Mar 052015
Every day leave the world a little brighter than you found it.
Speak from Soul to Soul.
 Honor the other’s essence. See beyond the layers of armor put on, willed into place, defaulted into being as shields to social tumbling. Let kindness loosen the screws that hold the visor down tight. Allow love to dissolve the mental patterns that script the plot of guard.
blue skyYour light is bright. Shine it through the armor’s cracks; steadfast, gentle, every day. The sun gives us light daily; and even on days you can’t see her, know she’s there behind the clouds. 
Likewise, you can choose to carry your light into the world every day. Be peace. Be love. 
Be gratitude. 
Be living proof that peace is real. That love is real. That gratitude is real.  
Touch a Soul today.

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Jul 072014

Stronger Back, Improved Balance and Increased Quality of Life…just from Pilates 

I have been teaching Pilates since 1997.  When I first starting teaching I have to be honest…it was hard to slow down and be more mindful and present with my movements, but I would NEVER stop doing it now as it has transformed my body. I’m leaner, more flexible, have great balance and feel INCREDIBLE.  I want you to feel these benefits too.

image003Pilates continues to gain popularity and has proven benefits according to the Idea’s  June 2014 article “Proven Benefits of Pilates.” I shall share with you a few points and then come and see for yourself by taking Pilates classes offered at Move Your Body Studio.

Increases Flexibility – Practicing Mat Pilates increases lower back, upper body and hamstring flexibility

Better Dynamic Balance – With just 5 weeks of Pilates, adults had better balance and fewer falls

Muscle Endurance – Increased muscle endurance in both the abdominals and low-back endurance just after 8 weeks of classes 3 times per week

More Life Satisfaction – Improvements in physical self-concept, psychological well-being, mood, and sleep improved in just 12 weeks.

Do these work-outs at home….remember though consistency is the Key to Your Healthy Life…so if you are looking for motivation, then make classes a part of your week. Classes are:

Monday’s 7:15-8pm Core Commotion – Pilates based

Engage in real life functional movement patterns such as twisting, bending, pushing, & pulling executed in a FUN and creative way using Pilates techniques. Core training, balance and flexibility are all included to create a total well rounded program. Your CORE is craving some Commotion!!

Wednesday’s at 9am – Core Conditioning

Saturday’s at 9am – Restorative Pilates with Meditation

Bad Posture leads to Thoracic Kyphosis – symptoms & remedies

Wild at Heart



Feb 122014

What is Fatty Liver Disease and how can you reduce the fat in your liver.

What is a fatty liver?

A fatty liver is the result of the accumulation of excess fat in liver cells. Fatty tissue slowly builds up in the liver when a person’s diet exceeds the amount of fat his or her body can handle. A person has a fatty liver when fat makes up at least 5-10% of the liver. Simple fatty liver can be a completely benign condition and usually does not lead to liver damage. However, once there is a buildup of simple fat, the liver becomes vulnerable to further injury, which may result in inflammation and scarring of the liver.1

What causes fatty liver disease?

The most common cause of fatty liver disease in Canada is obesity. Whereas several decades ago obesity was not very common, according to current statistics more than 50% of Canadians are overweight. It is estimated that 75% of obese individuals are at risk of developing a simple fatty liver. Up to 23% of obese individuals are at risk of developing fatty liver with inflammation.2

Years ago I met Deanna at The Longevity Conference in California and have followed her work since then.  I love implementing her exercises to increase the health of my clients.  Check out her blog below on Fatty Liver Disease and how she melts away the fat.  These exercises are incorporated into classes (Core Conditioning, Pilates and Restorative Pilates) at Move Your Body Studio.

Fatty Liver Disease and Block Therapy


Fatty Liver Disease and Block Therapy

I recently attended a seminar hosted by The Canadian Liver Foundation where I listened to Hepatologist, Dr. Stephen Wong talk about NAFLD non-alcoholic fatty liver disease– and how it is one of the fastest growing concerns among North Americans. It has increased dramatically over the last 30 years. Some reasons for this are that we often eat for convenience rather than health, our portions size has dramatically increased and we have become more sedentary.

NAFLD Fatty Liver Disease

A fatty liver (Fatty Liver Disease) is just that, fat in the liver, which slows down the liver’s ability to do its’ many jobs to keep us healthy. Over time, scar tissue develops which can lead to cirrhosis, where your liver simply can’t function.

I learned from the lecture that there are many drugs out there, but none worth taking as the side effects can actually damage the liver, as well as cause a host of other health related problems. So the message was to change diet and to exercise more with the goal of reducing the fat in the liver.

Block therapy is not only a therapy, it is also an exercise and meditation all in one. So I am going to tell you why this work is so beneficial for your liver.

First of all, when fat is heated it becomes a liquid. Imagine butter at room temperature and butter that melted in the frying pan. It is the application of heat that changes butter from a solid to a liquid. So, we need to heat up the liver to create a melting effect to allow the fats to dissolve.

We do this in 2 ways with block therapy.

When we lay over the block throughout the core as instructed in my video……,
our body weight combined with the force of gravity on the block increases the pressure in the tissue. Pressure over time creates heat. This is one way. Also, we are instructed tobreathe diaphragmatically. The diaphragm is a plate of muscle that moves up and down in the body, acting as an internal engine. It also lives directly above the liver so when we use this muscle to breathe, the liver is receiving a continual massage. This is the second way.

fatty liver disease

Liver disease is something we should be aware of, so we can take steps to manage it if we have it, and prevent it in the first place. Block Therapy provides not only a solution to Fatty Liver Disease if you have it but also helps to prevent it.

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Jan 052014

Are you Wild at Heart?                 

Open up with these Back Strengthening Exercises!

When you walk into Move Your Body Studio you are partaking in a journey. This journey will leave you feeling passionate about your health – body, mind and spirit.

Tanya‘s 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry is woven into the fantastic workouts that she provides in every single class and will benefit you in all areas of your life. She takes her knowledge from Pilates, Yoga, Boot Camp Classes, Posture Classes, Personal Training, Meditation, Senior’s Fitness and so much more and delivers state of the art classes.

One simple move, such as opening our chests and strengthening our backs, that is incorporated into all of her classes, allows us the opportunity to keep our spines supple, our hearts open and our core strong. It may just seem like a “move” but the benefits are countless and when done correctly can energize and detoxify our bodies leaving us feeling cleansed and revitalized. Continue reading »