October is here and my heart couldn’t be happier! If I could, I’d extend October on the calendar to cover a whole season, it’s just my favorite. It’s like the whole earth changes and settles in after the whirlwind of summer. The temperatures drop (in most places, I’m still waiting for that to happen in Southern California), the weekend’s are for football and the anticipation of the holiday season puts a happy tingle in the air.
Just this past weekend, my west coast family hosted Mark and me to celebrate my 30th birthday in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Lake Tahoe is one of the most breath-taking places I’ve been. It was all I could do to take in all the beauty. Literally from the lake to the mountains, this earth is in it’s glory at Lake Tahoe.
The hiking and the scenery set the stage for a series of posts I’ll be sharing with you in the coming weeks. Settling into this bi-coastal life has challenged me to modify equipment routines that we execute regularly in the studio to activities that mimic these exercises when equipment isn’t accessible – a la on a hike in the Rockies!
The hiking was great for the lungs and some cardio activity, but this celebratory weekend sparked my Pilates spirit. In honoring my 30 years, I wanted to take some time to commemorate the spirit of health and wellness that has become the cornerstone of my life – so I had Pilates moments on top of mountains – you’re welcome fellow hikers! Inspired by Joe Pilates’ invention of the Wunda Chair that is a pivotal piece in the studio, I replicated the moves on the mountainside without the Pilates apparatus. I found a killer bench to substitute for the Wunda Chair made out of a beautiful pine tree and hand crafted a workout for you this week that celebrates this journey we’re on together.