Pilates Louisville & Yoga by Holly

April 2015

Let's Party!

Please join us Saturday May 16, 5-8 p.m., for a cocktail party to enjoy the lovely Spring weather together, make some new friends, and celebrate your successes in the past year. One of my friends will read Tarot cards for anyone who would like to "peer" into the future. We may have some other surprises too. Spouses, partners, and best buddies are welcome. Please RSVP by May 11 so I'll know how much food and drinks to have on hand.

Schedule changes

I will need to cancel classes on the following days because of travel plans and Derby. Please let me know if you have plans for Derby or travel that will affect your schedule as well.

  • May 1-2
  • May 22-24
  • June 28-July 1

Yoga love

Did you know that yoga practice traditionally did not include any movement? About 500 B.C., yogis strictly remained seated in a cross-legged position and focused on meditation, breathing, and prayer. It wasn't until the 1400s that several non-seated poses were introduced. According to Hathapradipika, an early text of hatha yoga, hatha was the first practice to incorporate physical techniques. One pose was rooster, in which the hands lift up the body while cross-legged.

Speaking of yoga and breath (of course, can you really speak of yoga without breath?!), a recent Mayo Clinic study found that menopausal women who practiced yoga-style breathing (taking six deep breaths a minute for 15 minutes) twice a day had a 52 percent reduction in hot flashes. The researchers believe that relaxation through deep breathing may improve the body's ability to regulate temperature.

Want to explore more? Ask me about the gentle yoga class on Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

A balanced perspective

Anyone who has practiced yoga or Pilates regularly knows the importance of balance. "Stand tall," "draw your abdominal muscles up and in," and "look straight ahead instead of down" are cues that you will hear me offer almost every class.

In a recent tutorial on the streaming video website Pilates Anytime, teacher Kevin Bowen shared some statistics that reinforce these principles:

  • 1 in 3 older adults will fall because of lack of balance. The leading cause of injury for adults age 65 and older is falling, and 30 percent of those who fall will experience moderate to severe trauma.
  • 95 percent of hip fractures in older adults occur because of falling.
  • Men are more likely than women to die form falling.
  • Once people fall, they typically develop fears and stop exercising, resigning themselves to having a limited range of motion. With limited range of motion, they are more likely to fall again.
  • Even younger adults can have balance problems because of prior injuries or bad habits.