Oh Sweet Spring – April Newsletter

April 25, 2018 by simpilates

Sweet April, You Have Arrived!!!!!

Perhaps too soon, but here you are.

Oh how the sounds, smells and colors of Spring how you ALL lighten me up! April inspires us in so many ways with longer, warmer days and shorter nights it makes us feel we have more time in the day.

Spring is here with a jolt of freshness.  It inspires us to clean out our homes, businesses, bodies and mind.  Why do we love spring? Oh, let me count the ways…longer days, warmer weather, flowers bloom, sundresses, Spring Break, lighter meals, flip flops, gardening, wildlife, walks, school is almost over ,lifts your attitude, baseball, and Spring cleaning to mention just a few.  Here is an idea: make your own list and see what inspires you about spring then make another list of the things you plan to do.

I have already started making a few small changes in the studio, a new rug and pillows to start. This weekend I cleaned out my closet, again LOL  Time to put the boots away and bring out the sandals. I have started walking and hiking, and have observed how many more people are hiking my little mountain now that it is spring. I am blessed to have Exploration peek park down the street from my house.  I am also planning vacation and arranging my time with a sense of freedom and light.  Lastly I am thinking of getting my body and health in better shape. With that comes planning for more classes at the studio and how we can help you feel better and stronger in your body.  Stay tuned for some fun activities at the studio to help us kick start into spring and embrace summer feeling are absolute best.


Happy Healthy Spring,




Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups



Cilantro Sauce
1 chopped jalapeño (seeded if desired)
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1 c. fresh cilantro
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 1/2 lb. lean white ground turkey
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 jalapeño, finely chopped
1 tbsp. freshly grated ginger
1 tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. lime juice
1/4 c. water, if it seems dry
2 scallions, thinly sliced
8 butter lettuce leaves
Sliced radishes, if desired

How to Make It


Cilantro Sauce
In a blender, purée chopped jalapeño with fresh lime juice, plain yogurt, fresh cilantro, and ground cumin until very smooth.

Thai Turkey Lettuce Cups

  1. Heat canola oil in a large cast-iron skillet on medium-high. Add lean white ground turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until golden brown and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic, jalapeño, and freshly grated ginger and cook, tossing, for 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat and add low-sodium soy sauce, lime juice, and up to 1/4 cup water (if it seems dry).
  3. Sprinkle with scallions. Spoon into butter lettuce leaves and serve with cilantro sauce and sliced radishes, if desired.


As the summer months approach, do you ever ask yourself, “Why am I not outside?”  It’s that time of year where you have higher energy, you’re feeling more rested and being outdoor just feels right. Here’s 5 Pilates exercises you can do by itself or add to your everyday summer routine.  Weather it be a long walk, an intense hike or just a simple bike ride, these exercises will be most beneficial to you and your experience.

5 Pilates Moves You Can Do Anywhere

Donkey kicks are a great exercise to strengthen and tone your glutes and hamstrings.Stand arm-distance away from a ballet bar or bench and then lower into a one-legged squat. Place your weight onto your one standing foot.Lift your other leg, extending it behind you with your heel pointing up.Pulse your leg up (keep your foot flexed!) for 10 reps and then switch legs. Make sure to keep your core activated during this exercise.

Step forward with one leg, lowering your hips until both knees are bent at a 90-degree angle.Make sure your front knee is directly above your ankle, and make sure your other knee doesn’t touch the floor. Keep the weight in your front heel, making sure to keep your upper body straight and shoulders back. Switch legs every time you lunge. Do 30 reps on each side.

You can do side planks wherever you are—on a mat, on the beach, or even on a bench!Just rotate your body to the side and balance on your forearm, with your legs stacked on top of each other. Extend your other arm toward the sky. Hold for at least 10 to 15 seconds, and if you’ve mastered this pose already, you can hold it for 30 to 35 seconds.Repeat the exercise on the other side. For an additional oblique challenge, you can do hip dips by dropping your hip 1 to 2 inches down and picking it back up. Repeat this 10 times.

Teaser, when done properly, is one of those Pilates exercises that falls into the category of “flat stomach exercises.”Begin lying down, arms along your sides and your legs straight down on the mat.Bring your chin to the chest. Begin to roll up, scooping the abdominals and extending the arms and legs to a 45-degree angle from the floor, balancing on your sitz bones.Your arms should be parallel to your legs. Keep your chest up and steady your breath! Hold the teaser for 10 seconds and roll back down.To enhance this exercise, send your arms straight to the ceiling while keeping your legs at a 45-degree angle.

Triceps dips are an easy, effective way to tone your arms because you can do them anywhere.Position your hands shoulder-width apart on a secure bench, stable chair, or on the ground. Slide your butt off the front of the bench with your feet firmly planted on the ground, and keep your knees at a 90-degree angle.Straighten your arms, extending them without locking the elbows. Slowly bend your elbows to lower your body until your elbows are at about a 90-degree angle. Be sure to keep your back close to the bench. Keep your shoulders down as you lower and raise your body.

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Are you a “once upon a time” client?

Come back this month for FREE WEEK, because we MISS & MISS you!

Happy to help.

Please visit our website or give us a call and come in for your FIRST CLASS ON US! (New Clients Only)


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