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Find Balance: A step-by-step Guide to Cultivate Awareness & Balance In Your Unique Body

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Find Balance: A step-by-step Guide to Cultivate Awareness & Balance In Your Unique Body

One of my biggest goals when working with my students is to help them find balance.

Ease comes with balance.

I watch my clients move, I recognize patterns and habits and then I encourage them to move and strengthen the opposite way to help facilitate balance.

Here’s a step by step approach to help you cultivate an awareness around your habits, assess your habits and find more balance outside of the studio in your everyday life.

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Let Fear Be Your Friend

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Let Fear Be Your Friend

What comes to mind when you think of the word Fear? How often do you find yourself in hesitation of doing something because fear slips in? What if we flipped fear on its head and thought of fear as a friend and ally? A supporter of your life and your dreams?

In a recent interview, writer Elizabeth Gilbert discusses fear and how it’s always going to be there. It’s not going anywhere. So rather than trying to beat it, push through it and conquer it, why don’t we embrace it?

She goes on to explain that fear’s actual goal is to protect us. But the issue is that fear doesn’t know the difference between a little nervousness vs. real danger. For example, being afraid to sing karaoke in front of a crowd vs. being chased by lions.

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The foot bone’s connected to the...thigh bone?

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The foot bone’s connected to the...thigh bone?

If you’ve been following me for a bit, you likely know how much I’m obsessed with feet. The title of this blog post is true (other than the fact that our feet actually have 26 bones- it’s not just one bone like the song tells us). But it would be more true to say that the feet are connected to every part of our body.

How we use our feet and our habits in relationship to our feet (standing, walking, running, even what our feet are doing when we sit) affect our entire body.

Rolling our feet allows for more mobility and we feel more connected to the ground. Plus- when we release the soles of the feet, the entire back of the body gets more hydrated, more elastic and more fluid.

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6 Steps for a Soulful Workout

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6 Steps for a Soulful Workout

Throughout High School, College and then post-college in New York City, I danced all the time. Hours and hours a day. Technique classes during the day, rehearsals and night, I put my body through the ringer. The dancing in and of itself was a huge emotional outlet for me, which made me come back to it every single day.

Fast forward to present day, my post-dancing body needs a different routine. I need a workout that not only feels good and smart, but a sutainable workout with SOUL.

Transitioning out of dance classes and into other forms of exercise hasn’t been the easiest for me, but I know that when I move my body and move it regularly, I’m SO much happier. My spirit is brighter, I have more energy, and things feel right in my world.

Whether Pilates is your preferred movement practice, or you like to hike, bike or run, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and fall of track. We get busy, we have an event, a big project coming up. “I don’t have time.” It can be easy to find excuses to get out of the healthy habits that are so great for us.

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Foam Roller Fiesta: Quads

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Foam Roller Fiesta: Quads

Foam rolling your quads can be one of those moments that you either love to hate or hate to love. As many of my clients say, it's an "ooh, ithurts so good" moment.

It might not always feel great while rolling, but when you're finished, you feel amazing or at least a lot better.

Rolling the quads is one of the best ways to relieve tension in your hips and knees. Grab your soft roller and enjoy the ride.

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Foam Roller Fiesta: Ribs

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Foam Roller Fiesta: Ribs

Some days I wonder how I ever lived without a foam roller. At the end of the day, taking a moment to roll out a few spots on my body can make a huge difference in the way I feel. Foam rolling is simple and effective. Not only is it awesome for releasing the body, it's also a great tool for building strength.

Over the next 5 weeks I'll be sharing some foam rolling exercises, stretches and releases that you can do at home. I'm calling it the Foam Roller Fiesta! {insert Mariachi music here}

Today we're foam rolling the back of the ribcage. Massaging the back of the ribs with the foam roller helps to mobilize the ribs and thoracic spine, and it opens up the breath. Not only is it one of my personal favorite spots to roll, but my clients love it too!

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