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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...
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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]









The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet presents its columns "as is" and does not warrant the contents.




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