St. Patrick’s Day Treat: Healthy Shamrock Shake

Thanks to Hungry Girl, I came across this recipe and proved it to be a success. I used Vanilla Body by Vi Protein powder (it tastes like cake) and it gave it great flavor. Here is a healthy 133 calorie recipe to treat yourself to on St. Patty’s Day!hg-clean-and-green-shamrock-shake

Skinny Shamrock Shake

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 oz (6 tbsp) vanilla protein powder

1/3 cup spinach leaves

1/8 tsp peppermint extract

6-10 ice cubes

Blend and enjoy!

Berry Smoothie Recipe

One of the perks of currently renting studio space by the hour is that I get to do all my “business-y” work at home. Today’s office? The patio! I blended up a great smoothie and get to enjoy it outside with my laptop.

It turned out to be so delicious that I thought I’d share the recipe:

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1/2 banana (I just eat the other half)

1/2 cup mixed frozen berries

1/2 cup almond milk (I like Almond Breeze vanilla)

1 tbsp peanut butter, or any butter of choice

2 stalks celery (I normally use kale but ran out)

1 packet Truvia

2 ice cubes

Water to desired consistency

Blend and you’re good to go!

Key Benefits of Pilates

We’ve all heard that Pilates is a great form of exercise and that we should be doing it. But why?? Ever wonder what the big deal is about Pilates? Maybe you’ve heard that it is how to get lean and not bulk up. This is correct, but a very vague statement.

Truth is, there is more than just one benefit and that is what makes it such a powerful exercise form. Here are a few key benefits Pilates has to offer:

A strong core: Your core, those deep abdominal muscles and the muscles near the spine, are going to be HARD CORE after Pilates. Also connecting to the pelvic floor (which has benefits of its own that I will not venture into at the moment), the core is engaged in every exercise.

securedownload-2A mind-body workout: This is what brought me into the Pilates world. During a class, the focus is turned inward. You become very in tune with your body and how it moves through space. Personally, I go into a “zone” when taking a class, where I do not think about anything else other than which muscles are activating at that moment. (hint: it’s a personal oasis. Hence the name!)

Injury Prevention: Pilates works all muscles rather than just a focused few, resulting in an evenly conditioned body. This allows one to move with greater ease and less risk of injury.

Improved flexibility: I personally see it as “lengthening & strengthening.” No, you cannot literally lengthen a muscle as it connects at two ends, but the increased flexibility resulting from a class often leaves students feeling taller! Also, a body balanced with strength and flexibility is
less likely to suffer an injury.

Improved Posture: Specific extension exercises target those postural muscles, helping those with desk jobs to feel better and get rid of that slouch!

Low Impact: Most exercises are done lying on a mat or piece of equipment, reducing the amount of impact on joints. This makes it great for those with specific health problems or those recovering from an injury.

All I can really say is, you have to experience Pilates for yourself. I can type all day and night but actually getting to class is where you will experience the amazing powers of Pilates. With so many options from Group Classes to Private Sessions, there is a Pilates class for everyone!

YUP Pilates

On board with the Loudoun Young Professionals committee, Alicia joined a group of YPs for a free YUP Pilates event last Friday. Held at Brian Wright Personal Training Studio, Alicia represented Glowing Oasis Pilates by teaching the class to her YP peers. The class was full of laughs and giggles with great energy! Afterward, the group went out for dinner and drinks, continuing to #UniteLoudoun and grow relationships within the community.

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You can stay up to date with the Loudoun Young Professionals on Facebook, Twitter, and Meetup.

Press Release: Celebrating 3 Years!!

Glowing Oasis Pilates, LLC celebrates 3 years in business



Leesburg, VA – April 1, 2014 – Glowing Oasis Pilates, LLC is fairly new to Loudoun County but is excited to be celebrating its third year in business in Virginia.

The business began in 2011 inside the Shenandoah University dorm room of student Alicia Keen, who was a college sophomore at the time. Since then, Alicia has graduated and the business has grown and relocated to Loudoun County. Now a proud member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Glowing Oasis continues to grow while being heavily involved in the community and making Loudoun County a healthy place to live.

“It is YOU, my dear clients and fellow business owners, that I have to thank for these 3 wonderful years. Because of your support and encouragement, Glowing Oasis is still going strong and continuing to grow. It is because of you that I get up every day with an unrelenting drive to do what I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to many years to come!” – Alicia Keen

Glowing Oasis Pilates, LLC offers In-Home and On-Site Private, Duet, Trio and Group Classes throughout the majority of Loudoun County. In addition, Group Pilates Mat Classes are held at Restore Physical Therapy & Wellness in Ashburn. The business is excited to now offer Private Reformer Sessions at LaRue Wellness in Downtown Leesburg and in-home to those with equipment. Glowing Oasis Pilates, LLC is known for its personalization and convenience of classes, along with tailoring sessions to a client’s individual needs and goals. Appropriate for all fitness levels, Pilates provides a full mind-body workout resulting in long, lean muscles; injury prevention, improved posture, and an evenly conditioned body. For more information, please visit

March MATness 2014

All month long, Pilates instructors across the globe are participating in March MATness action. Each day, a new Pilates Mat exercise is featured and posted across social media. This is in hopes of encouraging a jumpstart to your daily mat practice!

“A practice in what will undoubtedly make you a stronger, suppler, healthier, and happier person. Promise!” – Benjamin Degenhartd, the creator of March MATness, and the founder and director of 360° Pilates™.

Today’s exercise is the Corkscrew:


This is one of my personal favorites, though my clients might not share my enthusiasm. The Corkscrew adds in the obliques to the Roll Up (which comes earlier in the classical order), by rotating the legs on the way up and down, slightly circling the body.

Follow Glowing Oasis Pilates, LLC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date with the daily exercise. Feel free to share your pictures as well!

Now Offering Group Classes in Ashburn

We are pleased to announce that March 5th launches class offerings at Restore Physical Therapy & Wellness!

As of now, there are 2 All-Level Group Pilates Mat classes as well as Private Sessions by appointment only. We hope you will join us on this new venture! Pricing and schedules are posted below.

Please call or email to claim your spot in a class or schedule a Private. Be sure to spread the word and invite friends!

Studio Schedule:
Wednesdays 11:15am
Fridays 1:30pm

Studio Pricing:
6-Week Session: $110
Drop In: $20
Private Session: $75

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