Try This: Downward Facing Dog

 

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It’s known by many names—Downward Facing Dog, Down Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana—whatever you want to call it, invigorate your body and mind with this classic yoga pose! If you have stiff shoulders and tight hamstrings, this is the pose for you. Stressed out? Discover how Down Dog pose can calm the heart and free the mind of anxiety and mental fatigue.

Why you need to be doing Down Dog

Why do dogs do this stretch every time when they get up from a long nap? Our furry friends are releasing the myofascial tension that has pulled their bodies into a curled up ball as they slept. They are stretching open their shoulders and hips to create space in their spine, freeing up the limbs to move with ease. Just like a dog’s long nap, sitting for hours at a time compresses our spine and stiffens our shoulders and hips!

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Try This: Spine Extension

 

You are only as young as your spine! Our spines are beautifully designed; on a daily basis we bend, stretch flex and rotate our spine, and our Pilates practice is the best way to honor that design. Spine Extension is a key exercise we teach in the studio to show our spine some love.

Why you need to be doing Spine Extension

The Spine Extension exercise helps:

  • Promote flexibility
  • Develop core strength
  • Identify good body mechanics

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How to Get Rid of ANTs

Automatic Negative Thoughts—or ANTs. We all fall victim to negative thinking from time to time. For example, have you ever been in Pilates class when suddenly the instructor says, “Let’s hold a one-minute plank!” Suddenly, all those ANTs start running around in your head.  Maybe you start telling yourself that you’re too out of shape, that a minute is impossibly long, that it’s going to hurt, etc. Those negative thoughts can get so strong that you actually talk yourself out of doing a great plank!

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