Breather recently has made its way to Boston. Breather is an app and platform where you can book private spaces for meetings, lunch dates with friends, a spot to relax and whatever else you want! I used Breather while working remotely to escape from the craziness of coffee shops, but I really wanted to try to think of a fun and different way to use the spaces related to fitness.
If you haven’t noticed, I am trying to really focus on getting back to running. One way that I am doing that is to make sure that I’m incorporating a variety of classes into my routine. Two types that are particularly important are yoga and Pilates. I knew that these two workouts were important to running but I wanted to learn more about exactly why. This inspired me to host two running workshops with Meg from Exercise Your Beauty in a Breather space.
Meg is a not only a clinical exercise physiologist but also a yoga, spinning and Pilates instructor. She is Physical Mind Institute (PMI) trained, which falls underneath modern Pilates. Classical will never stray from Pilates’ original formatting and structure but PMI will modify based on scientific studies. Because I come from a science background myself, I was excited to hear what Meg had to teach.
Of course there is so much more to learn but here are a few of the important lessons I learned and got to test out in her class!
Softening Your Muscles
You hear a lot about “lengthening” your muscles. However, Meg said that it’s not about “lengthening” the muscles but “softening”. The muscle itself does not get longer but you can make it more pliable. We want strength in the surrounding area in order to know that we have the muscular capability of doing the movement that we desire. To demonstrate this concept, two class participants stretched a resistance band. The person who was stronger was able to “soften” the band more.
Dynamic Movement and Static Stretching
One way to soften your muscles is to utilize both dynamic and static yoga and Pilates moves–not just one or the other. Ideally we start with breath, move to dynamic slow, controlled movements to increase the blood flow to and warm up the muscles. Then you can incorporate the static stretching.
Fire Up Your Core
Adding short sequences of Pilates and yoga can fire up your core. Engaging your core during your run helps prevent injuries and makes you a more efficient runner. When your core is not engaged, you take the stress from running in your lower back, hips or shoulders which could lead to injury or discomfort.
People think machine Pilates is more versatile. Though Meg admits that Pilates machine workouts are some of the most difficult workouts she’s done, she says that mat Pilates is more versatile. Why? Because you can practice it anywhere and it can be one of the most difficult workouts if done properly. Mat Pilates shouldn’t be “easy. If it is easy, you are probably not using your muscles properly. This reminds me of how it took me a long time to get some of the barre moves down. Before I asked for help from instructors, I couldn’t feel anything. Once I learned the technique better, I was able to engage the muscles and get the most out of the workout.
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Also a big thanks to DAVIDsTEA and Agua for providing the beverages for our event! I am more of a coffee person, but after seeing the passion of the DAVIDsTEA employees and learning more about the teas, I am definitely going to be exploring more teas this fall and winter!