On sunday 21st October we had our first retreat day. We had done our preparation but we were still a little nervous. What were peoples expectations and how would it be received. We had a full day planned Mobilisations Yoga - Sun salutations, warrior poses, floor work and stretches. A 10 minute talk -On the … Continue reading Our First Yoga & Pilates Retreat Day
This is something women are talking about more amongst themselves but often not with our partners. It's a bit like child birth, people who go through it nod and smile but in truth the realty can be very different. This article talks about the benefits of both Yoga and Pilates whilst going through the menopause. … Continue reading Yoga, Pilates and the Menopause!!
Most people understand that they need a strong core but do runners actually realise why? Running is the same movement over and over again for anywhere from 5 minutes to 5+ hours. It is a high impact sport that causes a lot of stress on your joints and muscles. Pilates help with running form that … Continue reading Why Runners Should Do Pilates
The Pilates Ring is a versatile addition to any Pilates class. It adds lightweight resistance and an extra challenge to a Pilates workout, which explains why Vicky and Julia love to incorporate this into a Pilates class. 3 Reasons Why We Love The Pilates Ring 1) Pilates Ring Increases Body Awareness If you’ve used the … Continue reading The Ring Of Fire
Hip Opener are often requested at Hartley Heys (Simonstone, Sabden) so I am going to try and explain why they are so good for you!!! The hips have over 20 muscles, the adductors (inside thigh), abductors (outside thigh), hip flexors (front of thigh) and deep lateral rotators. Many of the Yoga poses we do will … Continue reading Why Hip Openers Are So Good
The benefits of Pilates on the body have been well documented and written about. Not many people realise how good Pilates is for your mental health. Just something simple as starting a new hobby and meeting people can uplift our mood but equally, increasing your knowledge of anything can help you feel more in control … Continue reading Pilates and How it Benefits the Mind
Pilates at Hartley Heys is a mat class. We start with a group of exercises which are designed to warm the body up; concentrating on the areas we will be working on during the class. This is predominately the abdomen, shoulders and back. The next set of exercises are designed to strengthen and stabilise your … Continue reading What is Pilates?
Many Athlete’s incorporate Pilates into their training schedule, they include footballers, rugby player, runners and ballerinas, Pilates is playing a bigger and bigger role in elite sports. This is our belief at Hartley Heys in the Ribble Valley Pilates should be part of everyone’s training/exercise programme whether you are a fun runner or elite athlete. … Continue reading Pilates and Sports People