A More Personal Post – Update on Me!

personal post koh samui

A More Personal Post – Update on Me!

I was looking through this blog, and realized that I had not written much about me lately. And there is quite a bit happening with me here!

Looking for Expat Opportunities

The most exciting news right now is that I am actively seeking expat work opportunities out of the US. I spent six years out of the country when we worked and lived in Turks and Caicos (on Providenciales and then at Parrot Cay by COMO), moving back to NYC to support my dying parents. They passed in 2013.

Then we didn’t really want to move Smiley, who was sick and old, and she passed at the beginning of 2016.

So, now it is just the two of us and our 30# Juniper. And after this presidential election, I am pretty sure that the US is not where I want to spend the rest of my life. If I do decide to stay here, I will most likely move to California.

I have always wanted to explore Asia, and to that end I had a Skype interview last night with a wellness resort on Koh Samui, Thailand. The interview went well, and I look forward to the next steps.

But, as I am also a believer in not overlooking anything, if you know of any opportunities in the Pacific or Indian Oceans (Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Bhutan, Australia, New Zealand), or CA, please let me know!

Got A Handle on Finances

Finances are tough for me. I hate tracking money, although when I do track money my life is much easier (go figure). After a crisis at the end of December, where we were just dead broke and in the hole, hubby and I have started tracking every penny, and it is working!

Ignoring problems doesn’t help. And I have a tendency to just say yes to everything, because I want everyone to be happy. It never works out well.

So now we save receipts and do spreadsheets every week. Bills get paid on time and we know what we are spending. What a relief!

Launched New Six-Week Pilates Programs

In my push to move more of my business online, I launched two separate six-week Pilates programs – Bye Bye Back Pain and Restore Your Core Diastasis Repair. Both are doing well, with the participants feeling better each week.

We are halfway through this first round, with a new round starting next Monday 13 February.

More about Bye Bye Back Pain Program here.

More about Restore Your Core Diastasis Recti Program here.

I am Teaching More Pilates via Skype and Facetime

As I transition to more global thinking, I am focusing more on teaching remotely. There are lots of folks who would like to work with me, most cannot make it to NYC to see me (and now that I only teach 4 days a week it is increasingly difficult to get a studio hour with me), and many are Pilates teachers.

I really can effectively teach people via video – skype or facetime. I just need to be able to see you, which simply means finding a good spot for your device! One of my remote clients is an experienced Pilates teacher who lives in California, and he is seeing changes in his body and how the work feels, as well as learning some new exercises and cues, in just 4 sessions.

And right now I am offering Skype/Facetime sessions to Pilates teachers for only $80 or 5@$360, and to none-teachers for $90 or 5@$400. You really can’t beat the price (since a regular private with me is $160) and you get all of the benefit of a great Pilates session.

I am growing to love remote teaching more and more! Contact me using form below to set up your Skype/Facetime sessions.

So, there you have it! My 2017 is, so far, working well. How about yours?

Want to Work with Me? Send Me A Message!


Healthy Snacks Roundup

Start 2017 Right with These Great-tasting Healthy Snacks

Healthy snacks are everywhere now, which is a great thing! This month I tried The new Quest Beyond Cereal Protein Bars, MetaBall Energy Snacks, and The Little Kernel Mini Popcorn. All of these are vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free.

1. Quest Beyond Cereal Bars

quest healthy snacksLeave it to the folks at Quest Nutrition to come up with a great tasting protein bar that reminds me of my favorite cereals. They sent me a box of the Beyond Cereal Bars in Cinnamon Roll flavor, which reminded me of Cinnamon Chex – so good and packed with 12g of protein and 7g of fiber, with only 2g net carbs and 110 calories! Since then, I have purchased a box of the chocolate, which reminds me of Cocoa Krispies. I have yet to try the waffle flavor.

2. Metaball 

Metaball snacks are interesting. Instead of a bar, these come like candy, in small balls. In some sensemetaball healthy snacks this is super convenient, since you can just grab a few at a time and reseal the bag, instead of eating two bites of a bar and being stuck carrying the rest in a napkin.

These come in four flavors – apple pie, mixed berry, chocolate brownie, and chocolate cherry. Each bag gives you 10g protein, 2g fiber, with higher carbs (they use tapioca syrup to sweeten) and 220 calories. They sent me one bag of each.

Flavor-wise, these are just OK. They are a bit bland, and the texture is somewhat mealy. Not horrible, but not the best.

3. The Little Kernel

The Little Kernel is a new brand of mini popcorn that is popped in olive oil, which gives it a rich, yummy flavor. I tried the Truffle Sea Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, and Sweet and Salty Kettle flavors.

I liked them all, as did hubby. The salty flavors were not too salty, and the kettle corn had a great balance of flavors (I love the sweet and salty combination).

 

Swiss Villa – The Best Cheese & Butter!

Swiss Villa Cheeses

Swiss Villa Has the Best Cheeses & Butter!

I get tons of review requests every week from food suppliers. Seriously. And most of them I ignore. Really, how many protein bars, protein shakes, green juices, chips, and similar products can a person ingest? I am so glad I didn’t ignore the email from Philip Lehman of Swiss Villa, LLC, makers of organic raw cheeses, butter, honey, and other yummy foods in PA’s Amish country.

Just before Hanukkah, a refrigerated box arrived at my house. It was a big box of cheese and butter. Seriously, they sent me one of just about every cheese they make. Goat, cow, and sheep. Cave aged and regular. I received everything from a funky cave-aged smoked blue to a mellow, mild gouda and havarti. As you can see in the photo above, I had an entire shelf of my refrigerator full of raw milk cheese.

A Moment of Unfounded Intimidation

I have to admit to a moment of intimidation. I have an iffy relationship with raw milk cheeses, as they can often be too salty, too funky, or too tangy. So I started with cheeses that I usually love.

The first two caved aged cheesethat I tried were that cave-aged clothbound cheddar you see in front, and the plain blue just behind it. Both were so good, we couldn’t wait to try more! My intimidation was completely unfounded.

Here is a good close up of that aged cheddar. Not too salty, a little dry but still creamy, and slightly sharp and funky.

The blue is equally yummy. Once again, not too salty, but creamy and funky in a way that I decided to pair with some good steak!

Suddenly, we were excited. Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, charcuterie with cheese, and omelets with cheese all beckoned.

swiss villa grilled cheeseBest Grilled Cheese

We started with homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

This is two flavors –

Baby swiss with herbed jack, and havarti with sharp goat cheddar, both on rye bread from Zabar’s on the Upper West side. We added mayo and sliced sweet tomatoes.

And finally, we grilled them in the fresh butter. Yum!

Macaroni and Cheese

Then we went for macaroni and cheese.

For this first one, we used a blend of smoked and sharp goat and cow cheddars. Once again, so great! Here is the finished product, with breadcrumbs.

Swiss villa mac and cheese

So far, we have sampled at least 12 cheeses, including feta, havarti, herbed jack, blue, various cheddars, and gouda. Every single one has been delicious. Every. Single. One.

So go to Swiss Villa, and get yourself some fabulous cheeses! And while you are there, scope out the honey, maple syrup, eggs, meats, and do not forget the butter!

 

Win the Full Salonpas Pain Relief Product Suite

salonpas pain relief

Salonpas Pain Relief Products Are My Go To!

I can remember my parents using BenGay for pain relief. That smell of the menthol and camphor was so strong!

A Less Messy and Smelly Alternative

As I grew up, I looked for products that smelled a bit better, but since everything uses the same base of camphor and menthol, I either avoided topical pain relief or just sucked it up with the smell. I tried IcyHot, Biofreeze, and even the Thermacare-style hot and cold packs.

Meanwhile, my Japanese friends were using Salonpas, which combines the camphor and menthol with an actual anti-inflammatory (methyl salicylate), and doesn’t smell as intense. They would bring me boxes when they went home to visit.

And because the products are Jet-sprays, gels, and patches of varying sizes, they are much less messy than the old ointments and creams.

FDA Approved for Pain Relief

But now, I can buy Salonpas here in the US! And in addition to the regular patches, sprays, and gels, they have a hot patch and a lidocaine patch – all of which are FDA approved for pain relief and are viable alternatives to increasingly expensive prescription patches.

salonpas pain relief ll

What Do I Use Salonpas For?

The toe I crushed in 2013 still vexes me, especially in damp cold. I wrap my toe in the small Salonpas patch and it really helps!

I have chronic nerve pain from shingles, and I use the large Lidocaine patch when that gets bad, as well as the heated large patch.

Hubby has chronic back pain, and a shot of the spray helps him feel better for 6-8 hours at a time.

Plus, if I am extra sore from working out or an old injury flares up, Salonpas really rescues me!

Recently, the Salonpas folks sent me the entire product line. And now, they would like to give this same set to you!

And we have a winner! Congratulations to Carol Reid. You should already have an email from me.

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

A 24 Hour Sale on Everything! New Year, New You

24 hour sale

Happy New Year, my friends!

I have some new programs to announce, as well as some great discounts on Skype sessions, and my existing Pilates and Reiki audios and eCourses.

This year I started with a gratitude practice, to set my energy and intentions for 2017. I intend this to be a year of sharing and abundance, reaching more people outside of my NYC home and spreading the Pilates and Reiki love!

  1. Save $50 on my NEW 6-week online Pilates Programs – Bye Bye Back Pain & Restore Your Core Diastasis Recti Repair

Register now for one of my new 6-week, on-line, Pilates programs and save $50 ($199 instead of $249). These programs start next Monday.

Read more about Restore Your Core! Diastasis Recti Repair Program, and then come back to use this link to purchase for just $199. This link will be gone tomorrow night!

Read more about my Bye Bye Back Pain Program, and then come back to use this link to purchase for just $199. This link will be gone tomorrow night!

2. Save 40% on Downloadable Pilates Audios and eCourse

Use code 2017 to download any or all of my digital Pilates products at 40% off. That’s right, 40% off today only!

All of the Pilates Audios, the Pilates for Back Pain eCourse, and the Usui Reiki I eCourse.

Just click here and use code 2017 at checkout for 40% off!

3. Try a Skype session for only $60 (save $40)!

Just like a private lesson with me, but you get to be home or in your gym, studio, or hotel! Just click the button below! I will be in touch to schedule within 48 hours.

4. Try an in-Studio session for only $100 (save $60)!

A private, hands-on session with me at either Real Pilates (Tribeca) or Pilates on Fifth (Bryant Park). Limit one per person. Just click below to purchase. I will be in touch to schedule within 48 hours.

I can’t wait to see you! Have a happy and healthy 2017.

Bye Bye Back Pain! 6-week Online Pilates for Back Pain Program

Bye Bye Back Pain

Bye Bye Back Pain!

This is the most effective exercise-based back pain relief program you will ever complete. It will work for muscular imbalances, herniated discs, sacro-iliac instability, and stenosis. Starts Monday, January 16, 2017.

Your satisfaction is my guarantee, or your money back.

You don’t have to live with back pain!

Learn how to find a neutral pelvis and strengthen your functional core. Gain more usable strength through proper breathing, correct form, and full body exercises including Pilates and bodyweight training.

Do the right exercises, at the right time, in the right way.

Throughout this program, we will be focused on safe and effective exercises that will help your back, as well as improving general strength, flexibility, and muscle tone. You’ll see the pre-pilates, modified pilates, and bodyweight strength workout moves that I use with all of my Back Pain clients.

If you follow the program, I guarantee that your back will feel better in 6 weeks!

In addition to less back pain, you can expect to see an increase in energy, better posture, and much more! Read the testimonials below to hear what my clients are saying about my Back Pain programs.

My Bye Bye Back Pain program will start on Monday, January 16, 2017. You will be added to a private Facebook group to learn the workout routines, and other pertinent information on January 16.

If you are ready to commit to this 6-week program, register below! Again, your satisfaction is my guarantee, or your money back.

The 6-week online training program will start on Monday, January 16.

What can you expect from this new on line program?

  • Convenient multi-week program that fits your busy schedule.
  • Accountability and a supportive approach that keeps you on track to accomplish your goals.
  • Affordable package option that is among the lowest cost options you’ll find (only $249 total).
  • The focus, quality, intensity, and commitment you’d expect from me, a Pilates expert and trainer with over years of success!

Here’s how it works:

  • Six-week on line training program starting on January 16.
  • You will be expected to follow a 5-day per week, 15-30 minutes per day, workout plan that includes written workouts and hyperlinked videos.
  • Exercises will be appropriate for all levels with modified options for beginners. The workouts will include breathing exercises, pilates, and bodyweight training.
  • Participants will be required to pay in advance and fill out all health forms and waivers before the program begins.
  • Participants will be required to do daily check-ins with me via email or Facebook group.
  • The training program is payable via cash, check, or PayPal ($249 total).

Please register for the training program using the button below. I am only accepting the first 50 people who register and several spots have already been filled. The price is $249. Use the button below to pay and register.

Within 48 hours after you register, I will send you the health and liability waiver forms. Payment (in full) and all forms are due prior to the start of the program. Please let me know if you have any questions at all!


To pay using cash or check, or to ask any questions, call (347) 462-6932 or email using this form:

Read what current clients are saying about my Back Pain Program:

“Working with Lynda, I can’t tell you how much she has helped me with my bad back. Her pilates and fitness program compliments my yoga practice. No matter how crooked I wake up in the morning her affect is remarkable, Lynda has become a must on my list.”

Donna Karan

I had the great fortune of finding my way to Lynda several months after my third back operation. I was terribly deconditioned and in desperate need of building a solid foundation that would allow me to recover enough strength to begin to recover what I had lost so many years earlier because of the problems caused by lower back disc compression and stenosis. Nothing was forced other than impressing the need to be committed to the program and to trust that it would work with time. The results came pretty quickly with strength returning to my legs and to my core within two weeks of starting the program Lynda laid out for both our in-person sessions and for my work at home.

David Richman

Top 5 Pilates Blog Posts from 2016 That You Must Read

Top 5 Pilates blog posts 2016

A Top 5 Pilates Blog Posts list should be an obvious New Years Eve thing, but it wasn’t in my brain until I read through Joan Stewart’s Publicity Hound newsletter this morning and found her 10 Blog Posts from 2016 That You Can’t Afford to Ignore post.

So, without further ado, here is my very own curated list. These are the ones I believe to be the most valuable, not necessarily the ones that got the most traffic.

Top 5 Pilates Blog Posts from 2016 That You Must Read

1. Why I Do Pilates

Why it’s important:

It isn’t easy to find a clear explanation of the benefits of Pilates. Here I answer the question, What does Pilates do really well that other exercise methods may not? 

2. Breathing

Why it’s important:

We all have to breathe. It is important to our continued ability to function! Here is the science behind how we approach breathing in Pilates, and why we inhale to start many Pilates exercises. If you have issues with hernia or diastasis recti, this post will give you some answers.

3. Pelvic Stability, Pilates, and Back Pain

Why it’s important:

Every single client I have seen over the past 27 years who came in with back pain had an unstable pelvis. Every single one! Understanding pelvic stability is the key to dealing with back pain.

4. Why Pilates Audios Are Awesome

Why it’s important:

Most of us only exercise when and where it is the most convenient. We like to stay home or close to home, and do things that require very little set-up and extra stuff. Pilates audios are an inexpensive and convenient way to start or keep up your Pilates practice anywhere.

5. About That Colonoscopy…

Why it’s important:

Colon cancer is a preventable thing, and the best prevention is colonoscopy, where a doctor looks at the inside of your large intestine (rectum and colon), checking for growths and polyps. Here I share my entire experience.

I hope that you found this list of my top 5 Pilates blog posts from 2016 useful and interesting. Happy New Year and have a great 2017!