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September Newsletter 2011

Exercise of the Month – Single Leg Stretch (3rd of 5 in the Pilates Ab Series)

Challenging your Abs and Coordination: This exercise adds a longer extension of your limbs (legs and arms) to further challenge your core and build the range of your flexibility.  This exercise is a full body strengthening movement that combines the principles of breath, awareness, centering, control, concentration, coordination, and flow.  

Watch our video to learn how and ensure you use proper technique.

DOWNLOAD & PRINT the exercise instructions.

BMCD – NEWS – New: REDUCED Pilates Class Membership Rates: That is correct, this is not just a special one-time deal but forever reduced rates 🙂  The Gold (3-month) Pilates Class Membership Rate is now reduced to $225/mo. (which is only $18.75 on per Pilates class).  Also reduced, is the Month-to-Month Pilates Class Membership Rate to $255 (which is only a per class rate of $21.25).  Start saving today by calling 310.798.7600, e-mail, or simply sign-up online.

Teacher Spotlight – Karen Zinser – 

Question 1:  What makes you so passionate about teaching Pilates?

I enjoy helping my clients align their bodies, learn body awareness, and using a mind/body connection to transform their bodies into a healthier place. I like observing the process when a client walks into the studio for the first time and seeing their body change over the weeks. Some clients come in for example, with major back injuries and over months of hard work they no longer feel pain or simple to get some physical exercise. 

Question 2:  Who has been your most influential teacher or inspired you the most?

Two teachers have inspired me the most: 1) My first pilates teacher, Marni Greer. She was very inspiring to learn from and helped rehab my shoulder injury. She was  a mentor to me while I was going to school for Pilates.  She is why I decided to switch my career to the Pilates/Gyrotonic field. 2) Lorena Brown- She is who taught me at Long Beach Dance Conditioning along with Marie Jose’. She was able to break down very technical information into a simple way one could understand. No question was ever a dumb one and she always was approachable with questions.  

Question 3:  What is your favorite Pilates Exercise to teach? and Why?

Depends on the client and day. I pick exercises based on the individual. With that said if I had to pick one it would be either reverse abdominals on the reformer or pike on the wunda chair.

Question 4:  What is your favorite food?


Question 5:  What is your favorite past time activity?

Yoga and snowboarding 

For Your Health – 

Did you know you may be able to get reimbursed for Pilates through your health insurance?

Did you know that if you have a Health or Flexible Savings program with your insurance company that many of these programs reimburse you for practicing Health Prevention methods such as Pilates and/or if your Pilates program is considered a continued rehabilitation from a chronic pain or former injury. The reimbursement process is typically quite simple, just let Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics know, and we can submit you a statement showing your Pilates purchases and dates of your sessions.  This statement can then be turned in for a reimbursement request to your FSA/HAS program.  Don’t delay, call your HSA/FSA representative today and find out if you can be reimbursed for your practice of health with Pilates!

In the Community – 

Join BMCD at Lets Give Them a Shot – Poker Fundraiser (501-c3)

To learn more and/or register, click here.

The purpose of Let’s Give Them a Shot is to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children. 

The vision for the program is to teach fundamental sports instruction to children in areas where at-risk kids would otherwise not have the means to participate in this type of class.

We use sports, competition and positive reinforcement as a vehicle to teach valuable life lessons and basic values such as self-esteem, compassion, teamwork and community.

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