Pilates – profiles of inspiration

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is. Read through the last 3 blog posts to get all of the inspiration and sign up for our blog to get all the latest on, well, a bit of everything!

Lucy in one legged plank pose

Lucy in one legged plank pose

Lucille Zito

Age: 61

Years doing Pilates: 1 1/2

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to add to my exercise routine

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

i feel stronger and more flexible

What inspires you on the mat?

our leader, classmates, and improving strength and flexibility

What inspires you off the mat?

my family, friends, and nature

3 words you live by:

honesty, strength, and faith

lisa in bridge with weights and foam roller

lisa in bridge with weights and foam roller

Lisa DeNardo

Age: 60.5

Years doing Pilates: 1 3/4

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to strengthen my knee muscles and i finally had the time!

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

CORE rocks!  Breathe deep!

What inspires you on the mat?

bridge pose and its variations

What inspires you off the mat?

biking (cycling)

3 words you live by:

shoulders in your back pockets (pilates mantra)

paying it forward

deep breath (maybe 3)

Pilates – profiles of inspiration

As promised I am featuring my inspirational students for the next few blog posts. If you missed the last one, here it is.

Rick - from plank to balanced pull through

Rick – from plank to balanced pull through

Rick Hammond

Age: 65

Years doing Pilates: 3-4

Why did you start doing Pilates?

to strengthen my core and back muscles

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

it keeps me strong and flexible and allows me to be active and feel strong

What inspires you on the mat?

the fact that i know i am keeping myself fit and healthy to live the best life i can

What inspires you off the mat?

my family and the wonderful life i have been blessed with

3 words you live by:

peace, joy, and compassion

 

Gene -from plank to balanced reach back

Gene -from plank to balanced reach back

Gene Prospero

Age: 56

Years doing Pilates: 2

Why did you start doing Pilates?

i needed to be more active in a way that would aid my aging body

How do you see it impacting your daily life?

i have had physically demanding jobs most of my life. Pilates gives me the knowledge and ability to take on various activities without damaging my body. i wish i had this information 20 or 30 years ago!

What inspires you on the mat?

my instructor 😉 and knowing i will feel better after a class (even after a shitty day at work!).

What inspires you off the mat?

a sense of accomplishment, whether it be a task at work or finishing an exhausting Pilates class that makes your butt cheeks scream the next morning!

3 words you live by:

humor, honesty, humility

 

Pilates is a great exercise but more importantly it is principles and practices to use in your day to day living. It teaches you how to move more efficiently and effectively with less strain and stress on your body (and hopefully your mind as well). First class is always FREE. Come join us on Mondays at 5:30pm at our Main St. Stroudsburg location.

Never Give Up

flower

“Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.”

~ Unknown

Check out this flower.  Do you see the leaf underneath? Nature is truly amazing.  This flower had a will and a purpose and nothing was getting in it’s way.  It grew up right through the leaf.  That is what I call tenacity.  I could use a little of that some days and this will be my inspiration.

Holiday Helper – week three

Stop and take a breath. Look at the water, soften your gaze, and take an Easy Focus.

NJ shore

NJ shore

List in your mind, out loud, or on a piece of paper the top three things that are bothering you in this moment. These can be little or big; important or not; things that you would tell everyone or tell no one. There is no judgement or need to change or fix anything. You are just Exforming what is keeping you from being calm in this moment.

NJ Shore

NJ Shore

Does the water look different now?

If not…

InterPlay offers another tool in case you are struggling with the letting go part:

Get on it. Get off it. Get over it.
 
The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

The InterPlay Inspiration Deck

The message:

Have fun today as you watch yourself get on it, get off it, and get over it! Use this FREE PASS to let go of over thinking, holding on, and taking yourself and others too seriously. Now is the time to practice letting things flow in and out of your body and mind.