Posts by Lori Thompson

What’s the Difference Between Pilates and Yoga?

»Posted by on Sep 29, 2013 in Pilates, Uncategorized | 3 comments

As a long time teacher of Pilates, I’m surprised by the number of people who still ask me, “How’s your Yoga Studio going?”. When I remind them that I teach Pilates (I have never taught Yoga), the next question is often “What’s the difference?” While it’s true that there are similarities between Pilates and Yoga, there are also differences between the two. Understanding these differences will help you make choices toward fulfilling your needs and goals in personal health. Origins of Yoga First, Yoga and Pilates have different origins. Yoga is interwoven with spiritual and religious traditions dating back thousands of years. It is often framed as a practice of creating a connection between mind/body/spirit. I’ve...

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7 things to consider before doing Pilates at home

»Posted by on Nov 18, 2012 in Pilates, Uncategorized | 3 comments

With the emergence of YouTube, Amazon and online video, it’s easier than ever to get instruction on just about anything from the comfort of home. Video instruction is the perfect solution for some things, but when it comes to physical exercise it’s crucial to have good form in order to avoid injury. Creating bad habits in the body can do long term damage and take  time to correct down the road. I will often meet people or acquire new clients who do, or have done, Pilates at home with a video or using online tutorials. While I fully appreciate that this might be the only option for some people, here are seven things to consider before taking your Pilates routine into your home gym: 1. Master the breath before moving on to a more advanced...

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Profound Simplicities

»Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Energy Awareness | 0 comments

With so many new opportunities to explore different forms of spiritual practice, it can be difficult to find the one that you have affinity with. I am fortunate to have a found a spiritual teacher and practice that I fully resonate with – to the point where I myself have become a teacher. You might be disappointed to find out that this story doesn’t have any fireworks. Just the simple truth. My spiritual path started out the way it does for a lot of people, in that I was seeking something. I didn’t actually know what I was looking for but I did know I wanted to feel less lonely, more happy, less angst, more ease. Maybe catch a glimpse of the secret of life along the way. I came across an energy healing clinic through a chance encounter with an old...

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Will Pilates Help My Back Pain?

»Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Pilates | 0 comments

The Pilates Method was originally developed as a comprehensive rehabilitation program for a wide range of ailments and injuries, with specific exercises designed for every part of the body’s musculoskeletal system. So, the simple answer is: yes.  In most cases, Pilates will help to alleviate back pain and, more importantly, it will help to prevent pain and injury from occurring in the first place.                                                                                                                                It’s important to note that there are two methods of practicing Pilates: Mat and Apparatus. Mat Pilates is comprised of a series of core focused exercises done...

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