Discovering Anahata: The Heart Chakra

chakraanhata21Please listen to the lastest episode in the seven part series on the Chakras. Today we are “Discovering Anahata: The Heart Chakra”

What is the Heart Chakra? How does it affect you and your body? How can you balance the Heart Chakra? Please listen, like, share and subscribe. You can also find the episodes on ITunes and download them straight to your phone to listen to later. Just search for Nourish Body Soul on iTunes.

Pilates Teaser Variations: How to Do Teaser Prep

I know, I know, I promised this video like two weeks ago. Well here it is! There are so many variations of Teaser, and depending on what camp you are in, they are as different as the many names for the many variations. I’m showing you how I teach and practice the different variations starting this week with Teaser Prep.

Teaser is the essential Pilates exercise and it builds from other exercises in your workout such as the 100, the Roll up and Open Leg Rocker. Teaser Prep or One Leg Teaser is an accessible modification to prepare for Teaser (Full Teaser or Teaser 1). Teaser, and even this modified version help to strengthen the core. In Teaser you are engaging your back muscles, your hip flexors and all of your abdominal muscles to find the control to balance in this V Sit position on your sit bones.

In Teaser, when you come into the full expression of the exercise and are balancing on the sit bones,  you want a small curve in the lower back, but a neutral spine throughout the middle and upper back, opening across the chest and shoulders. Using the strength of your core to fully articulate the spine as you roll up and back down with control.

Check back here within the next week or two for more variations. Don’t forget to “like”, “share”, and “subscribe”. Show some love!

Pilates for Athletes

10574305_652240688216147_2182895275442337768_nWhat dancers have known for years, is now being discovered by many other athletes. Pilates can improve your performance in many different types of body movement including sports. David Beckham, Tiger Woods, Lebron James and professional teams like Orlando Magic, Green Bay Packers, and the Detroit Lions are just a few of the professional athletes that have turned to Pilates to improve their game.

The benefits of Pilates as it relates to sports is many including:

  • increased flexibility and strength
  • core strengthening to improve balance
  • prevent and alleviate hip and back pain
  • Improve agility

Everything that we do is supported by and radiates out from your core, even standing and walking. Strengthening your core through Pilates exercises can improve your performance and give you an edge whether you are a runner, cyclist, golfer or tennis player. Find a studio or gym near you that holds Pilates classes by a certified teacher, and explore how this amazing form or movement can improve your game.

 

Nourish: Body and Soul Podcasts

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I’ve recently delved into the world of podcasts. I was not sure if this was an area I wanted to enter, especially since I HATE how my recorded voice sounds. However, I’ve found myself listening to more podcasts now on my commute to and from classes. I love all the different topics that are covered across many different genres. There really is something out there for everyone and all interests. While listening to some of the podcasts that I’ve subscribed to, I’ve found myself already knowing the information, or having some comments to make. I also noticed a gap in the information that I was seeking to learn and listen to. I even started a list of topics I wanted to cover or talk about. I felt that I might actually have a voice to join in the dialogue of Health and Wellness through podcasting. So I did!

My podcast is all about what I’m already sharing with the world here on my blog, in online discussions and within my own classes that I teach. I will feature topics relating to Yoga, Pilates, Mediation, Nutrition, Alternative Health and Therapies, Spirituality and Wellness. Everything from information on Fitness to Herbal Remedies. It’s a unique blending of topics, but all the ones that I hold dear and nourish in my daily practice.

I’ve already done four episodes, three of which are part of a seven part series on discovering the Chakras, and I am featured in the New and Noteworthy section under Alternative Health on iTunes. Please check out my podcast and give the episodes a listen here.

I would appreciate any ratings, reviews, comments, questions and of course subscriptions. I have some interesting topics coming up that I want to cover, including interviews with others in the Health and Wellness field. I’m looking forward to watching my new baby grow, and hoping to interact more with others online through podcasting.

Chia Seed Pudding

So recently, a co-worker turned me onto Chia Seeds and Chia Seed Pudding. Chia Seeds are an ancient crop that was harvested by the Mayans, and continues to be a popular crop in Mexico.
Chia seeds are known as a super food because they are extremely high in protein, Omega 3s, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Chia seeds hold over 9 times their weight in water, making them a great supplement for athletes. With this super hydration power, and the Omega 3s to lubricate joints they are perfect for pre and post workouts.

Chia Seeds have a nutty flavor that can be eaten alone or added to salads and smoothies, top yogurt or other snacks. When water, juices or milks are added to Chia Seeds they start to gel up. This gel texture makes them a great pudding with the right flavors that you can have as a healthy snack or for breakfast.

 Chia Seeds can also be sprouted, and were sprouted in clay pots in Mexico (this is where the Chia Pet came into existence) and are used to top salads and sandwiches similarly to how we use Alfalfa sprouts.
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 Here is my recipe for Chia Seed Pudding that is a great breakfast food:
1/4 Cup of Chia Seeds
1 1/2 Cups of Almond Milk
2 Tablespoons of Agave Nectar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg
Dash of Sea Salt
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and let sit for about five minutes and stir again. Cover and let sit in refrigerator over night. The mixture will gel up and have the consistency of a pudding or porridge! You can top it with fresh fruit like berries, or add nuts on top. You can also add cocoa to the mixture to have a Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding. Enjoy!