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Let’s Get This Going! 2 Announcements

Morning, all! It is still dark over here in Virginia and I find getting up early before my son wakes up with a warm cup of coffee is a relaxing way to start my day. Today I hopped on here to get this thing going again.

My passion is helping pregnant and postpartum women navigate their body changes through fitness before and after baby. Since my availability to teach is limited with little man, I am going online more to share information, exercises and my favorite products.

2 Announcements:

  1. Currently, I am only accepting pre & post natal clients for Private Sessions. I stay home with my son and only have so many “slots” I can fit in. I want to enjoy his little years, but I want to focus on my passion as well. My group class remains open to ALL!!
  2.  Everyone is loving the Bundle of Joy package I am offering! Unfortunately, I do need to change it to 4 Private Sessions at $120. Hiring a babysitter and teaching for $20 an hour just wasn’t feasible, but it is still a fantastic deal! (More on my reasoning behind the “Bundle of Joy” in a different post.)

Please follow me on Instagram @thepilatesmom ! I share fun exercises, tips and favorite products. Hoping to do some giveaways soon as well!

 

Stay warm!

Alicia

 

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.

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:

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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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