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How to Improve Cognitive Flexibility Through Mindful Movement

It’s not just your gluts that need a workout! Dr. Michael Merzenich chief scientific officer at Posit Science on cognitive flexibility and maintaining a healthy brain through mindful movement patterns.

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From Preventive to “Pre-emptive” Medicine

Insightful TEDMED talk from Danny Hillis on the evolution of medicine and the studies behind “pre-empting” illness. Worth a watch.

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Underland – Not Underrated!

Listed in the Vancouver Sun as one of the top 10 events to check out from September 26th-October 3rd, the Underland dance production is sure to impress!

Karen will be checking out these amazing dancers tomorrow night. Check out this Youtube clip for a glimpse of this group. Super cool!

Thought of the day…

Photo Credit: Harolds Planet

Photo Credit: Harolds Planet

Alessandra Ambrosio does pilates! In style we might add…

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Photo credit: The Daily Mail

Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio is apparently among the many others using pilates as her secret work out weapon! Recently photographed at a studio in Santa Monica, the lovely model strutted her stuff while she worked out in funky bright pink leggings and toe sox.

Check out the pictures here for a look at Alessandra throughout her workout.

Taking a moment to commemorate

We are lucky enough to have so many people in our lives and world who we love and who inspire us. Unfortunately, sometimes you must say goodbye, and sometimes these goodbyes are truly permanent.

We would like to take a moment to commemorate two in the field of pilates who truly inspired many.

Julian Littleford, originally a dancer, became an internationally recognized leader in pilates. With a love for movement, he opened a pilates studio in San Diego. Julian passed away on August 31st, 2013 following a battle with cancer.

Secondly comes Romana Kryzanowska. Also a dancer in her youth, she turned to pilates following an injury. Working directly under Joseph Pilates in New York, she went on to teach the pilates method in its purest form. She, too, recently passed away.

A big thank you to both of your efforts and passion. We offer condolences and love to the friends and families of Julian and Romana.

 

For more information on each of these great individuals, check the following pages:

Julian Littleford

Romana Kryzanowska

Kind of how it feels with the new weather of Fall

Photo Credit: Harold's Planet

Photo Credit: Harold’s Planet

That’s one creative way to encourage male health!

A great TedMed video on testicular health and cancer prevention.

Check it!

Are you Nuts for Prevention?

The Brain: A noun or a verb?

Photo Credit: Elephant Journal (elephantjournal.com)

Photo Credit: Elephant Journal (elephantjournal.com)

Is our brain just the passive master of our bodies, receiving and sending information? Or is it more of an active organ, capable of controlling and managing much more?

According to Deepak Chopra, MD, he feels that the brain is more of a verb, a doing organ, and that with conscious thought comes better control not just on how we feel psychologically, but also the physical aspects of the brain. Here is a great excerpt from the original Forbes article:

“In the workplace, amidst expanding technology and uncertain economic conditions, employees and managers are on edge. Is burnout around the corner?

The sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) is on overdrive. If you continue to be in overdrive you will crash with physical exhaustion or illness. However it would be a mistake to attribute this to our work, or to technology, or the demands of our life. It’s our responsibility really, whether we feel stress or not. Stress is not in the environment, stress is not in you, it’s how you and your environment interact. It’s like the waves on the ocean. If you are a skillful surfer than every wave is almost an exhilaration, if you’re unprepared than every wave is a disaster.

Those waves can come at a tsunami-like deluge in our work-life merge. What are your thoughts from a neurological perspective on multi-tasking?

Your conscious brain cannot multitask. If I’m speaking to you and checking my I-Phone at the same time, I’m doing neither. This is why our society is frazzled; this misconception that we can consciously do more than one thing at a time effectively. Most neuroscientists I’ve spoken with agree on this, you have to parcel out your time. And, there are many techniques to manage stress, meditation is only one. Mindful awareness of your body, your breath, transcending reactivity, imagination and visualization etc.”

You know also provides improved mindfulness? Pilates of course! While moving, pilates trains you to focus your breathe, become connected to your body, and leave your troubles at the door while you work out. Not to mention, working out can help to relieve stress! It is like a two in one deal over here.

 

For the full article, check out Forbes website.

Kind of what we are needing with the change of season we are experiencing!

Credit: Harold's Planet

Credit: Harold’s Planet

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