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What’s the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
We have been wondering the same thing as well. So, we asked our Friend, Lindsay from Precision Pilates to help us out with this.
Both gain strength and flexibility.
Both utilize a mind body connection.
Both work lungs to fullest capacity.
Both are awesome.
Pilates began in the 1920’s by a man named, Joseph Pilates. Pilates is a non-impact exercise system that emphasizes alignment and body awareness. It sculpts muscles, increases flexibility, core strength and optimal posture. It has been rumored that, Joseph Pilates once practiced Yoga and from that he created a system called “Contrology.”
“Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of exercises you progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities. It develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.” ~Joseph Pilates
Yoga began over 5,000 years ago, and has evolved into various styles and traditions. It’s exact origin is uncertain, but has been a holistic practice deeply rooted in ancient Indian culture with a spiritual connection.
Postures and breathing exercises (pranayama) were created to move energy through the body so one could be calm enough to sit in meditation. The classes are balanced in the postures and counter postures bringing balance to the entire body and mind. Yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body, increase flexibility, and promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the body’s systems healthy and balanced.
Pilates uses Lateral Breathing, where the breathe is concentrated in the rib cage, and the breathe doesn’t travel down to the waist.
Yoga breathing expands the abdominal cavity with deep “belly breaths.” Yoga also incorporates several different kinds of breathing (pranayama) to balance, cleanse and energize the body.
There you have it. They are both awesome!
See for yourself through December 31st, 2014. Enjoy YOGA AND PILATES at Hagoyah and our friends, Precision Pilates for only $100 a month for unlimited classes.
Please, only one class per day. 🙂
Hyperpigmentation, it’s real, it sucks….it really sucks!
What is hyperpigmentation? It’s a grown-up thing/battle.
Let’s say you have the opportunity to spend the majority of your 20’s living in Southern California, driving a convertible, and really enjoying the beach; you get into your late 20’s and all of the sudden you have a permanent spotty-tan on your face. UGLY!
Technically Hyperpigmentation is “the darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin.”
Preparing for battle, you have a few options.
If you have loads of cash to spend on treatments, you can invest a few car-payments in peels, creams, lasers, etc.
If you are looking for something more affordable and less invasive, we have some weapons for you. Please keep in mind, you didn’t get hyperpigmentation over night, and it will take real preserverance to win this battle.
Use this as a toner DAILY. We recommend diluting with water and using one that is organic, raw and/or unfiltered. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and Trader Joe’s are great brands to choose. Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for treating acne.
Straight up lemon juice is a natural sort of bleach. It is also great for acne as well. Sometimes I like to just take a slice, rub in around my face, tingle and rinse. You can also make a mask using lemon juice and honey.
Make a mask using milk, lemon juice and turmeric. You can get away with just mixing with some water. We don’t have any real measurements here, just make it into a paste, apply and leave on for about 10 minutes. (You may get distracted and leave it on for too long and find your face looks like an Umpa-Lumpa. Don’t worry, soap, water and some Apple Cider Vinegar will take care of it.)
Turmeric is an anti-inflamatory and a great skin brightener. Indian men and women have used it for centuries as a wedding tradition to have beautiful glowing skin on their wedding day.
Prevention is key. Lots of sunblock, fancy-sun-hats, and shade.
Arming yourself up on the inside is a great idea too. Lots of vitamin C and B-12 are great weapons. Vitamin C helps with collagen production and B-12 regulates your pigment production.
“Once I started, I just dove in head over heels,” Annamarie said. “I became a yoga teacher because I’d started taking yoga and just really enjoyed it. I love teaching it and sharing it. And teaching has also taught me a lot about my own practice.”
Currently, Annamarie is trained in process, Vinyasa and power yoga. In all the classes she teaches, she tries to focus on the mind-body connection. Her personal emphasis in class is on intention and stress relief, setting students up for a fulfilling and holistic practice.
Plus, Annamarie says, she tries to help her students apply the content of the class to other parts of their lives.
At Hagoyah, Annamarie teaches the basics class at noon.
“I really love the basics class because it’s a connected, feedback-oriented class,” she says. “It’s a class of instruction and a slower pace.”
Annamarie welcomes anyone to visit her class, from beginners to long-time students.
“I have a lot of people who come in and say, ‘It’s my first yoga class,’” she said, “and by the end of the class, it just clicks: this is why people love it.”
A typical day for Annamarie begins by waking up early and teaching a class, she said.
“That’s a great part of the day because it gets you focused and allows you to set your intention for the day,” she said.
The rest of the day is flexible – because she teaches yoga all over the Kansas City metro area, she gets to see different studios and different parts of the community. These days, she spends her time at Hagoyah, Unity Temple, the Waldo Library and Belle Yoga Studio in Westport.
Annamarie loves being a part of the Hagoyah team in part because of the atmosphere, she says. “I love the concept of Hagoyah in general – the hair, the yoga, the nutrition! And I love Angela and Holly too. It’s neat to know that this is their place and it’s great to see their dreams manifested.”
One easy and relaxing yoga pose is the child’s pose. This practice stretches your lower back, extends your arms and relaxes your entire body.
1. Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together; sit on your heels. Separate your knees about as wide as your hips.
2. As you exhale, bend over and lay your torso down between your thighs. Lengthen and stretch your tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while you lift your head far from your thighs, away from the back of your neck.
3. Lay your hands on the floor alongside your torso palms facing up. Release the fronts of your shoulders toward the floor, and rest your forehead directly on the floor.
The child’s pose is a resting and stretching pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a few minutes. Beginners can use this pose to get a taste of a deep forward bend, where the torso rests on the thighs.
Stay in the pose up to three minutes. To come up, first lengthen the front torso, and then with an inhalation lift from the tailbone as it presses down and into the pelvis.
This posture is welcome at anytime during your practice.
Both sea salt and saltwater have long histories of serving the body, in beauty recipes and skin therapies. This combination, when used in a therapeutic way, even has its own name: thalassotherapy. That’s the therapeutic use of saltwater, for short!
Many people notice reduced acne and a more refined, clear complexion when using sea salt for skin. Sea salt typically appears in salt scrubs, but this gentle sea spray can be left on to continuously nourish the skin. The minerals in salt can also tighten your skin and reduce wrinkles.
Aside from its beauty benefits, this sea spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and light. It can serve as a facial toner or as an all-over skin nourishing spray. If you’ve never tried salt on the skin, try this simple and inexpensive recipe!
DIY Sea Spray for healthy skin
Try this nourishing sea salt spray for skin to reduce acne and firm skin. This spray leaves skin feeling refreshed and clean.
- 1 cup of distilled water or pre-boiled water – heated to almost boiling
- 1 tablespoon Himalayan salt or sea salt
- 1 pinch of Epsom salt or magnesium flakes
- Essential oils for scent if desired – we love mint, lavender or rose!
- Add Himalayan or sea salt and Epsom salt/magnesium to the warm water and stir until salts are completely dissolved.
- Add essential oils (if using) and store the end product in a glass jar or spray bottle.
- To use: Apply to your skin by spraying or with a cotton pad as a toner. Great for use as part of a daily skin care routine of after swimming.
- In place of distilled water, an herbal tea if it is made from dried herbs. Calendula or chamomile tea work well in this recipe — or mint tea can be used for a cooling spray!
Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga. Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies. We tackled three misconceptions last week .
Here are three more.
1. Yoga poses? I can’t do those!
Yoga poses, just like yoga itself, isn’t one-size-fits all. Every pose looks different on every body. Your flexibility, physical fitness and strength are all factors. For a pose like standing forward fold, for example, the person to your right might be touching his toes and the person to your left may not be able to reach past her knees.
The best part? Neither person is doing it wrong. Different bodies allow for different expressions of every pose.
2. Yoga is only for stress relief.
Yes, yoga is for stress relief – it’s a powerful stress buster and you can leave a yoga session feeling more relaxed and calmer. But yoga is more than that! A regular yoga program strengthens muscles, deepens your breathing, improves your balance and makes you more flexible. Yoga can help with many ailments and illnesses – asthma, arthritis, depression, heart disease, infertility . . . the list goes on.
3. Yoga is only for young people.
At Hagoyah, we have students of every age! Yoga offers benefits to everyone, no matter what your generation. It’s never too late – or too early – to begin practicing.
Three Lies People Believe about Yoga
Our Hagoyah team hears misconceptions about yoga throughout the week. These are a few common reasons people don’t try yoga – that is, a few lies people believe about yoga.
Give yoga a try! You’ll see that these lies are just, well, lies.
1. I need to be flexible to try yoga.
So you’re not flexible enough for yoga? It’s just like saying you can’t go to sleep because you’re tired, or you can’t ___ because you’re ______. Yoga is designed to build your flexibility. Starting from scratch is okay: we’ve all been beginners at one point.
If you lack flexibility, yoga is just the experience for you! Flexibility isn’t a requirement. All you need to do is show up with a positive attitude. At Hagoyah, we’ll teach you the rest.
2. My religion doesn’t fit with yoga.
Yoga isn’t associated with one religion, one or belief system or one faith. You don’t need to worship any deities, serve any gods or participate in religious ceremonies.
Yoga is more than a physical practice: it’s the unification of your body and mind, your spirit and breath. In yoga, you recognize your thoughts, become conscious of your actions and words and comprehend who you are. Yoga is about seeing your connection to others and becoming connected to yourself. Having any religion, or no religion in particular, doesn’t exclude you from yoga. It’s a physical practice for everyone. Adapt the practice to your own beliefs!
3. Yoga is too expensive for me.
Sure, some yoga studio classes may bring a little sticker shock. But while it’s true that some yoga classes can be costly, many have deals or specials for new students. At Hagoyah, we love offering our Enlighten-Up Lunch Break classes, where you pay what you can. It’s an introduction to yoga for anyone, and we’re happy to offer this gateway to further yoga practices.
And yoga isn’t expensive when you do it at home! Take what you learn from class and put it into action outside the studio. Roll out your mat in your own living room and practice your sun salutation, downward dog, child’s pose and warrior sequence. When you pay for a yoga class, you pay for more than just that hour: you pay for the knowledge you gain.
In honor of Wellness Week I wanted to start with a simple question, “What is wellness?”
The true definition is the state or condition of being in good physical and mental health. “Stress affects every aspect of wellness.” Our world is full of stress relief remedies and detox being one of the most natural can be a great tool for us. Detox means to literally rid the body of poisonous substance and in this case that poison is stress.
A detox bath will help your body in eliminating toxins as well as adsorbing the minerals and nutrients that are in the water.
1. Prepare your bath on a day that you will have at least 40 minutes available. The first twenty minutes are said to help remove the toxins, while the second twenty minutes are for absorbing the minerals in the water.
2. Fill your tub with comfortably hot water. Use a chlorine filter if possible.
3. Add Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate). Soaking in Epsom salts actually helps replenish the body’s magnesium levels, combating hypertension.
The sulfate flushes toxins and helps form proteins in brain tissue and joints.You can purchase Epsom salt at garden centers and pharmaceutical centers, I got mine at Walgreen’s.
4. Add 1-2 cups or more of baking soda. Baking soda is known for its cleansing ability and even has anti-fungal properties, also leaving the skin soft.
5. Add ground ginger or fresh ginger tea. While this step is optional, ginger can increase your heat levels, helping to sweat out toxins. However, since it is heating to the body, it may cause your skin to turn slightly red for a few minutes, so be careful with the amount you add. Depending on the capacity of your tub, and your sensitivity, anywhere from 1 tablespoon to 1/3 cup can be added.(Most people sweat profusely with the addition of the ginger, and if you wrap your body in a blanket immediately after getting out of the tub, you can continue to detoxify through perspiration for another couple of hours. This is especially beneficial if you are trying to rid the body of a bug of some sort, like the flu, or a cold.)
6. Add aromatherapy oils. Again optional, but many people love the fragrance of such oils and for many, the oils have particular therapeutic properties available. There are many oils that will make the bath an even more pleasant and relaxing experience (such as lavender), as well as those that will assist in the detoxification process (tea tree oil or eucalyptus). Around 20 drops is sufficient for a standard bath.
7. Swish all of the ingredients around in the tub, then soak. Again, 40 minutes is recommended (the longer the better), but aim for at least 20. You should start sweating within the first few minutes.
8. Get out of the tub slowly and carefully. Your body has been working hard and you may get lightheaded or feel weak and drained. On top of that, the salts make your tub slippery, so stand with care.
9. Drink plenty of water. Any time your body detoxes (after this type of bath, a massage, or chiropractic work, for example), you need to flush out toxins. If you don’t, you will likely feel sick afterwards.
10. After the bath, you might like to rub down your body with a loofah or vegetable bristle brush. This can help to stimulate the lymphatic system, which can aid with the release of toxins. Use long, gentle sweeping strokes aimed toward the heart.
– It’s also a good idea to drink water before and during your bath, especially if you’re feeling overheated from the tub water.
– Don’t eat immediately before or after the bath.
– Have your towel nearby the tub and ready so that you can wrap up immediately and continue the detox.
– Eucalyptus essential oil in a warm bath helps open breathing passages.
– Make sure you don’t put water that’s too hot, you can pass out.
– Don’t wet your hair in this water.
– Turn off the lights. Light candles. Clear your mind, meditate & relax.
– Before adding herbs not on the list to your bath, read what their effects are. –
– Do not take a hot bath or a detox bath if you are pregnant, or have heart, kidney, or any other health issues.