Healthy Eats: Mint Yogurt Dip

Feeling stuffy this winter? Mint contains menthol which acts as a natural decongestant. Try adding mint leaves to your tea, water, smoothies, and to make this tasty and easy Mint Yogurt Dip! 

As a snack I enjoying having slices of cucumbers with my dip but you can use any of your favorite veggies. You can also try making this for a party platter. Enjoy!

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

– 1/2 cup Greek yogurt

– 2 tbs chopped mint

– 2 tbs olive oil

– juice of 1/2 lemon

– salt and pepper to taste

Procedures:

1 — Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and serve with your favorite veggies.

That’s it!

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Apparatus Spotlight: Wunda Chair



(Photo by Nina Robinson)

If I had to pick a favorite piece of Pilates equipment I would have to say it is the Wunda Chair! Some of the most advanced and athletic Pilates exercises can be performed on the chair for a total body workout.

Another great aspect about the chair is that it offers a variety of movements appropriate for both beginners and clients with injuries. While working in a physical therapy office for 2 years, I often had clients use the chair to perform rehabilitative exercises. With consistent practice I was able to see improvement in their strength and mobility.

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Body Language Sportswear Believer

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Pilates Angel is excited to be a Believer for Body Language Sportswear! Stay tuned as I will share some of my favorite pieces from this awesome line of women’s athletic apparel in addition to more fitness tips and healthy recipes!

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Be Mine Pilates “V” Day Mat Class

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Be mine this Valentine’s Day as I teach a special Pilates Mat Class at Yoga Agora, Sat, Feb.14, 830-930pm, $10. The class will incorporate classical Pilates matwork and a fusion of yoga and dance based exercises that build strength, flexibility, and balance. We will focus on proper alignment, breathing, and fluid movement. Each participant will be given a treat at the end of class that is sure to leave you feeling loved this Valentine’s Day.

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Morning Practice 2.12

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Today I am practicing the Prithvi Mudra during my 10min of seated meditation at the end of my morning self practice. This mudra is said to relieve the body from fatigue and to enhance strength and vitality. The tips of the thumb and ring finger touch while the other fingers are straight and relaxed. Try this mudra on your own and be sure to focus on your breath during meditation. Namaste.

– shoulder bridge x4
– abdominal series
– roll up
– balancing table 3 breaths x2
– cat cow 3 breaths
– downdog 5 breaths
– plank pose 5 breaths
– child’s pose 3 breaths
(Repeat 5 above x2)
– seated meditation w/prithvi mudra 10min (pictured)
*Fin*

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Morning Practice + Healthy Eats 2.10

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My morning practice is more restorative today as I strained my hip a little and have to allow it to rest. It is important that we listen to and take care of our bodies.

I am also practicing the Gyan Mudra in my seated meditation which is said to relieve tension and create peace and calm. The tips of the thumb and index finger touch while the other fingers are straight and relaxed. Try it on your own and focus on your breath as you meditate. Namaste.

– cat/cow 3 breaths
– balancing table 3 breaths x3
– downdog 3 breaths
– child’s pose 3 breaths
(Repeat x2)
– shoulder bridge x3
– hundred in table position
– roll up x6
– supine spinal twist 5 breaths
– seated meditation w/Gyan mudra 5min (pictured)
– savasana 5min
*Fin*

FYI I am wearing “Is Mai Tai Crooked?” from the new OPI Hawaii 2015 Collection! It is a beautiful tropical orange shade that looks great on different skin tones.

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My breakfast is packed with protein, fiber, and other nutrients that will give me energy throughout the morning.

– oats
– almond milk
– almonds
– cashews
– walnuts
– cranberries
– pumpkin seeds
– granola
– blueberries
– blackberries

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Monday Moves: Elephant

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(Photo by Aggie Photos)

Elephant, performed on the Pilates reformer, builds core strength, stability, and flexibility in this arabesque variation.

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