Di’s Story – A Story of a Rebel Determined to Claim her Life Back

It was just another day when I received an online inquiry about Pilates. I emailed back and got in touch with Di. We spoke briefly on the phone. Di sounded quiet. She had Lyme disease. She wanted to give Pilates a try at the recommendation of her sister. She had all over body weakening and knee swelling and inflammation. I asked her if she can take stairs. She said that she should be able to. We scheduled a consultation for her to come visit the studio and meet each other.   A few days later, the appointment time came. Here came this young and beautiful girl. She was maybe mid 30s. Her posture was slumped, her shoulders rounded forward, her knees quite swollen. She came slowly down...



My mom and I are quite opposite personalities. She is quiet and the epitome of grace and politeness. Then there is me - outspoken and opinionated.   Mom has never been the workout type. She loves walking but that’s about it. I guess it’s part of our Bulgarian culture and her generation - working out wasn’t the thing. Neither was self care.   Mom has tried Pilates and actually enjoys it. But she never wants to bother me or impose so she doesn’t do it...


I love this new trend….the word of the year. Last year, I picked the word GROWTH. Unannounced, the word SURRENDER accompanied it. Somehow and inevitably, both words appear to be mutually dependent – in order to grow, one must surrender; in order to be able to surrender, one must grow. 2018 was an amazing year. Indeed, a year full of personal and professional GROWTH and a year where the word SURRENDER gained even more respect in my Rebellious world. SURRENDER as trust that everything that is happening is taking place for a reason, trust that even when things don’t go my way, they are going the way they are supposed to go. A prominent sign in my bedroom faces me each day I wake up: “TODAY YOU...


WHAT IS IT: A synthetic form of vitamin A THE GOOD: Demonstrate effective anti-agin properties including speeding up cell turn over and reversing sun damage. THE BAD: May increase skin cancer risk for sun-exposed skin. In high doses, may pose development toxicity. EWG RATING: 9 (high hazard) Rated with a high overall hazard, including high rating for developmental & reproductive toxicity and low cancer concerns. Check out info under Biochemical or cellular level changes and Cancer. There are quite a few studies on the ingredients in this category but below are a couple of easy-to-comprehend summaries on the topic. SUMMARIES: http://www.safecosmetics.org/…/retinol-and-retinol-compoun…/ https://blogs.webmd.com/…/retinol-when-to-use-it-and-when-t… EWG RATING - RETINOL: https://www.ewg.org/…/ingr…/706889/RETINOL_%28VITAMIN_A%29/… EWG RATING - RETINYL PALMITATE: https://www.ewg.org/…/RETINYL_PALMITATE_%28VITAMIN_A_PALM…/… EWG RATING - RETINYL ACETATE: https://www.ewg.org/…/RETINYL_ACETATE_%28VITAMIN_A_ACETAT…/… Do you use products with these ingredients?...

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