Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Balanced Body Wunda Chair for Sale
$700
-black upholstery
-2 springs, with 3 spring settings per spring

Here is the link to the Balanced Body web site with a more detailed description for this chair. This chair is an older design that does not have the cut out handles like the current design does.

This chair was used about 2 or 3 times, so its like new! No wear marks and in perfect condition.

Available for pick up only. I am located in the Hudson Valley, about 1.5hr drive upstate from NYC.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions:
Elaine Ewing
845-876-5686
elaine@rhinebeckpilates.com

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Biomechanics Workshop with Shari Berkowitz


Biomechanics: How Our Bodies Work and How to Cue That Reality

with Shari Berkowitz

 
Sunday, February 26, 2012
10am - 5pm
$240 per person
6 PMA credits will be issued for this workshop

This workshop is open to pilates teachers





 Workshop Description
While your physical intuition is an important asset in teaching Pilates, intuition is not enough. To sincerely take care of your clients, you must know the truth of how the body works. Cue the reality, not the myths or mistakes. Being a confident teacher depends on it…demands it. We’ll work to understand the bio-mechanics surrounding the pelvis, spine, shoulder girdle and hips and how to apply this information to your teaching. Knowing and understanding is the only way.

About Shari Berkowitz

Owner of The Vertical Workshop in New York and Los Angeles, Shari writes The Pilates Teacher Blog reaching out to teachers across the world to continue education each day. Originally certified by Romana Kryzanowska and formerly Power Pilates’ lead teacher trainer and Director of West Coast education, Shari’s varied background from her successful career as a professional dancer/singer/actress and extensive work with doctors and physical therapists gives her a rich base from which to teach. Shari travels extensively presenting at all of the major Pilates conferences including Power Pilates, Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates Style, Body Mind Spirit Expo, Pilates On Tour and IDEA. Internationally, Shari presents in Japan, Croatia, Italy, Spain and beyond. She works to raise funds and awareness for children’s health organizations among which are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and CoachArt. In addition to The Vertical Workshop, Shari owns and designs for the jewelry line. www.sharibjewelry.com www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com

How to Register
Contact the studio at 845-876-5686 or email Elaine to register and reserve your spaces for classes and observation.

THERE IS A 48HR CANCELLATION POLICY ON THIS WORKSHOP.

Please note that a credit card deposit of the full amount will be taken at the time you register, but you will not be charged until the 48hr cancellation date.

Contact us for more information or with any questions you may have:
Rhinebeck Pilates
Shari Berkowitz at The Vertical Workshop

Check out images from Shari's last workshop at Rhinebeck Pilates, "Creative Spine Corrector"!



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Saturday, January 7, 2012

HardTail Leggings Are In!

I've been wearing HardTail Forever pants for pilates and yoga for as long as I can remember.  I seriously never want to take them off.

HardTail clothing is durable, flattering, comfortable, and made in the USA. The colors are deep and the fit stays snug, even though multiple washings. Here's a glimpse as to what leggings we're selling at Rhinebeck Pilates. Come in and try on a pair! And yes, you can wear them out the door!

Here's what new from HardTail at Rhinebeck Pilates:

HardTail Fold Over Leggings

These are your number one, go to leggings for all things: pilates, yoga, the gym, life. They are just like Hard Tail pants, but in a leggings style. The waist band can be worn down for a very flattering look around the thing and hip area, or up for tummy control and a different feel.

These leggings come in black and dark heather gray. Sizes small, medium, and large.
$50




Button Ankle Leggings

These are my absolute favorites. Three buttons at the bottom make for something a little different and cuter than a regular pair of leggings.


These come in black and dark heather gray. Sizes small, medium, and large.
$50






Jean Leggings


These leggings have all the pockets and stitching details of a real pair of jeans, in the classical, cotton/lyric blend material of HardTail leggings and pants. They are incredibly comfortable to wear while working out, and then running errands afterward without feeling as though you're wearing workout clothes in public! They also work great as a simple layering piece- with a long shirt or sweater, and a pair of flats or boots, these leggings can go anywhere!

These are available in solid black only. Sizes small, medium, and large.
$50












COMING SOON! PLIE LEGGINGS

The quality of HardTail leggings with an essential skirt that covers up the top half of your thighs. Cute, different, and a must-have! The skirt has a drawstring on the side as a detail and to allow you to scrunch it up as much as you want or don't want.

These will be in stock as of Feb 2012.
Available in black only, and in sizes small, medium, and large.
$50

For More Information on all the HardTail clothing we sell, check here.


Contact Rhinebeck Pilates to buy a pair, or for more info.
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On Moms, Backs, and Babes

Check out my article in the latest About Town Newspaper, "On Moms, Backs, and Babes"- its all about my Mama with Baby Pilates classes!

I am a mom of a toddler, and I have been teaching Pilates for 12 years. Before I had my daughter, I thought I could teach a Mama with Baby Pilates class. Now that I have her, I understand so much more clearly what new moms need.

Here are some of those things:

1. Breastfeeding or bottle feeding is a time moms and babies share a special, beautiful bond, but until I became a mom I didn’t realize how much neck and upper back tension is created by the simple position of sitting and feeding a baby! A new mom spends a lot of time sitting and feeding with the baby’s weight pulling her neck and shoulders forward. Moms need to stretch the front of their shoulders and lengthen their spines to find relief.

2. Babies are so little, yet feel so heavy. Moms are constantly picking up babies and putting them down. To prevent low back strain, they need to build core abdominal strength to support the back. They also need to learn more effective methods of using the whole body to pick up a baby, such as squatting rather than bending down.

3. Even months after delivery, a new mom’s body is so different! Sometimes it feels almost impossible to contract the abdominal muscles at all. To build strength in the whole body that will truly last, a new mom has to begin an exercise practice such as Pilates slowly and precisely.

4. Building arm strength and learning correct posture for the upper body is incredibly important during and after pregnancy. Babies like to be held and carried in all kinds of positions, and the arms need to be strong and ready, or else the lower back will take the brunt of the work. Before I had my daughter, I had absolutely no idea how much work it is to carry a baby around, or how often I would be doing it.

5. Being a new mom can be stressful and can really try your patience. Deep breathing and learning how to take full, complete breaths into the upper back can really release tension and relax a new mom through those midnight diaper changes and 3 am feedings.

And here are some ways my Pilates training helped me personally during this time:

1. I have never had a lower backache. That’s very unusual. I credit it to my Pilates practice. My body knows how to lift my daughter, carry her,hold her up, and get down on the floor with her—all using my core muscles and correct posture instead of my lower back.

2. Practicing countless squats and lunges helps me tremendously. By strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, and proper spinal alignment, I can move through the day with my daughter without muscle strain.

3. Every exercise in Pilates focuses on using core muscles to initiate a movement. This translates perfectly to motherhood. Every up and down, side to side, and back and forth movement I do with my daughter is initiated from my core. This core strength gives me the endurance I need to get through the day, and be prepared for the possibility of being up all night.

Three things students in my class have taught me:

1. That I’m not alone. Of course we all know that we are never truly alone, but it’s comforting to spend time with other new moms and realize I’m not the only one with insecurities about my new “mom-body,”that other women also find these exercises and stretches so beneficial.

2. That I can be vulnerable. When I started teaching this class over a year ago, it was the first time I had ever taught a Mama with Baby Pilates class. I was worried the class wouldn’t be hard enough, babies would start crying, someone would get injured... basically, I was worried that the class wouldn’t be perfect. As it turns out, the class isn’t perfect. But that’s what makes it so great. We can all be moms in this class. Babies sometimes cry. Sometimes we have to get up, stop exercising, and feed the baby. Sometimes my daughter wants me to hold her hand throughout the entire class!These women taught me that I can be a mom as well as teach Pilates. Their warmth, kindness, and gratitude is much more valuable than teaching a perfect class.

3. The moms in my class have taught me that even on days when it seems so hard, I can get out the door, make time for myself, and include my daughter in it. On cold winter mornings, they come to class with the baby all bundled up. On days when their baby has skipped naptime, they come anyway. If the baby is teething and cranky, they come. These women realize how important their time in class is, not just physically but mentally. They are such an inspiration to me! If they can do it, I can do it. Thanks to their example, I have brought my daughter to many new places where we’ve had fun experiences together.

Check out the full article in About Town! Read more!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Facebook Check-In Deals- Updates and News!

As of this morning, there have been 197 check-ins to the Rhinebeck Pilates Facebook page! How cool is that? And that's a lot of classes!  I have a few updates for everyone who is already participating in the deal. In case you are not familiar with our check-in deal and how it works, read below and please take advantage of it to earn complimentary classes.

UPDATES:
-Some people have noticed changes on their Facebook Check-in app after downloading updates to their phone. If you notice changes (such as the check-in punch card not showing up on your phone anymore), please let your instructor know. We have actual cards we can keep on file for you to keep track of your check-ins.

-If you'd like to see how many times you have checked-in to the studio, go to the Rhinebeck Pilates Facebook page. On either the right side or left side column, you will see a message telling you how many times you have checked-in. If you have not received a free class and have 10 or 20 check-ins, please tell your instructor so we can give you that free class!

-While on the Rhinebeck Pilates Facebook page, you'll see a box in the right side column that says, "Recommendations".  If you feel so inclined.... please write a short recommendation for Rhinebeck Pilates or the teachers! We would be so thrilled, and of course, grateful for your recommendation!

Want to Participate in Our Check-in Deals?
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Fall News at Rhinebeck Pilates!

Hard to believe that it’s time to say good-bye to summer and welcome in autumn- it went by way too fast! We had so much fun teaching all our summer visitors this year at the studio! And, we welcome back all those who have now returned from summer vacations! Just like pilates exercises- the energetic flow of our students coming and going at the studio is what keeps things interesting and it’s never the same day twice.



Shari Berkowitz is coming back, by popular demand!
Sunday, October 2
Group classes at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm
Instructor Observation: All day
Workshop: Creative Spine Corrector: 2-5pm

My teacher, Shari Berkowitz, has told me that she is especially excited to come back to Rhinebeck to teach us more pilates! A session with Shari is not only always fun, but also always a lesson in technique, form, pilates history, and a FULL body workout!
Find out more about Shari and her Classes.

Pilates and Yoga for Teen Girls
4 Tuesdays, Sept 20-Oct 11
3-4pm
$20/single class, $70/all 4 classes, $50/Come-with-a-friend (discount each person)

I will be co-teaching this class for teen girls with my friend, Elizabeth Peters. Elizabeth is a student of pilates and yoga for 20 years- as well as a certified yoga instructor and working artist. Together, we will teach the benefits of both pilates and yoga- postural changes, confidence building, deep breathing, meditation, whole-body strengthening, and of course, fun!
Find out more about this Class

Mama with Baby Pilates AND Prenatal Pilates is back!
6 Sundays, Sept 25-Nov 6, 10-10:45am
$15/1 class, $75/all 6 classes
FREE TRIAL CLASS! SEPT 18 ONLY! (Open to both new and experienced mamas with babies!)

After a summer hiatus from teaching this class, I can’t wait to get started again and see all my mama-friends and their adorable kiddos in my Mama with Baby Pilates class! This class is also open to prenatal mamas-to-be. More than just an exercise class, this class is a great way to meet like-minded mamas, socialize and make friends for your little one, and learn ideal ways of moving throughout your day with your kids- without injuring your back. Pilates exercises will focus on abdominal/core work, inner/outer thigh toning, and whole body strength and flexibility. This class is not taught at the studio. It is at Waddle n Swaddle, directly across the parking lot in Rhinebeck.
Find out more about this Class.

New Mat Class on The Schedule!
Tuesdays- 6pm, with Elaine
Its been a long time coming- but we finally added another mat class to the schedule! Join us!
Find out more about Mat Classes.

Thank You...
To all our students at Rhinebeck Pilates… thank you for making the studio an amazing place to work and learn. Your dedication to the pilates method and our studio is a true inspiration and joy each day! Read more!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Shari Berkowitz is Coming to Rhinebeck Pilates!

Master Teacher, Shari Berkowitz, is coming to Rhinebeck Pilates for a fun mat class and two amazing workshops!

Each year, Rhinebeck Pilates is happy to offer the pilates community workshops and classes with special guest teachers. This year, we are so excited and fortunate to have Shari Berkowitz! She is a warm and friendly instructor with a deep wealth of pilates and anatomy knowledge. This is not to be missed!





Thematic Mat Class
June 12, 9am-10am
Group Mat Class, open to: Beginner-Advanced students and instructors
$30

What will the theme of this mat class be?  Only Shari knows! She will pick a theme at the start of the class that will be focused on and sought after in each exercise. There will be a strong through-line of that theme. Everyone will leave class with a new set of muscles and an awareness of something special that wasn't there an hour ago!

Workshop: Archival Mat and Standing Exericses
June 12, 10:15-1:15
PMA credits will be issued
Workshop, open to: Pilates instructors and serious students
$120

There are many more versions of Mr. Pilates’ exercises than we see today. Variations, modifications, combinations of multiple exercises in one! Fascinating, challenging and all the rest! These versions should not just live in the memories of those of us who had access to them years ago. They ought to be living, breathing exercises for those who need the modification or challenge! Experience this material, then teach it so we never lose track of these great exercises!

The World of The Chairs: High Chair and Wunda Chair - Your Body's Best Friends!
June 12, 2-5pm
PMA credits will be issued
Open to: pilates instructors and serious students
$120

You didn't know if you should invest in a high chair, but you did...and you hardly use it. Or maybe you haven't bought one and wonder if you ought to. It's an amazing tool! You deserve to learn how to use it to it's fullest for you and your clients - from Session 1 to Session 4001. Then there's the wunda chair, The Home Reformer. So many exercises, it's almost overwhelming to pick and choose...and you pick the same 3 or 4 over and over again. Let's open the doors to the World of The Chairs! Let's work to understand the purpose of each exercise on each chair and make it come alive for you and your clients!

About Shair Berkowitz

Shari Berkowitz is the owner of The Vertical Workshop in New York and Los Angeles.  Shari writes The Pilates Teacher Blog reaching out to teachers across the world to continue education each day. Originally certified by Romana Kryzanowska and formerly Power Pilates’ lead teacher trainer and Director of West Coast education, Shari’s varied background from her successful career as a professional dancer/singer/actress and extensive work with doctors and physical therapists gives her a rich base from which to teach. Shari travels extensively presenting at all of the major Pilates conferences including Power Pilates, Pilates Method Alliance, Pilates Style, Body Mind Spirit Expo, Pilates On Tour and IDEA. Internationally, Shari presents in Japan, Croatia, Italy, Spain and beyond.  She works to raise funds and awareness for children’s health organizations among which are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and CoachArt.  In addition to The Vertical Workshop, Shari owns and designs for her jewelry line, shari b jewelry.  

Additional Information
-PMA credits will be issued for both workshops.
-If you'd like to either workshop or the class, please contact Rhinebeck Pilates to register. You must prepay with a credit card, or mail a check, to hold your place in the workshop or class.
-There is a 48hr cancellation policy on each workshop and the class.
-Arrangements will be made to pick up and drop off anyone arriving at the Amtrak train station (The Rhinecliff Station is about 2 miles away from the studio). If you need transportation assistance, please contact me.

Info on Rhinebeck Pilates
-Location, rates, instructor bios, news, and more about my studio.
-To register, ask questions, or contact me about the Shari's class and workshops:
Call: 845-876-5686
Email: elaine@rhinebeckpilates.com

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