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Are You Ready For Yoga Teacher Training?

The most frequently asked question I get about Transform NOLA's 200-hour yoga certification is this: “How do I know that I’m ready?”  If you’re wondering the same, consider these three things:   Have you experienced the benefits of yoga? I started practicing yoga with a vague idea that it would be a good fitness regime and might even help with my emotional and mental disposition. After getting started, I began feeling a lot better all-around and knew that it had to be the yoga. I couldn't say exactly what was going on. I just knew that it worked. If you've been practicing for at least one year and feel better because of it, then consider learning more about how yoga works...

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Things I've Heard at the Gym

I've heard (and seen) some interesting things at the gym... and I swear that all of them are true. 1. One exerciser said to another exerciser, "I won't lift weights because it will build muscle on top of my fat." Ok, let me start with a fact: muscle is under fat, near the bone. When we lift weights, we are building and toning the muscle. In order to make the muscle magically appear, the fat must disappear. More on that below. 2. A very slim gym member approached me and pointed to her ankle. “I have a pocket of fat on my ankle. How do I get rid of it?” I won’t even address the body image issue here – that’s for another blog. However, many people do want to spot reduce just on their thighs, stomach, glutes, or ankles...

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Yoga and Pilates

Posted August 12, 2009
Category yoga
One question I am asked frequently is, "What's the difference between Pilates and yoga?" Both are mind-body disciplines, both work the core, strength and flexibility, but each approach the body (and mind) in a different way. Joseph Pilates, a physical trainer, developed his technique working with recovering World War I wounded in England. He utilized the hospital beds and springs to help his patients use their body weight as resistance to get stronger, which later led to the development of the Reformer. The Pilates system (or Contrology at the time) focused on improving flexibility, strength, and body awareness, without necessarily building bulk. He reasoned that since the majority of the body’s muscles originate or connect in the torso (or "powerhouse"), by targeting the deep muscles in that area the body would be less prone to injury and also stronger...

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