Put Some Spring In Your Step On Your Yoga Mat

From the Desk of Rachael Lappen…

The much anticipated Spring season begins to make it’s debut! This marks the start of my favorite time of year after what seemed to be the longest, most frigid, snowiest winter on record… EVER. As the Earth begins to thaw from it’s cold, damp, dark hibernation into a time of growth and renewal, so do our own bodies. While we intend to jump head first into the warmth and sun, we often feel the effects of the long winter months lingering and leaving us feeling a bit more sluggish and heavy than everything going on in nature around us.

Don’t despair! The best way to combat the last bits of that heavy, stuck energy is to get moving! Now is the best time to develop a consistent yoga practice. Start to wake up the body by moving through some Sun Salutations, a series of flowing poses that are linked by your breath. Try a few twisting poses that build up some internal heat and wring out your digestive system. Or bring yourself into a forward fold and experience the novelty of breathing again by letting all of the residue from those winter colds drain out of your sinuses. (Admittedly, this is not the most pleasant image, but I promise that it works!) Join me for a Vinyasa Yoga class or a private session and you’ll quickly see exactly what I mean.

Make a commitment to YOU this Spring and get your body in motion! Join us here at OMBE for our FREE Mother’s Day Yoga Open House on Saturday, May 9th from 8am – 6pm to sample one (or all) of our yoga classes and clinics. Or, join us here at the studio. For first time yoga students, drop-in to your first class for only $10 or purchase a 3-class yoga pass for only $45. Purchase a 6-week series for classes beginning the week of April 27th only for $102 (a 15% discount). Class size is limited to 6 so sign up now to reserve your spot. Check out our class schedule at http://www.ombecenter.com/classes/ or contact us at info@ombecenter.com for more information. See you on the Yoga mat!

Rachael Lappen, Yoga Instructor
Rachael, a lifelong fitness and wellness enthusiast and former competitive swimmer with a degree in Biology from Clark University, has been practicing and studying yoga for over six years. From her first moments on the yoga mat, she was instantly drawn to the balance of dynamic and meditative energy movement and the constant evolution of body and mind. She began teaching almost two years ago and has completed her Level 1 teacher training with Baron Baptiste.

Rachael currently teaches Power and Vinyasa-based yoga classes to students of all levels and ages. She is a member of the Assistant Team at the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute in Cambridge and Brookline, and enjoys teaching in community service venues. Additionally, Rachael continually enriches her professional training and personal journey through workshops with some of the best-known Yogis in the field. She will complete her Level 2 Baptiste Power Vinyasa teacher training this year.

Rachael’s classes are accessible to all students, emphasizing proper alignment through modifications. She encourages students to connect to movement with breath awareness, a light heart, and to be open to new possibilities. Rachael incorporates her yoga practice into all aspects of her life and is grateful to her teachers and mentors. She is honored to share her passion with her students, encouraging them to cultivate their personal authenticity as well as physical health.

Get Outside to Get In Shape

From the desk of Jaylin Allen, CPT…

Spring is here and Boston is beautiful. Take advantage of the newly rediscovered sunshine by moving your workout outdoors. Follow this short routine you can do anywhere (no equipment required) for a burst of freshness to your fitness plan.

Push ups (15 reps)
Squats (15 reps)
Bent-Over Reverse Flies (15 reps)
Mountain Climbers (30 reps)
Split Squats (15 reps)
Squat Thrusts (10 reps)
Dips (15 reps)
Planks (45 seconds)

These 8 exercises give you an opportunity to shape-up under the sun. Repeat this circuit two to three times for the best results.

Another great way to spark up your workout routine is to try semi-private personal training. Receive the value of having a personal trainer to challenge and move you in new and exciting ways at a fraction of the cost. OMBE’s current special, offers Semi-Private Training www.ombecenter.com/practitioners/personaltraining at 45% off – only $139. Hurry, classes are limited to four students at a time. This offer expires April 30th.

For more detailed information about these exercises, you can contact me at info@ombecenter.com.

Jaylin Allen, Certified Personal Trainer
Jaylin Allen is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). She has worked in the fitness industry for over eleven years and is also a Certified Spin Instructor through Mad Dogg Athletics.
Jaylin is known for creating a unique training experience. She takes a personalized interest in her clients, providing guidance and support to help them reach their goals in ways that extend beyond their training session. She transforms a private training studio into a space that allows the client the freedom to discover their potential. Jaylin believes that a balanced approach to fitness is a more efficient way to transform the body. She is dedicated to helping her clients gradually incorporate healthier habits into their lifestyle. She designs training programs that not only enhance physical fitness and sport performance but also improve one’s quality of life and well-being. She knows the importance of creating a fitness program that fits into your demanding schedule. Her energy, enthusiasm and passion will motivate you through the challenging sessions.

Pilates, You, & 26 Miles

From the desk of Sharon Barry….

Admittedly, I’ve yet to run a marathon as my idea of long distance running is packing everything I own into my car and moving to a new state. But I have worked with many marathoners, using Pilates, Thai yoga massage and occasionally throwing in some acrobatics or flying trapeze. Just kidding. I rarely teach circus arts in conjunction with marathon training. Picture in your mind the human skeleton: all the bones are meticulously balanced and arranged, the muscles intricately interwoven between the bones. Ideally, each muscle has a specific function and when the body is balanced, it performs like a well-oiled machine. But over time, we all develop musculoskeletal imbalances that can cause injury and decreased performance. The first step in Pilates is re-training the body to work most efficiently while simultaneously improving posture and decreasing neck, shoulder and back pain. The “core” of each exercise in Pilates, comes from stabilizing and working outwards from the “powerhouse” or the deepest abdominal and back muscles. When the “powerhouse” is strong and working efficiently, it allows the peripheral muscles of the arms and legs to function fluidly as well.

Next comes the “body mind” connection. I’m not referring to that blissful, zen-like state you’ll discover in one of the amazing yoga classes here at OMBE, I’m talking about that little voice in your head that takes over when your feet refuse to take another step. Zoom in on the next picture frame: me lounging in a golf cart moving alongside of you while you’re at mile 10, sipping a cool, tasty beverage and nibbling on a slice of pizza. Intermittently, I call out to you with my bull horn: “MOVE IT SLACKER! I RAN 26 MILES BEFORE YOU EVEN CONSIDERED EATING BREAKFAST TODAY”, and other similar discouraging lines. In Pilates, you’ll use your mind to re-train and encourage your body, especially when you feel you‘re at your pain threshold and can‘t go any further. You’ll be able to tell your arms to drive forward from the powerful latissimus muscles when your legs are screaming in pain. You’ll command your abs to pull in to assist in engaging your psoas muscles to help lift your legs and lengthen your stride. You’ll demand that your shoulder blades glide down towards your waist to relax your neck and shoulders and stand tall. And, those muscles will obey with ease and help make your run more graceful and less painful because you’ve trained them to perform efficiently with Pilates.

And finally, a few days after you’ve glided past the finish line, pranced around a bit yelling out “WHO WANTS TO GO ANOTHER TEN???!”, before you collapsed in a heap on the ground, you can come back to see me for Thai yoga massage!
Have fun out there!!

Sharon Barry, CPI
Certified Pilates Instructor, Thai Yoga Massage and Reiki Practitioner

Sharon Barry began her Pilates training as a dancer in college 17 years ago. In 1996, she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Arizona State University and has been a certified Pilates trainer since 1997 through the PhysicalMind Institute. Additionally, Sharon was a professional choreographer and dancer, trainer and performer with the San Francisco School of Circus Arts where she taught Pilates, flying and static trapeze, teeterboard, trampolining, and acrobatics. In 2002, she received her First Degree Reiki certification and in 2008 she completed her Thai Yoga Massage certification.

In addition to teaching Pilates classes and private sessions, Sharon combines her training in Reiki and Thai Yoga massage with her clients. Over the past 12 years, Sharon has trained professional dancers, circus performers, gymnasts, golf professionals, marathon runners, and triathletes. She has coaxed bodies through injury rehabilitation as well as helping clients improve athletic performance. Throughout her career as a Pilates instructor, Sharon has enjoyed working in conjunction with physicians, chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, acupuncturists, and physical therapists.