By the Fall of 2006 I had developed an inflammation in my head that wreaked havoc with my balance and caused terrible dizziness when I would move from a prone position to sitting or standing. I had to give up Pilates and yoga altogether, until a couple of years ago, when I learned, through trial and error, that my inflammation was caused by eating gluten. Once I gave up the gluten, the inflammation and it’s unpleasant side effects disappeared and I am happy to say that I can now practise both Pilates and yoga whenever I like.
I have never been to a Pilates class with a live instructor. I became familiar with the moves by using a couple of different DVDs that were aimed at a beginner audience. I still use them even though I have tried others.
I love the flow of the movements. I love the way I feel after I complete a Pilates mat workout…. sleeker, longer… and I am very aware of how I carry myself for the rest of the day. My posture is much improved because I am paying attention to it.
For me, Pilates is the most enjoyable way to strengthen and tone my core, my back, my thighs, and my butt. It is a lovely compliment to running and body weight workouts. It builds stamina and endurance and aids in concentration because it makes you focus on the present... it is a wonderful sleep aid and stress reducer, too.
When Lynda Lippin offered to let me try out a couple of her Pilates routines, available in audio format, I readily agreed.
Lynda Lippin is currently a Master Pilates Specialist at Real Pilates in Tribeca and also maintains a small, exclusive, private client practice. Lynda worked overseas for several years at Parrot Cay (an exclusive, A-List, private island resort and spa), and currently recruits Pilates teachers as needed for overseas positions in A-list spas.
Lynda is the recipient of numerous awards in her field, including 2003 Best of Philly® Pilates Studio and the 2011 SpaFinder Magazine Reader's Choice Award for Best Pilates in the World. She is a Master Reiki practitioner and holds certifications in TRX as well as Kettlebells.
I tried 2 of Linda’s workouts – Pilates for Lower Back Pain, and the Basic Mat Class. And I have done each of them several times now.
Linda’s voice is very pleasant to listen to and her instructions are clear, well-timed and easy to understand. Her words are well-chosen.
She tells you exactly how to move and where to concentrate your focus, and how the movements should feel. I think this is really important. In Pilates, the movements are often small, but precise and you need to know what parts of your body should remain still while others move.
I played the audio files on my laptop computer during the workouts. They both take between 30 to 40 minutes to perform and offer a tough but refreshing workout.
You can find/purchase Linda’s audio files at http://pilatesandreiki.com/pilates-audios/
Other places on to find Lynda are:
- Blog http://pilatesandreiki.com
- Twitter @lyndalippin
- Instagram @lyndalippin
- YouTube http://youtube.com/lyndalippinpilates
Are you a Pilates fan too?