Saturday, 21st of April 2018
Saturday, 21st of April 2018
"ball" — 2 posts
tomorrow I think. At Sanchez Street Studios they offer classes on Sundays, so there is no escape . The teacher gave us a fairly well rounded hour of exercises, not anything like a classical mat class, but good.
She started with some stabilizing stuff on the roller, and continued with the class involving both the magic circle and the ball. Since I am over 6 feet tall I got to have the biggest ball, just right for some exercises, and quite heavy for holding between my ankles....
We did only a few of the Pilates mat exercises, and they were almost all modified to involve the ball (the class is called Mat & Ball Class), except for single leg stretch and criss cross. No side kicks (my absolute favorite series) and no extension exercises, so I was missing that.

The studio is located in a quaint victorian in Noe Valley, lower level hosts the group classes and on a second level there is the equipment for private sessions.

The studio offers a few different group classes and I'll go back and try them out.
Rolling like a Ball

Starting position
Sit with your legs bent, feet together and knees opened. Take hold with your hands on the back of your thighs and lift your feet of the floor, balancing back onto your tailbone. Pull your shoulders down from your ears, and shoulder blades down and out. Bend head slightly in to your chest and look at your belly, see that belly button pulling in towards your spine.

Exercise
Inhale and roll yourself back to your shoulder blades, keeping your rounded shape, like you are a ball. Exhale and roll up to your balance point again, do not put your feet on the floor. If you roll up too fast you may put the feet on the floor, which you should not do. Make the exercise a continous movement. Roll 6 times.

Think about

Don’t move to slow, you may not come back up again. That said, don’t roll too fast, there is some momentum involved but you will have to work your powerhouse to get back up correctly. On the inhale, pinch your sitz bones together and lift your tail bone up up up, to make a round lumbar to roll on. You must have a thick mat so you don’t hurt your vertebraes.