Pilates Exercise Lifestyle

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle
Pilates Exercise Lifestyle

Welcome to the world of Pilates Lifestyle.Your one stop resource for Free tips, exercises, news about Pilates and Lifestyle. Pilates Lifestyle News is about whats happening within the field of Mind Body practices. We will explore most of the popular practices in this field, for example Yoga,spirituality,Tantra,Health and much more. There will be features on exercise, healthy eating, super foods,sexual health..."how to give your partner ultimate pleasure" ,energy and Vitality.

Thursday, 29 November 2007

Pilates, Exercise, Lifestyle and Why!!


Hello Everybody, I hope you are all Well.
I recently had the chance to visit the famous Alnwick Castle and Gardens in the town of Alnwick while I was visiting friends in the North of England.

A really great place to visit if you ever get the chance, they also filmed parts of the Harry Potter Films there. You can see a picture of the amazing water fountain above which is in the Alnwick Garden.

While I was there I came across this little verse in a greeting card sent to me by a friend and thought it was worth sharing.

Follow your destiny,Wherever it leads you. There comes a time in your life when you realize that if you stand still, you will remain at this point forever. You realize that if you fall and stay down, life will pass you by...

Rather than wondering about or questioning the direction your life has taken, accept the fact that there is a path before you now. Shake off the 'why's' and 'what if's,' and rid yourself of confusion. Whatever was - is in the past. Whatever is - is what's important. The past is a brief reflection. The future is yet to be realized. Today is here.'

When I read that I thought about my life and those times when that passage so vividly described where I was. For some people who read this, they will also resonate with that passage. They know they are at a very special fork in the road.

I hope it makes you have a think about today and beyond, to take action is necessary to truly pursue your hopes,dreams and goals in life. I have added a couple of links to two really great books if you fancy some extra reading material and you wish to go further down this path.

Pilate's Lifestyle - The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World

Pilate's Lifestyle - Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Pilate's, Exercise ,Health and Lifestyle.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

DVDS!!! Can Help You Learn Pilates Exercises..



Can DVDs !!! Help You Learn Pilate's Exercises..

I often hear people say that they want to start Pilate's exercises but “ How do I get started” and what’s the best Pilate's Exercise DVD to buy? Most of these people have work, kids etc to juggle in their daily lives so a good way to get started, would be to start doing something at home using a DVD to help kick off your learning. I still believe the best way of learning is to use a qualified instructor as well but this option is better than doing nothing at all.


As you already know I am a great fan of Pilate's and Yoga, so here’s a bit of background. Most of you probably know Pilate's exercise is sort of similar to yoga body conditioning but can be practiced with the help of machines as well as mat work. It was developed by Joseph Pilate's around the 1920's. In WWI, Joseph Pilate's was in a camp for enemy soldiers and in his time developed his system based on using bed springs to help rehabilitate bedridden patients. So the main difference between Yoga and Pilate's exercise systems is that Pilate's can use equipment but most of its exercises can also be done on a mat without any equipment. Pilate's for me has the slight edge over yoga, in that Pilate's exercise works various muscle groups at the same time. I usually feel quite energised after a Pilate's exercise session and not drained of energy as you might with regular exercise.


Yoga, of course, originates from my country of origin India, you can also find similarities in other exercise systems that originate in the far east. I think some influences might have crossed over as people travelled in between countries and spread these practises. I find yoga really good for the meditation techniques and the breathing but I suppose what I practice now is a mix of both Yoga and Pilate's.


One of my favourite Pilate's beginners DVDs is Pilates Workout for Dummies This is un-intimidating DVD explains Pilate's mat techniques in easy-to-understand language. The DVD is by Michelle Dozois fitness professional for 14 years and Pilate's Method certified instructor. She's the co-owner of Breakthru, a personal training and Pilate’s studio in Pasadena, California.


There is a really great DVD called Yogilates - Beginner Workout . A beginning level yoga class that safely tones, stretches, and relaxes your whole body. Fusing core strength, flexibility, and balance, Yogilates integrates the techniques of Pilate's and hatha yoga for a complete and enjoyable mind/body workout. Created by certified Pilate's and Yoga Instructor Jonathan Urla, this beginning level program is ideal for people of all ages and abilities.


I really like this Yoga DVD called Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond , Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond is quickly becoming one of Ravi and Ana's most popular titles. This effective daily maintenance workout features two 25 minute sets which can be done individually or together. Set one, Rise & Spine, will help you maintain a healthy back and raise your energy high! Set two features the 'Five Tibetans,' exercises to keep you supple, youthful and vital for life!

So did the videos and books help me get started…I would say yes and it was because this method of learning was available that that this was possible and then when I knew it was for me I started to look for a teacher and then progressed my learning from there.


I still use videos and DVDs when I am exploring new things to enhance the learning process but I would recommend both as to just using Video’s and DVD for learning, the human touch can help greatly in a lot of ways. The DVDs mentioned, I've bought these as gifts for several people who I know that wanted to get started with Pilate's and Yoga.


Pilate's is really awesome…so if you are still trying to decide, just give it a go!!!


For me Yoga and Pilate's is a great way to start stretching your whole body, getting in shape and the flexibility exercises can help in all sorts of beneficial ways. Meditation-wise, by stretching the body and enhancing the flow of chi , it helps you to build a stable personality and emotions that make it easier for you to succeed on the path to enlightenment.


I find that Yoga and Pilate's exercise also help me a lot in the martial arts that I practice; it’s great for developing strength, power and helps in the cultivation of chi energy.


Until Next time, keep practising the Pilate's Exercises.


Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Tuesday, 27 November 2007

Meditation... For Inner Fitness


Meditation…For Inner Fitness.

Meditation is a great way of giving your inner self a work out, it can help to relieve stress, help circulation and help your complexion to be more radiant and glowing.

Meditation is one of the few stress free practices that can really help to rejuvenate your skin. The effect of meditation, when practiced properly and consistently, is like an anti-aging pill that cleanses your skin and rejuvenates your complexion and body.

Meditation that teaches you how to rest your mind, thereby causing the vital energies within your body to become unleashed and flow freely. These "chi" energies interlink all the cells and tissues of your skin and body and charge them with vitality.

Various spiritual traditions have focused on creating techniques that help to retain the youthful state of your physical body and they have come to the conclusion that meditation is an alternative method of healing disease and helps to combat the signs aging.

Meditation in the long term can help in your goal to lose weight, get rid of stress and also develop a more glowing complexion. Getting a great body and having healthy glowing skin is both an internal and external affair, so you've got to be eating a healthy balanced diet, taking regular exercise, taking time out to let your body rest and be getting plenty of sleep to help your body to recharge its batteries.

Do not let your life manage you but you must to a degree manage your life to create balance and harmony between all aspects of your being.

I have added a couple of links below if you want to go into Meditation and Chi Energy in more detail and gain Further knowledge. You will find these resources very user friendly and easy to understand.


Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Tai Chi - Qigong For Vitality And Well Being: DVD
A Guide To Meditation Techniques DVD

Monday, 26 November 2007

Work Out While Flying

Do Your Pilates Exercises…!!! While Jetting Off On Your Vacation.

Pilate’s exercises are the answer when flying for any prolonged period of time.

To combat flight fatigue when time doesn’t allow you to workout before or in between a flight schedule, why not exercise on the plane! Relief starts with some simple stretching exercises you can do while flying. You can keep your muscles loose without ever leaving the comfort of your seat.

Physical inactivity, especially on long flights, can cause an imbalance to muscle groups. Pilates stretching exercises help restore balance by keeping muscles relaxed and reducing soreness and stiffness.

As most modern flight cabins offer only cramped seating, unless you are flying First or Business Class. Pilates Leg stretching exercises are a must for any flyer. No matter how long your legs are or how long the flight is, your legs always seem to cramp before the flight is over.

Here are a few gentle Pilates leg stretching exercises you can do on your flight. You might even see these Pilates exercises mentioned in the in flight magazine.

Take your ankle off the ground and do complete circles to the left and then to the right. A couple of sets of ten are usually enough to loosen the lower muscles of your leg.
Now flex your foot by drawing the toes towards your shin and stretch your leg as long in front of you as possible. Feel a stretch in the calf muscle. Hold for a moment and repeat around five times before repeating on the other leg.

Also let’s not forget lower back pain, as well as neck and shoulder stiffness as these can stiffen up fairly quickly as well.
Take your arms above your head and clasp the hands together...taking care not hit any of your fellow passengers! Flip your palms up to face the ceiling and stretch your arms as high as you can. Pull your shoulders away from your ears. This loosens your shoulders and quickly relieves any tension resting in your upper back. Inhale in deeply and breathe out slowly around five times to allow the muscles to really relax.

Raise one hand straight up over your head. With the other hand, grasp the bent elbow of the opposite arm and gently pull. Hold for about 30 seconds and do the same with the other arm. This Pilates exercises will help to stretch the triceps.

Seated in your seat, exhale and pull your belly towards your spine. Feel a deep contraction in the lower abdominal region. Hold for a moment and release. Repeat three to five times. Engaging the abdominal muscles in this way works to support your lower back and may ease fatigue.

Still seated, rotate your body as far to the right as you can. Hold for a moment and repeat to the other side. Does this spine twist around four times on each side.

If you can find a bit of space at the rear of the plane, try this take a deep breath, lower your chin towards your chest and roll your spine down until you are slightly bent forward. Inhale and stay for a moment feeling tension drain from the upper back and neck. Exhale slowly and roll yourself back up to your starting position, do this around five times.

These are just a few examples of the kind of Pilate’s exercises you can do when flying. As I said earlier some airlines are even putting together their own in-flight exercise workout. I have seen this on a few European based airlines that fly globally. These Pilates exercises which help you to stretch the various body areas are an excellent way to keep comfortable especially on longer flights. If you are not able to do the Pilates exercises make sure you move around every hour to keep your blood moving, just have a wander up and down the plane or just take a few bathroom breaks.

I hope this helps you to deal with those cramped conditions when flying. I would recommend these whether you are flying Coach or First and if you are frequent or occasional traveller. Also I hope this helps you to enjoy your travels to their fullest.

I have added a couple of links to information on Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT as it is more commonly known. It has recently been spotlighted in the media due to its link to air travel but it can also occur due to lack of exercise.

BBC NEWS Health Medical notes Deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Travelsox Classic helps to relieve leg swelling when flying
Deep Vein Thrombosis: The insiders Guide.

With Love
Guru Omar

Friday, 23 November 2007

Help Stop The Creaks!! As You Age Gracefully



Help Stop The Creaks!! As You Age Gracefully.

There are some really great benefits of Pilate’s exercise, if you practice Pilates exercise on a regular basis especially as you get older.

Below are some key benefits that can be gained from Pilates exercise as you age gracefully.

It can help to slow down the physical signs of aging and make you less injury prone.

It helps your joints and muscles become more pliable.

The deep breathing that accompanies the exercises oxygenates your blood and leaves you feeling really great after a Pilates Exercise work out.

It increases your joint movement, overall mobility and bone density, which is especially important as you age.

It decreases stress and tension, joint inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
Pilates exercise can really be great for older people everywhere. It is a perfect exercise for the aging population, as people are living longer more active lifes.

It gives them a low impact choice of exercise. Traditional exercises such as jogging and gym work outs are an option for some aging exercisers. Mainly because of the stress it puts on joints. Pilates exercise it provides a full body workout without the wear and tear.

Basic Pilates moves includes stretching, lengthening for better posture and resistance training. This gentle workout gets the same results as a high impact workout and in many ways gets a better result. Gone are the days of kicking and dancing your self fit…unless you are fairly young and fit of course.

Jumping and dancing etc is ok when you are fairly young and fit but it is not really an option for most people as they get older. Pilates exercise is the perfect remedy for both sexes, it increases their level of fitness with less stress and risk to the body and helps maintain their flexibility and strength, and that is an important factor as anybody ages.

I have added some links below especially if you want further information on Pilates and Yoga for the older person. If you know or have friends that would would benefit from checking these out, just point them in the right direction or give them a treat.

The New Yoga for People Over 50: A Comprehensive Guide for Midlife and Older Beginners

Pilates Plus: Grown-Up Pilates for 50+

Pilates for Life: Pilates for 50+: DVD

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Pull In The Abs!!!


"Pull in the abs!" - A well known little phrase that might be called a Pilate's exercise chant.

I am sure you all know how important that is in Pilate's exercise, it is the back bone of the Pilate's exercise system and pulling in the Abs is the key.

It is a technique that is widely used in physical therapy, in strength training, and to some degree throughout the fitness world as a means of stabilizing the spine.

When done properly, training the abdominals will create an integrated core of strength that supports the spine and promotes stability and ease of motion throughout the body.

Well we want to develop this powerhouse for movement by employing the muscles of the pelvic floor and all of the abdominal muscles, teaching them to work efficiently and in harmony with the muscles of the back.

Pilate's exercise puts a special emphasis on training the deeper abdominal muscles. In Pilate's exercise, we are looking to create a strong, stable foundation for movement.

Here are a couple DVDS that are worth checking out. The first is a great DVD by Rodney Yea, that can help to get that abs looking great, this is a great workout in addition to the Pilate's exercises.

ABS Yoga shows you how mind-body workouts and using the weight of your body can reshape your torso and leave you feeling centered and revitalized”

Make over Your Your Abs, Butt and Thighs Fast! This is a Pilate’s based exercise DVD which really hones in on the Abs, so check them out as I think you will really like them and it’s a great way of adding variety to your Pilate's exercise work out.

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Killer Weight Loss Tips


Killer weight Loss Tips.

Doing Weight Training or resistance training exercises to build muscle will speed up your body’s metabolism, muscle is active tissue, so it uses energy to maintain its state. The more muscle you have the more energy/calories you will burn.

Less Carbs….you do need carbohydrate intake for energy but excess intake of Carbs will be stored by the body as fat. So if you reduce your Carb intake you should see some fat loss.

Eat often but small meals only which are low in fat and calories, probably 4 to 6 meals a day. This allows a steady flow of nutrients to the body which creates a great environment in the body for muscle growth and fat loss.

Cut down on the saturated fats in your diet, these are the fats that cause most health problems. As anything in life there are bad fats and good fats, the fats essential to life are called Essential Fatty Acids and these are absorbed through eating the right sort of food in your diet as the body is not able to make them. A good natural supplement is Flaxseed oil.

H2O..Get your water bottle topped up. It is important to drink plenty of water. An adult can go week with put food but the body can only do with out water for a couple of days at most. Water helps to remove waste products from the body, it helps to control body temperature and forms the basis of chemical reaction in the body to provide sustenance for the body.

Get informed advice from qualified people, when you go to the gym speak to the personal trainer, get advice from dietician, and consult your doctor if you have any health issues. Be informed, be wise and don’t over do it.

Here are some useful links to some great books and DVDs that will help you on your journey to get your body in the best shape ever, so check them out. If you know a friend that is interested in getting a healthy and fitter body, why not recommend the blog, so they can check out the free Pilates exercises and the free tips.

Pilate's Lifestyle - The Weight Loss Cure They Don't Want You to Know About

Pilate's Lifestyle - Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight

Pilate's Lifestyle - Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss

Pilate's Lifestyle - Leslie Sansone Walk Away the Pounds - Walk and Kick

Pilate's Lifestyle - Pilates Complete For Weight Loss

Wishing You All Good Health

Barefoot Guru

Thursday, 15 November 2007

A little bit more about juicing

A Little bit more about Juicing.

As you already know I am a great fan of juicing, it’s a great way of getting more vitamins & minerals into your diet by drinking freshly made fruit juices, vegetable juices and smoothies. Especially when you are exercising on a regular basis, its a great you can prepare your smoothie drinks prior to your workout and you can then take it with you.

Freshly made juices are a tremendous source of bio-available vitamins and minerals. Vitamins activate enzymes and without vitamins, enzymes could not carry out their work, and we could not live.

Enzymes act as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions that take place throughout your body, and are essential for digesting, absorbing and converting food into body tissue. Enzymes also produce energy at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking place in your body every second of every day.

Another key benefit of drinking fresh juices and smoothies is that your body can absorb more of the vitamins and minerals than if you were to eat the fruits and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are trapped in the fibre and by blending fruits and vegetables; you break down the fibre and release the vital nutrients.

For example when you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to absorb a small amount of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced, removing the fibre, a larger percentage of the beta carotene can be absorbed by your body. Of course, you still need to eat whole foods because fibre is also an important part of your daily diet.

Be sure to wash your fruit thoroughly before juicing to remove and pesticides that may remain. Some people suggest removing apple seeds before juicing as they contain small amounts of cyanide. Consult your doctor before drinking large amounts of Grapefruit juice. Grapefruit and Orange skins contain toxic substances so make sure you don’t juice these skins although juicing the white pith is normal as the pith contains high levels of vitamin C and Bioflavonoid.

I have come across a couple of sites selling some great stuff for Yoga fans for example clothing and music as well as all some really great gift idea's for the holiday season coming up. So if you need some idea's check them out.

Yoga Mats Pilates Mats Fitness and Relaxation Clothing.

Yoga CD and DVDs

Check out this site if you want some more information on juicing.

Juice guide, juicing, juice recipes, vegetable juice, fruit juice

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Some Receipes I Tried...Yummy!!!!

Hello Everybody

I hope you are all well.

One of the important things about a healthy lifestyle is food and eating healthy, so I am always looking out for tasty recipe idea's.

I was at a friends house after a Pilate's Exercise session and tried some Garlic mash at dinner with the main course and some Banana Muffins with some Green tea.

I was very impressed with both dishes and got the basic recipe's to share with you guys.
So check it out below, forgive me if it seems a bit simple...only took basic notes. It should serve around six people.

Lovely Garlic Mash.
You will need 1 large head garlic, split in half
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 large baking potatoes - You need to peel and cut these into quarters
3 tablespoons low-fat margarine
1 tea cup low-fat milk or soy milk
Seasoning to taste 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper and Salt or Lo salt replacement.

Preheat the oven to 350F or 180C degree's.

Cover the garlic with oil and wrap it all up securely in foil. Then put the foil pouch in the oven to roast for 30 to 40 minutes, or until soft. Let the contents of the foil pouch cool, then squeeze the garlic out of skins; refrigerate. Discard skins. If you want this stage could be done the day before. If you want to speed up the process you could just crush the garlic cloves in the olive oil forming a paste and then add this to the potato mash.

Put the potatoes in a large pan and cover with water, add salt and bring to a boil. After boiled cover and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until fork-tender. Mash the potatoes well, add garlic and olive oil mix made earlier, also margarine or butter, salt, pepper and milk or soy milk. Give the potatoes a whip. If the mash is a little stiff add some more milk a little at a time until potatoes are fluffy and light but still hold shape and all done.

Energy packed Banana Muffins
You will need 3 very ripe bananas (about 1 1/2 cups puree)
1/2 cup apple juice
1tablespoon orange juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/4 cups whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup raisins or chopped dates
1/2 cup walnuts -- coarsely chopped
2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 375F or 190C degree's.

Blitz the bananas, juice concentrates, oil, and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Put the flour, wheat germ, cinnamon, and baking powder in a mixer bowl and combine.
Add the banana mixture into the dry ingredients to make a thick batter; then stir in the raisins and walnuts.
Beat the egg whites until stiff. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter. Spoon the batter into 18 muffin cups coated with vegetable cooking spray/butter etc. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the tins immediately and enjoy..mmm.

Try out the recipes and see how you get on and post your comments or pictures of what you have made.
Also so if you want to post any pictures of yourself doing Pilate's exercise or Yoga, please do and any tips you may have to offer to your fellow Pilate's practitioners I am sure would be gratefully received.

I have added some links if you want to look further into healthy eating and cooking healthy food.So have a look and see what you think. I am a big fan of juicing as its so easy and the juices taste delicious and the Eating for Life is a great book...Enjoy.


Pilate's Lifestyle - Celestial Seasonings Authentic Green Tea.
Pilate's Lifestyle - Eating for Life
Pilate's Lifestyle - The Juicing Bible
Pilate's Lifestyle - Body for Life for Women
Pilate's Lifestyle - The 1200-Calorie-a-Day Menu Cookbook : Quick and Easy Recipes for Delicious Low-fat Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, and Desserts



Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Monday, 12 November 2007

Have You Heard About !! "The Law Of Attraction"

So, what is the Law of Attraction?

A lot of people are asking this question as this way of thought gains popularity. The law of attraction is nothing new but is just now being brought to the attention of people. To answer this question ‘What is the law of attraction?’ there are three keys which will help to give you a better understanding of the law of attraction.

Firstly it is a “Natural Law”; there are laws that govern the world we live in such as gravity, aerodynamics, and attraction. The law of attraction is a law that is in operation in your life whether you know it or not. It’s just like gravity. You can pretend it doesn’t exist but that doesn’t change the fact that is does.

Secondly there is “Like attracts Like”, have you ever known someone that always seems to be successful? Some people may pass it off as just being lucky but that’s not the case at all. Take a closer look at their life and you will see that they do the things necessary that attract success. The same goes for the person that seems like they are always failing. They are doing the things necessary to attract failure.

Thirdly “Change Is the Only Answer” If you don’t like what you are attracting in your life you are going to have to change. Take a look at your life and see what is holding you back from attracting what you want. You are going to have to be very honest with yourself. If you are and then make the necessary changes, you will see that you start to attract different things into your life.

I have set up some links below for a couple of books and DVDs if you would like to find out more about the Law of Attraction, I believe you will find it very interesting.

Pilate's Lifestyle - The Secret (Extended Edition)
Pilate's Lifestyle - Law of Attraction: The Science of Attracting More of What You Want and Less of What You Don't
Pilate's Lifestyle - Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True
Pilate's Lifestyle - The Secret-Book.

The way of thought is just as important as the way we exercise our bodies, as is what we eat to fuel our bodies. Often thought is overlooked and I hope I have given you food for thought with the Law of Attraction and whetted your appetite’s to learn further.

Keep up the good work, practices your Pilate's Exercises everyday if possible or at least three time a week, take time out for a meditation session and let the chatter of everyday life slip away…even if it is just for 20 minutes.

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Doing Pilates Exercises In The Nude !!!


What IF!!! You Did Pilate’s In The Buff.

Doing Pilates exercises in the buff or even Yoga… a few people have asked me this question over the years and YES Nude exercising does exist.

When I was being asked about Nude exercising, I thought I would look into it further. The interesting thing was, it is quite a wide spread practice…no pun intended. There are many articles on the topic of nude exercises, especially on the Net. I am a pretty open minded guy and I have to admit I have tried it but in private…on my own and with a partner. I have found it was quite a pleasant experience, sort of letting go of the material and the physical bonds on your body and a freeing of one self. It can help to lose inhibitions and make you at ease with your own body.

When exercising in the buff, there is nothing to hide. So when doing Pilates exercises nude, you can see the form that is normally hidden by your clothes. Even better if you have a mirrored area and you can observe your form, see it as a tool to correct posture and form. It helps you to stop that cheating when you are not quite focused! You are going to get that belly in and those muscles will be engaged…head up!!

However I have not come across any Pilate’s studio’s offering classes in the nude and I am not sure if they will in the majority of cases. I have come across classes in France being offered in Nudist area’s on the south coast, so it could just be about lifestyle adjustment.

I know from my own personal experience that most people are practicing their nude workouts in the privacy of their own home or at a nudist camp. The question of safety is also raised, especially exercises that involve a lot of movement as the breasts and testicles do need a bit of support.

Also what about hygiene!! I suppose if it is done in private and on your own...it is not a problem but if there are a few people...it could be an issue. But there is always an element of risk no matter how clean an exercise area may be.

So…to do or not to do in the buff, my personal experience says it can be a good experience and its great but you have to see for your self and try it and see if it is for you. There is no harm in excising in the nude as long as you take care with the sensitive body areas.
So give it a go and see how you feel, make sure you are practicing in nice comfortable area…adjust the temperature control and make sure you draw the drapes to stop any peeping toms and have fun.

I found a few things worth checking out if you are going to try exercising in the nude, so check out the links below.

Wishing You All Good Health.
Barefoot Guru

Friday, 9 November 2007

Do Guy's Really!! Do Pilate's Exercises!!!

Do Guy’s Really!! Do Pilate’s Exercises!!!

More and more men are getting into Pilate’s exercise especially when they realise the benefits to be had for example increased strength, more endurance, agility and power. Just what most men are looking from a workout.

As we all know Men and Women are different but they still need the same benefits of regular exercise. Us Guy’s have tighter hips and hamstrings than women, so also means most men are not as supple and flexible as women.

Guys also want the same benefits that women want from Pilate's, more flexibility, better balance and especially more energy. Men want to be stronger, leaner, fitter and more virile. Pilate's however is seen a Ladies Only Exercise. The person that started Pilate's was a man and he was doing it initially for the benefit of men, some of the first people trying it out were boxers.

When I first started practising Pilate's, I was the only guy in a class of women and it did seem a bit intimidating. Now the classes I attend and seminars I go to there is a good turn out of men. When talking to lot of these guys I have found that quite a few got into Pilate's through having suffered injury and were looking for an alternative to help with their recovery process. There is an element which are already involved in sports but want increased flexibility, mobility, core strength, midsection toning and variety to their workout but not stressful on the body. Pilate's exercise can provide all these benefits... stronger Abs, good posture, strong backs and more.

Pilate's is really good for helping to keep the belly in trim, as men seem to gain weight around the mid section. An exercise routine with regular cardio exercise and a healthy diet, combined with Pilate's exercise can be a great way for a guy to keep in shape. Giving the added benefits of good posture, core strength, stamina and flexibility.

There are some great instructional Pilate's DVDs available which are especially for men. I have added a couple of links below for some of these DVDs and a book I have read. I think they are pretty good for guys just getting into Pilate's. There is also a combined Yoga and Pilate's DVD which I think is really great.

Pilate's Lifestyle - Pilates DVD for Men
Pilate's Lifestyle - Men's Health: 15 Minute Workout
Pilate's Lifestyle - The Complete Book of Pilates for Men: The Lifetime Plan for Strength, Power & Peak Performance
Pilate's Lifestyle - Yogilates - Beginner Workout

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru Omar

Thursday, 8 November 2007

Wow!! Look at that Cute Butt

Wow!! Look at that Cute Butt!!

Most women that I have met have always commented how much they would love to have a really tight butt. Using Pilate's exercises it’s a simple way to shape, tone, and lift your butt. A good way of doing this is to do side leg lifts. This Pilate's exercise will enable you to shape and tone your butt and it also works on the thighs as well so you get to work two areas at once.

Side Leg Lifts.

It’s a good idea to use a mat for the side leg lift exercise, just to cushion the body.

Lie on your side with the bottom arm extended out and your head resting on it. Your body should be one straight line. You can place the other hand on the ground in front of your neck for support. Now, move your legs out just a bit for support. Pull your abs in while you do this exercise to get benefit there as well.

Now, lift both legs off the ground about four or five inches. Keep your legs together. Pause a moment at the top of the lift, and then slowly bring your legs back down. Don’t forget to breathe as you do the lifts. Do this around 5 to 10 times and build up the repetitions. Once you get really good you can add leg weights to make it more difficult.

Have a look at this piece of equipment I came across, it could really give your workout a real boost. This new 5-in-1 piece of equipment will add variety and brand-new moves to your workout! The exercises will target places and muscles you never knew you had! The TransFIRMer was designed with multiple uses in mind and has five different configurations to take each workout to the next level. With brand-new choreography, this system can reshape your entire body, especially targeting the areas most women want to change - the backs of their thighs, hips, abs.

Just use the link below.

Pilate's Lifestyle - The Firm TransFIRMer

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru Omar.

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

Pilates Exercise Mat Tips

Pilate's Exercise Mat Tips.

A Pilate's exercise mat is probably going to be high on a must have list of things for most people practising Pilate’s exercise, especially for practising Pilate's at home. Most places that teach Pilate’s will have Pilate's mats, for students to use but the real reason to get a Pilate's mat is for your home workout.

Pilate’s exercise mats are readily available in many styles, sizes and colors. I would say have a think about what your needs and preferences really are, before you buy.
Pilate's and Yoga mats are similar in appearance i.e they are about the same size and used for exercises done on the floor. A Pilate’s mat needs to be thicker than most yoga mats because there are so many standing poses in yoga, mats used for yoga have to let the practitioner feel the floor. This is not as important with a Pilate's exercise mat. So Pilate's exercise mats are thicker and give more cushioning from the floor. Yoga exercise mats are also sticky, to help prevent slipping, something which is not as likely with Pilate's exercises.

I think a good Pilate's exercise mat should be around 1.5cm to 2cm thick, also a Pilate's exercise mat should be firm, as a mat that is too soft will not aid good support and balance. Good support and balance helps to aid proper body alignment. Make sure the mat is long enough…around 2 metres and wide enough… around half a metre or so, some times they can be shorter, so something around that size would be ok.

You can get Pilate's exercise mats that roll up and also fold up, the roll up Pilate's exercise mats are slightly better option as they can be more compact and easier to carry especially the ones that come with carry straps. The prices of mats vary but a good mat can be bought for around $25 to $50, a good selection is available on line.

I have seen a couple of mats which seem to offer a good mix of value for money and quality.The links are just below, check them out.

Pilates Mat
Pilates Mat

Wishing You All Good Health.
Barefoot Guru Omar

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Big One off Pilate's Event In London & Edinburgh

Hello to Everybody

I have heard there is a big one off Pilate's event in London in the UK and Edinburgh in Scotland.

I have added the link which takes you to the page for all the details if you are interested in attending, sadly I will not be able to make it.

http://www.pilates-institute.com/Newsletters/Latest/index.htm

Have fun.

Barefoot Guru Omar

Indian Dancers Performing.


This is a picture I took when I was in India. I just love it , the elegance, poise and great control of movement by these amazing dancers , who all practised some form of yoga as a part of their dance training, as I found out when I chatted to them afterwards. I took the shot whilst I was attending a Yoga training camp, whilst there I was invited to a banquet held for a local dignitary. A fantastic evening had by all. Hope you like it.
Wishing You All Good Health.
Barefoot Guru Omar

Lets sway those sexy hips into shape.

Hips are area that cause many women sleepless nights. Toning, shaping, and tightening the hips will make you look and feel sexy. Pilate’s leg kick exercises are a great way to tone and shape the hips. Check out the Pilate’s leg kicks exercise below.

Pilate’s Leg Kicks.

Lie on your side with your body in a straight line. Place your top hand on the ground for support, and prop your head up with the other arm. Move your legs out again, just a bit for support. Extend your top leg up slowly toward the ceiling. Point your toes toward the ceiling. Tighten up your abs and exhale while you slowly lower your leg…imagine you are tightening up a belt a few extra notches than normal, pull that tummy in. Do it for 8 times, and then switch to do the other leg. As you get better build up the reps to about 15 each side. Remember slow controlled movements up and down.

As always regular practice is very important with all exercise and don't forget good eating habits and everything in moderation will help you to get in shape and looking and feeling great.

I saw a really great Pilate's DVD a few days ago called "Quick Start Pilate's for Weight Loss" by Ana Cabon. It shows you how simple it can be to get a Pilate's body,which is easier than ever with a Pilate's workout that focuses more on the core to kick-start metabolism. This 30-minute power-Pilate's program encourages faster results with a minimal time commitment to workouts, ideal if you have a busy schedule and with the same healthful, lifelong-lifestyle approach that Pilate's Lifestyle encourages. It also includes a great BONUS audio CD and exclusive online access to a 64-page weight loss/nutrition guide with power tips for weight loss success.

Check it out using the link below and see the other great reviews it received and I hope you enjoy as much as I did.

http://astore.amazon.com/pilateslifest-20/detail/B0009XRZBK/002-4761092-0644829

If you have problems with the link you can check out in the Pilate's Lifestyle store with some other great products. The link is on the right hand side.

I will leave you with a little quote from somebody you have all probably heard of a man called Oscar Wilde, food for thought. He once said quote " The aim of life is self-development. T o realize one's nature perfectly-that is what each of us is here for.

Wishing you all Good Health.
Barefoot Guru

Monday, 5 November 2007

Koi Fish surrounding Gazebo


Here is a shot of the Koi Fish in the water surrounding the Gazebo, a truly tranquil spot for doing Pilate's exercise, Yoga and Meditation.

Lets blast those thighs.

Hi Everybody, Hope you are enjoying the posts.

Here is a neat little Pilate's exercise to shape up those thighs. I would advise using a mat just to cushion the body from the floor, if you have not got a mat ,a nice soft rug will be ok but I would recommend getting a mat, these are readily available and do not cost too much.

Pilate’s exercises are amazing at helping to tone and shape your butt, hips, and thighs. If you want to get these areas of your body into great shape, Pilate's is the way to go by making it a part of your Lifestyle.

Thighs are a problem area for most women, especially the inner thighs. Pilate’s thigh lift exerecise's are a great way to tone this area. This is a quick little exercise to blast those thighs into shape.

Thigh Lifts.
You need to be on the floor for this exercise. Lie on your side with your head propped up by your arm and one leg stretched on top of the other.

Then take your top leg and place your foot on the ground in front of your hips. Place your hand through that leg to brace it, grasping your ankle. Tighten the thigh muscles on your other leg, and lift it about 4 inches from the floor. Hold for a few seconds, and then lower it. Repeat 10 times and then switch to do the other leg.

Remember if it hurts stop,check your technique, you should just feel a stretch and a bit of tension which is just bearable..but no pain.

Ok that's it for today, keep practising the Pilate's exercises.
Good Health To You All.
Guru Omar

Friday, 2 November 2007

Healthy Eating.

Pilates is a type of exercise that is very unique and can have some really great benefits, so to go with it here are some basic tips for eating healthy, which helps to balance things out.

Pilates isn’t the best method of burning fat, so you’re going to either need to limit your calorie intake or also add some sort of high-intensity exercise such as swimming or running etc to compliment the Pilates in your exercise regime, this will help to manage your body weight in a balanced way.

Pilates exercise uses many different types of body movements in order to get the body into shape when it comes to balance, core strength and flexibility.
If you’re not getting enough calories throughout the day, you won’t have enough energy to be able to participate in any extended forms of exercise, but it’s also important to keep your calorie intake limited to avoid gaining excess weight.

Some Tips.
The basics of a healthy diet for Pilates exercise or for that matter any exercise plan you undertake. You need a healthy eating plan; the few points below are a good starting point.

Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. They’re packed with the vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that your body needs.

It’s also a good idea to do your best to avoid too much of fats, oils, salt and sweets in your diet, as they hinder your health and are high in calories with no real nutrition.

Protein intake is important for your body to help add to muscle and you should try and consume the daily recommended amount.

Calcium is used by the body to maintain healthy bones. As Pilates exercise involves a lot of spinal movement, it is good to eat foods containing calcium on a regular basis.

Drinking plenty of water is very important, especially when exercising as dehydration can come on very quickly if your body is low in fluids. Also drinking water is a very good way of helping your body to cleanse it self and a key part of a healthy eating plan.

As with any goal you need to give commitment, dedication and focus when it comes to attaining your goals. To achieve your goals you need to do your Pilates exercises or any exercise on a regular basis and supplement with a good balanced diet and look after your body. Above all else listen to your body and don’t over do it, if you do not feel so good, take it easy let your body rest and recover.

Wishing You All Good Health
Guru Omar

A great little exercise for the lower back.

Pelvic tilts are a great little exercise , one of my favourite Pilate's exercises as they are really easy to do and can be virtually done any where, lying down or standing up...standing up is a little harder but with a little practice..you will soon be doing them but to start with lying down is best and if you get back pain this gentle exercise can help to strengthen the muscles in this area.

To start off you need to lie down on your back with the knees bent and the soles of the feet flat on the floor, This is a neutral position, with the natural curve of the spine, causing the lower back to be slightly off the floor.

Once you are in this position you need to breathe in and breathe out gently, as you breathe out rock your hips towards your face,a gentle roll. Your bottom will not actually leave the floor, but you will feel your low back press into the floor. Basically you are taking the curve out of the lower back.

Imagine the pelvis as a bowl of water when you do the pelvic tilt, the water would be spilling towards your belly. After you have held the tilt for a few seconds on the exhale, then inhale and return to the neutral position.

When I first started to practice this move, I started off fairly gently by doing it around 4 to 6 times and then increased the repetitions as I got better.
Once you have got the hang of doing this Pilate's exercise on your back, then try doing it standing up.

Doing it standing, is very similar,you put your back on the wall and bend your knees slightly, inhale and when you breathe out, lift the pelvis slightly up off the wall towards your face, so the lower back presses into the wall. Hold it for a few seconds and then inhale and back to the neutral position. I would start off with 4 to 6 repetitions and build it up.

Once you have got the hang of doing this exercise, it can then lead on to other Pilate's positions i.e the bridge.

I would also recommend that if you are new to Pilate's exercise system, it is a good idea to enrol in a class and get instruction, as the instructor can then correct your posture and advice on the positions.

As it is the combination of interaction within a class and then following up with your own studies that achieves the best results. I have always learnt from people in person, while doing self study at the same time, having practiced a varied number of arts, I have found it becomes easier and quicker to learn new things as your understanding increases. I also believe that not everything is for everyone and sometimes you have to take what works for you and leave what does not work for you, as we are all unique in our own abilities.

I have had a few questions regarding the title Guru, I am not a spiritual guru or linked to any religious cause. I have just used the term, as a lot of my friends coined the name, as they believe I share my knowledge and experiences freely with out expectations. The word Guru means Teacher in Sanskrit and it is used in many other cultures in a similar fashion.In the western metaphorical extension it is used to refer to a person who has authority because of his or her perceived secular knowledge or skills.

I believe I have a range of experiences and skills achieved by my good fortune to have travelled considerably, met some wonderful teachers and mentors that have helped me on my path of enlightenment, worked hard..tried most things once...a streak for adventure. I Learnt so much from other peoples experiences and I am still learning and If I can pass some of that on...I am happy to do so.


Wishing you all Good Health
Guru Omar

Thursday, 1 November 2007

Doing Pilates with a few friends in Mauritius.


This is a photo of when I was in Mauritius a few months ago, I was doing doing Pilates with a few friends in this wonderful setting. A Gazebo in the middle of a large pool full of Koi fish..I think. The fish were amazing in a wide range of colors and sizes, It was a wonderful experience and gave me the chance to make some wonderful new friends and see this amazing Island.