The Mystery Muscle

Piriformis syndrome is a disorder caused by compression or irritation to the sciatic nerve which creates sciatica type symptoms such as pain from the tingling and numbness in the buttock and down the back of the leg. It’s important to have a medical professional rule out true sciatica, which is compression or irritation of the […]


The High-Intensity Craze: Yay or Nay?

From CrossFit to Barry’s Bootcamp, there seems to be no shortage of high-intensity workout options. They’re all the rage these days in terms of fat loss and body sculpting. But, how do they work? Are there risks? Are there alternatives? Just like Pilates isn’t for everyone, high-intensity exercise isn’t for everyone. It can stress joints […]


Managing Back Pain

From a small ache to debilitating pain, 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes. For some, an episode will occur once but for others, pain will become chronic. It can compromise an individual’s quality of life: keep a parent from enjoying time with their young children, affect daily routines, cause an athlete […]


The Hype About Stabilizing

Pilates is founded on the idea of stabilizing. Our teachers are always talking to their clients about muscles that either mobilize or stabilize. Teachers learn through their certification what these terms mean and which muscles fall into each category. In turn, they want to pass that on to their clients. But, I realized that our […]


The Importance of Corrections

If you’ve ever taken a Pilates class or private session at Blue Sparrow Pilates, you probably noticed how many corrections our instructors give; corrections about form, movement quality and muscle engagement. They cue, adjust, describe, and take the time to really explain an idea. Maybe it feels like we’re nitpicking about something that doesn’t matter […]


10 Minutes to Total Body Engagement

We’re all short on time. So when you’re doing at-home workouts it’s important to make each exercise really count.  Here are 4 exercises that engage your whole body in just seconds. The key to doing them correctly, to protect yourself against injury, and build functional strength? Alignment and awareness. Going harder, going longer, or doing […]


Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Growing up as a dancer and athlete I learned from a very young age that sometimes you have to fake it. Sometimes you have to fake your enthusiasm, confidence, or knowledge.  Sometimes, you have to fake all three. I know how hard it can be to get back on track with exercise once you have […]



We Want To See Your Best Pilates Move

Post a photo of you doing your favorite Pilates move on Instagram or Facebook and enter to win a Grand Prize package at Blue Sparrow Pilates. Contest is June 15–July 6, 2015.  Be sure to tag @bluesparrowpilates 1. Take a photo of you doing your favorite Pilates move 2. Tag @bluesparrowpilates and use the hashtags #bluesparrowpilates […]


What’s In Your Fridge?

Well folks here’s my fridge. This is a pretty normal week. At the beginning of the week my fridge is brimming with beautiful fresh veggies and fruits. By the end of the week, whatever is left is juiced. Right now I’m obsessed with artichokes and shishito peppers! Everyday we make choices about what we want […]