Hello March! – March Newsletter

March 10, 2018 by simpilates

Hello March!

I hope everyone is having a great start to the year, can you believe it is already March!!! WOW, how times flies!!! Which makes me even more aware of being grateful everyday for my life, my health and my freedom. I must confess I don’t feel gratitude everyday, I get busy in my routine and chores. I find myself complaining, feeling tired and unmotivated. So I am trying to practice what I preach. Journal every morning 5 things I am grateful for and take 10 to 20 minutes to meditate. I know it sounds corny but it really works. For me it brings things to the surface, we know this but if we don’t practice them it gets away from you.  I had a huge yard sale last week, first in many years of collecting clutter from raising 3 children and well, simply put life. It was a lot of hard work, but oh so worth it.  It was so liberating to let go of the past, to not feel so attached to things and memories.  It feels wonderful, I feel lighter and open to new possibilities, new adventures and overall a sense of freedom. Not to mention the joy of my junk being someone else’s treasure. What did not go in the yard sale went to donations.  Productive weekend for sure.  Anyone else struggling with these winds?  Las Vegas can get some crazy winds and cold weather.  Making a lot of us sick with colds or allergies, hang tight remember summer will come way too soon and will all be complaining about how hot it is.  I will let you know how my journaling and meditation is going next month too, I am offering 30 minute complimentary health coaching sessions to anyone who just wants to chat with me about better health and overall life style goals. Besides my Pilates training and years of teaching I also have my certification in Health and wellness coaching with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.

Sending you healthy hugs, love and much, much more !



For the month of March we are collecting lightly used athletic shoes in support of the MORE Foundation Group’s efforts to fight poverty, hunger, and global warming.

How It Works:

The MORE Foundation Group has partnerships with over 1500 running stores, gyms, local businesses, etc. and RTR Pilates is excited to join.

The MORE Foundation Group has a different and effective approach to shoe recycling. The vast majority of people in the developing world cannot afford the cost of new shoes . . . Reusing these shoes promotes global efforts to re-purpose and recycle.

Instead of decomposing in landfills, the donated shoes are sold to participating vendors in Africa, who in turn create jobs, promote free enterprise and help improve the quality of life for many.  The Foundation is 100% funded through recycling and uses the proceeds from the sale of these shoes to help regenerate forests and farmlands in West Africa and Central America by providing essential equipment, tools and reforestation training to poor farming families and rural villages.
How You Can Help:

From March 1st – March 31st our studio will be collecting gently worn athletic shoes/sneakers.

For more information about the MORE Foundation Group feel free to visit their Facebook Page or website.


Homemade Fresh Spring Rolls with Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce


Easy Peanut Dipping Sauce

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce2
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 clove garlic, mashed (or about 1 teaspoon minced)
1 teaspoon Sriracha sauce or a chile garlic sauce, optional for spice
1-2 Tablespoons warm water, or more as needed
optional garnish: crushed peanuts, sprinkle of crushed red pepper

Spring Rolls

10 spring roll rice paper wrappers
1 large carrot, peeled and julienned
1 large cucumber, julienned (you can peel, but I don’t)
1/2 of a large red pepper, julienned
1/3 cup chopped purple cabbage
1 ounce cooked rice noodles/rice vermicelli (optional)
1 avocado, sliced
handful fresh cilantro (and/or mint, basil)
5 large green lettuce leaves (romaine, butter, etc), torn in half
20 medium cooked shrimp, peeled and sliced in half length-wise
sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

How to Make It


  1. First, read through the post above to learn some tips/tricks for making these summer rolls. Also, make sure every single ingredient in the summer rolls is prepared/chopped/cooked before you assembling.
  2. Prepare the dipping sauce: You can whisk everything together in a bowl or use a food processor. I always whisk them because it saves me from cleaning the food processor. Add everything to a medium bowl (except water and optional garnish) and whisk until smooth. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of warm water or until you reach desired thinness. Pour into a serving bowl/ramekin and top with garnish. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the rice paper wrappers: Pour warm water into a large bowl or 9-inch square or round baking pan. The baking pan is what I always use. Working with one at a time, dip the rice paper wrapper into the warm water for 15-20 seconds (or whatever the package suggests). Usually it’s around that time. You want the wrapper to be soft, yet still slightly firm and pliable. Immediately remove from the water and place flat onto a work surface such as a large plastic or ceramic cutting board. Sometimes I use a large wood cutting board, but the wrappers stick to it a little more. Pat the wrapper slightly dry.
  4. Fill the rolls: Place a few sticks of carrot, cucumber, red pepper, and a sprinkle of cabbage on top of the bottom 1/3 of the rice paper as explained and pictured in the post. Then, a small amount of noodles (if using), a slice or two of avocado and a bit of cilantro. Lay 1/2 of a lettuce leaf on top and 4 slices of shrimp on top– as pictured above. Remember, do not overstuff the roll. Start small then add more, as needed, as you roll each one.
  5. Roll them: Roll everything up tightly. To do so, gently pull up the bottom of the roll and roll over the filling. Then, roll and use your hands to tuck the filling in as you go. It’s basically like you’re rolling a burrito! Remember, you want a very tight roll. You can fold in the sides of the rice paper roll if you wish, but sometimes I don’t.
  6. After rolling each, place on a serving plate. Cut in half, sprinkle with sesame seeds, and serve with peanut sauce. This amount is enough for Kevin and I and there are always a couple leftover for lunch the next day.
  7. Make ahead tip/storing: Wrap rolls individually in plastic wrap (suggested to prevent sticking and then tearing) and layer in a tupperware between sheets of parchment or wax paper. Store up to 2-3 days. In terms of taste, the rolls are best served fresh the day they are made. Cover sauce tightly and store in the refrigerator for a couple days.


Have you heard of this thing called March MATness?  What is it?  How does it work?  Where can I get more info on it?  These are all good questions that have great answers!  Every March participants across the global Pilates community share their love for the work in a synchronized social media campaign.  March MATness was created by a Pilates instructor named Benjamin who currently resides in New York.  In 2013 he filmed one of his own classes to be able to access himself and do his own self corrections.  He then extracted screenshots of each exercise and began posting them on his Facebook page.  Then March MATness was formed!   Every day in March he would post one of the Pilates Mat exercises in their original order and begin a conversation about the form, logic, and intent behind each exercise. The pictures ended up on a poster that is now decorating hundreds of studio walls around the world, and more importantly: March MATness has grown into an annual social media campaign with thousands of followers and contributors focusing on the original intent of Joseph Pilates and his invigorating work.  To learn more about March MATness, Benjamin, and to “join the movement”  please follow him thru the link provided.
The first of the rolling exercises, rolling like a ball, stimulates the spine, deeply works the abdominals and tunes us into the inner flow of movement and breath in the body.

Modifications for rolling like a ball include holding the thighs behind the knees and opening the legs further out from the body. Do not do rolling exercises if you have back or neck problems.

Going for even more abdominal strength and endurance, we follow single leg stretch with double leg stretch. This move is a graphic way to experience working from the center of the body as the arms and legs reach away and return together.
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