Mind & Motion

Cat-like Reflexes!

Posted in Health, Inspiration, Pilates by Meghan Pickrell on February 10, 2012

Here I am at the studio balancing my weight on my hands. This is one of the postures I've been practicing in yoga.

I’m often times learning something just at the appropriate time to introduce it to my clients. When first starting to teach I already had a decade plus of movement experience to draw from in order to help impart wisdom to my clients. As an apprentice, I was stilling learning pilates and how cue the body in a specific way.

Now, as a seasoned teacher, I find that as I continue to learn within my own body, I continue to find new ways of imparting information when teaching. I started taking regular vinyasa yoga classes at Liberation Yoga up the street from my house. It’s a very charming yoga studio and it’s a great escape for me to go and practice there. No one knows that I’m a teacher. I am an anonymous student and it feels liberating. A new yoga practice has give me the ability to try new movements, new relationships to gravity (yay- inversions!) and a newly acquired sense of agility.

Part of what is great about pilates, yoga, dance, martial arts (I could go on…) is that we begin moving our body in ways not thought as possible. My upper body is finally getting strong from all of those forearm stands and chatarungas. The strengthening was much needed. But also came the idea that I can move in such a variety of different ways with confidence. My body is learning, and so is my mind.

Take this lesson to heart. The more you practice a variety of exercises and movements the more enriched your body (and mind) will be. A regular and varied movement practice establishes a comprehensive movement vocabulary allowing for agility and cat-like reflexes!

New Press From Larchmont Chronicle

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on January 7, 2012

Larchmont Chronicle was kind enough to feature Mind & Motion in the January Health and Beauty section. A big thank you to  Larchmont Chronicle!

Recent Press + Studio News

Posted in Blog news by Meghan Pickrell on October 29, 2011

Daily Candy, which directs locals to the happenings of the city graciously featured Mind & Motion on Friday. The article, which you can read above, is also live on their site this weekend. Thank you Daily Candy! The article is quite charming… I’m smitten.

On other news, I’ve recently started a Prenatal Pilates class on Thursdays at 6:15pm. I have several soon-to-be-mamas prancing around the studio and decided it was time to get them together for a little transverse and pelvic floor party. I’m sure they will push those babies out with vigor and ease… ahhhh!

A big thank you to my friends and clients for ALL of your support during this stage of new beginnings at Mind & Motion. The studio is bustling with new clientele and I’m rather enjoying the environment that we have created – inviting, calm and full of energy. That’s all for now, more soon. Meghan.

Class vs. Private Instruction

Posted in Fitness Tips by Meghan Pickrell on October 10, 2011

A lot of times clients ask which would be more appropriate: classes or privates. Todays post gives a little breakdown of the differences between a group fitness session and a private session. I teach both but have spent most of my time teaching privately until recently.

Private Session: A private pilates (or personal training) session should be tailored to you! That’s right, smile, you get all of the attention. Because of the intimate nature in this setting, focus is spent on achieving your personal goals, correcting postural imbalances specific to your body, and toning up areas that need strength for you. Cues from your trainer or practitioner will be specific and will help you perform the exercises optimally. The pace of the session will also be suited to your needs. You may need to slow down and really focus on the sequencing. Or, you may be someone who needs to really start moving!  Point blank – you and your practitioner will direct the flow of the session together to create the perfect session for your body.

Class: A big bonus of taking a class rather than a private session is that it’s generally less expensive. This can be a huge bonus. There are other incentives as well, however. In a private session you are mainly being told what to do. This can be great for someone who is unsure about the movements, timing, pilates apparatus, or even their own body. In a class you won’t receive as much specific information. However, it can be great for a client who needs a bit of autonomy. Because your teacher is no longer lurching over you for the entire hour, you can decide where and how to direct your focus. This can be a great platform to work on the specific cues  that you have received in private. This is where we see how much you have learned. You can see this as well… and it’s often times rewarding to feel that you have figured it out alone.

Although my group classes are very small (the smallest I’ve seen in Los Angeles) I like for clients to interchange privates and classes. This way they get the best of both worlds. If you are interested in a pilates program and are not sure what would be best for you, please comment. I will try and help!

The Pilates Moves…

Posted in My Practice, Pilates by Meghan Pickrell on July 24, 2011

I dragged Carlos into the studio this week to take a few photos of me on the apparatus. None of my promo material (in the past decade) has ever included photos of me performing fancy exercises on the apparatus. I always felt that showing advanced exercises as a teacher didn’t prove that you could actually teach, right? But, I caved. I figured I would model all of the fun moves we can do on the apparatus when you schedule your session. I’m trying to entice you to take pilates from me!!! It’s awesome people!

For instance, in the above picture I am hanging around the studio. Boy, I could do this all day.

Testing out my muscles… Trust me, I’m sore from this today.

Weeee!!!! This is quite fun!

Some variation of a teaser…

Performing the hundred. Next time I’ll video so you can see the sweat running down my brow…

Finally, this one is for the postcard.

Are you just aching to schedule a session???? Settle down, we generally don’t begin with these exercises. But, overtime you too can make your mother proud! And Joe Pilates will smile down from heaven. Have a wonderful week!