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Up for a real challenge today? Join Niedra Gabriel for this beast of a workout in which she treats you to periodic bits of insight into the mechanics behind an exercise - reigniting your strive for perfect technique while sneaking in just enough time for a tiny - much needed - breather! Her detailed guidance throughout will bring that studio one-on-one feel straight to your living room - let it in and feel the burn! Visit Niedra at: http://spirit-moves.com/.  

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  1. janefritz 3 years ago

    This was a great, instructive video! Thank you! You may want to edit out the section where Niedra’s cell phone rings about 3/4 of the way through 🙂

  2. Helena Birecki
    Helena Birecki 4 years ago

    Beautiful! I especially loved the roll down into the criss cross “stretch.” Thank you!

  3. joesmat 4 years ago

    Dear Niedra:

    You have chosen two fine and gracious Lady Pilates Practitioners here to demonstrate your Instructions. I suspect they may be Instructors!

    Roll Over: The “Bottoms Up Variation” .
    Was this variation taught to you by Romana Kryzanowska with the knees bent at 90 degrees above the hips in the set up, and then taking the legs up toward the face before straightening them in a high diagonal?
    In an archival piece of video we see Joe Pilates demonstrating a not dissimilar version in a field, whereby, he takes his legs straight from the ground and brings them straight up at a high diagonal position, and then clearly drops his legs to the ground (legs together) and completes the movement rolling his legs down close to his chest. Perhaps the version you had the two Ladies demonstrate, is a derivative of Joe Pilates version in the field!

    Shoulder Bridge:
    Interesting how you had the Ladies move their legs forward to get the legs to work more to achieve the lift of the mid section. This was very effectively demonstrated recently in a video by Sandy Shimoda to recruit the requisite muscles.

    Seal to Standing Demonstrated:
    Here you reached your arms overhead, as you initiated momentum, by driving your upper bodyweight forward and simultaneously, reaching your arms forward to come up to standing with your heels close together and feet apart. Traditionally, we would cross the feet, and I am curious to know, if the version you taught here is your own derivation or if it came from Romana Kryzanowska?

    Thank you. Perhaps, you will show us your Super Advanced Mat work sometime soon!

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