Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way Book Launch!

I'm back from India with a lifetime of amazing experiences. The book that I Co-Authored with Celebrity Trainer Yasmin Karachiwala launched with a huge media frenzy and unbound excitement.  Have you pre-ordered your copy yet from Amazon? The book will be made available in the United States by Random House/Penguin India in September. Although geared towards the India community, the book is CHOCK FULL of great information and tips on how to really change the SHAPE of your body.   

I had an incredible time training numerous clients in India - especially some of the beautiful Bollywood stars! Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Sophie Choudry were all amazing movers who really wanted to learn about their body and their posture. I also loved meeting the team at Body Image, Yasmin's studio in India, where I worked with clients on creating posture routines, and taught her team a little about how to change incorrect movement patterns.

I learned how to enjoy a team of "stylists" prepping for the media launch, how to "look" at the correct camera and pose with the best of them, and how to party afterwards the India way! I must say, it was exhilarating AND exhausting!

Enjoy some pictures from the week below:

Katrina Kaif, Yasmin Karachiwala, Zeena Dhalla, Sophie Choudry, Alia Bhatt

Yasmin and Zeena having fun with the BIG BOOK

Alia Bhatt and Zeena Dhalla after a workout

With Deepika Padukone after teaching her a mat workout

Celebrating after the big event!

Kyphosis? What's that!

Today’s blog is focused on Kyphosis – a “diagnosis” you probably don’t know you even have!

Kyphosis, or “hunchback” posture, is characterized by shoulders rounded forward with the neck protruded forward.

Mid back, upper back, shoulder and neck pain can all be associated with Kyphosis.

Some of our clients with Kyphosis don’t experience direct muscular pain, but may suffer from headaches, low energy, and low self esteem.

Low self esteem, you ask?  Yes!  Posture can also affect your emotions!  Kyphoticposture usually accompanies fatigue, low self confidence and negative first impressions.

So what’s causing your Kyphosis?

Well the increase in poor posture is a direct result of our technology-driven lifestyle full of texting, computer work, driving, and other “forward rounding” activities.  We sit for hours on end, which lowers blood circulation and overall energy, causing fatigue in the mind and in the muscles.

In the past, Kyphosis was observed mostly in older clients.  But with the increase in activities such as texting, the problem is occurring as young as adolescence.  Instead of sending your teenager to a chiropractor for “treatment” of neck pain, how about addressing the issue preventative?

Fix your posture – fix your pain! Bio mechanically, what happens is that the chest muscles become very tight, as do the “Lats”, which are the big muscles running down the sides of the back.  The weaker muscles are, of course, the back muscles, which should help pull the shoulders back into alignment: they include the trapezoids, posterior (rear) deltoids,and the rhomboids.

Every exercise you do should have the long term goal of addressing your postural issues.  Be sure to select the right exercises to help fix your Kyphosis!