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Get a Grip on Your next Pilates Workout
Fitness
Published Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 by Sara Syder

Get a Grip on Your Next Pilates Workout

Pilates

My fitness mantra is simple: sweat every day. I love to sweat because it means I am moving the body, releasing toxins, improving my mood and strengthening the immune system. One of my favorite places to get my sweat on is in Pilates class because of the many benefits, like lean and strong muscles, decreased back pain, improved posture, and a powerful core. As you move through the movements, it doesn’t take long for the heart rate to increase and your internal heat to rise. Slowly, the skin begins to drip with sweat.

Sweating is the body's way of thermoregulating. When you’re hot, your body wants to cool itself down. That’s a good thing, but what’s not a good thing is the risk of injury involved when sweaty palms and feet start to slip.

Have you ever tried to hold a plank or lunge on the reformer with wet feet, or do pike on the Pilates chair with wet hands? It’s awful! Your heart knows you can do it. Your body wants to do it. But your mind is distracted. You might think:

My feet are slipping. 
I can't hold this. 
I have to readjust. 
I hate to sweat.

Pilates is the practice of control. How you can you keep that control when you are slipping through the movements? Your safety shouldn’t be compromised when the answer is simple–grip socks!

Pilates socks, like ToeSox, and gloves are the functional and must-have accessory that make your sweaty workout better–whether you’re in Pilates, barre or yoga class.

Here's why you need grip socks and grip gloves for every Pilates workout:

  • Non-slip grip keeps your hands and feet in place so you focus on engaging in the exercise
  • Since fungus lurks where sweat falls, grip socks provide a hygienic barrier between your skin and the germs on the floor/mat/equipment.
  • If you are ready to challenge yourself but felt unstable with the slipping? Grip socks give you the chance to dive deeper.

Stay safe, stay put, and stay stronger during dynamic movements and steady holds. Sweat happens, but don't let it suck the life out of your Pilates workout.

Sara Syder
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Sara Syder
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About the author
Sara Syder has years of Pilates experience under her belt and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle, both on and off the mat.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar