Michaela's Pilates

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April 20, 2017
by Michaela
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Spotlight on breathing.

Recently I was asked to offer a Pilates Class for singers. Those of us who do Pilates will know that one of its main principles is The art of Breathing and that through learning to breathe correctly and perform the … Continue reading

March 29, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 27 The Leg Pull

The Leg Pull! Arms are shoulder wide in right angle position. Hands at right angles. Legs close together toes pointed. Gawd knows what mine are doing! Inhale slowly raise right leg upward Exhale to lower.  

March 16, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 16 The Neck Pull!

The Neck Pull! Inhale bend head forward chin touching chest abdomen drawn infect flexed toes upward spine bowed forward off mat. Exhale, tense and press legs firmly down against mat. Slowly raise body upward and forward Keep exhaling and bend … Continue reading

March 13, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 13. The One Leg Kick!

The One leg Kick! Take position in picture. Arms stretched backward. Firmly pressed to sides of body. Fists clenched, face down and chin touching mat or floor. Toes pointed. Well I have that position wrong! And this one could be … Continue reading

March 12, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 12. The Swan Dive

Swan Dive Take the position in the picture. then this Inhale slowly head raised upward and backward as far as possible.Chest raised high from mat or floor. Raise arms upward and sideward in line with locked shoulders Palms upward Legs … Continue reading

March 12, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 11 The Saw!

The Saw Take this position Inhale slowly twist body from trunk only as far right as possible. Bend forward and downward as far as possible, until left hand crosses and rests diagonally and centrally on right foot. Exhale while stretching … Continue reading

March 10, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 10. The Corkscrew!

The Corkscrew Take position in photo. Inhale raise legs together rolling upward until body rests on shoulders, arms and head . Knees locked ,toes pointed Twist trunk “corkscrew” fashion until body is partially lowered on right side to mat or … Continue reading

March 10, 2017
by Michaela
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March MATness Day 9. Open Leg Rocker!

Open┬áLeg Rocker Take position in photo. Inhale slowly toes pointed spread legs upward and out as far as possible. Keep abdomen in as far as possible with chin touching chest. Exhale slowly and roll backward trying to touch mat or … Continue reading