Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

Here comes 2011! Crazy! All of us at Intermountain Pilates Traning Center want to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year, and let you know that we love and appreciate all that you bring to IPTC! We hope to see you all in class next week!  Check out our new schedule at  We have added a few Pilates and TRX classes that we hope will fit into your busy schedules.  

Thank you all so much for taking time to be a part of the studio and letting us be a part of your healthy lifestyle.  We know you have a lot of choices when it comes to fitness so thank you for adding your greatness to IPTC.  It has been an amazing year of Pilates, bike rides, marathons, half marathons, 10K's, 5K's and more than anything new and lasting friendships!  I think we can all say 2010 has been a year of great change and growth and 2011 will be even better!

"Cheers to the New Year and another chance for us to get it right"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Hi Everyone! Ok, so I am always looking for some fun new information that ties in with Pilates, exercise, breathing, and all that can help make our lives a little easier each day. This week I came across this information about breathing and thought it was one of the many reasons Pilates makes us feel so good! The focused breathing we encourage with Pilates incorporated with movement keeps us feeling calm and relaxed every day (not to mention the strength and flexibility it helps us maintain for a lifetime). Hope you enjoy the article as much as I did!  ~Jenny
Turns out, we can actually use our mind to improve our physical health. With a little practice, you can be well on your way to reaping the positive benefits from breathing exercises.
Breathing exercises are built-in stress relievers and can have immediate positive effects like lowering blood pressure and triggering your relaxation response. Deeper breathing triggers the parasympathetic nervous system—the one that calms us down.
With heightened stress-levels and abundant holiday treats lying around, it’s sometimes a perfect set up for overeating and feeling overwhelmed. What if you could try breathing instead?
Practicing breathing exercises can actually train the body’s reaction to stressful situations—lowering the production of harmful stress hormones (the same ones that contribute to overeating tendencies). It’s a powerful and easy tool for increasing your overall health and wellbeing. Give yourself a present this holiday…It’s free and right under your nose (literally). Breathe!

To get started, try this simple breathing exercise:
Lightly rest one hand on your chest and the other one on your abdomen area. As you breathe deeply in, aim to have the hand on your abdomen rise higher than the hand on the chest. This will mean you are taking in air into the lower part of the lungs.
Exhale through your lips and then take a slow, deep breath inhaling through your nose and imagine you are taking in all of the air surrounding you. Hold it for as long as you are able to comfortably (it’s not an underwater breathing contest!).
Slowly exhale through your mouth in a gradual and gentle manner. As you let out all of the air in relaxation, slightly contract your abdominal area to release any remaining air from your lungs. (*We deepen breathing not by inhaling more air, but by completely releasing it).
Repeat the cycle for four or five more breaths or until your body begins to relax. If you want a guideline for breath frequency, each exhalation should aim to be about twice as long as the inhalation.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Minute Christmas Shopping!!!

 All Lululemon is 30% off till December 25th, so come on in and get something cause it's going fast! Here is just a little preview of what we have....stop by and check out the rest!


Come shop from 9-2 till Friday! Happy Holidays Everyone!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beauty Tip for Thursday

"For attractive lips
Speak words of Kindness
For lovely eyes
Seek out the good in people
For a slim figure
Share your food with the hungry
For beautiful hair
Let a child run his or hers fingers through it once a day
For poise
Walk with the knowledge, that you'll never walk alone"

This was just an awesome little poem that I found the other day and really wanted to share with my favorite IPTC peeps! :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Welcome to IPTC Daily!

Hi Everyone! Thanks for visiting our new blog.  We are so excited to give you a more personal look into what happens here at Intermountain Pilates and give you a look into what we do. We will be posting pictures, daily happenings, any changes to our schedule, peoples lives, and anything else that is a fun part of our Pilates community. We hope you will all get involved and join in on the fun! Give us some feedback, comments, and join us for some classes.