Align Pilates Team

Align Pilates Team

When the glutes and abs work harmoniously together the body will live happily ever after. In the last few years the abs have been getting a great deal of credit for a healthy back.

But the glutes (a.k.a. your bum) are just as important when it comes to proper posture and back health. And when the core and glutes coordinate and connect with one another magic truly happens!

The Pilates and yoga method have a firm understanding of the glutes and abs, with exercises and poses designed specifically to strengthen them.

The buttock area consists of muscles called the Gluteus Maximus, Gluteus Medius and Gluteus Minimus, as well as a group of six smaller but very important deeper hip muscles. Together they are known as the glutes and they have a number of import roles in the body. Gluteus Maximus, the largest, has a primary role to extend your leg backwards as your walk, run, climb stairs and get up from sitting. The Glutius Medius and Minimus work to stabilize the pelvis and femur, and aid in rotation of the leg.

The combination of both strong glutes and abs is what gives them their power. It also plays an enormous role in joint health. If the glutes and abs are not strong and working correctly with one another, other muscles in the body will take over whenever you walk, run or pick up something heavy. Muscles at the front of the leg, like the quadriceps and your psoas, which runs from the spine to top of the femur, may compensate and overwork. In turn this creates compression and tightness in your lower back. Your hamstrings may try to assist and shorten. The surface muscles along your spine may also try to pull the leg back to propelyou forward, as this is not their primary job, these back muscles will tighten and fatigue. Leading to many problems within the ankles, shins, knees and spine. But when working together, these muscles produce a powerhouse body that is stable and strong.

The Pilates and yoga method have a firm understanding of the glutes and abs, with exercises and poses designed specifically to strengthen them. Unite your glutes and abs today at Align and experience this loving relationship.

If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates and yoga experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 31896 Plaza Drive, Suite E-6 in San Juan Capistrano or visit

The New Year is already flying by, and with spring right around the corner, March is a great time to take a deep breath and reflect on personal progress. Take a moment this month to honestly ask if your New Year resolutions have truly brought the change you are seeking.

Humans are creatures of habit and there is no question, changing habits are hard. Especially when it comes to changing your body physically and mentally. Answer the questions below to see if your workout habits are leading you to a path of positive change this year.

1. Do you enjoy your workout?
After working out do you feel good, like you have accomplished something, or are you more hard on yourself and judgmental?

2. Is your posture better?
Does the workout vary enough to combat repetitive every day movements? If you walk into the gym and do the same exercises haphazardly every time, the answer is “No.”

3. Are You Pain Free?
Don’t confuse pain with burn, soreness, or fatigue. Most people ignore pain, and keep pushing through. DON’T! If you experience true pain during or after a workout something is wrong. Never settle for pain.

If you answered “yes” to these questions, great you’re on the right track. But if “no” is the answer, your workout is not serving you and the change you seek may never come. Fear not, Align is here to help. The Pilates and yoga method is grounded in the concept of mindfulness, to help induce positive emotions, better posture, and be executed in a pain free way. With this philosophy change will be achieved.

“Mindfulness can be thought of as moment-to-moment, non- judgmental awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a specific way, that is, in the present moment, and as non-reactively, as non- judgmentally, and as openheartedly as possible,” says Mindfulness pioneer Jon Kabat-Zinn. “For mindfulness is none other than the capacity we all already have to know what is actually happening as it is happening.”

Being aware of the mind’s tendencies only strengthens our ability to choose how to respond to our workouts and life. This ability to be mindful is what makes the change you seek this year possible.

If you want to get in shape, better your life, or just need help with finding the best Pilates experience, connect with Nicole or Cara by calling (949) 481-3577, stop by the studio at 26850 Ortega Hwy., Suite K in San Juan Capistrano or visit

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. - Abraham Lincoln


Many people at the beginning of the year have great intentions of getting in shape. But sadly, by mid February so many of them fall way. At Align we want that to change, we want you to succeed. We want to help you achieve your goals and and instill a long lasting love for movement, that will serve you the rest of your life.

Below you will find five reasons why you need Pilates and yoga in your life. These reasons go beyond losing weight to look good in your jeans. These are real reasons why you need to be moving everyday. Plus, a few tips to help you stay true to your intentions.

  1. You will be smarter: Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen when doing mindful movement, but many studies show that it boost your memory and helps you learn better.
  2. You will have better posture: Deviations in one’s posture is a cause for a large number of health issues today. Both Pilates and yoga directly address posture for the better and the result can create less pain in the body.
  3. More confident: Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and give you the power to overcome obstacles. When the workout gets tough, just like life, you know you can get through it.
  4. Relieve Stress: It has been proven that mindful movement helps minimize stress and brings the mind into a state of clam.
  5. Live longer/better: It's no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much longer. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking. And with proper strength, aging will be easy.

To keep yourself honest and committed, don’t overestimate your ability. Take small steps to your goals and add more as you go. Understand that it takes at least 90 days to see true change within the body. Nothing happens overnight. Plus, no one is perfect! Setbacks will happen and it’s okay because at Align Pilates and Yoga will always be here for you. Cheers to a healthier 2017!