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Stretches on a Plane (or just about anywhere you’re stuck in a seat!)
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Posted by : dana tags : Pilates, pilates classes, denver, capitol hill, colorado
30
Jan

As I sit on a 4-hour flight, I’m reminded how sore I get when my body doesn’t move. My quads are killing me, my low back is aching, and my shoulders are hunched up to my ears. As much as I’d like to roll out a exercise mat and do some quick yoga, Pilates, or barre moves in the aisle, I’ve learned how to subtly stretch without annoying my seatmates. Here, five quick tips on how to get moving when you’re supposed to be sitting still.

Shoulder Rolls

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Whole Body for Winter Sports and…Cold Seasons in General
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06
Oct

Fall is here and winter is coming! But whether you love or dread the colder seasons, Pilates and Yoga have your back—literally. And not just your back, but your knees, your hips, your ankles, your shoulders, your spine; pretty much every part of your body is covered by these movement disciplines. It's why we called ourselves Whole Body Studios: We address your whole body in every workout while nurturing your mind as well.

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Why Cross Training Is So Important
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Posted by : dana tags : denver, colorado, barre, yoga, Pilates, classes
31
Aug

Most of my life involves movement. I teach it, I do it in the form of exercise, and I’m always trying to learn more about the science of it. Every day, I find myself in all types of movement-based positions. And each of the different movement types I practice—primarily Pilates, barre, and yoga—adds something that supports my body, whether I’m holding a plank or standing on my head.

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Roll Up to Get out of Bed!
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04
Aug

Do you kick your legs forward to get your body up out of bed in the morning?

If so, that puts a lot of strain on your spine and could end up injuring you. Instead of kicking your legs forward to get your torso up, try practicing your Pilates Roll Up to get out of bed. You will strengthen your abdominals and keep your spine healthy and supple. To do the Roll Up, follow these instructions:

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Do You Sit Most of the Day? Here’s How to Get Moving.
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29
Jun

As you read this, chances are you are hunched over a computer or a smart phone screen. You’re probably sitting, too, and have been for much of the day. But, if your body had a choice, it wouldn’t be sitting still: It would be moving.

“Sitting is really a challenge for our bodies,” says Dana Dreifus, Whole Body Studios’ owner. “In our culture we use resting and sitting as a working position, but our bodies are built to move. Even when we are sleeping, we are moving. When we ask our bodies to sit still for eight hours, that is an unrealistic expectation.”

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Finding a Compatible Teacher
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26
Feb

I'm currently taking a yoga teacher training program, and I've used the classes to try all kinds of new things. My program requires us to take three classes a week, so between running the studios and teaching, my schedule has never been so full. But all those classes have enabled me to experience a variety of styles, and more importantly, they've helped me realize some things about myself.

Define your goals and needs:

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Why Do You Keep Seeing Headlines about Yoga in Denver—and What It Means
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17
Feb

Denver’s yoga teacher training programs have been in the news a lot recently. The Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS), a state agency, has mailed letters to 82 yoga studios across the city that offer teacher training programs, asking them to comply with the 2002 law that requires them to certify themselves with the state. But what does that really mean for small studios trying to support themselves with limited revenue streams? And why are yoga studios being hit with these costs now?

The simple answer: money.

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How To Keep Fit During The Holidays
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Posted by : dana tags : Pilates, denver, colorado, fitness, holidays, december, quick tips
10
Dec

Finding the time—and the energy—to keep up a fitness routine during the holidays is downright difficult. Here, five of my personal tips for keeping fit while being festive.

1. Squeeze It In: Even if you don’t have time for a full class, take three 15-minute breaks during your day to focus on core-supportive exercises, like quick roll-downs to lengthen your back and relax your shoulders. Even better, make time for one session at Whole Body Studios and I’ll send you away with some fast exercises to try at home (or incognito in your work cubicle).

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