As professionals and people we must take care of our whole selves. Life can become overwhelming when we are working with our clients, building our businesses, educating ourselves, and maintaining our connections with friends and family. I have discovered that taking a break from it all in order to turn my focus inward and release tension from my muscles has allowed me to recharge and has fueled my creativity. Read on for one of my favorite methods of nurturing my mind and body…
I’d like to introduce you to someone who has been in my life for twelve years now. She has had a profound influence on my physical and mental well-being, and we’ve never even met! That, I feel, is a true testament to the passion that she brings to her work and life-calling as well as the needs that she is able to precisely address. She is an excellent example to all professionals and business owners as you must take care of all parts of yourself in order to give your work your all.
Her name is Jennifer Kries, Integrated Wellness and Lifestyle Expert. I was first introduced to her through her Method workouts, a blend of yoga, ballet and pilates. I discovered a longer, leaner body as well as a cooler, calmer mind and spirit.
As I like to do, I will provide you with excerpts from Jennifer’s webpage in order to authentically introduce you to her. She is a wealth of knowledge in overall wellness. Visit her website, read her blog, attend a workshop, connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Flickr and experience as well as celebrate a life renewed…
Dancer, choreographer, yoga devotee, author and Pilates master teacher, Jennifer Kries is an unparalleled innovator in the realm of alternative health and fitness. First to bring Pilates to the masses, her award-winning videos and DVDs, The Method Series, Jennifer Kries’s Pilates Method and Fox/Fit TV’s, The Method Show, revolutionized the fitness community, paving the way for the current wave of enthusiasm for Pilates mind-body exercise.
Hot Body Cool Mind
Welcome to Hot Body Cool Mind: The Life Force Power Workout! —-The best of Jennifer’s signature “Method”—Pilates, Yoga and Dance, dynamic body-mind-energy training and conditioning, super-charged with 5,000 years of rejuvenating, age-defying, Waking Energy exercise secrets: Chi-Gong, the 5 Tibetans and Yin Yoga and Meditation. It is a life-flow, yin-yang workout, a heating-cooling combination that brings your body into balance by mimicking the cycle of nature’s rhythms. It is a cumulative, on-going journey that grows in complexity, subtlety and refinement, a workout that is accessible, simple to learn and easy to master, yet grows as you do, as you become more capable and at ease. A workout that whatever your age or ability delivers exuberance, calm and relief from the everyday.
Embark with Jennifer and the rest of us on a journey to the fountain of youth, to the center of you … Together we are going to become time travelers and return thousands of years to the wisdom of the ancient masters of China, India and Tibet. We are going to reacquaint ourselves with their reverence for the human body, relearn what has come before, so that we may bring balance, true fitness and energy into our lives.
In today’s stress-filled, over-scheduled world, we’ve never needed this more.
I have learned from great masters, and I am honored to share their teachings with you: that there exists at the heart of each one of us a silent pulse of perfect rhythm connecting us to all of life, energy and nature.
I have myself experienced the benefits of this new, powerful workout and can say that it is truly transformational. Just as I like to blend business with creative, I also seek to improve my physical and mental self. Jennifer Kries has been a key player in my life’s journey. I’m very grateful for what she has and continues to share with the world.
Jennifer’s mind-body arts and fitness background is as rich and diverse as the life force flow that forms the foundation of her new series. Jennifer has enjoyed the benefits of Pilates for most of her life. She first discovered its timeless principles at age 13 in a mat class at New York’s School of American Ballet given by Pilates disciple, Eve Gentry.
She went on to study with three of Joseph Pilates’ original disciples throughout her professional dance career, starting with Eve Gentry, moving on to Romana Kryzanowska and then Ron Fletcher. With her background as a professional dancer and yoga devotee, she brings a dynamic and progressive, yet traditional perspective to her Pilates teaching. Her work transforms bodies and minds in keeping with the passionate spirit that led Joseph Pilates to create his system. She holds a certification through the original Pilates Studio under the guidance of Romana Kryzanowska and is one of a privileged few 2nd generation Pilates Master Teachers in the country. She has practiced yoga since 1988 and has been teaching and inspiring thousands with her unique approach to yoga since 1995.
As much a dancer as a fitness phenomenon, she made her professional debut at sixteen in Balanchine’s “Serenade” with Edward Villella’s Eglevsky Ballet. She trained with The School of American Ballet and after becoming a member of Pennsylvania Ballet at sixteen, was discovered by Matt Mattox disciple, Shimon Braun of Philadelphia’s Waves Jazz Dance Company. She quickly rose to the rank of principle, performing in such houses as the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Royal Festival Hall, London and L’Opera de Paris, as well as making guest appearances with Philadanco, the Bat Sheva Dance Company, Lar Lubovitch, Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseilles, Opus I Contemporary, Balletto di Toscana in Florence, and in film, Donald Byrd’s Next Step. She has an eclectic number of choreography and teaching credits, among them, New York City Ballet, Hubbard Street Chicago and Pennsylvania Ballet Summer residencies, Bat Sheva Dance Company, Tel Aviv and Sade’s music video “No Ordinary Love.”
~ drawn from jenniferkries.com