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Moving in the Right Direction  

Movement is attractive

Jan 2, 2014 / 5:00 am
What attracts you? The definition of attraction is the feeling of being drawn near, or to become the focus of one’s attention. When the body is stimulated, that stimulus is defined by the brain as either a threat or not. If there is not a threat, then the brain may decide to stay in that...

Movement & Meditation for the holidays

Dec 6, 2013 / 5:00 am
Please take a moment to think about the ways you move … sitting, standing up, standing and bending forward, walking or running motion, driving and twisting to look over your shoulder, carrying something over your shoulder or on your hip, lifting and moving something. And then consider, how...

The right remedy for chronic pain

Aug 4, 2013 / 5:00 am
Are you injured? Do you have chronic pain in a particular area? Does the pain come and go depending on what activities you do? Does the discomfort keep you from doing what you want to do? If you answered yes to any one or more of these questions, are you ready to fix it? Are you ready to get...

How do I get moving after an injury?

Jun 23, 2013 / 5:00 am
Getting moving after an injury is a problem many people face; whatever interests and activities they pursue. You are not alone! Whether you are a weekend warrior, intent on returning to peak fitness so you can run, ski, kayak, hike, waterski or cycle; or someone who finds it hard to play a full...

Our brains are created to move

Apr 7, 2013 / 5:00 am
Movement is fundamental to human life. In fact, movement is life. Contemporary physics tells us that the universe and everything in it is in constant motion. A living body is a moving body. The poet and philosopher Alan Watts eloquently states a similar view, "A living body is not a fixed...

Accountability and exercise

Feb 20, 2013 / 5:00 am
Do you need accountability with your exercise program? I know I do. I think most of us do if we really want to accomplish challenging goals. For many, adhering to their exercise program is challenging. Despite the onslaught of research supporting the fact that physical activity improves health,...

Health & fitness tips for the holidays

Dec 29, 2012 / 5:00 am
I know it's hard to maintain your healthy regimen over the holidays, but if we don’t keep some measure of discipline over our choices during this festive, celebrative, social time we will be trying to reign it back in ‘til Spring. We don’t want to have to be struggling with...
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Exercise for the brain

Dec 2, 2012 / 5:00 am
Why do you exercise? Is it because you like it, or maybe ‘cause it helps you fit into your jeans, or is there a social aspect that drives your choice to exercise, or maybe you exercise because it makes you feel good? Those are all great reasons to exercise. But have you thought about exercise...

Improve immune & detox systems

Nov 18, 2012 / 5:00 am
Exercise improves a lot of things. Magazines, newspapers, the news, and your family doctors and health practitioners are all shouting the benefits of exercise. I will be no different and will be taking the next few months writing about the benefits of exercise for various health conditions. In this...

Posture

Nov 4, 2012 / 5:00 am
Of the 4 postures pictured, which best depicts your posture? As a movement therapist and consultant, I can make a lot of exercise suggestions just by looking at someone’s posture. Let’s take a few words to observe these 4 general postures. Kyphosis-lordosis Kyphosis refers...

Detoxify

Oct 21, 2012 / 5:00 am
Detoxifying the body is kind of like giving yourself an oil change every 7000km. Harmful levels of toxins (gasses, acids, bacteria, cholesterol, metals, free radicals) can build up and ultimately, cause disease (inflammation being the first sign of disease) in the body. The liver, the lymph, the...

Pilates vs. yoga

Sep 23, 2012 / 5:00 am
There is a tremendous amount of interest these days in doing yoga and Pilates together. Both are very sophisticated systems of integrative exercise with a lot in common. Both follow similar principles throughout each exercise: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. Pilates...

Naked yoga

Sep 9, 2012 / 5:00 am
Yoga offers many different styles of practice. Some like it fast (Ashtanga), some like it slow (Restorative), some like it exacting (Iyengar), some like it fused (a little yoga with Pilates/boxing/dance), some like it hot (Bikram), and some like it … nude. Nude yoga – yes, yoga without...

Joseph Pilates Principles: Part 3

Aug 12, 2012 / 5:00 am
This is the third part of a three-part series of Joseph Pilates philosophic/conceptual principles. The first part was his definition of physical fitness, the second article in the series offered Joe’s five fitness principles. This article will deliberate on one of the five fitness principles,...

Joseph Pilates' Contrology: Part 2

Jul 29, 2012 / 5:00 am
I am writing a 3-part series of Joseph Pilates’ philosophy of wellness. The 1st part explained Jo’s definition of physical fitness – the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our...

Joseph Pilates memoirs: Part 1

Jul 15, 2012 / 5:00 am
The Pilates movement is turning out many styles of training, not unlike yoga. But unlike yoga which is 1000s of years old, Pilates is only about 80 years old. Therefore, we can go right to the inventor of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, and read (English translation) his philosophy of movement, without...

Mind, body, soul and spirit

Jun 3, 2012 / 5:00 am
I just recently spent four days at an exclusive, executive health retreat called Canyon Ranch Health Spa in Tucson, Arizona. While there, I partook in many lectures/workshops involving physiology, brain health, aging, intuition and exercise. In these lectures, I heard it said that science is doing...

Vigour and vitality

Nov 20, 2011 / 5:00 am
I recently spent four days at an exclusive, executive health retreat called Canyon Ranch Health Spa in Tucson, Arizona. While there, I partook in many lectures and workshops involving physiology, brain health, aging, intuition, and exercise. In these lectures, I heard it said that science is doing...

Pilates and our body: Part 1

Oct 23, 2011 / 5:00 am
The Pilates movement is turning out many styles of training, not unlike yoga. But unlike yoga which is 1000s of years old, Pilates is only about 80 years old. Therefore, we can go right to the inventor of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, and read (English translation) his philosophy of movement, without...

Strength for life

Oct 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
Give me strength! But what is strength? Have you ever stopped to consider what is strength and how do you know when you are strong? Is strength measured on how many push ups you can do, or how fast you climb up a set of stairs? Maybe. But how often do you have to do a push up as many times as you...

Your Best Foot Forward

Sep 25, 2011 / 5:00 am
The human foot is a biological masterpiece. Its strong, flexible and functional design enables it to do its job well and without complaint, as long as you take care of it and don't take your feet for granted. The human foot is complex, containing within its relatively small size twenty-six...

Get on the Band Wagon

Sep 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
Pilates is one of today’s exercise movements of choice. Doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, massage therapists, golf pros, athletic coaches and hockey teams are all talking about it and many are doing it. So, what is it? Essentially, Pilates is a word that describes a repertoire of...

Yoga with your kids

Aug 28, 2011 / 5:00 am
Children and yoga naturally go together. In most cases, children’s bodies have few physical limitations, they love to move, have little or no pre-conceived judgements about their bodies, and enjoy learning new things. Physically, yoga enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination,...

Strength for Golf

Jul 3, 2011 / 5:00 am
A balance of flexibility and strength, plus mind and body efficiency, make great golf. The golf swing is a complicated movement that requires using the entire body from “feet to fingertips” in order to complete the swing. We know that the golf swing is not just about the club, or the...

Flexibility for a great golf swing

Jun 22, 2011 / 5:00 am
Strength and flexibility work together to get the job done well. Maybe you’ve been a part of a team in a corporate setting where the strong people weren’t flexible and the flexible people weren’t strong. It probably took a long, frustrating time to get the job done, did not turn...

Get Ready to Exercise

May 25, 2011 / 5:00 am
You know you’ve just got to do it. There are many reasons why we have to exercise; over weight, low energy, family history of heart disease, chronic aches and pains, etc. You simply can’t deny the benefits of exercise. The evidence is everywhere. People are realizing that...

Are you ready to learn?

May 11, 2011 / 5:00 am
Are you ready to learn something new? If you are, Pilates and yoga could be the kind of exercise that’s right for you. Many of us have read or heard the benefits of Pilates and yoga. At my studio, I’ve been taking inventory of the various testimonies people have given me about how...

The aging brain

Apr 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
It's time we stopped dismissing middle age as the beginning of the end. Research suggests that at 40, the brain's best years are still ahead. Dr. Gene Cohen, director of the Center on Aging at George Washington University gives us ways to be healthy. He says his research shows...

Making the posture connection

Mar 23, 2011 / 5:00 am
In the attempt to develop your body/mind connection, I have to ask you - Where is your body in space right now? This is a challenging question that requires you to stop and think for a moment or four; Is your head reaching forward? Is your chest closed and your...

Real men do Pilates and yoga

Mar 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
Pilates and yoga is not just for women. Men and women alike need to exercise for good health. Both will have almost identical beneficial responses from exercise. The benefits of Pilates and yoga exercise are well known, so why are the classes primarily female dominant? Guys, all the benefits...

Less is more

Feb 23, 2011 / 5:00 am
In Pilates, less is more where subtle body movements can make all the difference. Pilates and yoga movements are all about subtleties. The slightest movements can produce the most effective or the most ineffective results. You can reach your arms over your head in the attempt to stretch the...

Age with grace

Feb 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
Aging is inevitable, but how we age is within our control. Pilates and yoga help us to age well and sustain a high quality of life. One of the primary benefits is an improved, stronger posture, which helps us to perform daily activities pain-free and adjust to changes in balance to avoid falling....

Pilates for snow sports

Dec 29, 2010 / 5:00 am
Winter is here and the hills are finally seeing our world famous snow. The mountains are ready for you but are you ready for the mountain? I’m sure that you want to enjoy the winter season by avoiding an injury due to poor conditioning. As well as avoiding injury, we want to feel strong and...

Start with intention

Nov 10, 2010 / 5:00 am
To initiate thoughtful, intelligent movements like Pilates and yoga, intention is the key for action. Intention precedes action. Right intention precedes right action and wrong intention precedes wrong action. Intention is dependent on knowing the context within which an action is to occur. A...

Your best foot forward

Oct 20, 2010 / 5:00 am
The human foot is a biological masterpiece. Its strong, flexible and functional design enables it to do its job well and without complaint—if you take care of it and don't take it for granted. The human foot is complex, containing within its relatively small size twenty-six bones (the two feet...

A good teacher will empower you

Sep 22, 2010 / 5:00 am
Being a good communicator, articulating and delivering concepts, having excellent observation and evaluation skills, managing groups, an ability to be versatile and spontaneous, make decisions, be an example, and exercise empathy, patience, enthusiasm, inspiration and passion are all qualities of a...

Flexibility for a great golf swing

Aug 18, 2010 / 5:00 am
Strength and flexibility work together to get the job done. Maybe you’ve been a part of a team in a corporate setting where the strong people weren’t flexible and the flexible people weren’t strong. It probably took a long, frustrating time to get the job done, did not turn out as well as...

Abs for summer

Jul 28, 2010 / 5:00 am
Wow, the hot weather is here and tank tops, barely tops, and bathing suits are in. Hopefully you are already enjoying your summer wardrobe and getting to the beach. Or maybe you want to tone up your torso a little before you venture into those cute tank tops or that bathing suit. Pilates has...

Demystifying yoga

Jul 13, 2010 / 5:00 am
A common question I hear from people when they come in to inquire about my studio is, “so what is the whole yoga thing about?” This is a great question. There are many styles of yoga so one really needs to choose the yoga style that works best for your body and personality. Therefore, I...

Hips

Jun 29, 2010 / 5:00 am
Big hips, small hips, narrow hips, high hips, it doesn’t matter the size or the shape, what does matter is that we take care of them. Let’s talk about the importance of maintaining healthy hips. The hips are the foundation of our lower bodies and have a significant affect on our upper bodies. ...
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About the Author

Lori Rockl graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Political Science. After working with the Federal Government through two elections, she escaped back into her gifted life of fitness training and now owns a successful Pilates & Yoga studio. Although her clientel tell her often how much they learn from her, Lori would tell you that she is the one that learns the most from her clients. For Lori, the study of the mind-body connection is an infinitely fascinating study. She has found that Pilates and yoga are excellent tools for healthy living and incorporate those tools into her marathon and triathalon training. Please contact lori at [email protected]



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