Friday, November 17, 2017

General information about PS)Breathe!

PS) Breathe!  
• is an anatomically safe and grace-filled class 
• improves balance, flexibility, and strength 
• is Christ centered 

        Here is an outline of the class: 

   Divine Mercy Chaplet while breathing deeply to warm up the body  
           18min 15seconds

   1st Decade:  First through fifth position port de bras slowly 
            2nd Decade: Cambré port de bras
             3rd Decade:  Tendu, Releve, plié combination
            4th Decade:  Tendue combination (DP)
            5th Decade:  Sitting cambré port de bras w/ augmented straddle

2) SUPINE strength, flexibility

3) ADAGIO  grace, strength, stamina, balance

4) MAJOR MUSCLE GROUP  (targeted areas)  strength, flexibility, stamina 

    SENDING FORTH       4min. 38seconds

All classes are multi-level and self-paced.

a pilates or exercise mat   
a sweat shirt   (in case the AC is super cool)
bottle of water (for during and after exercise) 

PS)Breathe! was created by Peggy Cortez over 15 years ago. 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Is Yoga Right for You?

Yoga is an integral part of the Hindu religion.  Most Hindus worship one "being" of ultimate oneness (Brahman) through infinite representations of gods and goddesses.  There is a common saying:
“There is no Yoga without Hinduism and no Hinduism without Yoga."

Here are some points to take into consideration when deciding if  yoga is right for you.

--->  The "Ohm" gesture is an invitation for Brahman to enter the soul according to "The Sivinanda to Yoga."  
---> Yoga is done to honor and invoke the goddess, Shiva the Destroyer.
--->  The salutations to the sun poses are a greeting & homage* to the sun god.  
--->  The "Namaste" salutation literally means "from the god in me to the god in you."
The "Namaste" salutation is an acknowledgment of divinity in a person -- not Christ in their hearts or recognition of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit but recognizing each person as a god or deity Hindus strive to be one with their "god" and do not recognize the Holy Trinity (or any part thereof - God the Father, Jesus our Savior or the Holy Spirit)
---> God is characterized as an impersonal "universal spirit" having many names.
--->  Yoga supports the teaching that eternal life is achieved by gaining good karma in as many lifetimes as it takes to achieve the level of perfection necessary.
--->   Yoga supports the teaching that there are many different paths that lead to eternal life that do not include Jesus.
Need any more reasons to steer clear of yoga?

--->  Yoga can actually be harmful . . . .  Over 4,500 people ended up in the emergency room after yoga injuries in 2006 (according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) and the incidence is rising.

---> Often common sense and anatomical basics are  overlooked because a class is called ‘yoga.’
For example, full ‘Lotus,’ ‘Locust’ and ‘Plough’ are contraindicated for the general public, according to the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise.  And, it’s not just beginners who are injured in yoga classes. It is the foundational nature of yoga that is being questioned.

---> Yoga is built on ancient religious worship as its primary focus, not modern fitness guidelines. Jeffrey Halbrecht, M.D., medical director for the Institute for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine in San Francisco says.  It’s not only newbies who are getting hurt. “I’ve treated more experienced yogis than rookies.”

---> *Homage:  Done to honor, show respect or in celebration of someone or something  
---> The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra (
". . . in the West, intelligent people (deny Hinduism is an integral part of yoga) . . . why do they talk like this?
Of course, it is clear. (It is) pure MARKETING, money, and power. If they say that Yoga is Hindu, no Christian, no atheist, no person belonging to any other dogmatic religion will practice Yoga . . . . I (would tell) everybody who wants to practice Yoga that they are the ones who have to pay the price. I would tell them that Yoga is undoubtedly Hindu, and (there are beliefs) that your religion . . . rejects. Are you ready for that?
If the answer is yes, then you are absolutely welcome.


  • Jeffrey Halbrecht, M.D., medical director for the Institute for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine in San Francisco
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • American Council on Exercise

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Prayers for Class

Leader: Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.

All: And enkindle in them the fire of your love.  

Leader: Send forth your spirit and they shall be created.

All: And you will renew the face of the earth.

Leader: Lord by the light of your Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful.  In that same spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in His consolation.  We ask this through Christ Our Lord. 

A prayer taken from part of the Breastplate Prayer  of St. Patrick 
Christ behind me and before me,
Christ beside me, Christ within me,

Christ beneath me and above me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.