My New Baby is Here!

Hello Pilates family!

I’m so beyond thrilled to share with you that my new website has launched, and she’s beautiful! 🙂

I’d love for you to come over and take
a look!
I also wanted to let you now that I will now be updating my blog on my new website, so please come visit me there!

Love to all!

hugs & kegels,
The Pilates Mama
http://www.nataliegaray.com

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The New Mama Body Reset

That’s right, vaginas and abs. These areas hold to key to a happy, healthy and dry life. (if you know what I mean, mama)

I’ve compiled the greatest little package for you to kickstart your movement practice. I believe that moving your body is the key to your happiness, and rebuilding your strength is the key to holding things together.

And all of that tied up with a pretty blue or pink bow means that you’re more free, strong and energized to take care of your new little bundle. And guess what! It’s only $11!

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I’m a bit of an anatomy geek and I love educating women about their body, how it works and what’s holding what in place. SO, you’ll be receiving a fact and anatomy filled PDF with all kinds of goodies that you may or may not want to know about your body after baby. Don’t worry, it’s all good stuff.

I’ve also created a great video for you that teaches you the basics of Pilates and takes you through some great exercises that will help you get back in touch with your abdominals. Whether you’ve had a caesarean or a vaginal delivery, your abs probably aren’t what they used to be, so reconnecting is important.

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Along with that, you’ll receive a wonderful interview I recently recorded with my friend, and former client and employer, Dr. Natalie Sampson, DPT. Dr. Natalie and I talked anatomy, and how to rebuild after baby. (of course!) She’s a wealth of information, you’ll love this interview!

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And a BONUS! You’ll also receive a second video for when you’re ready to kick it up a notch!

So let’s break this down..

* A 15-minute Pilates Basics Video (you’ll feel it, don’t worry)

* An informative & anatomy clad PDF

* A 45-minute recorded workshop by Dr. Natalie Sampson, DPT (we get into some good stuff)

*A BONUS Pilates video to kick things into high gear

All of these goodies will trickle into your inbox in the next few days starting with today so that you can get your body moving!

Sign up here! http://bit.ly/1tQFPms

 

Have questions? Email me!

hugs & kegels,

The Pilates Mama

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{Mamas Healing Mamas} Rachel Bailey: Parenting & Relationship Educator

Hello Pilates friends,

I’ve got more healing mamas for you! This week I’m thrilled to introduce you to Rachel Bailey. You’re going to love getting to know her. Please read, share with friends, and post your questions for Rachel below, she’ll get back to you ASAP.

Hugs & Kegels,
The Pilates Mama

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 Rachel Bailey: Parenting & Relationship Educator

Please tell us about your magical healing powers.

I help parents feel better about the way they parent by teaching respect-based strategies for managing children’s frustrating behavior & strong emotions. I work with parents to bring more calm and connection into their homes so they can worry less about their kids and enjoy them more.

Tell us about your home team.

I have two fun-loving daughters (4 and 1 1/2) and an amazingly supportive husband. We live and love in Arcola, Virginia, a suburb of DC in Northern Virginia.

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Besides your work, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about teaching the concepts of empathy and compassion to as many people — in as many ways — as possible. I think that if we can learn to be kind to ourselves and to others, and the world will be a different place.

How do you take care of yourself?

I take 10-minute self-care breaks where I do something that will FILL my energy bank! I also try to practice gratitude as much as possible.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about your work?

I’d just love to be able to provide hope and tools for parents who are struggling. I want to teach them that it is possible to feel good about raising responsible, confident kids – even in today’s world!

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?

“The way we speak to our children becomes their inner voice.”

Where can we find you?
www.ParentingbyHeart.net

http://www.Facebook.com/ParentingbyHeart

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The movement Movement: 6-Weeks of Pilates & Wellness to rock your bod & life

 

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I’m starting a movement Movement.

Why? I believe that moving your body is the catalyst to creating
positive change in your mind, your body, your community and beyond.

 

The movement Movement is a 6-week transformational online program that will rock your body and your life!

 

The goods you’ll receive:

*Start date: Monday, May 12, 2014

*6 fun & inspiring Pilates videos delivered every Monday (and yours to keep!)
*Weekly Fitness Steps
*Weekly Wellness Steps
*Encouragement & Inspiration & Accountability from me
*Secret Facebook Group
*Live Group Q & A call & Celebration
*Special Guest Bonuses!
*One Live Online Group Class

It worked for me!

When I made a commitment to move my body a minimum of 3 times each week, I got
more than I bargained for. It created a significant shift in every area of my life and
helped me move out of Blahville to HellYeah!ville.

 

Let’s break it down.

 

The movement Movement is about:

*Strengthening your body, mind & spirit

*Creating a shift to move out of Blahville!
*Tapping your joy

*Rocking your abs

*Alleviating aches & pain
*Making time for yourself

*Becoming more present
*Giving Love to yourself & others

Can you be down with that?

Starting Monday, May 12, 2014, your 6-week soul shifting, body rocking journey will help you go from Blah to Hellyeah! You’re going to strengthen your body from the inside out to create a sparkle like no other, plus tap your joy and increase your energy.

Each Monday, for 6 weeks, I will deliver a brand new 20-30 minute workout video to your
inbox.

My goal for you is to move 3 times each week, so I’ll send gentle reminders throughout the course.

And because I want you to keep moving, these videos are yours to keep!
Each video will have an intention or theme tied to it, so your videos and weekly emails with help you with the following:

Week 1: Awakening
Week 2: Balance
Week 3: Strength
Week 4: Detox
Week 5: Wellness
Week 6: Being Present

You’ll also receive inspirational reading suggestions from my favorite change makers,
encouragement from me, my personal fit tips, and wellness tips delivered right to your inbox every
Tuesday and Thursday.

I’ve also created a Private Facebook group just for us! This is how I’ll keep you accountable and encourage you, plus you can encourage each other, you can ask me questions, and talk about
your workout experiences and sore butt muscles.

PLUS! I have bonuses for you from special guest wellness experts!

*A Guided Self-Care Meditation to Tap Into Your Creative Engine:

Elena Lipson will empower you create a Daily Self-Care Ritual that will help you tap into
the juicy power of your creative engine in less than ten minutes and 3 easy steps.

*The “Movement Movement” Mind Workout by Sabrina Bolin

Sabrina Bolin will strengthen your mind through a specially designed
“Movement Movement Mind Workout,” a guided meditation that uses her skills as an intuitive
coach and hypnotherapist to speak directly to your intuitive mind to empower you from the inside
out as you meet that goal of moving your body 3 times a week.

And! Not only will you be creating change in your own life, but by participating in this
journey you’ll also be creating change in Haiti! That’s right!

*Start date: Monday, May 12, 2014

*$97

** Sign up by 5/7/14 and receive a 60-minute Private virtual Pilates session with me!

6 fun & inspiring Pilates videos delivered every Monday (and yours to keep!)
Weekly Fitness Steps
Weekly Wellness Steps
Encouragement & Inspiration & Accountability
Secret Facebook Group
Live Group Q & A call & Celebration
Special Guest Bonuses!
One Live Online Group Class

Have questions? Want to chat? Email me!

Sign up here!

I can’t wait for you to join me in this double dose of change making!

From Blahville to Hellyeahville (A free week of Pilates & Wellness Tips)

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Got the blahs? Feel drained?

Do you want more joy and energy, and a kickstart to transforming your body with a FREE week of powerful Pilates and lifestyle tips?

Ready to jump on the fun wagon??

Can I get a Heck Yes?!

Join me for 5 days of body, life and spirit changing goodness!

It wasn’t that long ago that I went through what I call Blahville.

Actually, I didn’t go through it, I was in it. Smack in the middle and I was ready to move the heck out!

Sound familiar? Ready to change it up and add a little more fun, fitness and life into your life?

Good! Because I’m going to show you how!

It all starts with a bang on MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014 with a Pilates video delivered right to your inbox.

The goal is to get the heck out of Blahville and move into HellYeahville, so each day I will send you a personal email with love, encouragement and tips on how to make that happen- Along with a gentle nudge to move your body at least 3 times during the week.

You’ll get my personal tips on how I moved and toned my body and created more fun, calm and joy in my life, while also rocking my abs and making my stretchy pants look good. 🙂

OH! And get this.. it’s free!

 

Let’s break down the goods you’ll get:

 

::A Pilates workout video (yours to keep!)

::My personal Wellness steps

::My personal self care steps

::Love & encouragement from me

::Accountability from me

::Daily Inspiration by my favorite thought leaders

::A live group Q & A call & celebration

 Sign up here!

I can’t wait for you to move into HellYeahville, where I now live with a big, fat smile.

Let me share a little story:

It started around February of 2012. I had had it.

I was feeling blah and tired of it. I had been teaching Pilates for about 9 years, just made a move north from Los Angeles County to Ventura County; which meant a new area, another new school, new parents to meet and a new community to roam about.

I was really feeling out a place in my new neighborhood and new Pilates studio, plus I was further away from my friends- and for those of you who don’t know me, I love to be surrounded by friends and family at all times. It’s kind of ridiculous.

But anyway, so now, here I was a mama flying solo with my 3 spunky nuggets in new territory and I felt blah!

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I wanted to experience more, I wanted new adventures, fun, I wanted to create and I wanted to change the world, basically. You know, your everyday wants.

But how to get the strength, motivation and courage even, to get from where I was to where I wanted to go? I had no idea. I didn’t even know where I wanted to go really; I just knew I wasn’t there yet.

So this is what I did. You’re going to laugh because it sounds so simple it’s almost ridiculous. I decided to commit myself to 3 workouts a week. Yes, that’s where I started and that’s all it took to create some massive change in my life.

Being a Pilates Instructor doesn’t mean I get to work out all the time. It means I have to squeeze my workouts in to my schedule before, during or after work just like everyone else. And usually, I’m ready to get the heck out of dodge at the end of my day; so staying longer to work myself out is the last thing I want to do.

I hear this a lot when I first meet someone and mention what I do for work. “Oh you must be in great shape from working out all the time!” Um, no love, that means I stand there and bark orders, basically.

Ok, back to my life changing commitment. Like I said, I decided to commit to three workouts per week, so I found a Pilates (with a twist) type studio near my new house. And when I say committed, I mean committed. I paid my monthly membership, which was more cost effective if I agreed to a 6 month contract, so that’s what I did. Why not, I was committing right? I registered for the classes I wanted to take one month in advance and marched my happy bum over to the studio directly after dropping the girls off at school every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Sometimes I threw in a weekend workout for good measure.

Now, here’s where I think planning and committing is key because if it ain’t planned, it ain’t happening, people. So, may I suggest getting a solid plan in effect? Put your workouts in your calendar and pay for them in advance.

You’re more likely to make it happen when you’ve got someone holding you accountable, like your Pilates Instructor for instance, who will think not nice things if you stand her up at 6am, right?

So get it in the planner, not just for the week but for the upcoming months, too. You’ll start to feel better after your first workout but if you really want to see results, you’ve got to give it 3 months at least.

So here’s what my workouts did for me. #1 6 months later, not only was I looking pretty good physically but I was feeling like a freakin’ rockstar! I had more energy throughout the day; I was eating better, which by the way, goes hand in hand with working out. If you’re working that hard on your physical body, you’re less likely to grab crappy food to fuel up with. This is when I learned about better eating habits and what I would need to sustain myself better throughout my workouts.

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Benefit number 2: I was happier! How many people would agree that happy people are more fun to be around? Hello! I turned into the annoying person who is always smiling and I would say “Hi” to anybody who passed me.

My favorite wellness quote comes from the brilliant Elle Woods of the Legally Blonde blockbuster series. She reminds us that:

“Exercise creates endorphins.

Endorphins make you happy.

Happy people don’t shoot their husbands.”

So there you have it, folks.

Not only was I looking good, feeling good and glowing but I was getting some major creative downloads during my workouts. Ideas for work, new business and philanthropic ideas were flowing.

This was life-changing stuff. There was a definite shift in mind, body and soul for me. And it all came from making a commitment and saying “yes” to myself and making the time to care for my body. When we show up for ourselves, amazing things happen.

 

Are you ready? Pack your bags, it’s time to MOVE!

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Online Pilates Party!

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My next LIVE Group Pilates class is open to all!

 

Wanna join the fun??

 

We’re going to start with some yummy stretches, then move through some feel good warm-up exercises before we ease our way into gentle strengthening exercises.

 

It’s fun, it feels good and you’ll feel great starting your day off by moving your body.

 

Not sure if it’s for you? Send your questions my way!

 

All you need is a webcam, a mat or towel and a willingness to have some fun!

 

When: Wednesday, April 23rd at 7am PDT

 

Cost: $25

 

Sign up with the link below to receive your special invite and a link to the class!

 

Can’t make it? NOT a problem, I’ll record it and send it to you! Grab a friend and join in this group workout fun!

 

Email me at Natalie@NatalieGaray.com with any questions.

 

SIGN UP: http://nataliegaray.simplero.com/products/7858-Live-Group-Pilates-Party

 

Hugs & Kegels,

The Pilates Mama