Mind Your Body Fitness

1413 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128 United States

Mind Your Body Pilates GYROTONIC® Fitness & Health Blog

August 25, 2010

Check out MYB’s Radio Spot!

A short while ago, we were interviewed by a student at Columbia University.  Check it out!



October 15, 2011

Strengthen Your Supports!

Through years of dancing and using my body, I’ve had my share of foot injuries. After suffering a dropped metatarsal, I saw Dr. Novella in New York City. He helped me avoid surgery with preventative foot strengthening exercise.  I now incorporate these as well as others from Irene Dowd and Deborah Lessen into my daily life and Pilates classes at Mind Your Body NYC. Here are a few for your review. I hope you find these Pilates foot exercises helpful!

What is your favorite Pilates footwork/ foot strengthening exercise?

October 15, 2011

A Pilates Workout for the Road

Gail, owner of Mind Your Body Pilates,  demonstrates a well-rounded Pilates workout that you can practice wherever your summer takes you!

February 17, 2014

New Pre-Natal & Post-Natal Group Classes to be Introduced with an In-House Workshop on How to Consider Pre or Post Natal Pilates Exercises

Pilates Upper East Side - Pre Natal Pilates UES - Post Natal Pilates NYC.jpgA Deeper Look: How to Consider

Pre -Natal or Post-Natal Pilates Exercises
Pilates Workshops NYC - Pre Natal Pilates exercise - Post Natal Pilates.jpgTaught by Allegra Lopez
Friday, March 14th
2:30 – 4:30 PM
1413 Lexington @92nd Street
Cost: $40.00

Pre-Natal and Post-Natal exercise and conditioning must be approached in very specific ways. Especially if certain front-loaded exercise moves are performed during and after pregnancy, a woman can really do damage – particularly to the upper abdominal and frontal rib cage areas of the body. Starting from the first trimester through delivery and particularly throughout the months after the baby is born, it is important to work with a certified Pre-and Post-Natal Pilates professional.

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Promotes maternal well being while preparing mom for physical demands of motherhood. Increases energy, reduces back pain and improves maternal posture; promotes healthy muscle: fat ratio. Proper exercise can reduce constipation as well as nausea and bloating or swelling and it may prevent or help manage gestational diabetes. Pre-Natal Pilates conditioning improves sleep, reduces stress and lessens potential on-set of depression. Exercising may promote longer gestation periods and healthier birth weights as well as promoting speedier postpartum recovery.

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The hormones produced during pregnancy cause the ligaments that support your joints to become relaxed. This makes the joints more mobile and more at risk of injury. The extra weight in the front of your body during pregnancy shifts your center of gravity and places added stress on joints and muscles, especially those in the pelvis and lower back. This can make you less stable, cause back pain, and make you more likely to lose your balance and fall, especially in later pregnancy. The extra weight you are carrying will make your body work harder than before you were pregnant. The changes in your body can make certain positions and activities unsafe for you and your baby.

Pre-Natal Pilates with its emphasis on breath, alignment and control is a great form of exercise that will not strain your joints or cause injury.

Pilates classes upper east side - Post Natal Pilates Upper East Side.jpgOne-on-One Pilates Sessions or Small Group Pilates Classes focus on the deepest core muscles – the transverse abdominal layer – as well as strengthening the pelvic floor – creating muscle memory that helps the body recover faster post-partum – plus, women are also more likely to return to an exercise program if they worked out during the nine months of pregnancy.

85% of prenatal exercisers gained abdominal tone in the first few weeks post partum compared to 45% who did not exercise. The mind-body breath connection use in Pilates can also help mother prepare for the breathing demands during labor. Traditional Pilates exercises can be modified to meets the specific needs of each mother, helping them to cope with the physical stresses of pregnancy.

Pilates classes upper east side - Post Natal Pilates - Mommylates.jpgExercise can also benefit your growing baby and give your baby a healthier start in life.  The placenta, which feeds the baby with nutrients and oxygen during pregnancy, has shown a greater growth rate with mothers who exercised. Not only do babies whose mothers’ exercised have healthier birth weights – studies show that these babies are less likely to be obese or develop type 1 diabetes in childhood.


Pre Natal Pilates Upper East Side NYC - Post Natal Pilates Upper East Side.jpgPregnancy will inevitably stretch and weaken the core transversus abdominis muscle, and during the post partum period the body experiences a number of hormonal changes. The new mother’s body may retain fluid for milk production even if mom chooses not to breast feed. This may make her muscles feel softer and weaker. It is important to recognize that it may take time to rebuild strength, and that her exercise program should be modified in order allow the body time to heal naturally.

Stay tuned for the announcement of starting dates of our Pre- and Post-Natal Group Classes, but if you’re in need now, don’t delay! Sign up for a Private Pre-Natal Pilates Session with Allegra or sign up for the upcoming workshop, just a few weeks away!

A Deeper Look: How to Consider Pre or Post Natal Pilates Exercises
Taught by Allegra Lopez
Friday, March 14th
2:30 – 4:30 PM
1413 Lexington Ave @92nd Street
Cost: Just $40.00

Allegra Lopez from Mind Your Body Pilates is certified in the BellaBellies® program of Pre and Post Natal Pilates: www.bellabellies.com - Bella Bellies® owner Anne Martens, along with the help of her mother, Registered Nurse Lorraine, created and designed the Bella Bellies® Teacher Training courses.

Note: The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the organization/standard referred to in terms of dues and don’t of prenatal exercise. Some of the information in this blog posting comes from Martens’ notes and also ACOG’s website.

January 29, 2014

Watch a great video from Wall Street Journal about GYROTONIC® and the stress-reducing, tension-releasing & core-strengthening benefits of method available at Mind Your Body Fitness

GYROTONIC®…revitalize your body!

The CEO of a busy luxury travel company extolls the virtues of GYROTONIC® in this video which shows the versatility of  this method offered here at Mind Your Body Fitness.

Video About the Benefits of GYROTONIC®

The series of circular and spiraling movements performed with the special GYROTONIC® apparatuses de-stress the body as well as granting flexibility, increasing range of motion, building a strong base of stability while at the same time enhancing joint mobility and, of course accessing core-strength.

The video shows how the straps and pulleys on the GYROTONIC® Tower traction the body in order to create space between the vertebrae and induce a lengthening of the entire spinal line.

It is a method which, as he points out, you really need an instructor for.

Mind Your Body has several instructors who specialize in the GYROTONIC® method.

Call the studio at 212-427-7960 to inquire about teachers and times available and

book you first GYROTONIC® session this week or this weekend.

January 15, 2014

January Pilates Workshop: “Feet First!” Strengthen from the Feet Up! with foot fitness exercises to assist in avoiding hammertoes, jammed heels, & worn toe pads – on Jan 24th

Feet First ! Strengthen From the Feet Up ! A Pilates Workshop on Friday, Jan 24th

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Gail Giovanniello, PMA® – CPT, Advanced Senior Pilates Teacher and long-time owner of Mind Your Body Pilates, who will be teaching this upcoming foot-oriented workshops says:

“I always tell my students that the feet are the wheels of the body! If we do not use them, we literally lose them! Prevention is the best thing one can do to avoid hammer toes, a jammed heel or achilles, a worn toe pad and week soft tissue. Grant it, we cannot completely defy aging but put me first in line to keep me upright and moving for as many years as possible.”

Pilates workshops Upper East Side NYC - Pilates classes Upper East Side - feet first.jpgThis workshop will introduce:

the “Foot Corrector” with four distinct exercises that are performed on it,

Joseph Pilates gismo (also done with a thick rubber band),

theraband work,

GYROKINESIS® stretches

and an extra special added treat!

Your feet will feel strong & released and the work will travel straight up the leg and have you standing stronger and moving more freely.

Gail looks forward to sharing this work with you!




Feet First! Strengthen from the Feet Up!  

Date: Friday, January 24th  

Time: 2 – 4 PM

Cost:  $ 40.00

Location: @ 1413 Lexington Ave @ 90th Street

 Call 212-426-7960 or sign up online

using the Workshops Tab

on the Online Pilates Class Sign Up