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The Healthy Lockdown: How Much Should Your Workout Hurt?

In front of the glare of a computer screen, you are sweating your way through an intense virtual workout, and every muscle in your body is complaining. Have you inadvertently thrown your back out? Or is this what your body is supposed to feel like after all those leg lifts and planks? How do you…

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Instructor Mayni

An insight of Mayni’s Pilates Journey: My Pilates journey started in two phases. First was when I was in my early-20s during which my main concern was to be physically toned enough to wear a bikini for a beach trip. It was a time when Pilates as an exercise just started becoming more mainstream in…

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The Spiral Advantage with GYROTONIC®

“Can you tell me why a spiral design seems omnipresent in our natural world and the universe?” writes in a curious reader to the popular science magazine Discover.  Across the board, it seems the swirls, curls, whorls and whirls of natural patterns arise from varying physical principles, and the bottom line answer is, “we don’t really know.”…

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Roasted Broccoli

This month superfood is Broccoli. Other than consuming all the various citrus fruits to boost your immune system, Broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables that you can bring to the table as it is packed with lots of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. There’s lots of ways you can cook your broccoli (even better if…

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Slow-Roasted Miso Salmon

Salmon is an excellent source of protein, packed with Omega-3 fatty acids making it the perfect weeknight meal when you need something nourishing on the table fast. This miso salmon recipe is simple, quick to make yet flavourful and delicious! You can even pair it with your usual carbo of rice or soba noodles. Add…

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Ankle Injury Prevention

Every year thousands of people flock to the pristine winter slopes in Niseko, seeking out that famous powder. If you are one of the lucky ones who is planning on doing the same this season, a gentle reminder that along with the abundance of snow, the beautiful views and the delicious ramen comes the risk…

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Tomato Hummus Detox Soup

After all the festive eating, it’s time for a little detoxing! This creamy Tomato Hummus Detox Soup recipe that we have sourced is perfect and has everything you could want to keep you healthy and nourished this season. It’s filled with tons of antioxidants and is great for digestion. It will be the best remedy…

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Pilates for Travellers

In our modern day lives, travel has become an essential part of not only our pleasure but our work as well. We all know how challenging keeping to a fitness routine can be when we are on the road. Thankfully, it is absolutely possible to keep up a Pilates routine while travelling from your airplane…

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Pomegranate Almond Cookies

With Christmas nearing, this Tahini & Pomegranate almond cookies recipe will be a perfect sweet treat for your guests if you are hosting a party. The cookies are spiced with cinnamon and ginger and what’s even better is its vegan & gluten free! To top it up, the pomegranate adds a pop of flavor and…

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Learn how to move on the Oov!

What’s an Oov? The unique curves of the Oov is designed to support the natural curvature of our spine to provide stability and/or mobility depending on where it is needed. It is made of a dense foam that’s engineered to compress under the user’s weight to a certain point, after which it will push back…

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Banana Oat Smoothie

Most of us usually don’t have the time in the mornings to make a healthy breakfast which is why this easy to make banana oat smoothie recipe is perfect to start your day. All it takes is 5mins to prep and you can even bring it to work! This smoothie offers a great source of…

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The Importance of Warming Up

Winter is fast approaching and just last week, there’s sight of the first snow on the peak of Mt Yotei which is visible from Focus’s Pilates and Physio clinic in Niseko Japan! As you consider your upcoming winter holiday, be it Japan or other location, it is worth putting some thought into how you are…

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Baked Avocado Boats

Baked avocado egg is simply delicious and is a perfect breakfast dish. It’s healthy, filling and easy to prepare! Also, by baking an avocado, it makes it exceptionally soft and creamy. In addition, Avocado has an insane amount of health benefits. It’s packed with potassium, loaded with healthy fats, high in fibre, rich in vitamin…

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Rev up your Pilates workout

Many of us are creatures of habit when it comes to exercising. We tend to attend the same classes or log the same workout and it’s perfectly normal especially if it’s a class that you simply love or a workout that your body is comfortable with. Though, it’s good to maintain a regular exercise routine…

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Shiitake Maki

Sushi is one of the more popular meal you will want to treat yourself to and definitely an all-time favorite for most! So why not plan a sushi day with your significant other or have a make-your-own sushi party with your friends and learn how to roll your own sushi the way you want it…

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How to deal with wrist pain?

Our wrist, a very mobile part of our body, plays a major role in our daily lives – from typing, to lifting a cup of drink, dressing/grooming, turning a door knob, wringing a towel, ironing and carrying a weight. Hence, discomfort at our wrist is a cause of concern for many. Read on as our…

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Vegan Lavender Ice Cream

It’s fine to say “yes” to a little self-indulgence sometimes especially with the hot erratic weather in Singapore. Treat yourself with this delicious, dairy-free, creamy, vegan lavender ice cream that is made with lighter and healthier ingredients. By adding in the aromatic lavender, it not only beautifies the look, it also helps to soothe and…

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Pilates during Pregnancy

It is recommended to maintain a consistent exercise routine as it is helpful for a fuss-free pregnancy and Pilates is an excellent low-impact form of exercise to do whilst pregnant. Below are a few of the many benefits of staying active during pregnancy: increased energy levels; more endorphin production, which promotes happier moods and better…

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Fresh Mango Salsa

Mango is in season now! This simple to make, sweet & spicy, refreshing mango salsa recipe will be a perfect appetizer for the hot weather. It can be served chilled with chips, on tacos or you could just eat it straight out of the bowl as a salad. It not only looks good, it tastes…

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Yoga Flow with Mins

If you’ve been interested in dance, creative improvisations or mindfulness through movement, you will have an opportunity to explore it in our Yoga Flow class which will be available from June.   This class is a Vinyasa (flow-based) practice,  where you follow the breath to flow from pose to pose, with Sun Salutations and its…

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Papaya Fruit Bowl

What better way to cool off in this warm weather than having a papaya fruit bowl? This sweet and yellow fruit works wonders in improving our digestive system and is a great source of antioxidants. Read on for the full recipe and give it a try! Ingredients 1 cup of natural Greek yoghurt 1/3 cup of…

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Does Pilates exercises help Scoliosis?

What is Scoliosis? Scoliosis is a common condition faced by many. Instead of a straight line down the back, there’s a sideway curve of the spine, sometimes looking like a letter “C” or “S”. Can we treat or prevent it? The onset of scoliosis cannot be prevented, unfortunately. Most cases of scoliosis (around 80%) are…

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Curried Cauliflower Soup

In this issue, we are thrilled to share with all the soup lovers this delicious curried cauliflower soup recipe that we absolutely love! Rich in colours and flavours, the ingredients in the soup are sure to nourish the body. Enjoy!   Ingredients 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into small florets, stems chopped Up to 4…

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We were Born to Run

It’s quite a dramatic opening line, however looking at our physiology, we are actually the most efficient running animal on the planet.  I’m not talking about speed; your neighborhood squirrel will beat you in a race to catch the bus, I’m talking about running efficiency and endurance. Over a long enough distance a trained runner…

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Vegan Quinoa Bread

Quinoa has increasingly become a go-to option for healthier meals and snacks over the years. Not only is quinoa an excellent plant-based protein source for vegans, it is also gluten-free and has beneficial effects on metabolism health. If you are a quinoa salad fan, we promise you will love this quinoa bread recipe we have…

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Yoga Alignment

An introduction to our New Yoga Alignment class In the vast and modern world of yoga, it can be quite daunting to set foot into a yoga class or find a yoga practice that suits. Once in, it can be equally easy to get caught up with the fancy poses and colourful spandex that the…

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Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

If you love smoothie bowl as much as we do, give this tasty and eye-pleasing recipe a try for your next weekend breakfast! Not only does smoothie bowl keeps you filling, it is also very nutritious and fun to make. Ingredients 1 handful of strawberries, stemmed ¼ pineapple, chopped 1 banana, peeled 1 cup plain…

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Visceral Manipulation

How does Organ Massage help our bodies to function optimally?   What is Visceral Manipulation a.k.a Organ Massage? Visceral Manipulation developed by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist, Jean-Pierre Barral is a gentle hands on technique used to enhance the motion of our organs and integrating movement of the body as a whole. Our organs…

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Longevity Noodles

This February marks the celebration of Chinese New Year and in this auspicious occasion every household will prepare the longevity noodles, a traditional dish to promote prosperity and good health for the year ahead. In the Chinese culture, noodles symbolise living to a ripe old age, so make sure you don’t break the noodles while…

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Start Pilates in 2019

With the end of 2018, you may be reflecting on fitness goals to set coming this new year. Be it reducing back pain, safely working out during pregnancy or rounding out your on-season training. Here are 5 great reasons on why you should start Pilates in 2019! Core stabilisation Pilates exercises are known to target…

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Kale Soba Noodle Bowl

We are excited to share this brightly coloured and healthy recipe to all real food lovers! If you are looking up for new recipes to try, this is one of our favourites you definitely need to add to your collection. Toss all your go-to veggies or proteins into the bowl and there you have a…

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