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Meet the Team: Carrie Foster Heberling

interviews pilates Aug 08, 2016

Carrie has a Degree in Exercise Science from FIU, where she also competed as a Division 1 Swimmer. 

 

Her love for Pilates came about while nursing a shoulder injury and trying to find a workout routine she loved after 15+ years of swimming. After a few years of practicing, she completed the Core Advancement Teacher Training at Pilates in the Grove.

Outside of the studio she Coaches swimming and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.

 

Questions for Meet The Team

 

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast

Eggs with GF toast and spinach

 

I don’t leave home without?

 My water

 

If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him or have him teach you?

I’m not sure that I could pick just one thing, I’d like to know everything. I think I would have just latched onto his side and followed him around.

 

What qualities do you admire in a teacher?

 Passion, humor, someone who pushes you, knowledge

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Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day, so much so that I have been known to eat breakfast burritos for lunch and dinner too. 

As much as I love the taste of a greasy burrito or breakfast sandwich, my gut doesn’t always agree with me afterwards.  I have put together some of my favorite healthy recipes for all my fellow breakfast lovers out there that are not only delicious, but easy to make! Breakfast is important – not only is it the first meal of your day, but it also sets the tone for the next 12-15 hours you spend awake. Let’s make it count!

 

Berry Banana Steel Cut Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker (adapted from kimscravings.com)

 

Vegan and gluten-free

 

Ingredients:

 

  • 1 cup steel cut oats (may be gluten free if needed)
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1-2 cups of frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2...
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Pilates On the Go!

Summer’s here and your regular workout routine has gone haywire!

 The kids are home, each one in a different Summer camp which means various drop off and pickup times. Vacations are planned and you miss your usual Pilates classes. Not to worry, you don’t have to wait till Summer’s over to get back to Pilates. All you need is a little space and a mat and voila!

 

Here are a few of my favorite, very effective mat Pilates exercises that you can do at home.

 

To increase abdominal strength:

 

1. Hundred Lying on back, knees in tabletop position, arms by sides. Inhale to prepare. Exhale to roll head, neck and shoulders off the floor, maintaining axial elongation. At the same time, reach hands along the floor to hover just off mat. Keep knees bent or extend legs to 45 degree angle. Inhale for five counts, exhale for 5 counts while pulsing arms. Repeat breathing pattern 10 times and lower back to starting position. Focus: Keeping the...

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Why Pilates?

I will never forget the day I first walked into PITG. We had just moved to the neighborhood, and  were coming home from eating out somewhere close by. I saw the little Pilates in the Grove sign and got really excited. I had an Aunt whom was just going through her teacher training in Austin, TX and she had recommended I look into taking some classes.
 
 
To give you some background, I was a collegiate swimmer who got injured going into my senior year. I tore my labrum and had to get shoulder surgery. I had graduated a year before and was still trying to find my groove. It’s weird going from working out 30+ hours a week to sitting at a desk. I also hadn’t found anything I really truly enjoyed to do to workout.
 
 
So back to that day, I walked into the studio and spoke to Jackie. She was sweet and friendly, showed me the studio, I took a class schedule and walked out. I had never tried Pilates on a reformer before. I had taken a mat class here and...
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Make a Difference: Eco Friendly Lifestyle Choices

Committed to clearing up your act? Your eco-friendly, green lifestyle, that is. Hooray! The planet is already thanking you.

 

An eco-friendly lifestyle goes beyond simply recycling, or even driving a hybrid car. Below, find a list of some in-depth considerations to take into account.

 

Water Consumption:

 

Are you doing everything possible to conserve our planet’s precious H2O? Be sure that you’re taking short showers, turning off water when brushing teeth or washing dishes, conserving water by running loads of laundry or dishes only when you’ve got a full load, timing sprinkler systems and pool filters to run at the minimum levels and being generally water conscious at all times.

 

Everyday Life:

 

Be aware of how much you’re driving and make an effort to bike and walk as much as possible (these are healthy choices, too!). Take your purchases into account: are you shopping locally? Are you aware of organic jewelry and clothing? Do...

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Healthy Snacks: On-The-Go!

Let’s face it, many of us have busy schedules which can make it difficult to maintain a healthy eating routine.

However, it is possible to do with a little preparation and the knowledge of what to grab in a pinch. Below find some of my favorite healthy snacks and quick recipes to help you stay nutritious while on-the-go!

 

Snack options in healthy portions:

  • 1 oz. or 23 Almonds and 2 Tbsp. raisins
  • Celery and 1-2 Tbsp. of almond butter (or peanut butter)
  • 10 Pita Chips with 2 Tbsp. of hummus
  • 14 Baked Tortilla Chips and salsa and/or 2 Tbsp. guacamole
  • Veggie sticks (celery, carrots, cucumber) with 2 Tbsp. hummus
  • Kale chips (make your own, recipe below)
  • Zucchini oven chips (make your own, recipe below)
  • Apple slices (1 small apple) with almond butter or Better’n peanut butter (found at Whole Foods and Trader Joes)
  • 1 oz. or 85 Pumpkin seeds and craisins (1/4 cup)
  • Greek yogurt with granola (Tip: read labels...
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Meet the Team: Nikita Chugani

interviews pilates Jun 27, 2016

Nikita’s 13 years of Pilates training includes mat and all apparatus. 

She completed her Comprehensive Pilates Training through Polestar Education and is a PMA-certified Pilates instructor.

 

Originally from London, England, she lived in the Caribbean for 20 years.  There, she opened and managed a gym and spa in 2002 where she taught pilates.  She sold the business in 2010 and moved to Miami.  She started to teach Pilates at other people’s gyms and studios.

 

Her passion for pilates which began in 2002 has grown stronger with each class that she teaches.  Her goal is for every client to achieve their personal goals and to leave every class feeling challenged and accomplished.

 

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast

Green juice and an apple

 

I don’t leave home without???

 My sweater! Miami – it’s hot outside, but cold inside!

 

If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him or have him...

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Can Pilates Help With Incontinence?

Yes, we said incontinence.
Come on- we wrote a blog about how Pilates will make your sex life better, you think we’re too embarrassed to write about this? Nope! We’re actually writing about this topic because more than one of our clients has disclosed that this is an issue for them- and Pilates can help with incontinence! There are 2 main types of incontinence: stress and urge. Stress incontinence is when you sneeze, or cough or laugh or jump up and down, and urine leaks out. Urge incontinence happens when you have a sudden and intense urge to urinate- even if you went a few minutes prior. There are several other classifications- but these are the two main ones that most people experience. But does it really matter what we call it? The bigger issue is that you’re peeing when you don’t want to and you want to know how to fix it, right?
 
 

What Causes Incontinence?

 

The two most common things that cause stress incontinence in women are...
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Can Pilates Help With Incontinence?

Yes, we said incontinence. Come on- we wrote a blog about how Pilates will make your sex life better, you think we’re too embarrassed to write about this? Nope! We’re actually writing about this topic because more than one of our clients has disclosed that this is an issue for them- and Pilates can help with incontinence! There are 2 main types of incontinence: stress and urge. Stress incontinence is when you sneeze, or cough or laugh or jump up and down, and urine leaks out. Urge incontinence happens when you have a sudden and intense urge to urinate- even if you went a few minutes prior. There are several other classifications- but these are the two main ones that most people experience. But does it really matter what we call it? The bigger issue is that you’re peeing when you don’t want to and you want to know how to fix it, right?
 

What Causes Incontinence?

 

The two most common things that cause stress incontinence in women are pregnancy (pre-...
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Sabine’s Summer Reading List

My favorite part of summer is the extra time for summer reading.

My work schedule slows down a bit and the days are longer and it’s perfect for early morning or late night reading outside (or by the pool or snuggled up in bed!). I am an incredibly slow reader, which is a blessing and a curse because the books I love last longer but when I was in school I could never keep up with my homework. Somehow I made it through school (hating reading), but now I love reading! Below I’ve listed some of my favorite reads in different categories. Hopefully you’ll find something that peaks your interest. Enjoy!

 

Biography:

 

1. Open by Andre Agassi. I’m not a huge tennis fan but I enjoy watching the finals of the major tournaments and occasionally I play with my husband. I’m lucky if I hit the ball 4 times in a row but I look the part with my cute tennis outfit! This book kept my interest throughout and has a great message of listening to your heart...

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