5 Powerful benefits of Celery Juice

Celery is going to become your new go to juice this January, let me tell you why?

It’s highly nutritious and has unique regenerating properties to help heal your liver which you need after the holiday season.

Let’s go… Celery does the following:

  1. Heals the gut
  2. Strengthen bones
  3. Purifies your blood stream
  4. Highly detoxifying
  5. Anti-inflammatory

 

In a nutshell… celery is an alkaline food. It helps to get rid of acid, toxins and cleanse the liver and bloodstream like no other.

It gives you the feeling of post-meditation bliss and an internal “ahhhh.”

  1. Gut

Celery contains special nutrients in its fibers which are realized when the vegetable is juiced.

A compound called apigenin will help with stomach inflammation.

2. Strong Bones

Celery is very high in calcium and silicon which helps to regenerate and strengthen damaged bones.

It is high in Vitamin K which plays an important role in bone metabolism and protection against osteoporosis.

3. Purifies the blood stream

Celery contains a particular compound called coumarins which promotes the activity of white blood cells and assists the vascular system.

This helps the blood flow, reduces blood pressure and purifies the bloodstream

4. Highly detoxifying

This green stalk wander is hydrating and makes the body alkaline, making it effective for balancing the body’s pH level and neutralizing any acidity in the body. This, in turn, helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels, lowering the risk of heart disease, protecting bone density, reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and helping to maintain a healthy weight.

5. Anti-inflammatory

Two special compounds in celery, polyacetylene and luteolin, make celery an anti-inflammatory powerhouse

NOTE: Celery is on the dirty dozen list, so we highly recommend you buy organic celery

Shops that sell organic food that I recommend in Johannesburg:

365 Conscious Days with My Pilates

Be. Create. Feel. Love. Speak. See. Know.

My shift into consciousness began as I entered this world as Linda Oliva Green. For as long as I can remember, I have always asked myself one specific question: “What is my purpose?”

It’s a big question to ask your Universe when you are 5 years old. So what is my purpose?

My purpose is to create a space where humans can move, feel, heal and connect to themselves which in essence is connecting to higher consciousness. I find myself drawn to this path and I know that my life follows a divine timing and that I am exactly where I am meant to be. This I understand now, to be my purpose.

I wanted to find a way to share my purpose and my practice with others and from this intention arose the idea of 365 Conscious days.

I experience my entire universe as energy therefore consciousness is energy. I am a seeker of truth and understanding. The universal energy moves me, it flows within me and fuels my passion in ways that I have never felt before. My life has been very unconventional, I have always had the ability to feel things deeply and see things differently, and this has inspired me to do things differently.

Committing to raising our consciousness has changed our lives, and when I say our, I am referring to the My Pilates instructors, as well as clients.

We speak a great deal about consciousness, but let’s take a moment to investigate what that word means. In my perception and understanding it is the state where we are physically, mentally and spiritually in alignment. A state of presence and awareness of both our internal and external worlds and the effects that the former has on the latter. Consciousness is connection, intention, integration, gratitude and presence. Consciousness is moving the spirit from sleep and oblivion into a place of wakeful realisation. Consciousness is where I want to live.

With every class that is taught, knowledge that is shared or energy that is given we are sharing consciousness. Setting an intention behind everything we do, our technique, our form, our practice and our breathing. We are moving this energy beyond our studio walls. The movement is energy and we want it to spread that far and wide.

Opening your lateral lines

Opening up your lateral lines will help to free your lats, QL, obliques and spine. If you pregnant, have a rounded posture or sit for prolonged periods of time this is a perfect stretch for you.

How to do the stretch:

✨Sitting in a seated triangle as shown in the picture with Tamara Dey. Take a deep breath in and reach to the sky first, rather than reach to the side. We want length, not compression in our Lateral Line. ✨Exhale and release the arm to a T position.

Head/Neck:

I like to look down and bring my chin to my opposite shoulder to get length out of my neck. That little bit of rotation gets a lot of SCM in the stretch. This is also another thing that feels good to me.

You may like to look up (which would stretch more front-lateral area of the neck) or

Or simply look forward and lean your head to the side (pure lateral neck, more of a scalene stretch).

Try all of them as they are all great so long as they feel great!

My Pilates tips: take time to process the stretch, stretching should be done slowly, without rushing so that your neurological body can process the release.

🎼Play some music, breathe, enjoy and focus your mind and thoughts into the area where u feel the stretch.

🌙Stretching is a way to unbox the mind… move beyond your own limitations and release what no longer serves you.

My Pilates Sunday Recipes

This dish is so delicious!!!!

💧2 1/4 cups water

🥛1 cup milk/ almond milk

🌼1 tablespoon butter

🌙1 cup GMO free polenta from @natures_choice

🧀1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

🌱2 fresh basil leaves, chopped

🍴salt and ground black pepper to taste

⚡️1 tablespoon butter, chilled and cut into pieces

🍅2 tomatoes, sliced

🧀1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

🌱2 large fresh basil leaves, chopped

Add all ingredients to list

Directions

Preparation ⏰

10 minutes

Cook⚗️

30 min

Ready In🍽

40 min

Preheat oven to 230 degrees. Grease an 8×8 inch baking dish.

Place the water, milk, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Add the polenta and stir with a wooden spoon until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup Parmesan cheese and 2 chopped basil leaves; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer the polenta to the prepared baking dish and arrange the remaining chilled pieces of butter over the top.

Bake the polenta in the preheated oven until bubbly and beginning to brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Decoratively arrange the slices of tomato over the top of the polenta, spread the remaining basil leaves over the tomatoes, and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

Return to the oven and bake until the tomatoes are warm and the Parmesan cheese is bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes.

I made it! It’s delicious 😋

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My Pilates Pregnancy exercises by Tamara Dey

6 Week Challenge:

🍑Four Point Kneeling Derrière exercise🍑

Tamara Dey pregnancy exercises 1️⃣Set up: Start in a four point kneeling position with your hands or wrists under your shoulder and your knees separated under your hips. Place your stretched legs foot on the floor. The leg is gently turned out from the top of the thigh. Try keep your torso square to the mat.

2️⃣Exercise: Inhale: to prepare.

Exhale: slowly lift your thigh up behind you, engaging your derrière, hamstring, lower abdominals and pelvic floor. Inhale: slowly lower the leg down to hover just off the floor.

My Pilates tips:

1. Can be practiced in 1,2,3 trimester.

2. You have to engage your lats and draw your shoulders out of your ears.

3. Breathe

4. If you are feeling this in your lower back you need to activate your abdominals more or lower your leg height.

🦎Reps 10

🌱Hold 10 slow counts

Enjoy and let us know how it feels for you😊

❌ Do not do if it hurts, listen to your body it knows best.

❌If you feeling this in your wrists lower to elbows

❌if your preggy belly feels too heavy place a couple of cushions under it for support.

👌🏻Enjoy and let us know how this goes.

Credits:

Photography & styling: @rubinstamatic & @vatic_studio

Clothing: @wolford

Hair & Make-up: @orlioh

My Pilates with Tamara Dey

My Pilates, Exo Chair Pregnancy Workout with our brand ambassador, Tamara Dey


✨Seated tricep dips: Your instructor will depress and hold the chairs pedal, while you reach your arms back and place your hands firmly on the pad. Draw your elbows back and towards each other and gently let the pedal rise. ✨Breathing: 

Inhale to prepare, exhale press the pedal down. ✨Benefits of the move: Strengthening tricep and stretching across the chest. ✨Why this exercise? 

During pregnancy you need to develop strong arms to make sure you can carry your baby around without over straining your neck or back. 

To make a booking call us on 0845805284 or mail us on book@mypilates.co.za ✨www.mypilates.co.za✨ 

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Thank you for our beautiful photos @rubinstamatic and @nicolevanh

Scoliosis and Pilates is a perfect match. 

Client pick of the week, the incredibly inspirational and gorgeous…Natalie Milroy. Thank you for writing such incredible words and for being an inspiration to us all 

“I have heard of so many young girls having back ops. For me – this is a CRIME!! So if I can spread the word about what Pilates and commitment can do, then that’s fab!!

Pilates is my soul food; it actually makes me rather emotional. I have gone through times throughout my life when I actually haven’t been able to afford it but then I realize… I cannot afford not to.

Pilates CHANGED MY LIFE. without it, I was guaranteed a back fusion. I would have had to give up my greatest passion- drama- I would not have been able to participate in team sports, I would have lived with inflexibility for the rest of my life and as a little girl of 12 with a giant scar across both my back and my abdomen and the inability to move; can you imagine what that would have done to my confidence!! I owe a sense of freedom to Pilates and would encourage anyone with any skeletal problems to pursue Pilates (the lucky ones with no issues have no excuse!!)

I have been doing Pilates for almost seventeen years. My scoliosis was op-ready at 39 degrees in lumbar spine and 26 in thoracic spine. My L5 is irregular shaped, causing herniated discs throughout my spine. After doing Pilates EVERYDAY for the first ten years, my spine (a miracle according to the orthopods) went from 39 to 26 and 26 to 12!!!! 

While I still have daily pain and discomfort, Pilates has offered me the freedom to move; to use my body for physical expression and to alleviate a lot of the aches and pains that come with this silly deformity. I owe everything to Pilates (and my mother who refused to let me give up!!)”  

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How to grow an Avocado Tree & Save

Highly flavored and nutritious, avocados signal a healthy diet, whether we’re talking about guacamole or salad. If you like not having to make regular trips to the grocery for your daily supply of fresh avocados, try growing an avocado tree at home. It’s surprisingly easy. In 10 easy steps, you will see how you too can get a full-grown avocado tree from a little seed, making the whole process very educational and easy to remember.

🥑STEP 1: Without cutting the pit from the avocado, remove and wash clean of all the avocado fruit. You must make sure you don’t remove the brown skin from the pit! 

🥑 STEP 2: All avocado pits, despite not being perfect round shapes, have a top and bottom side. From the ‘bottom’, the future roots will grow, as for the ‘top’ the sprout will do the same. You can find which is which by looking after the slightly pointier end. When you noticed that, you found the top. In opposition, the bottom will have a flat end. It’s important to place the bottom in water, so the roots will begin to gently grow. 

🥑 STEP 3: Next, stick 4 toothpicks into the top side of the avocado seed. Make sure the injections are made pointing down at a slight downward angle and are spaced evenly around the circumference. Wedge the toothpicks strongly because they will allow you to place your avocado base in the water but still have the fruit hanging over a glass. 

🥑 STEP 4: Place the glass with the half-submerged avocado in a place with sunlight. Use a clear glass for this operation, so you can observe when the roots start to grow. It’s useful for warnings of mold, bacteria and fungus growth, so you can change the water when it’s needed. You can do the latter regularly every day, as many professionals recommend, but it’s better to change the water every 5-7 days. 

🥑STEP 5: Sprouting can take as long as 8 weeks, although many websites suggest only 2-4 weeks. The best advice is to be patient. And pay attention so the seed goes to the necessary stages of sprouting: the outer brown seed skin will slough off as the top of the avocado pit will dry out and form a crack; the crack will extend and to the bottom side of this, a tiny taproot will begin to emerge; this will grow longer and longer until a small sprout will peek through the top of the avocado pit. Don’t forget to maintain the taproot submerged, because not doing so will be synonymous to the death of your plant. 

🥑 STEP 6: There are a few tricks when it comes to planting the newly born sprouts. When the stem reaches 183 in length, cut about 100cm off it, as this will make the new part grow faster. Cut and put it in a rich humus soil pot, when it has reached 183cm again, plant your tree in a medium pot. Before placing in a sunny area, make sure that you leave the top half of the seed exposed. 

🥑 STEP 7: In this stage of planting your own avocado, you need to know two things about its relationship with water: the soil should always be moist. If you start to see yellow leaves, it’s a sign you exaggerated and over-watered it. No need to panic though. Let the plant some time to absorb the water and continue after it has dried. 

🥑STEP 8: Encourage the plant to grow larger, by pinching out the top two sets of leaves. Do this when the stem has reached about 380cm in height. Repeat the method when another 138cm have grown additionally on the plant.

🥑STEP 9: If you happen to come across some nasty bugs, like aphids, you will need to wash them off the avocado. You can do this by showering or gently hosing down your plant. When there are no more pests on it, spray the avocado tree with a solution of water mixed with a few drops of dishwashing liquid and one teaspoon of neem oil. Check in 4-5 days to see if it’s clean. If not, repeat the process until it is. 

🥑STEP 10: In the autumn or winter, if it gets cooler than 45 degrees F, you must bring the baby avocado tree indoor, so it won’t freeze to death. And there you have it. All you need to know about how to plant your own avocado tree from a seed. After a couple or so years, the tree will begin to give fruit. On some occasions, some trees take about 15 years to bear fruit, and some never do at all. Even if your commercial avocado – seed you used to plant the tree – is one of the tasteful fruit on Earth, don’t expect that yours should be the same. 

Naturally grown avocado are different. You can grow several avocado trees together to aid with pollination and ensure your fruits are good as well. 
Enjoy 🥑

My Pilates presents My Baby Barre class

My Baby Barre is here!
Yay! You’re pregnant or Woo hoo you’ve just had a baby or you’re a dad wanting to bond with the new addition to your family.

Amazing…. we love babies.

But then the panic sets in….

Nooooo what is going to happen to my body?

Can I exercise? What kind of exercise can I do and where do I do it?

Also how does this darn baby even work?

And what the ***** is happening / has happened to my body?!?!

If this is you My Pilates has your back! (your front, your sides and your baby)

After speaking to loads of our pregnant and new moms and  dads we have noticed that there is a massive demand for specialized exercise classes that you can do with other parents and moms to be.

Not only will these classes whip you back into shape but also to give you a chance to bond with other parents who are sharing in the same experience as you are.

Day: Mondays

Time: 9am -10am

To Bring: Baby carrier and pacifier e.g. dummy or bottle

Venue: My Pilates studio, corner Jan Smuts and Bompass Road, Dunkeld West Centre.

SPECIAL:

We are running a newbie special sign up in the month of July and pay R120 for your first 4 classes.

Pay R480 and Save R120.00

Bring a friend and receive a class for free.

My Baby Barre

A place for you and your baba to spend some time getting to know each other better while you get your behind back to where it used to be.

Hello June

Booty Barre Special. Join us every Tuesday and Friday at 9am -10am with the fabulous Jemma Oxford.
💕9 x classes for R1080.00
💕5 x classes for R750.00
Space limited to 8 ladies.
Book@mypilates.co.za or call us on 0845805284
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