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Back Asswards

People don’t get it.

The tendency is to work on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Your weaknesses should be the first priority.

You see fairly flexible women at yoga. Not stiff middle aged men who can’t even touch their knees, let alone their toes. Many of whom end up with serious back problems.

You see a preponderance of mature men with spare tires pounding the weights. Chest, arms and shoulders instead of doing something about the flat butt and scrawny legs.

It’s all I can do, sometimes, to refrain from marching up to people at the gym and shouting, quit everything you’re doing because you’re wasting your time!

If you have heart issues in your family, and concerned about your weight, do those long sweaty cardios on a consistent basis. You’ll never have to worry about a heart attack again.

Weight lifting is a must for women concerned with calcium absorption and osteoporosis.

Friday Night Yoga is back on Sept. 5 at 730 pm. The next morning, the 6th at 10 am, is Abs Class. Please reserve your spot in advance because space is limited. We’re adding a second Abs class on Tues nights, starting Sept. 9 at 730 pm. See you there!

Don’t do what you love. Love what you do.

And feel good. Look good.

Ciao, Pietro

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A Must For Your Wrists

Recuperating from a broken arm? Tennis or golfer’s elbow? Symptoms of carpel tunnel? Arthritis? Or are you interested in radically transforming your shot? Strong flexible wrist have many useful applications besides opening jars.

Do this series of wrist exercises 6 days a week for a 3-week period. You will be amazed by the results.

See you at yoga and abs this long weekend? Let me know. Ciao, Pepito

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For Valentines

Give that special someone something special for Valentine’s. Don’t just take her to dinner again. The body is your temple  at Panacea Studio.

This Friday it’s none other than the ethereal Meryem. Fresh from the far-flung shores of Morocco. And full of mystery.  Meryem will do her magic. And open your heart.

You will be transported. Be there. Alone or with your partner.

Ciao, Pietro

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Yoga Heloise-style


Heloise Chong

Working out shouldn’t feel this good, speaks the guilty conscience. There should be more agony, or at least drudgery.

We’ve got it all wrong. The best exercise is when it doesn’t feel like suffering at all.

You may even think you’ve gone to heaven. Heloise, pronounced with the H silent, will take you there.

Don’t think it’s not unwinding the knot that is your body. At 23, Heloise comes out of a competitive gymnastics background. As you can see notably in her Crow’s pose.

Heloise Demonstrating The Crow

Diminutive Heloise, with one parent Chinese and the other French, has taught in Hong Kong, China and Toronto.

Heloise defines Namaste, the divine light in me sees the divine in you.

Come take her class at Panacea Studio. It’s divine.

Ciao, Pietro

Heloise and Vanee
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Hockey Yoga

Don’t let the name fool you. Nor my propensity to giving tough grinding classes.

I believe in the pleasure-principle component of yoga. If it feels good, do a lot of it.  The intensive deep-tissue stretching will be balanced with long lingering luxurious restorative postures.

There is strategy here. Sometimes greater gains are had by just relaxing and surrendering to life. Then, when it does gets difficult for real, you face the challenge with relish.

I isolate certain muscles with a variety of joint-specific drills. Areas of greatest concern are hips, spine, hamstrings, lower back!!!, upper back.

The uninitiated will feel it the next day. And probably the day after that too. But that is a beautiful pain you learn to love.

Come this Friday to Hockey Yoga, an Abs Class on Saturday, because Panacea is shutting down the following 2 weekends.

Please keep me updated on your availability. Salud, Pietro

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my Wunderbar addiction

First you decide to make an effort. Without commitment, nothing happens.  Steadfast resolve gets you there faster, almost instantly.

Go back to guiding principles that worked in the past. Get rid of cereal. And the cow or soya or almond milk that goes with it.

And don’t eat when you first get up. Wait a bit. Give your stomach a chance to be empty and shrink. If you eat a lot first thing, you’ll be hungry all day.

Hold off. Maybe just water and metamusal or psyllium. Drive the kids to school, or take your shower and put on your make on.

Then fruit or a smoothie for breakfast. The morning ritual sets the standard for the rest of the day. It starts you paying attention.

These are my supplements at the moment. Because I’m on a cycle of herbal laxatives, I take a generous amount of probiotic, in this case Acidophilus. Be sensible. Used wisely a regiment of fiber every now-and-then, depending on your body’s compatibility, not only jump stars a diet but eliminates the precondition for most forms of cancer (my humble opinion).

Also I’m taking “Green Coffee Beans” because Dr Oz raved about it for weight loss. And it diminishes your appetite.

Only 1 full meal a day ideally. Between 1 and 3 in the afternoon. Nuts and fruits such as grapes, or mango and papaya to fill in the gaps. Half decent carrots with the green stalk.

Letting go of those Wunderbars is the easiest part. It’s almost a relief to be rid of them – and that alone is enough to bring about a positive result.

Do I even need to say this? You have to workout for an hour a day 6 days a week!

Most don’t do enough. Salud, Pietro

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Finding Balance

That’s why you get squeamish – with the overzealous. Because every time you thought you had the one right answer in the past, you fell on your face.

Health and fitness is about finding balance. Balance in diet. That may mean going to some extreme to counteract decades of meat and dairy. Or it may mean introducing some pan-seared salmon into the mix for the omega-3s.

And finding balance between exertion and rest. You can’t go very far into one without developing a talent for the other. Ask yourself if flexibility is the part of the equation you’re neglecting.

If it is, I’ve got just the thing for you. Hot yoga Friday nite. And if it isn’t what you feel your body needs to attain balance, then you might want to come to the Saturday Morning Abs Slam.

Salud, Pietro

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Hypnotize Yourself

Done the least. And required the most. Abs are the most neglected body part on the planet. Just look around, and at yourself, to recognize the consequences.

The mid-section thickens with each passing decade. But it doesn’t have to. Why isn’t it the number one priority of anyone over 40, or under for that matter?

It’s a lot of hard work. It  becomes your most consistent meditation. Along the way you’re working your heart, just like riding a bike; you’re working your chest, your back; you’re carving out your obliques, hammering them out on my anvil.

You’ll look better in your clothes. And out of them.

Here’s how to go about it.

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The Primal Thrust

Valentine’s Day is a time to appreciate what you got. If that includes a gorgeous meal with someone special, wine, and a vigorous abs workout lasting several hours, thank the almighty universe for every precious moment.

Bliss is the best way to build a strong heart. All the other exercises are only for that. That’s when you’re rewarded for all the lonely hours grinding it out on the bike, the mat, the bench, giving you the strength and endurance to go the distance and beyond.

Not taking for granted our myriad relationships, in all their raging glory, makes getting older worth it. And maintaining a youthful vitality through daily exercise.

Have a happy Valentine’s Day! Ciao, Pietro

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Video On Getting The Smoothie Right

Welcome to the video blog series at Panacea Studio. Watch the following 2 minute video on making a smoothie and you will be an expert. This is a vitally important skill! It is the first step on establishing a solid nutritional foundation. And it’s a great tool for weight-loss too.

Don’t forget hot yoga tomorrow nite with Earl. Ciao, Pietro

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