14 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
This time of year my site comes up a lot for people searching for beach yoga down the shore (aka New Jersey beaches). I no longer live at the beach & the posts that come up in the search are outdated. So I decided to put together a little list of places to practice on the beach this summer for you (from Brigantine on down). If you teach beach yoga & want to be added to the list message me!
Usually I am available for small group & private yoga & Pilates sessions in your beach home or on the beach but since I am due next month I will not be offering that this summer!
Brigantine (my old hometown):
Brigantine offers beach yoga through the Brigantine Community Center
Ventnor & Margate:
NJ Yoga Zone – every Saturday (weather permitting) 8:15am Granville Ave beach
Wildwood & Wildwood Crest:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday @ 9:00am $5 (bring your own mat or towel) meets at 4501 Boardwalk (June 24th-Labor Day)
Wildwood Crest Recreation Department offerings http://www.wildwoodcrest.org/dept_recreation.htm
Grand Lawn of Congress Hall (Memorial Day through October 5)
8:30am – 9:45am
$15+ per person
5/25 – 6/22/2013: Saturdays only
6/24 – 9/2/2013: 7 days a week
9/7 – 10/5/2013: Saturdays only
13 Jun 2013 Leave a Comment
in mind-body wellness, yoga mama Tags: awareness, balance, benefits, body, body image, breath, breathing, community, core, flexibility, health, inspiration, pilates, pilates core center, post-natal, postnatal, posture, pregnancy, prenatal, present, Self, strength, wellness, workout, yoga
If you’re a regular at Pilates class pre-pregnancy, you may be wondering now that you’re pregnant if you can continue your practice. As I wrote about before in “The Benefits of Prenatal Pilates” - continuing your Pilates practice can be both safe & beneficial during your pregnancy.
It seems that there are a lot of expectant mommies out there right now. While pregnancy is not the time to pick up a new form of working out, if you did Pilates pre-pregnancy & you are feeling up to it, Pilates is a wonderfully mindful way to exercise while pregnant. Stay present & aware in your ever-changing body.
Speak with your doctor & keep in mind that The American Council of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) states that a woman in the 20th week of pregnancy should not lie on her back for exercise for any other reason due to the compromise to the vascular system and possibly the vascular system of the fetus caused by compression of the aorta and the vena cava in the supine position (Reference: ACOG committee on Patient Education Patient information hand out Copyright May 1998).
At the studio where I teach (Pilates Core Center) we have prenatal wedges available to our pregnant clients. This way they are able to do footwork, supine armwork, etc without laying flat on their backs. Also keep in mind that doing prone work while pregnant is an obvious no-no. Be sure to ask your Pilates instructor if they are experienced and/or certified to teach pre & postnatal Pilates. Taking private sessions is a wonderful way to practice & tune in specifically to your needs. A rule that I’ve followed throughout my pregnancy is that if it doesn’t feel right I won’t do it. Pilates is about working mindfully!
Practicing Pilates during my pregnancy & continuing to teach has kept me feeling alive & energized in my mind & body. I love the Pilates community I am a part of – in the studio, with my in-home clients & online. I feel relief through my low-back, strength in my core, legs & arms, supported posture & confidence in my body. The main principles of Pilates include core awareness, concentration, focus, breath, fluidity, flexibility & strength – all things to focus on even more while pregnant!
If you have questions about prenatal or postpartum Pilates please message me or comment below. I will be posting some prenatal Pilates & yoga videos on my site over the next few weeks.