Q & A
One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes love it, as do seniors, woman rebounding from pregnancy, those diagnosed with osteoporosis, people suffering from back pain and any who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
The benefits of doing Pilates exercises that most students report are that they become stronger, leaner, longer and more core driven.
Core strength is the foundation of all Pilates exercises. Core muscles are the deep internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When these muscles are strong, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As the trunk is properly stabilized, pressure on the back is relieved and the body is able to move freely and efficiently.
The Pilates method emphasizes quality over quantity. You will find that unlike any other form of exercise, Pilates exercises do not include a lot of repetitions. Instead, doing each exercise with precision yields significant results in a shorter time period than one would ever imagine.
“In 10 sessions you will feel a difference, in 20 sessions you will see a difference, and in 30 sessions your body will be changed.” – Joseph Pilates
“Yoga karmasu kausalam”
“Yoga is skill in action” – From Bhagavad Gita
It is not what we do that becomes Yoga, but rather the way we do it. Yoga is the practice of balance between physical technique and the discipline of the mind. The state of mind is what differentiates an action as “yogic” versus merely physical.
Total attention along with the 8 vital principles of Yoga is what transforms a physical activity into a spiritual exploration of the mind, body and heart.
Yoga is one of the oldest forms of exercise and the studies regarding the benefits of Yoga continue to accumulate. Thus far, studies show that benefits of practicing Yoga include relief from depression, reduction of high blood pressure, aid in stress management, relief from pain caused by sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome and lower back ailments, increased cognition and quality of life, increased muscle strength and flexibility and joint mobility, improved endurance, posture and balance.
“Yoga has evolved over the centuries so as to exercise every muscle, nerve and gland in the body. The Asana reduce fatigue, and soothe the nerves. They secure fine physical physique, which is strong and elastic, without being muscle bound and they keep the body free from disease. The yogi conquers the body by practice of the Asanas and makes it a fit vehicle for the spirit. A soul without a body is like a bird deprived of its power to fly,” B.K.S. Iyengar.
Along with extensive knowledge, skillful eye, passion and enthusiasm, Genevieve is personally dedicated to each of her students. She has a unique approach in which she takes the most effective exercises from the Pilates and Yoga methods and tailors them to each of the individual’s specific needs. The result is versatile, integral, therapeutic and restorative. Genevieve believes that every individual has the divine right to reach their fullest potential in life. With the right support, whether mental, physical or the combination of both, it is her mission to help her students reach their optimal potential.
No matter your age, level, size or aliment, it is not likely that you will reach a plateau or become bored with Genevieve. There is never an excuse not to keep moving or become the healthiest version of yourself with her support and instruction.