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Operation Bikini 2.0 - The 6 Part Video Series

Because nobody rocks a bikini better than a woman comfortable in her own body.

 
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Below is a series of 6 short videos focusing on our strength, confidence and energy levels - balancing our bodies and our energy centres so we can rock the summer in our own unique way. Please consult a doctor before embarking on anything new, listen to your body and go within your limits.. and enjoy.

Week One - Feeling Glut

Strengthen the low back and bum and put mobility into the spine. We also stimulate the first energy centre which helps us become grounded, secure and accepting of our selves and others with calm and clarity.

Week Two - Here’s What’s Hip

We mobilise the pelvis and entire spine, and strengthen and stretch the hip. We also stimulate the second energy centre which helps us get in touch with our personal power, feeling sexy, relieving our self doubt, and also gets our inspiration and creative juices flowing. 

Week Three - It’s a Core Thing

We strengthen the abdominals and the deep muscles that support the spine, working the mid back. We stimulate the third energy centre for strong emotional centre and learn a breathing technique to increase energy and relieve anger and stress. Please consult a doctor before embarking on anything new, listen to your body and go within your limits..

Week Four - All Heart (and Upper back)

We strengthen the upper back countering sitting at computer all day, working the posture and stimulating the fourth energy centre for open heart, compassion and love. A breathing exercise for gratitute with increases our capacity for compassion for ourselves and for others.

Week Five - Truth Heals

This set simply relieves a little bit of neck tension and we stimulates trhe 5th energy centre around the throat so we are able to communicate what we mean. We we are tension free in the neck and what we say is congruent with what we actually feel life becomes less complicated and it can relieve a lot of tension in our bodies.

Week Six - You know it

All over body challenge, including bum and abdominals and mediatation for stimulating the sixth energy centre for Intuition and trusting your inner guidance system.

Thank you for coming on this journey with me. It’s been a lot of fun and a nice challenge for me to deliver you quality sets that move and stimulates your body and energy centres so you can feel good in your body and in your life. If You have any questions, quieries or concerns I am here for you always.

Love

Laura X

Natalie Portman Black Swan Legs?  Oh, Yes Please!

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Get ready to plié your way to super lithe, dancer toned elegance in just a few minutes.

The Barre technique is responsible for honing and shaping Natalie Portman's pins into those of a prima ballerina, long and lean, super toned and strong.

Madonna, Katie Holmes and Charlize Theron are all advocates and even..... ...Ryan Gosling, no less

Of course, in order to be an actual prima ballerina you have to train 25 hours a day (I imagine) and requires a lot more than a few pulses to get you in form for split jumping through the air... But we aren't going for that... not today, anyway!

Here, in a few minutes a day you can sculpt yourself a good, shapely pair that can get you about your life and feel good in jeans.  

Not only the domain of dancers, actresses and models the Barre technique can bring strength, balance into the legs of even the most rhythmically challenged among us, anywhere. No need to be scared if you are un-coordinated and feel a dancing inspired method won't be your cup of tea... No split jumps involved: It's low impact, but high intensity and results are fast - You get in and you get out!

How effective can tiny, little movements actually be?... Answer... Very!

It uses small, controlled, pulsing movements, static holds and beautiful stretching to shape long and lean muscles instead creating bulky muscle. Its super efficient and effective, hence why Natalie Portman trained this way to get legs that usually require a lifetime of dance to achieve. Challenging but totally achievable, don't worry.

Not only great for shape and tone these exercises create good postural alignment, core strength and are great for mobility around the joints. All the good stuff!

In the video below I show you the first of a series of leg exercises, with a focus on the quads, inner thigh and calf.. plus a bit of bum.. A bit of trembling is normal and means the muscle is working, although listen to your body, make sure you stay in your limits and make sure you are hydrated. 

Grab a chair and give it a whirl!

Jennifer Aniston Arms In Minutes

 

Like her or loathe her Jennifer Aniston has good arms.

Strong and toned, lean and lengthened muscles; there is no question that this woman has good arms. In fact, I might go as far as to say...

...She has the Pilates equivalent of the Holy Grail in terms of arm tone.

However, although they may look fabulous glistening in the sunshine on a warm Los Angeles day, there is another reason why she has good arms. A deeper, important reason, that goes beyond the superficiality of the aesthetic. They are powerful, healthy, perfectly developed and balanced and, since she works them out with Yoga and Pilates, her upper back is going to be in great shape too. 

Back and arm strength and balance gives us power to stand tall and feel strong

This is important for us all as we need strong bones and a strong spine to support us and prevent osteoporosis as we skip and dance through the years. Functional muscle, toned and layered on top of dense bone needs to be balanced and strong, working in harmony around the joints. This gives you protection from injury doing everyday things and doing the activities you enjoy. It might seem obvious but strong and well formed muscle gives you....well, gives you strength. I don't mean in a 'Superman pick a car off a pram' strength but practical strength in terms of wellbeing and health.

Standing tall and being strong brings confidence into your life -  you are capable.

In the first of a series I'll show you how to get some strength, shape and tone in to your arms and upper back.. So whether is glistening Californian biceps your after, bone density improvement, strength to get more out of your sport and activities..... or simply less jiggly on the school run then lets get started.