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, 13 December 2007

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle- Switch On The Fight Genes

“Switch On” the Genes that Fight Disease!

Happy New Year Everybody.

You may think your genetic code is “written in stone”…

But you have more control over your health – and your future – than you think. It’s as easy as “turning on” the genes that resist cancer and fight disease.

Vitamin D does just that: It works inside your cells triggering certain genes to switch on and off.
This is important because these genes can either fight or promote cancer. Without vitamin D, this “switch factor” shuts down. That means the genes that normally resist cancer, can actually promote cancer!

In fact, billions of your cells use vitamin D to respond to a wide variety of diseases, helping your body to heal and fight off disease.

Your Body Has a Genius Problem Solver.

Vitamin D evaluates your body’s day-to-day activities and steps in to solve the problems that lead to disease.

Here’s a quick look.

Protects you from cardiovascular disease and arthritis.
Your body is producing too much of the inflammatory C-reactive protein (CRP).
Turns off the gene that makes CRP.

Controls your blood sugar.
Your pancreas needs to produce more insulin to control blood sugar.
Turns on the gene to make more insulin.

Regulates your blood pressure.
Your kidney produces too much of a certain protein that raises your blood pressure.
Turns off the gene that makes that protein.

Helps prevent cloudy thinking and depression.
Your brain is not making enough neurotransmitters.
Increases production of the enzyme you need to make these neurotransmitters.

Helps you prevent cancer.
Your breast or prostate begins to develop cancer cells.
Forces those cells to remain normal and then die when they are supposed to.

Here are a couple of quotes for thought.

The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1882, American Poet and Essayist.

Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have. – Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, American Inventor and Entrepreneur

Wishing You All Good Health

Barefoot Guru

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle- Are You Getting Enough Omega 3s

Are you taking your Omega-3s.

Make powerful changes in your body by supplementing with cod liver oil.

Cod Liver Oil can help strengthen your heart and blood vessels.

Normalize your blood pressure.

Helps arthritis pain.

Relieves depression.

Lowers triglycerides (blood fat).

Raises HDL (good cholesterol).

Boosts your memory and brainpower.

Lowers risk of macular degeneration.

Protects your blood vessels and nerves.

Calms irregular heart rhythms, which can lead to sudden cardiac death.

Cod liver oil is the one supplement I urge everyone to take – regardless of your age or current state of health. Its effects are so far reaching, you can change the course of your own future in a matter of seconds a day.

Give it a try.

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle- Quick Healthy Eats

Here are a couple of very quick healthy breakfast options, that really taste great.

Give them a try.

Quick Banana Pancakes.

You will need the following.
1/3 cup oatmeal
1 banana
4 egg whites

1. Mix all ingredients together.
2. Fry with little vegetable oil for about 5 minutes, flip them over halfway.

Banana Milk Shake
You will need the following.

1/2 banana, sliced
6oz skim milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup ice, crushed


1. Chop half a banana into slices, place in plastic baggy and freeze overnight. Do the same with the other half and save for future shake.
2. Gather ingredients.
3. Place half banana (now chopped and frozen) into blender. Add 1/3 cup ice, 6 ounces of skim milk and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
4. If you wish you can add sweetner for extra sweetness.
5. Pour into tall glass. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon on shake.
2. Drink it and enjoy.

Wishing You All Good Health

Barefoot Guru
Pilates Exercise Lifestyle

Friday, 7 December 2007

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle " Quotes"

A little bit of inspiration for you all.

Out of difficulties grow miracles. РJean de La Bruyère, 1645-1696, French Writer.

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Mother Teresa, 1910-1997, Albanian-born Humanitarian and Missionary.

One worthwhile task carried to a successful conclusion is worth half-a-hundred half-finished tasks. – Malcolm S. Forbes, 1917-1990, American Publisher.

The future influences the present just as much as the past. – Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German Philosopher.

The true art of memory is the art of attention. – Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English Author and Critic.

Wishing You All Good Health
Barefoot Guru

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Pilates Exercise Lifestyle....The Hundred

Hello Everybody

I hope you are well and getting ready for the festive holidays which are nearly upon us. It is a time when we can easily break from our usual routines due to the extra hustle and bustle of the holiday season. People to see, presents to buy and so it goes on.

Try to keep to a base routine if you do not have time for your usual routine and see if you can do some Pilate's mat exercise at home when you have around 15 minutes or so to spare.

A great exercise is the 100 and I am sure most of you will already be familiar with this Pilate's mat exercise.Here is a breakdown of the exercise.

Get your mat and lay it down and then lie on your back.
Feel your whole spine meet the floor.
You should have the sensation that your spine is long and open.
Your arms are at your side, palms flat on the mat.

Use your powerhouse "abdominals and buttocks" to bring your chin into your chest; continue that motion as you continue to roll up bring your knees into your chest, and then stretch the legs up at a 90-degree angle..
Do not lift the upper body higher than the base of the shoulder blades
Continue to press your lower back into the mat and maintain this support for your spine.

Pull your powerhouse into your lower back
Inhale slowly through your nose for 5 counts while pumping your arms up and down at either side of your body.
Your arms should be rigid. Think of them as hammers pounding nails.
Exhale slowly through your nose for 5 counts while pumping your arms .
Repeat the cycle until you have counted to 100 .
Relax completely .

Enjoy and keep practising your Pilate's to get that body toned and into shape.
Enjoy the Holidays.

I have added a couple of links if you are looking for gift ideas.

Pilate's Exercise Lifestyle - OM Aum Hindu or Yoga Symbol Antiqued Sterling Silver Medallion Pendant

Pilate's Exercise Lifestyle - Tibetan Good Luck Charm Bracelet

Pilate's Exercise Lifestyle - Sterling Silver OM or Aum Hindu Yoga Symbol Spinning Motion Ring

Pilate's Exercise Lifestyle - Nao by Lladro "Mini Meditation"

Wishing You All Good Health.
Barefoot Guru

Saturday, 1 December 2007

Pull Your Navel To Your Spine!!!

Pull Your Navel To Your Spine!!!

A quick look at Pilate's Exercise basics.

Pilate's exercise positions and Pilate's exercise terminology is a necessary part of learning Pilate's exercise. What if you’re in your Pilate's exercise class and the instructor tells you to zip up your abdominals, pull your navel to your spine, and work from your powerhouse. Well it would probably feel like Whaaat!! Is this a foreign language?

There are few of the common Pilate's exercise terms a Pilate's exercise instructor might use to help you in feeling and performing the Pilate's exercise properly. Thus this helps you to imagine the motion of the movement that you are doing and help you to use the power of your mind to follow the image you are creating.

So if the instructor said “zip up your abdominals”, you can imagine zipping up a tight pair of pants. You automatically pull in the belly a little deeper. The “navel to spine” image is often used to get students to work from their powerhouse.

So that leads on to “What is the powerhouse”!? This is the area between your pubic bone and the bottom of your ribs including abdominals, back, pelvic floor, glute's and inner thigh muscles. Visualization is a great technique for instructors and students to use to develop their understanding of the exercises.

As well as the Pilate's exercise terminology, there are few key Pilate's exercise positions that will be used again and again in your Pilate's workout. I have described a few below.

Parallel position, Legs and feet in alignment, neither turned out nor turned in, a position where your feet, knees and hips are in alignment.

Neutral Spine, A place where your hip bones and pubic bone are held in the same plane, neither too flexed nor too extended in the lumbar spine.

Table Top: When lying on your back, a position where your legs are elevated and bent at a 90 degree angle both at the hip and at the knees. Legs squeeze gently together to engage inner thighs.

C-Curve: Where the spine is flexed into letter "C" position. Enables the feeling of strong navel to spine and prepares you to roll through the spine smoothly.

The importance of knowing the correct terms and Pilate's positions is crucial in your Pilate's exercise routine. Imagine being a boxer who does not know how to jab or throw an upper cut. Hence it is vital to learn the terminology of Pilate's as you go along to further develop your learning of Pilate’s exercises.

Hopefully, the next time you hear "navel to spine" you'll be in your favourite Pilate's exercise class performing the Pilate's exercises and feeling a little more like you speak the language.
This all really comes back round to the basics and it is important to have a strong foundation on the basics to progress and understand further, so it is worth taking your time to get things right with the basics.

Below are a couple of DVDs that are really good at showing the basics and are well worth having in your collection whether you are advanced or beginner. I often go back through my extensive collection of books, videos and DVDs to refresh my mind of the simple things.

Classical Pilates Technique - The Complete Mat Workout Series
Getting Started With Pilates/Pilates Principles & Beginner: Getting Started With Pilates DVD

I think where I would be, if I did not have my “knowledge database” so to say for constant reference and clarification.

Wishing You All Good Health