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A Workout Isn’t Just A Workout Anymore

By | September 26th, 2013|Inspiration, Love, Motherhood, Pilates, service|

    A Workout Isn’t Just A Workout Anymore Don’t feel like a workout today? Don’t have the energy to get up and put on those yoga pants? Can’t find your favorite sports bra? Did you sprain your pinkie? I get it, these sound like acceptable reasons to not work out. We all have our [...]

Belly Burn

By | September 24th, 2013|Motherhood, Pilates, Pilates & Pregnancy|

http://youtu.be/-jA69YjUATo This is a quick abdominal workout that's great for when you're short on time. You can use a ball as a prop for a couple of the exercises, any ball will do. If you don't have one, not to worry, you can do without. Enjoy! For more videos, you can subscribe at www.nataliegaray.com.

How to find a Pilates studio + Instructor that’s right for you

By | September 16th, 2013|Pilates|

How to find a Pilates studio + Instructor that's right for you My latest article for Examiner.com shares a few tips on how to find a Pilates studio and an instructor to meet your needs. Enjoy!   Sending love, The Pilates Mama

LA's top Pilates Instructors

By | September 1st, 2013|Pilates, Pilates & Pregnancy|

LA's top Pilates Instructors Hello friends + Happy September! In addition to listing LA's top Pilates studios, I wanted to highlight a few of my fave instructors. This group really knows their stuff; I've had the pleasure of working with all of them either as clients, fellow instructors or as my personal Pilates Instructor. If [...]

Pilates & Pregnancy: Rebuilding after baby

By | April 29th, 2013|Motherhood, Pilates, Pilates & Pregnancy|

  Let me share with you my love affair with The Pilates Method and how I will forever be indebted to its superb powers. I adore Pilates and it’s changed my life. I started taking Pilates classes while I was pregnant with my twin daughters. A dear friend of mine was certifying as an instructor [...]

PILATES MAMA FIT TIP: The Pilates ‘Roll Up’

By | April 24th, 2013|Pilates|

PILATES MAMA FIT TIP: The Roll Up is a great warm up for the abdominals as well as a great stretch for the back and hamstrings. I've attached a video of my lovely assistant demonstrating the exercise. http://youtu.be/hJrGXVtREyg

PILATES MAMA FIT TIP: PLANK

By | April 16th, 2013|Pilates|

  PILATES MAMA FIT TIP: PLANK is great for strengthening your abdominal muscles and upper body. This exercise can be done on the forearms or with straight arms. Try holding for 30 seconds to start, then increase your time as necessary. Be sure to keep your hips level with your shoulders or a bit higher [...]

Self care is our greatest responsibility

By | April 16th, 2013|Inspiration, Motherhood, Pilates|

“Self-care is our greatest responsibility, not only for ourselves but the world at large.” – Kelly Metcalf, Harmony House Yoga. I’ve been hearing a lot about self-care lately in books and blogs I’ve been reading, in e-mail newsletters and in my Yoga classes. It seems to be popping up more and more, maybe as a [...]

Here’s your permission slip

By | March 10th, 2013|Motherhood|

Who says you need someone’s permission to move forward in your life, to live and do what it is you’ve always dreamt of doing? Are you waiting for someone to say it’s OK, give you a ‘thumbs up’ then pat you on the butt to get you going? And who says you can’t use your [...]

Pilates for Physical Therapy: An interview with Dr. Natalie Sampson, DPT

By | December 10th, 2012|Pilates|

I’ve had the pleasure of working for Dr. Natalie Sampson as a Pilates instructor in her Physical Therapy office and I’ve seen first hand that she has a deep love for the work she does as well as for her patients. Who better to interview and let all of Los Angeles know whom to seek [...]