Pilates Inspiration – Major Lazer Dancers

One for all the movement and physiology junkies out there. A perfect example of choreography and costume synergy…

 

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You Are Feeling Very Sleeeeepy…

I bought a pot of Lush’s Sleepy body lotion, more because I liked the smell (think warm, thick, lavender-infused porridge) rather than believing claims in the media that it helps even hyperactive kids and insomniacs fall asleep.  After two weeks of using it though I have to say it works for me!  I’ve fallen asleep quicker and slept more deeply as a result of using it at bedtime.  Strange dreams of flying, cat-faced chickens were an added bonus.

At £7.95 for a 95g pot, it’s not exactly cheap, but it does include Fair Trade cocoa butter and is endorsed by the Vegan Society.  I use it sparingly on my hands, which handily can be placed right near my nose to ensure an ongoing slug of the smell all night.  As a result that 95g pot is lasting me ages.

To close, I could post a woozy, sleep-inducing track like Kate Bush’s And Dream of Sheep, OR this…”off to Never Never Land, ha ha!”

 

August Bank Holiday 2017

Well I could run two special Poolates (see what I did there) sessions to celebrate the upcoming Summer Bank Holiday, or we could all just have the day off.  Yes, let’s do that.  No lunchtime or evening Pilates classes then this Monday 28th August.  Ten other classes happening that week though.  Check out the weekly class timetable for more details.

To close, here’s Alice Phoebe Lou being all acoustic.  I dedicate this to anyone who’s going off adventuring over the Bank Holiday weekend…

Recommended Pilates Books

In response to a number of recent requests for advice on the best how-to Pilates books, below are two I’d recommend.  Both provide a useful guide to the basic classical repertoire of Pilates matwork exercises.  Two thirds of the Isacowitz book is devoted to Pilates equipment exercises and as such may not prove to be the best buy for those just wanting to do the odd basic Pilates exercise at home.

In class we do a much broader range of exercises than are covered in either of the two volumes.  These books are intended merely to help you practise a few basic exercises at home for yourself between classes.  I’ve included links to where you can buy the books new online.  Cheaper ones can be found second-hand on eBay, or alternatively why not reserve them at the library and try before you buy.

Pilates – 2nd Edition by Rael Isacowitz, paperback.

The Official Body Control Pilates Manual by Lynne Robinson, Gordon Thomson et al, hardback.

To close, Haim with a decent new track, Want You Back.  Showing here is the official video.  I normally post live performances but this video includes some groovy typewriter dance moves…

Pilates Inspiration – The Royal Ballet

Well I could write an article on the mighty psoas or the wonder that is Franklin Balls, or I could just post an extract from Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, featuring Laura Morera and Eric Underwood from The Royal Ballet.  They’re dancing to The Hardest Button to Button by The White Stripes.  For more information on Chroma, go here.

I’ll post articles on the psoas and Franklin Balls soon.  In the meantime, enjoy Morera and Underwood working their psoas off…

 

Summer Toe Socks

Find of the week!  Just when you thought you couldn’t be freaked out by toe socks enough, check out these beauties – the half-toe Bella grip socks by Toesox.  Perfect for those who can’t decide whether to do Pilates in bare feet or socks.  Useful tread on the sole for a firm grip, nice lace trim and lots of holes to keep your feet cool and show off your toes.

Cheapest source in the UK is here on eBay, where they’re available in three colours and two UK sizes (small – 3 to 5.5 – and medium – 6 to 8.5).  They cost £10.25 including postage and packing.

To close, here’s Jack Johnson with an appropriately themed track…

Pilates Inspiration – Balance Acrobatic Gymnastics

Below is a video of the Belgium women’s team winning gold in the group balance discipline at the 2015 Baku European Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.  A perfect example of all eight principles of Pilates in action

NB: I wonder if judges still dock points for the hem of your pants showing below your leotard…I need to get out more…