100 Shades of Piloga
Friday, July 17, 2015
Friday is Piloga day. I can hear the collective "what the heck is that?" across Spark World. Sparkers everywhere have puzzled looks. Is it something you eat, drink, wear? It is not a national holiday. Nope, none of the above. It is actually an excellent fitness activity, great for both mind and body. My Piloga class is scheduled on Friday mornings. Piloga combines Pilates routines and Yoga poses. After 60 minutes you are stretched, strengthened and relaxed with a rock-hard core. That may be a slight exaggeration, but continuing the practice does reap many benefits.
One of the basic Pilates exercises is called The Hundred. It got its name because you hold the exercise for 100 beats. It is a great exercise to come early in a series because it gets your whole body warm, possibly even breaking a sweat. The Hundred gets your breath going strong and your blood moving. In addition, it is an excellent exercise for increasing torso stability and abdominal strength.
Best of all Piloga, like Yoga, ends with Savasana (shah-VAH-sah-nah) also known as corpse pose. 5 - 15 minutes of complete relaxation. I am rejuvenated. Let the weekend begin...