- 2 pounds chicken breasts or tenders cut into small pieces
- 1/3 cup coconut flour
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs
- 3 tablespoons bone broth
- Avocado oil or spray (bring out bottle!)
Stephanie understands that no two clients are the same and believes that taking a fresh, fun customizable approach to fitness is vital to success. She draws on her vast knowledge, years of experience, spirit and tools to develop effective alignment patterns which bring understanding to her clients’ kinesthetic sense.
Stephanie also believes that the classes offered at Art of Fitness care for her clients not only physically, but mentally as well. It’s her goal that through specific mechanics, fitness is able to bring clarity, increase perception and stimulate the mind.
“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”- Joseph Pilates
|1. What is on your bucket list?||Travel (everywhere), Pottery Wheel Class, Solo Art Show|
|2. Where did you grow up?||Smiths Falls, Ontario|
|3. What food can you not live without?||Summer Sausage|
|4. Who is the funniest person you know?||Am I allowed to say me?|
|5. What is the best gift you have ever received?||Hansy|
|6. First thing you do in the morning?||Walk Hansy|
|7. What is the one thing people would never guess about you?||Nap time is sacred time|
|8. What’s on your bedside table?||Lamp, Essential Oil Diffuser, Stack of books, water, sketch book, pen and pencil|
|9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?||Inspiration is the greatest gift to give others|
|10. What’s the background on your computer?||Hansy|
Many yoga practitioners lay down on their yoga mat with a specific goal in mind. I want to deepen pigeon pose, I want to hold my handstand effortlessly, I want to float into crow without bruising my triceps. No matter what your goal is during your Yoga class, we have the secret.
Pilates is often compared to Yoga, but there is a defined difference. Pilates requires strength and precision, teaching you to move from a solid foundation, and connect to postural muscles that are universally underused. Learning to connect to these postural muscles can lead you into a lengthened chest position during triangle pose, control your centre of gravity during half moon, and flow through chaturanga lightly in neutral alignment.
Here are a few key reasons why Pilates will take your Yoga poses to the next level.
Pilates is all about positioning your spine in proper alignment, so you can walk out of your session and take this posture into everyday life. Focusing on balancing the musculature helps create symmetry between the left and the right sides of your body. Working both sides simultaneously, you’re able to compare the strength of both sides and work them equally. You can take this knowledge to your Yoga mat, and connect to your muscles equally during balance poses to help your stability and use your core properly to protect your back during back bends.
Pilates exercises incorporate dynamic stretching, so not only are you strengthening one muscle, you are getting a stretch through another. Although Pilates does not solely focus on flexibility, it is known to create more flexibility and length through the muscles, lengthening your body from head to toes. Learning how to dynamically stretch and stay neutral also protects your muscles from hyperextension during Yoga classes, this allows you to engage proper muscles before you lengthen into a stretch to avoid injury and create lasting results.
A stronger core equals less back pain. Ask anyone who came to Pilates to relive back tension, they will tell you that they experienced some sort of relief. Our bodies were made to move, it only takes a few classes or private sessions to remind our body how to align and work properly to avoid tension. Having a strong core leaves more room for mobility through the body while doing Yoga, instead of suffering through back pain during poses. As a beginner going into a Yoga class, you may not realize when and where to connect to your centre, by incorporating the Pilates principles you can trust that your body is properly flowing from pose to pose.
Allows you to Work Deeper
Once you start focusing on your abdominals, you realize that your bodies movements are powered through your core. Try doing downward dog without your core engaged; you’ll most likely leave with back pain. During exercise our larger muscles like to take over, Pilates helps us zone into our small, more intrinsic muscles. During Yoga classes, you will notice more strength during movements. With stronger abdominals, you can improve every single one of your poses on the yoga mat. If you decide to work one on one with an Instructor you can even mimic and improve your entire Yoga routine by dissecting each exercise.
Overall, Pilates can help Yogis advance into poses that they hadn’t felt possible before and avoid injury. Have you always wondered how that girl at the front of class effortlessly holds her position in handstand? Well now you’re in on the secret!
Welcome to our new series “Get To know Our Instructors”. We grilled Erin with 30 random questions, that we will post for you over the Spring Session! Have a question for Erin? Email us and stay tuned to see it answered!
Lower back weakness and muscular imbalance initially brought Erin to the practice of Pilates more than 15 years ago. What initially began as a prescription for rehabilitative and strengthening exercise has since developed into a tremendous passion of hers! As an ambitious woman going after a variety of athletic pursuits, Pilates compliments her lifestyle as both student and instructor. Training clients to be conscious of posture, breathing and alignment in various exercises, offers increased core strength and greater body awareness. As a Pilates instructor, Erin looks forward to educating her clients, challenging them and having fun!
|1. What is on your bucket list?||Open a market stall at the Paris Wincey Mills, run a hobby farm with my family, rent a houseboat for a holiday, knit a sweater, travel to Australia, play a gig at a coffee house|
|2. Where did you grow up?||I’m a home-grown honey, born and raised here in Kitchener-Waterloo|
|3. What food can you not live without?||Grandma Elsie’s homemade perogies|
|4. Who is the funniest person you know?||Uncle Doug|
|5. What is the best gift you have ever received?||My husband and two step-children|
|6. First thing you do in the morning?||Meditate|
|7. What is the one thing people would never guess about you?||I love to crochet|
|8. What’s on your bedside table?||A lamp, my happiness journal and a few random pieces of jewellery|
|9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?||“Always remember, everyone is doing their best with what they know”|
|10. What’s the background on your computer?||Boring old black default screen…it’s a work laptop so I haven’t personalized it|
-3/4 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
-1 (16 oz) container low-fat cottage cheese
-1 bunch green onions, chopped
-1 cup packed grated sharp cheddar cheese
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 1 tsp dried dill)
-1/4 cup cooked and crumbled bacon
1. If cooking immediately, preheat oven to 350F. Grease an 8-inch glass baking dish. Beat eggs, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir in spinach, bacon, cottage cheese, onions, cheddar cheese, flour, and dill, mixing to combine. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
2. If making ahead of time, cover and refrigerate (can be refrigerated overnight). Bake at 350F until the center is firm and the top is golden (about 45 minutes). Allow to cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving