Spine

Operation confidence and fortutide.. Bikini optional

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It’s at this time of year we start hearing the people in the business of fitness declaring “C’mon Ladies - It’s Operation Bikini”

Aaaaarrrgghhhhhhh Really?

It’s used in jest and is lighthearted, but having spent a lifetime in a love-hate relationship with my body ”Operation Bikini” plays to my incesurities and vanity, and makes me feel self conscious about myself. It makes me feel like maybe my body isn’t good enough unless I go through some “operation” to get it acceptable. Like there are “rules” and “criteria” to adhere to before you can be seen in a bikini and it makes me feel I am being judged and compared, and that the way I look in a bikini is actually super important and that my worth is tied up in this.

“Oh God - Do I have to go on a mission to be good enough to be seen in a bikini?”

Now, don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look hot in your bikini on the beach this summer, and I’d be putting myself out of business if we didnt want to look and feel our best. My tagline is “Lift your Bum, Lift your Vibration, Rock your Wellbeing” and I am passionate about helping people be strong and confident in their bodies through Pilates and Kundalini Yoga. It’s what I do. A firm bum is a healthy bum but..

..Nobody rocks a bikini (or anything for that matter) better than a woman who is comfortable with who she is.

“Operation Bikini” could be more powerful for women and perhaps more importantly, impressionable younger women, if the message and the motives were more about inclusion and not exclusion. If it were about being more confident and strong in their bodies and to rock the god damn bikini because they are comfortable in their own skin, no matter what their size or tone.

Rather than to suggest they need to make their bodies better, or more acceptable because summer is coming, there could be more motivation to exercise to be healthier, more energetic, more confident and more congruent with who she is, so on the beach she shines because she is happy.

So ladies If you are going on “Operation Bikini” at your local gym, Pilates or Yoga studio, with a Personal Trainer, Kick Boxing or Trampolining just remember you are absolutely fine just the way you are already, and your exercise routine will pay off in power, strength, flexibility, stamina, confidence, so you can have fun in the sun with your family and friends, feeling and looking great in your unique way.

So why Lift your Bum?… A strong bum supports the pelvis and the lower spine and we need it to carry us around strong and allowing us to move with confidence, staying free from low back pain.

Also working the energy centre around the base of the spine plants roots from which to grow, and grounds us. Its helps us feel secure and capable.

Next week I’ll be starting a six week series Operation Bikini 2:0 where we will do some Pilates and Kundalini Yoga and follow my Limitless method, to strengthen the spine and bum and balancing the first energy centre at the root…

Then in subsequent videos, working our way up the body, through the hips, pelvis, abdominals, core, mid back, upper back and shoulders and balancing the energy around the energy centres, so you can rock your summer wardrobe comfortable and confident in your own skin..

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you next week.

Love

Laura

Can Pilates and Yoga make you fit?

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Last weekend I took part in a Spartan Super Race… and it was super hard. Mamma Mia it was!

For those of you that don’t know what that is (and I didn’t know exactly, until I was there!), it’s a race set over a course, in this case it was 13km of mountainous terrain, and is peppered with obstacles that you have to climb, carry or negotiate yourself through, under or over…and wade through alot of mud.

It was a huge challenge, on so many levels, and I went into it blind.. I thought Ignorance would be bliss...

I was wrong - Ignorance was foolish, and another thing that was foolish was to buy a pair of super cheap trainers (As I knew there would be mud, and they would get ruined) that were also on the small side, and expect them not to rub.

My feet were blistered but it was one of the least painful things that was going on so I kind of didnt notice..

I had not trained and I thank my lucky stars that my husband was so supportive, as was our teammate Andy, and that I have been a practioner of Pilates and Kundalini Yoga for years and years. They all saved my bacon! Also, Andy’s wife Kez was an intricate part of the team as she looked after our children and this an important factor when families embark on adventures. It was a team effort!

The race was not a race for winning but an experience of commitment, teamwork, love, kindness and faith.

The emotions I went through over the course went from excitement and determination, to desperation, regret, hopelessness, shame through to elation, invincibility, strength, pride, inspiration, motivation, love, empathy, compassion and back to desparation, anxiety and fear (I had a near panic attack about 2km from the end and started trembling and crying) and then back to love, comittment, determination, hope and joy.

Boy, it was a roller coaster and I could not have done it without my husband’s love and support and encouragement both physically and emotionally helping through (over and under) the obstacles. Maybe not for everyone but teamwork got me through..

It was an amazing bonding experience for us both and connected us back into each other and our relationship. So often we are busy with life and forget how much we love each other’s spirit and soul so it was a great opportunity to be together and be present on adventure out of our normal environment.

It was like we got to see the real person again, with the curtains of life drawn back - It was raw and real and we loved it.

I did not train but I did it. Up, up and up mountains and down, down down, over rocks and through mud, up monkey bars and under barbed wire.. I believe that having Pilates in my body, being balanced and strong and able to move efficiently with a reinforced core stability got me through physically. Kundalini Yoga whilst also helped with the physical challenge, helped me with the commitment, the mindset and faith to get me through. Absolutely.

My work blending Pilates and Kundalini Yoga is fortifying and keeps you strong and capable, not for only Spartan races but for life. We need a strong body and mind so we can get on with our everyday things. We are more resilent and can see the magic of life around us, which makes us happier and more content. We can show up fully and be the best version of ourselves on any given day. You have super powers inside you and do anything when you want to..

There is a beautiful Chinese Proverb “The person who says it cannot be done should not interupt the person doing it”

Can Pilates tone and lift my bum and is it even important?

I want to talk to you about your bum!

My tagline "Lift your Bum, Lift your Vibration, Rock your World" is my way of  letting you know my work involves the physical self and the spiritual self and the vibe is playful. 

It's a bit tongue in cheek (no pun intended..haha) and works.

Most of us, given the choice, would like a toned bum and to look good in our jeans, however, a bum that could crack walnuts might be superfluous to requirements and, lets be fair, who the heck has time?.....These are fair points. 

In fact, with all we have to do, a walnut cracking bum is just not on the To-Do list... but for the sake of your back do give a little bit of bum strength some thought. 

In reality, with the pace of life as it is we absolutely need to have strength and flexibility in our bodies, but we also need connect to our inner power, universal energy too. We want to get clarity and peace internally, since our external worlds are so highly pressured and often overwhleming. Sometimes getting the balance with what our body needs and what our heart needs to thrive is tricky. Which is more important? Doesn't something have to give?

Is the strength of my bum that important? You may ask

Yes, a strong bum is important to your physical wellbeing as it supports the spine and keeps the pelvis stable.  You don't have to go mad but some strength and tone really can help.

Pilates helps you tone and strengthen your bum, which actually helps relieve lower back pain and support the whole spine, along with the help of abdominals. Having a shapely bum might be nice, but having a strong bum makes you feel good, in balance and moves your body more efficiently, and this what is important.

A supported spine keeps you young and, since we are younger longer,  you need to keep your body up for the task in hand...

..A full juicy life.

You can move with ease and grace when your hip area is balanced and muscles are doing the right thing at the right time. The whole body is supported and you can do your things in flow, pain free and feeling fantastic.

Looking good in jeans is great, but being strong and feeling good in jeans even better.

Its win win.

So go on, take the stairs next time, your back will thank you for it.

The 20 minute video below is not bum specific, but as part of a rounded set it's great to get you strong, energised and invigorated, and connected in your heart, your core and your body..

If you have any health concerns please consult a doctor, always listen to your body and go within your limits. Thank you. I hope you enjoy..

Thank you again!