I just completed the PhysicalMind Institute 2 day E401 Standing Pilates Workshop held at the Chelsea Studios in New York, NY taught by Yuu Fujita, Institute Lead Teacher. Traditionally, Pilates is practiced on large equipment like the Reformer and Cadillac and is not always accessible to everyone. Mat Pilates is less expensive, does not require a lot of space, and can be followed by video or live streaming. Often Mat Pilates classes will involve small equipment like a ring, bands or balls. Still, performing Pilates exercise standing has been challenging to master.
For this training, we used the NEW Tye4® wearable resistance system from TheMethod Pilates. It’s a harness that fits over the shoulder and connects higher on the chest, or lower depending on comfort. It’s easy to put on and can be adjusted quickly. It has loops that connect to each foot anchoring the single leg bungee and hand loops that anchor the single arm bungee. While standing, the bungees function like a “bar” and gives support to movement that require balance. Because it’s not as stable as an actual bar, it requires the body to work harder to balance. This type of work is great for developing strong stabilizer muscles and a strong core. The bungees can also be used to assist in movement and of course we used them to create resistance in the standing position – up to 40 lbs depending on how the bungees are used! We also worked through Pilates fundamentals and traditional exercises on the mat. In this case, the Tye4 functions like a Reformer by providing assistance and resistance. Mat Pilates is much more effective when using Tye4. It can also be used on different Pilates apparatus – see here
My daughter, Taylor, joined me in New York and jumped at the chance to practice Tye4 Pilates with this talented group. She had a blast, learned a lot, and did quite well! Being 13, this is a perfect time for her to use Tye4 and practice Pilates. Her body is growing rapidly – I know because she helps herself to my closet now 🙂 and is almost as tall as me!
As she continues to sprout Pilates will direct her structure to align properly and strong. In fact, instead of her Podiatrist referring her to Physical Therapy to increase flexibility/mobility in her hip and strengthen the muscles in her feet and ankle, he prescribed regular Pilates training! After her first checkup, the doctor was extremely pleased with the results and told us to continue. Now that she’s adding Tye4 to her routine, she will see faster results!
I love meeting Pilates friends from all over the globe. On the left is the beautiful and talented instructor Princess Yuu! She directed the Pilates Style Magazine Tye4 photo shoot (March/April 2014) and led this workshop. On the right is my new friend, Elizabeth from Barrington Fitness Studio, Road Island.
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Taylor and I spent an extra 2 days in New York playing in the city.
Here are a few highlights from our vacation…
We spent the first part our our day at the 9/11 Museum and Memorial. It was extremely sobering. It was really special to share with Taylor what we watched that day. She was 5 months old, and like everyone, I feared what was next. She has not known life without war. I’m so thankful to my family, friends and those I don’t know who have sacrificed and fought our war giving her a safe place to grow up. Today we got to know a few people who were murdered here that day. We prayed for their family and friends, and will continue to do so.
Today, June 6, one million rose petals were dropped on the Statue of Liberty by the French in thanksgiving for Americans and the battle at Normandy and we got to see it. You can’t see the roses in the photo but those are the French in the helicopters.
AND we evidently found the BEST grilled cheese in NYC!
It was HONESTLY the yummiest sandwich I’ve EVER eaten!!!
We had a blast and took selfies all over the city!
SUCH A GOOD TRIP.
HAPPY TO BE HOME AND READY TO INTRODUCE MORE TYE4 TO NASHVILLE!