Connecting The Movement

Integrating a sequence of movements into “flowing postures” creates internal energy, heating up the body and pumping the heart steadily. Each pose flows right into the next inspiring a deeper release, brilliant momentum and internal heat. Maintaining steady, rhythmic breathing is the single most important element of a yoga practice. As you become skillful at matching your breath to your movement, the two will no longer feel separate.

The breath should begin before the movement and act as your guide. In general, you inhale as you rise into the pose and exhale as you fold down to close the pose. Maintain equal duration for both the inhale and exhale breath, timing each movement with a full inhale and a full exhale. Throughout your practice, keep remembering to breathe…deep and free.

Standing In The Feet And Balance

Standing and balancing postures involve two key elements; a focused gaze and the breath. Learning the art of breathing correctly feeling movement inside the body as you breathe, allows you to find your center line of gravity and discover your own weightlessness. A concentrated steady gaze inside and outside the body centers you, streamlining your attention to a single point of focus. In all balancing poses, your gaze is essential and comes from a calm centered mind.

Learning to stand correctly on the feet with the big toes and heels in a line (not at an angle), will systematically contract the hips, draw the abdomen back toward the spine and bring the chest forward. Take a look at where the sole and heel of your shoes wear out. Bearing your weight on the heels, or on the inner/outer edges of the feet cause alignment problems and hamper spinal flexibility. It is therefore essential to master the art of standing correctly.

Correcting Skin Conditions

Result driven, professional skin care treatments and home care products are essential in our youth and as the skin matures. Understand the condition of your skin first before purchasing any skin care product, as all products are not created equally and therefore may be inappropriate depending on your skin type.

Correct the condition of your skin first and then add active ingredients found in Vitamin C serums, peptides,  advanced retinol and growth factor products. GM COLLIN professional skin care products have scientifically proven corrective results for all skin types. 

Correcting Oily and Acne Skin:


Oily skin is caused by excessive activity in the oil glands. Proper treatment to help control oil production and improve the skin’s organic balance.

Derm Renewal treatments are mild acid peels that normalize oily skin. An effective treatment that clears the skin of imperfections, smooths scar tissue and promotes healthy cell renewal.

Home Care: Pureacne/oxygen Line, Derm Renewal Gel, Acne Complex


Correcting Skin Dehydration:

Water is to the skin what soil is to the plant. It is essential to water the soil before fertilizing, to ensure uniform distribution. The same applies to the skin- the epidermis must be sufficiently moist before it is fed any active ingredients.

Active Vitamin C treatments bind water to the skin and strengthen loss of tone associated with dehydration. Vitamin C brightens uneven pigmentation revealing a luminous complexion. Dark circles, puffiness and fine lines around the eyes are reduced.

Home Care: Hydramucine Line, Vitamin C Serum, Phyto-White Concentrate

Sensitive, Reactive Skin Solutions:                                                                                                                            

There are 3 conditions common to sensitive skin: Stinging and heat sensations, easily irritated and often   unpredictable, heredity and stress.      GM Collin skin care treatments and products are specific to each condition   

Algo Mask has the corrective elements of the sea and provides a thermo-cooling effect on the skin for diffusing redness and improving acne. This mask provides is excellent to detoxify the skin and provide instant radiance.

Home Care: Sensiderm Line, Vasco Tonic Concentrate, Ceramide Complex

Fine Line Prevention

Fending off fine lines isn’t all that different                                                  from packing for a winter vacation…Think layers


20′s   Sunscreen is critical now for preventing wrinkles later. Using an antioxidant serum in the morning and layering sunscreen over is key to minimized sun damage that will later contribute to fine lines.

30′s   You will want to add an over the counter Retinol to promote collagen production. At first use the product every other night or every 3rd night, on top of your antioxidant serum. If this does not make your skin sensitive, work up to nightly use.

40′s    Retinol products nightly is a must. Adding products with growth factors and peptides are highly recommended. Alternating products on a bi-monthly basis works miracles: for example combine the use of vitamin C serums with retinol for 2 months, then switch to using peptide serums and retinol. Professional peels mid to deep depth in a series twice a year will give your skin a face lift effect. Other great facials include pumpkin peels with a retinol A over it.

50′s   You may need to downshift your at-home efforts as the skin tends to become more sensitive with age. More professional facial treatments that encourage strengthening the skin like Vitamin C treatments. The use of ultra sound to encourage blood flow and oxygen help plump the skin and increase cellular turn over. Collagen gels are also excellent for feeding the skin and keeping moisture in. Daily use of ceramides will keep the complexion dewy and youthful.

GM Collin has by far, hands down the best corrective and anti-aging products. Result driven and scientifically proven formulas that combine nature and the latest technologies.

Pilates Is The Essence Of Natural Balance

Observations of  science and art in coordinated natural movements

“The Pilates Method”

The  prime consideration that one must be willing to accept when making a decision to become more fit is the fact that exercise must be continued throughout life to sustain any benefits you gain from it.

Two emphasized movements exist in Pilates: Western exercise approach which focuses attention on muscle tone, strength and motion. Eastern approach on being centered, calm, whole with an emphasis on stretching and limberness.

Principles Of The “Method”

  1. Concentration to the movements
  2. All physical motion completely controlled by the mind
  3. Physical center where all motion originates & strengthening this center
  4. Flowing motion outward from a strong center
  5. Seek precision in coordinating all movements
  6. Learn to breathe, coordinating breath with each movement of an exercise

Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said  “To neglect one’s body for any other advantage in life is the greatest of follies”

USD Summer Session

A Greater Understanding Of “The Inner Body”

Much of my understanding comes from thinking of my students as “teachers” and taking “instruction” from their movement patterns. By using my eyes and touch I construct a sense of the individuals anatomy that is particular to each person I come in contact with. I have learned that as long as a new pattern of thinking is active during movement, then a new pattern of muscle activity is automatically being used to decrease physical stress and a more balanced alignment of skeletal parts.

Over a period of time and daily attention to new patterns in thinking and action, the body’s shape will be transformed. I watched this transformation in students who committed 2 times a week for 6 weeks at USD’s summer fitness yoga program;  Strength, endurance, alignment, body shape, focus and breathing were dramatically different. By the last week of the program everyone was up in supported head stand in the center of the room….Bravo and Well Done!

Looking forward to an outstanding Fall Semester