you guessed it, Joseph Pilates. The man, the myth, the legend, born in Germany in 1883, […]

Excuses: What’s Keeping You From Class?

  Last week’s article, Reevaluating New Year’s Resolutions, talked about how scheduling your training sessions at certain times of day can mean the difference between successfully completing them or putting them off until tomorrow. There are so many things that can get in the way of reaching our goals and so much of the time […]

Old Dogs, New Tricks Go Hand-In-Hand

You may know the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Sometimes this feels especially true when we’re learning a new skill or testing our own limits. You may especially feel this way when a teacher introduces a new exercise in class that requires different coordination than we typically practice. I often hear […]

Frustrated With Your Body Awareness? Here’s why.

I regularly hear clients say, “I just don’t have good body awareness,” and “It’s very hard for me to feel what you’re talking about.”  Sound familiar? Well, don’t worry. You’re not alone and, furthermore, it’s not your fault! Let’s take a look at the Cortical Homunculus to help explain why we often have trouble finding […]

Rebirth. Regeneration. Transformation.

Phewwww. 2015 has been a humongous year! It’s been a year chock full of surprises, adventures, and new beginnings. This beautiful photograph, for me, really expresses my hope for the upcoming year — Rebirth, regeneration, and transformation. I believe the small ways we change everyday can have lasting and huge impact. What begins as teeny […]

Communication is Key

Good communication is the foundation for any successful relationship. As teachers, we train not only in the Pilates method but also in communication. We need to be able to read nonverbal cues from clients and we also need to be able to communicate the intricacies of an exercise effectively. However, sometimes we just can’t read […]