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Thu, Aug 24 11:34am · National Yoga Month: Yoga Workout

With September being National Yoga Month, we asked our expert instructor, Lori, to share a Sun Salutation with us. Remember to focus on your breathing and with each breath, move to the next move in the series. We encourage you to come to a drop-in class to get the feel and then you will be able to repeat this series with ease.

Once you have completed this series of 10 on the left side, you will need to do the right side. To do so start at number 5, low lunge with the right leg going back and repeat through number 10, half lift. To end, move into Extended Mountain Pose and lastly, Mountain Pose.

National Yoga Month: Yoga Workout

Also, don’t miss the two new Hot Yoga classes offered on Sundays. These classes are in partnership with the Healthy Living Program as we will be using their studio on the 6th floor that is equipped for hot yoga. This is a drop-in class and free for members to attend! Click here to see the drop-in schedule.

Sep 29, 2016 · Chaturanga Dandasana tutorial

Tips from the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center to help you perform a Chaturanga Dandasana safely.

Aug 31, 2016 · Yoga Workout

September is National Yoga Month, so we asked our expert instructor, Lori, to share a Sun Salutation with us. Remember to focus on your breathing and with each breath, move to the next move in the series. We encourage you to come to a drop-in yoga class to get the feel and then you will be able to repeat this series with ease.

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Once you have completed this series of 10 on the left side, you will need to do the right side. To do so, start at 5. Low Lunge with the right leg going back and repeat through 10. Half Lift. To end, move into Extended Mountain Pose and lastly, Mountain Pose.

Congratulations, you have completed a Sun Salutation! We hope feel refreshed and ready to start your day. For more workouts, click here.

Feb 14, 2015 · Pilates? How do I get started?

DAHLC Group Fitness Torri-9626So you are ready to start a Pilates practice but how do you begin? First find qualified, certified instructors. Make sure they have a certification from an accredited institution such as STOTT Pilates or Balanced Body. Instructors who are certified by these organizations spend many hours getting educated in the method.  Then there are written and practical exams that they must pass in order to achieve their certification. After passing, they must continue their education by achieving continuing education credits to maintain their certifications. These people will know their stuff.

Once you have found a qualified instructor, take a basics course where you will learn the principles of the method. These principles are the key to the practice. They must be understood and applied to every single exercise.  The DAHLC offers Pilates Foundations.

After you have learned the principles, learn the matwork. Pilates matwork is comprised of exercises done on a mat with just your body – no equipment. Your spine will move in all directions: forward, backward, rotationally, and sideways. Core strength will grow over time if the principles are applied to every exercise.

After some initial core strength has been built, consider stepping into the world of machine based Pilates. This includes the Pilates Reformer often referred as the central piece to any Pilates practice. The Pilates Reformer is a versatile machine that will still move the spine in many directions but has the capability to add resistance to the exercises. Muscles not only gain strength but flexibility.

So there you go – a map on how to begin your Pilates practice. Now get on the road and begin! You won’t regret the journey!