September is Here! – September Newsletter

September 7, 2018 by simpilates

“We need to introduce a little balance into your life. Part of this balance means not missing out on some of the marvels of life around you, the fun, some excitement, or other challenges in life.”  

Catherine Pulsifer

Finding Balance in Life

Is there such a thing, maybe balance is unbalance.  More important I feel is allowing the ebb and flow of life to guide us. Like many of you I wear many hats.  I am a women, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a friend, a business owner, an educator, adventure seeker, retreat builder and on and on. Balance wearing all these hats is not always achievable. What I have learned to do is prioritize the importance of things as they come up. Now I know it is not the same for everyone, we all have different obligations when it comes to our lives. But being ok with taking it one step at a time, like the saying goes, doing what you can on that particular day is a beautiful thing. It has been a great, long, hot summer in Las Vegas, if you are like me on some days I was drained, all I wanted was a cool drink and a fan over my head. Giving myself permission to take that time was balance for me. Not a lot of workouts happened this summer, a reformer class with a fan blowing was a great welcome instead of a walk outside, followed by an afternoon nap.  I traveled and played, spend quality time with family, enjoyed some local pools with girlfriends, had the studio painted, organized closets and had some hot summer dates with my husband. I dealt with change and challenges as they came up too. Life didn’t stop because it was summer. Sometimes it is easy to get overwhelmed. Take a few moments and write down what your summer was like. I will bet you had some balance in there as well. Balance dose not have to be getting all your to do list done and finding quality time for yourself every single day, fitting into a perfect little box. Life is messy, but in the end it all adds up to a beautiful balanced life.

Happy Healthy Hugs,

Try these tips to BALANCE


Pilates proves good for balance

Exercise enthusiasts know all about the importance of strengthening the core. Pilates, the therapeutic exercise system developed in the first half of the 20th century by Joseph Pilates, is a good way to do it.   Strength, endurance, and flexibility of the major postural muscles involved in core stability — particularly the abdominal muscles — receive focused attention in Pilates exercise.  The core can be thought of as a box, with the abdominal muscles in the front, paraspinals and gluteals in the back, the diaphragm as the roof, and the pelvic floor and hip girdle muscles as the bottom.  Pilates exercise improves both dynamic and static balance which can help prevent falls. In a study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2012, Pilates exercise led to improved balance in community-dwelling older adults. A 2013 study in the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity found that improvements in balance after a short Pilates intervention were maintained even one year later in all participants, with increased benefits from ongoing participation in Pilates exercises.  Pilates can also be helpful for people experiencing low back pain.  A meta-analysis of multiple studies published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in 2013 showed improvement in low back pain and disability.  And a 2006 study in Orthopedics and Sports Physical Therapy found that individuals doing Pilates-based exercise reported a significant decrease in low back pain and disability, and the improvement was maintained over a 12-month follow-up period. Even treatment with a modified Pilates-based approach was more effective than usual care in a population with chronic, unresolved low back pain.  Studies have shown that doing Pilates exercise can help people in their everyday movements and postural stance.  Due to the structure of Pilates, which is made up of balance and strengthening exercises, Pilates training will develop balance, mobility and muscle strength.




Yield: 6

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 20 min. (not including rice)

Total Time: 30 min


2 1/2 cups of brown rice, cooked per instructions
Cooking spray
2 thick slices of red onion
1 baby red bell pepper, sliced
1 baby orange bell pepper, sliced
Handful of mushrooms, quartered
1 zucchini, cut into spears
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
Soy sauce, to taste


Cook the rice per instructions; set aside.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat then coat it with cooking spray. Place the veggies into the grill pan and let them sit for 4-5 minutes before flipping. Cook for another 3-4 minutes then remove from the pan. Let the vegetables cool a bit before dicing them up.

If you use leftover rice, heat the rice in the microwave. Place the rice into a large mixing bowl then add the grilled veggies, sea salt, freshly cracked pepper, and garlic powder, to taste. Toss well then taste; re-season if needed. Serve with a drizzle of soy sauce. Enjoy.



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