"It's the mind itself which shapes the body" Joe Pilates

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7:21 pm

Yoga makes you smarter!

In a recent eight-week study, adults over age 55 who took an hour-long class of hatha yoga (the most commonly practiced form of yoga worldwide) three times a week had significantly better memory and attention than adults who simply did stretching and toning exercises.  Possible reason: The focus required to hold poses and control breathing during yoga may result in better attention to mental tasks as well. 

Neha Gothe PhD, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology, Wayne State University, Detroit "Yoga makes you smarter!" Bottom Line Health November 2014: 7. Print.

5:12 pm

It seems there are many of us who struggle with hip tightness and no amount of stretching or target movement makes a difference.  Having fallen in love with the Franklin Method many years ago, I am amazed at how just watching the bone rhythms in this video makes a difference to my mindset regarding my hips.  Hope you enjoy the video.

4:35 pm

Are you moving with alignment and efficiency?

My teacher Tom McCook (Center of Balance in Mountain View) shared this with my group the other week and I wanted to share it with you. "There are always two questions you should ask yourself when doing a movement; am I moving in alignment and am i moving with efficiency? These 2 questions will help you to become a more skillful mover in life, and let quality dictate quantity for better over performance, health and longevity."

1:08 pm

The Fuzz Speech with Gil Hedley

We have been talking about the Fuzz for a while and I wanted to share with you Gil's Fuzz Speech. Remember to walk out your Fuzz every morning! Think of me next week when I am with Gil beginning the dissection class:) Stay happy everyone!

12:11 pm

Visualizing the Shoulder Anatomy; bone rhythms, musculature and nerves

Answering a question this morning after class I used this video as a great visual aid. The shoulder structure is simple but complicated. I have to say that I love the nerve visualizations.

5:56 pm

Ribcage Mobility

Finding myself working ribcage mobility in my classes.  It's awlays interesting to hear the sighs of relief after creating more space between the ribs and the facets.

4:42 pm

Keyko in the News

Yoga and Israel merge in Menlo Park thanks to instructor Keyko Pintz

Posted: 05 Feb 2014 09:21 AM PST

Yoga for Israel instructor Keyko Pintz

Yoga instructor Keyko Pintz, who lives in the Allied Arts neighborhood of Menlo Park, remembers the question that started it all. “One of my private yoga students asked me if I could do yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?” she recalls. “The first place that came to mind is Mitzpe Ramon. It’s a crater in Israel’s Negev Desert, an interesting geological formation, and it’s absolutely spectacular. It’s mystical, and it’s the perfect place to feel like you’ve seen something otherworldly and spiritual.”

Keyko says she became enthralled with the concept of building a meditation and yoga center in the Negev. “I explored that idea for awhile,” she says, “and then I thought, instead of building these castles in the sky, like Ari Shavit says, build a tent on the ground. So this is kind of my tent on the ground.”

The “tent on the ground” Keyko is referring to is “Yoga for Israel,” her second-Saturday-of-every-month yoga practice at Menlo Pilates and Yoga.

Keyko became interested in yoga about 15 years ago and currently teaches classes at Menlo Pilates and Yoga, Stanford University, and Google. The other piece in the equation dates back even further. “Twenty years ago I first went to Israel and worked on a kibbutz and became really passionate about the country,” she says. “I felt like this was a really good way to combine my two passions and create a community that is curious about both.”

Yoisrael for InMenlo

Keyko launched Yoga for Israel this past December and has attracted a yoga-mat packed floor at her two events to date. It’s an evocative scene: meditative background music, dozens of small votives flickering in silhouette against studio mirrors as Keyko leads participants through gentle stretches and poses, with the slightest aroma of red currant candles scenting the air.

Intertwined with the music, Israeli poetry is read aloud, words from Yehuda Amichai’s Open Closed Open, a back-and-forth lyrical duet, first in Hebrew, then in English. “The soul inside me is the last foreign language I’m learning,” Keyko reads from Amichai’s poetry. “This is not about some kind of perfect execution of yoga poses,” she says. “It’s more like the yoga poses are meant to open us and be the conduit to feeling what the author has to offer.”

Keyko wants to make Yoga for Israel a standing social event in Menlo Park, an evening of yoga, shared Israeli food and drinks and even movie screenings. “I want to have a place that’s very welcoming for people to learn about Israeli culture in a non-threatening, non-political, non-religious way. Anyone who wants to learn about Israel is welcome to come,” she says.

Yoga for Israel is scheduled for the second Saturday of every month at Menlo Pilates and Yoga. The next practice will be Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 pm. The suggested donation for participants is $18.

 Photos by Irene Searles

4:35 pm

The First Step Forward

Whenever we do something new it demands the first step to begin.  This blog will hopefully give you a perspective of what is happening in the studio, whether it is class news, body topics or comings and goings. 

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