New Tuesday morning ZUMBA class

At Ayako’s at 9am. This will be a little bit slower paced than my evening classes. So if you want the movements broken down a bit, this is the class for you! Hope to see you in class. Please let me know if any of you are interested in other types of classes and what times are best. XOXO, Namira


ZUMBA, Belly Dance, and beyond!

Hello everyone, I know it’s been a long time since my last post. ¬†After a lot of thought and discussion, I have decided to stay put at Ayako’s Dance Studio. ¬†I will be adding a Tuesday morning ZUMBA class that will include a 10 minute stretch. ¬†That will begin Tuesday July 31, 2012 and the time will be 9-10am. ¬†Hope some of you will be able to fit that time into your schedules. ¬†I will also be starting ¬†new Beginning and Intermediate Belly Dance classes Starting Aug 8, 2012 for Beginners, Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm, and Intermediate Aug. 9, 2012 one Thursdays from 6-7pm. ¬†The Wednesday ¬†5:30pm ZUMBA class at Yaples studio will move over to Ayako’s, my main studio starting August 1, 2012. ¬†I am trying to only be at one studio, it is easier for me that traveling around with my equipment. ¬†I hope you will continue to join me for classes. ¬†If you have any suggestions for additional classes, times, etc., please message or call me, I would love to hear. ¬†I do have a few Ladies interested in an Adult beginning Ballet class. ¬†Let me know your interests! ¬†XOXO

Weight Bearing Exercise…we all need it!

Ok, so read on and you will find information on 2 different types of weight bearing classes that I teach. ¬†The first is the balance ball class, offered on Tuesdays at 6pm right after the Zumba class at Ayako’s dance Studio. ¬†This is a 45 minute class and is $6 per class. ¬†Try it out, I think you will like it. ¬†Bring a ball and a mat.
The second type ¬†is Pilates reformer…I teach classes at Tree House Pilates, right across the street from Ayako’s studio. ¬†Please talk to me about times and prices.
Balance Ball
The ball was first developed for use in physical therapy to treat certain disorders and injuries. However, you probably bought your ball for personal exercise purposes and did not realize that the ball can also be used for physical therapy and have many different uses as well. Your exercise ball is actually a handy tool, particularly if you spend a lot of time in front of the T.V. or computer, if you have children, or if you are planning on becoming pregnant. The main uses for exercise balls (besides physical therapy) are for exercising, sitting, playing and pregnancy/labor.

Exercise Ball Uses

Exercise balls make great tools for exercising Рparticularly in developing core strength, functional training, strengthening the back and the abdominal muscles, increasing your balance and stability, improving and increasing the challenge in your workouts and preventing injuries. Exercise balls can be used in three different main categories of exercise or training: weight training, abdominal training and flexibility exercises.
For weight training, the ball can be used as an instable weight bench (with you either lying on your back or your stomach, with your legs bent for support and feet touching the floor), which will add a new level of difficulty to your weight training workout.

What Are the Benefits of Pilates Reformer Exercises?

The reformer offers all the famous benefits of Pilatesincluding overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. These things in turn lead to daily life improvements like better posture, graceful, efficient movement, and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances such as back pain. When we talk about strength building and Pilates the Pilates powerhouse muscles, the muscles of the core, are paramount. Flat abs, strong backs, toned buttock and thighs are all results of this emphasis. Other equipment and Pilates mat exercises do that too, but the reformer creates a unique and varied exercise environment.The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It seems to invite the length we want to create in the body. And it trains the body to sustain that length. Pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight is generally strength building. The exercises provide enough resistance and movement variety to help build strong bones. And there is a special feature:eccentric muscle contractions. This is when a muscle lengthens as it resists a force. The reformer is a set-up for eccentric contraction. That is one of the keys to achieving the long, strong muscles without bulk that Pilates is known for.

The instability of a rolling carriage with the springs set at different levels of resistance provides all kinds of stability challenges that develop core strength and promote better balance. For example, having less of the body on the carriage is one of the ways Pilates exercises get harder. It means more body weight has to be supported by the practitioner, and the body and machine have to be controlled even more from the core. Paradoxically, when the springs are on a lighter setting some exercises are more challenging for the core because it has to work harder to control and stabilize the movement. The stronger core, the better the balance, posture, and overall well-being.

Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness. It’s no wonder the full name of the reformer is the Universal Reformer.

Hope to see you in some of these types of classes too!  XOXO