In addition to my love for yoga, you may (or may not) be surprised that Pilates has been a part of my life for almost as long as yoga. And normally when you think of Pilates you think abs...which is true, but there is so much more to it. I had a great reminder of that today when I went to my first private session of the new year. I have been having major hip pain since Friday and was doing everything I could to figure out WTH was causing it. I used my Yoga Tune-Up balls, I was doing yoga poses that I knew could help but NOTHING was working. It got to the point yesterday that I couldn't even carry my 8 month old. I almost cancelled my Pilates class but I didn't because I knew I was in good hands with Lauren at Studio Technique Pilates.
Lauren is amazing. AMAZING. She knew I had this injury and she tailored the practice for it. And my hip pain subsided BIG TIME. We did very little ab work (I still have a bit of diastasis so I need to avoid crunches and planks) but did a ton of leg work on the reformer. It turns out that all my stretching likely aggravated my hip and I what I needed was to strengthen the muscles around it. (I feel kind of embarrassed that I didn't realize this...after all, all my yoga training has taught me this. But. I blame my mom brain!) . Moral of the story is, don't underestimate the value of those workouts that don't seem intense...because sometimes less turns out to be more! THANK YOU LAUREN for making me like a normal human being again!!!
If you are in the Burlington area, you will definitely want to check out Studio Technique. Lauren and her team of instructors are excellent and the studio offers and a wide range of classes (including barre classes and mommy and baby classes!)