“I continue to attend bi-weekly Pilates sessions with specially-trained instructors. Though there are innumerable routines, all require a sharp mental focus (not unlike golf, tennis, running, billiards, etc.). I have found Pilates to be extraordinarily challenging and physically rewarding. While it doesn’t provide an endorphin high, I frequently get lost in the pursuit of doing the exercises properly, which creates a very beneficial type of mindfulness, and for those 55 minutes I often forget that I have MS.”
The mind when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.
A man is as young as his spinal column.
This little video is so much fun. Enjoy!
Returning from a recent trip to Colorado we stopped at the springs of Ojo Caliente to soak up the healing powers of the natural springs. Of course we had to pay the Secret Sandstone Caves a visit. Quite hard to find, and breaking of some rules involved this is truly a place to seek out when you are visiting Santa Fe. I am still blown away by the craftsmanship, labor and vision of Ra Paulette.
Now that I am settled in my new home and working much more, taking time to really explore NM gets tough. The visit of a friend from Brooklyn gave me the perfect opportunity to go on a road trip. We went to the weaver town of Chimayo, NM, the Lourdes of America, and had an incredible day. The bright blue skies provided the perfect backdrop. Buying pottery and chiles, inquiring about hand woven rugs, feasting on green chile tamales and of course a visit to the Santuario de Chimayo. This church is just a gem and I am so glad I got to see it with a great friend. Oh, and of course, we got some holy dirt.
I began working with Chantall in 2011 as a last-ditch effort to save my hip from pain associated with a labral tear that developed after years of running. Within minutes of our first session, I learned three times the information about my injury, hip joint, and whole body health/fitness than I had in years of physical therapy. Chantall is not only a master of explaining Pilates as it relates to human anatomy and physiology, but she is also a gifted motivator who genuinely cares about the well-being of each student, no matter whether they’re recovering from injury or just looking to improve their physical health. We should all be so lucky as to learn from her expert instruction and infectious enthusiasm!
Elisabeth M., Brooklyn, NY
“Chantall is truly one-of-a-kind! What I most appreciate about her approach to teaching Pilates is her insatiable thirst for knowledge about the best ways to improve stability, strength, and alignment. Each week in class, she excitedly shares something new that she learned in a workshop or from other teachers that she admires. Throughout class, she carefully offers adjustments and delights in seeing our progress. I found Chantall at a time in my life a few years ago when a series of ailments had me wondering if I would ever be able to live without constant discomfort. Thanks to Chantall, I finally know how to use my body in a way that not only is making it stronger, but also is helping me avoid potential surgeries down the line. It’s been a month since she moved to Santa Fe, and I have yet to find another teacher who comes close to having Chantall’s gift!”
Rachel H., Brooklyn