Mat is Where the Heart is

Originally posted on March MATness:
By Barbara Stamis Throughout the month of March we strive to derive more empowerment from Joseph Pilates’ work. We make an effort to connect with our fellow Pilates teachers, push ourselves to explore the Mat work on a daily basis, and encourage Pilates newbies to experience the feeling of a healthy, agile…

Cracked Wide Open and Filled with Playa Dust

  Through the Buddhist teachings, I have come to understand the phrase, “suffering” as the raw vulnerability that arises when we are awakened to the simple truth that everything changes, including ourselves.  We will inevitably die and pass on from this physical world as we now know it.  This vulnerability is paired with the feeling of being … More Cracked Wide Open and Filled with Playa Dust

Joe

“Were man to devote as much time and energy to himself as he has devoted to that which man has produced, what astounding and unbelievable progress would be made; a progress eclipsing all he has so far successfully accomplished…”Joseph Pilates          

Mechanics of Mountain Pose (Workshop!)

I have joined forces with yoga teacher extraordinaire, Sarah Reese, to teach a wonderfully deep and creative workshop.  We are so excited to be collaborating after many years of brainstorming, deconstructing yoga postures and problem solving movement anomalies.  I hope that you can join us!  Your brain and your bod will be challenged! (Email me … More Mechanics of Mountain Pose (Workshop!)

Fuzz, the Magic of Cadaver Dissection, and the Boston Marathon

Last week I was immersed in an Integral Anatomy course for 6 days with Gil Hedley.  From 9 until 5 we dissected 4 human forms layer by layer, unwrapping gifts of philosophical marvel, anatomical wonder and spiritual enlightenment.  How did all of this come from a dissection lab? Being present with death and exploring the … More Fuzz, the Magic of Cadaver Dissection, and the Boston Marathon

Your Body IS the Perfect Healing Machine… So STOP Icing!

Out with the old and in with the new!  Well, this actually is not a new philosophy and runs parallel to the philosophies of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine.  The general gist is that icing for your injury is a huge ‘no-no’.  This brief article and video explain the healing process after injury and how icing … More Your Body IS the Perfect Healing Machine… So STOP Icing!