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How Can Yoga, Pilates, and Core Align Make You Stronger, Leaner, and More Flexible?

Updated: May 30, 2020

What is the secret to getting more flexible, leaner and stronger from exercises like Yoga, Pilates and Core Align? Practice! The front-cover of a national health magazine caught my attention immediately with this headline:

"Live, Laugh, Love: Quick Tips to Find More Joy in Every Day."

Great, I thought. That's exactly what I'm trying to do – cultivate more joy and happiness in my life. So, I flipped through the magazine to see what suggestions the writers and editors might offer. My search was fruitless. Not only did the magazine fail to provide easy answers to joy's embrace, but it also did not have any articles that specifically addressed the advertised topic.

I should not have been surprised. I know well enough that happiness is a state of mind that requires regular practice and deep commitment, just like everything else that's worthwhile in life. There are no shortcuts.

What does all of this have to do with Holly's Pilates Village? The message from my futile hunt for happiness tips reinforces the value we place on regular practice, great coaching, and dedication when learning techniques for healthy movement. Without those key components we can't sustain positive changes in wellness. Quick fixes don't last. Ask anyone who has tried a crash diet.

The people in our studio who get the best results – at any age and in any condition – are those who practice consistently over time. Many people also benefit greatly from adding a complementary form of exercise to strengthen their regular routines. This is one of the reasons that we offer so many great options, including multiple forms of yoga, CoreAlign, and TRX Cardio classes, in addition to our main line of Pilates programs.

We see the benefits of consistency and richer connections over and over: One 85-year-old woman began scheduling two private Pilates sessions instead of once a week and developed demonstrably better balance and strength in just two months.

A Deep Stretch Pilates practitioner added Restorative Yoga to his regular workouts and saw his stress levels plummet and his flexibility gains soar.

Of course, not everyone h