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Word for 2019!

December 29, 2018

This year I thought let’s make it simple.  Let’s pick a word that we want to be an overarching theme for 2019.

So instead of resolutions and regimens let’s just sprinkle a little word into our year, our months, our weeks, our days and relationships. Maybe it’s the start to your day.  Wake up, stretch a little and say the word to remind yourself or your intentions and desires.

Afraid you’ll forget it?  Tattoo it on your arm! Although I did see a woman who had inhale tattooed on one wrist and exhale tattooed on the other. (No just kidding) Find a cheap canvas from Michael’s and make it an art project.  Get your kids involved maybe they have a word too.  How about saying it out loud before each meal?  Could you answer the phone with your word?  That might be fun!  Instead of saying hello we say Joy!  This is ______________how can I help you?  Our students have begun to find their words like fabulous, peace and unicorn.  Don’t rush it.  Let it come to you.  Open your mind, relax and see what bubbles up.  Whatever it is make sure the word brings a smile to your face and a lightness in your heart.

Meet me for the big reveal on Facebook  Tuesday Jan. 1st 2019 and tell us…

WHAT’S YOUR WORD?

How to Find a Hot Chick!

August 6, 2012

Now there are a lot of men across the country and in major cities who have figured this out but in our still new studio in the upper middle class, CrossFit, marathon runner town of Glastonbury, CT, the guys have yet to figure it out.  Yoga and Pilates classes are the best places to meet women.  Why you ask?

  1. Higher Standards:  Women who practice yoga and pilates (regularly and power yoga preferred) tend to be more loving to their body.  They want to look good, eat healthy, feel good about their purchases and most importantly they’re looking to keep it drama free.  How great is that?   But don’t think you can reap all the benefits of her consistent practice while you go to class a few times and then quit.  She will have higher standards for you as well.
  2. Prove Yourself: Unlike a bar, nightclub or networking event people don’t talk in a yoga class.  We’ve eliminated the opportunity to do the chest puffing, toy bragging, and one upping the guy next to you to get a great date.  You however will have to come face to face with all of who you thought you were in order to accept that yoga is humbling.  Consistency, dedication and commitment are very attractive.  (tip:  If she sees you are coming to class regularly and you don’t let the awkwardness, sweat and occasional grunts that rise out of your vocal cords stop you from being consistent she will know you are a man worthy of her attention.)
  3. Power It Up:  Heated, Power, and Vinyasa Yoga practices can really turn up the heat and attract women who like to challenge themselves on all levels.
  4. Show Some Skin:  Women who do yoga become more confident with their bodies and have less and less hang-ups about how they look as they work more and more on what their body is capable of.  As they gain confidence they will want to show more skin and curves, not for your benefit but for theirs.  And isn’t confidence sexy?
  5. Great Sex:  Women who do yoga are more in touch with and comfortable with their bodies and don’t forget flexible.  ‘Nuff said.
  6. Young At Heart:  Yoga whether it’s gentle or power attracts women of all ages who are young minded, vibrant and ready for something new.  I can’t tell you how many women I see in the yoga studio that are mature, emotionally aware of themselves, know what they want and don’t look a day over 45. They’re traveling, trying new things, taking on new careers and looking for a quality guy to have fun with.

So guys use the computer you’re now staring at to find your nearest yoga studios and start taking classes.  Try different styles and teachers.  Once you find a studio you not only like but you’re attracted to the women that go there; stick to it!  Give it 6 months to  a year minimum.  You may start out looking for a great partner or friend with benefits but you just may end up with a great life.

Sure you can throw yourself around in bendy stretchy yoga postures 3-4 times a week but are you structurally sound?  Getting flexible is great and most of us need a lot of yoga but if you aren’t able to differentiate between strong abs and core strength you might as well do 12oz curls and call it a workout.

It wasn’t until I went to a class with Ana Forrest that it dawned on me.  We hardly ever do ab work in yoga.  From our traditional yoga upbringing, classes were gentler and more passive than they are today.  Now we have Power Yoga, Hot Yoga, Aerobic Yoga and Sun Salutations so fast your wondering if the class still aligns with the mindfulness yoga claims.  So of course with all that activity we should definitely do our ab work.  But if you are not understanding HOW to do this work then your missing the whole point, and still headed for injury.

Pilates not only teaches you how to engage your deepest core muscle, the transversus abdominis, but also teaches you how to breathe without loosing strength and stability in the abs.  By using post lateral breathing, some good visuals and proprioceptive props such as small weighted balls, therabands and magic circles pilates will transform your yoga postures into blossoming flowers of bliss.  Learning the difference between an imprint, neutral and an arched back guides me so that every posture has a strength, structure and an easily elongated spine.  Pilates will deepen your mind body connection from the inside out in profound ways as you understand your bones and muscles and how they work or sometimes don’t work together.

How long did it take me to figure this out?  A long time but it was worth the knowledge I now have in my body.  My yoga practice is  now a joyful exploration between movement and stillness, substance and space.   Using my core has helped me find ways to stretch and expand without overdoing it and pulling ligaments.

Pilates will transform your practice and re-shape even the best yoga bodies.  Find a class with a certified trainer preferably at a pilates studio or one in conjunction with a yoga studio or physical therapy office.

And don’t forget to take your powerhouse!