Detox Lentil Soup

The best detox lentil soup ever! This simple, clean and super healthy soup will leave you wanting more.

Get your handy crockpot out and add the following:

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  • 2 Cups organic butternut squash peeled & cubed

  • 2 Cups organic carrots…peeled & diced

  • 2 Cups organic potatoes (diced)

  • 2 Cups organic celery (chopped)

  • 1 Cup organic French Green Lentils

  • 3/4 Cup organic yellow split peas

  • 1 Medium organic onion (diced)

  • 6 Cloves organic garlic minced

  • 8 Cups Organic chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 2 1/2 Teaspoons herbs deprovence

  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Lavender (optional)

  • 1 Teaspoon himalayan salt


  • 4 Cups Chopped organic Kale (remove stems)

  • 2 Cups organic flat leaf parsley (chopped)

  • 1/2 Cup Rosemary Olive Oil

  • Splash of organic red wine vinegar


  1. Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on high for 6 hours

  2. Place 4 cups of the soup in a blender with the Rosemary olive oil. Pule until smooth and creamy looking. Then add back to the crockpot stir to combine.

  3. Add kale and parsley and turn heat off and let everything sit for a bit before serving. The texture and taste gets yummier with with time.

  4. Add organic red wine vinegar

  5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese in your individual bowls


6 Reasons to book Private Pilates Sessions

Whether you’re new to Pilates or you’ve been practicing your planks, pushups, and teasers for years, we guarantee that you will benefit from a one-on-one session. Here are just a few of the ways a private Pilates lesson can help you tune-up your fitness routine and tap into your physical health for peak performance.



1. Personal Attention
Learn your body like never before! Want to know if you are involuntarily rounding your shoulders forward? Or maybe you can’t see that your right foot is always externally rotated in shoulder bridge position or that your left hip hikes up every time you twist from the waist. You may have muscular imbalances, or postural issues that you may not even be aware of because you are so accustomed to your movement patterns (most of us do!). In a private session setting, your instructor’s attention is 100% focused on you, your body, and the ways that you move.

2. Customization
Along with personal attention, another great benefit of a private session is the ability to customize your Pilates program to your needs and goals in each session.

3. Proper Form                                                                                                                                                 Pilates is a system of exercises that is meant to be performed in a controlled and precise way.  

4. Injuries and Health Issues
If you are suffering from an injury or certain chronic health issues that limit your physical capabilities or your ability to participate in group classes, private lessons are the best way to maintain a workout routine that is both safe and effective. Pilates privates are especially recommended for those who suffer from back pain and the dreaded “desk posture.”

5. Motivation & Accountability
Let’s face it, some of us need a little help in the motivation department. Consider your private instructor your personal accountability partner because they will be there by your side during every set and they’ll push you to bust through any plateaus in your progress. With your own personal cheerleader and coach, your workouts will become even more fulfilling and you’ll get faster results, too.

6. Good Old Fashioned Butt Kicking
This one is plain and simple, you will dig deep, work hard, and probably be very sore in places you didn’t even know existed after your first private session. Our instructors are highly trained and have a great knack for knowing just how to make your body sigh with equal parts pleasure and pain. If you’re looking to work up a serious sweat, sign up for a session…you will be happy you did! :)




As we move into a new year, focus on the up side of things. Try creating a mantra for yourself. A mantra is a word or phrase that should instill a sense of calm, peace and well-being to your body. Mantra experts often maintain that it's not the words themselves that matter, but rather the energy from the words. Having a mantra can lead to transformation and access a deeper existence.


The answer is in the core. If you want to build a strong foundation and develop good movement patterns, then Pilates should be the cornerstone of your workouts. 

  • YOGA - You will definitely be more flexible if you are practicing yoga, but Pilates will give you confidence and strength in every movement on the mat.                               
  • COSSFIT - You will build more muscles during weight training or Crossfit, but Pilates will protect your lower back and prevent herniated discs.
  • RUNNING - You will get more calorie-burning from running, but Pilates will ensure good posture and alignment.
  • HIIT - You will build muscle definition after HIIT, but Pilates will guarantee proper form during each move you make so that you are injury-free during explosive intervals.  

Nothing can compare to Pilates's like comparing apples to oranges. Pilates builds core strength and improves alignment in the body and focuses the mind. Again, if you want to build a strong foundation and develop good movement patterns then Pilates should be at the top of your workout regimen.

Pilates - Healthy & Safe ...Power to the Core!

The Beauty of Balance...

I look at this sprawling tree, towering above the earth. It is not symmetric, yet it stands there in beautiful balance. It is the foundation, the unseen, inner workings, that root this tree, and keep it standing strong, nourished, glistening and vibrant.

Building a strong and balanced foundation in our lives can be a challenge. We are a fast moving world with fast moving thoughts. Taking the time to breathe, and feel, and experience is not possible when our mind is 20 steps ahead of where we actually are. Couple that with the powerful influences and judgements (real or imagined) of those around us and its easy to get lost.

I invite you to be in the moment. This moment. Ponder what is important to you. Let others’ opinions or ideas fall away, let your own inner critic and judge be silenced and discover what is still standing…this is you. What do you need in your life to stay in the “You”? What do you need to build your solid foundation?

This is the beauty of balance!

~Rachel Maimone, Friday July 8, 2016


Mindful Meditation

What is Meditation?                                                                                                                                 Meditation is a form of mental training to practice purity of the heart.    

Learning to meditate requires discipline.  

Disciplines of Meditation:

  • Commitment to daily meditation

  • Focus on reciting your mantra or breath

  • Letting go of your thoughts

  • Be open to eternal silence and total selflessness

Learning to meditate is simple. Our unique Mindful Meditation will transform your health and wellbeing. This is the next generation of exercise. We have the physical exercise component but now, it's about how we can train our minds. Once you begin you will find that meditation is the great integrating power in your life. 

The experience of meditation is the experience of finding ourselves.                 

Bone Health & Foods

Eating the right foods can actually help strengthen your bones and help build muscles. Bone health is NOT only about dairy and calcium. Butternut squash offers vitamin C, iron, folate and zinc and manganese, all essential components for healthy bones...and it's delicious when roasted! Try this tasty recipe from....

Best Butt Exercises

You can tone the entire front and back side in these two Pilates exercises. 

Heel beats strengthen the back from the upper back down through the lower back and the hamstrings. It is also one of the best butt exercises you can do on the mat.

The Pilates bicycle is an advanced Pilates exercise. It strengthens the glutes, abs, hamstrings and opens the hip flexors. It requires tremendous shoulder and pelvic stability as well as hip flexibility. 

Throwback Thursday!


Today's #TBT goes way 1914 when World War I broke out, Joe was put into interment camps and taught physical training to inmates for those injured during the war.  He rigged springs to hospital beds, enabling bedridden patients to exercise against resistance, an innovation that led to his later equipment designs like the Reformer. 


Pilates is rhythmic, fluid and focused, connecting one movement to the next to build greater strength, flexibility and endurance. 

“Change happens through movement and movement heals.”
— Joseph Pilates

Why incorporate Pilates into your training?

Why should people incorporate Pilates into their training?

Where do I begin ...there are so many reasons! But you won’t really understand the benefits until you feel them yourself. For starters, you will become more flexible, increase core stability, and prevent back pain and other injuries. I find that managing back pain is one of the things that really helps people, as so many of us struggle with it!

Pilates is an amazing exercise in connecting body and mind. The slow movements allow you to feel what should be working. If you don’t focus on the moment and clear your head, you won’t get the best results.

The benefits of Pilates and becoming more in tune with your body will flow over into your other work in the gym and in life. You will learn how to keep your training safe and when you are switching on muscles that you shouldn’t be. You become more aware of your body’s abilities and limitations.

A huge part of Pilates is stretching, something that just about all of us are guilty of not doing enough. It is so important, and allows those tight, strong muscles to get out of the way so little ones have a chance to activate. Start your Pilates journey today ...your body and mind will thank you. 




How Pilates Is Helping Me Heal From Lyme Disease

Lyme disease derailed life as I knew it and left me scrambling to put the pieces back together. On a good day, my circumstances frustrated me. On a bad day, my hopes and dreams shattered. I felt like my body was betraying me, stuck in an ongoing cycle of muscle deconditioning, fatigue and pain.

After nine years of misdiagnosis, I began Lyme treatment in October of 2013. Along with a lengthy list of medications and supplements, I committed to incorporating movement-based therapy into my protocol. Pilates has been integral in my healing journey as it's allowed me to reconnect to my body with gentleness and understanding as I continue on the path to reclaim my health.

Here are four ways Pilates is helping me heal from Lyme disease:

1. Pilates is restoring flexibility in tense and rigid areas of my body.

During the darkest days of my illness, I was bedridden for 18 months. My muscles became tight and weak from the lack of activity and I had difficulty turning my head from side to side, standing upright and raising my arms above my head.

To begin, I'd lay for hours repeating the Pilates repertoire in my mind while doing breath work. It was the concept of fluidity, the body's ability to let go and flow freely within each exercise, that then motivated me to try gentle, warm-up sequences. By remaining mindful of fluidity even when doing the basic exercises, I have been able to slowly increase muscle and joint flexibility.

2. Pilates lets me know I don't need to push harder.

In the past, I coped with my illness by telling myself I had to try harder. Pilates taught me I could honor the limitations of my body by working smarter, not harder. Recovery from Lyme disease is exhausting, but I found I could enjoy training in a way that didn't fatigue or over-stress my body. I now focus my efforts on fewer, more quality movements as opposed to greater repetitions.

3. Pilates reminds me that pain isn't the way to regain strength.

If I'm experiencing pain during a workout, I'm either not doing the exercise correctly or not practicing good postural alignment. I know that's my cue to stop and seek the guidance of my instructor. I can retry the exercise later. Pilates is helping me to understand and respect my boundaries as opposed to pushing past them.

4. Pilates is restoring my sense of power.

With such a drastic change in my life, I felt powerless and out of control. The feeling of leading my body carefully through an exercise again was exhilarating and led me to a revelation: I'd been short-changing my expectations for a better quality of life. Pilates helped me see there were aspects of this illness where I had power and could take action.

It has been a Herculean feat for me to go from supine to among the bipeds again, but I'm slowly accomplishing it. Recovery will likely take many years. Undeterred, I continue to plan and dream about my future. I'm enjoying less pain and greater ease of movement in my life thanks to the therapeutic nature of the Pilates Method. As time passes, I see glimpses of my old self emerging again.

This article was written by Jenny L. Buttaccio and whose life was transformed by Lyme Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.