“Yoga Puppetry” Wall Yoga Method

It is easy to forget the compounded effect gravity has on the body over the span of a lifetime. Traction has been used for decades to offload joints and prevent further degeneration. The yoga wall was established by B.K.S. Iyengar and what really gives it an edge over performing poses in a normal yoga floor class is you understand the correct action of the posture rather than forming the shape of the pose with your body. The student is made more aware of how the posture should really feel – how to move the skeleton to achieve proper alignment and – how to activate & release particular joints and muscles by making adjustments to the body while fully supported.

Achieving this stability in a pose has a profound impact on steadying the nervous system and the breath. The wall offers considerable versatility and in this respect, it acts like a partner supporting the body while it lengthens, stretches and opens. Wall yoga provides a myriad of benefits and opens up a world of possibilities that help students expand their practice no matter what their level of experience.

Restore Crepey Skin Cells

Aging skin may be an issue for you but there are ways to minimize crepey skin. With the proper  approach and some patience the appearance of healthy skin can be restored. To achieve this highly desirable result use a good stiff brush, no handle to thoroughly stimulate, circulate and remove dead skin cells. Your skin will soon respond most gratifyingly to this perhaps seemingly “Spartan-like” treatment and aquire in the process a new, fresh, glowing appearance, and develop a texture smooth and soft to the touch. So brush away merrily and heartily. Restorative body products that contain collagen, retinols, olive oil, ferulic acid or combination of these can improve the look of aging skin. So slather it on…

Dive Skins “Bonaire inspired”

A recent diving holiday on the tranquil Dutch island of Bonaire inspired my latest collection. Prior to my trip I pulled out my dive skin only to find the fabric had lost it shape. I designed a few new skin’s from my legging patterns and fabric collection. To my surprise and delight other divers at Harbour Village Resort bought the skins I brought with me. A vacation I won’t soon forget at a fabulous 5 star resort www.harbourvillage.com with some of the best dive instructors I have met.
Dive Skin Collection 2017

Leg Up Designs

A few of the “Leg Up Designs” I am constructing for active movement. Instructor inspired, tailored to sculpt the thighs, hips and waist. Italian lycra blend fabrics in a composition of playful patterns and brilliant color. Currently marketing as private label to studios and boutiques.

To be added soon…”Cover It Collection” by Leg Up.


Contact: legupdsgn@eastvillagewellness.com

Honey Bee Waist

According to my way of thinking, the aim of creating strong abdominals, or a “honey bee” waist, (a phrase used in Switzerland), by a forced “pulling in” is self-defeating. Holding in the stomach reduces the amount of motion available to the diaphragm. The organs receive less of a massaging effect since their motion within the abdominal cavity is restricted; in turn reducing their tone and making the stomach bulge even more.  Pulling in the abdomen causes the ribs to lift and buttocks to tuck.

I remember being given these instructions “suck in your stomach, it will keep the weight out of your legs and make you become lighter”. Without fail this caused me to become very tense and rigid, I could not breathe properly and under these circumstances centered, fluid movement seemed minimal. From a standpoint of physics, the only way to become lighter is to lose mass or move to a planet with less gravitational pull.

The aim is to achieve vitality rather than a tight feeling in the stomach area. If you join with gravity you will be much more successful in the end. You need to use the ground under your feet efficiently and up through your bones. Once the gripping body is freed, the muscles will align and lift. When you can feel your weight you gain control and find stability. To be lighter you need to feel your weight.

There is no better training for the abdomen and the organs than deep breathing. I should mention here, that in many cases nutritional factors play a role in abdominal imbalances. On exhalation the abdominals naturally organize the organs toward the center of the body. Exercising the muscles of pelvic floor will create deep support of the abdominals and balance of the entire spine.

How to find your pelvic floor:

Sit up straight on a wooden stool (no pad), feet & knees a few inches apart. You should be able to feel two egg like bones (if not gently rock back and forth and you will feel them). These are your sitz bones close your eyes and find your breath moving inside ribs opening and closing chest rising and falling (not forced breathing). Bring your attention to your sitz bones and on inhale see if you can feel them move away from each other and on exhale towards each other. (This is a very subtle movement) Once you can sense this feeling in your body you are connecting with your pelvic floor.

Acorn Squash Soup

One of my most favorite soups that can be served hot or chilled, is wholesome and exotic and will suit a variety of moods and seasons. An excellent choice for a second course for any dinner any time of the year. The average yield of this soup will serve 8.

1 fresh acorn squash (peeled and chopped not diced)

32 oz chicken both plus 1-2 bullion cubes (can substitute with veg. broth)

1/2 tsp paprika

1tsp curry powder

8 oz cream cheese

Wash, peel and slice squash. Cook in broth, just covering squash along with bullion cubes, till tender. Using a blender add some of the broth and squash, pulse then puree (keep a thick consistency, add broth to thin if desired). You will need to do this in batches (3-4) adding the cream cheese to each batch.

Pour each batch into your serving tureen or sauce pan if you will reheat later. When you have finished the blender process add the spices and stir well. Salt and pepper to taste (cold soups usually need a little more salt). You may not need to use all the broth but can be used if the soup is to thick. Garnish with a small drop of sour cream if desired, fresh chopped basil or chives.

* This is a very versatile recipe and many other vegetables can be substituted for the squash (zucchini, carrots, asparagus, butternut squash). For any squash soup you can also add 6-8 slices of peeled apple into the pot as you cook the squash, then blend.

Any variation you choose will be wonderful, can be made ahead of time served hot or cold. Superb!!!

Effortless Breath Exploration

God designed breathing to be as effortless as possible.

Any improvement in our breathing pattern will improve our alignment and movement potential. Paying attention to the breath requires concentration. It soon becomes clear that much of the valuable advice on breathing is quite useful as long as it is all used simultaneously.

A single mental picture

If we think about our breathing while in motion, we must have one single image in mind that we can hold constant as we move. Imagine a balloon situated in the pelvis, as you inhale the balloon expands equally in all directions. You can feel this expansion with the movement of the ribs as they widen out in all directions. On exhalation, the balloon deflates toward the center. This motion can be felt as the ribs will draw toward the center of the body on exhale.

Visualize the ribcage as an umbrella. The handle is the pelvis and the point is the top of the spine. As you inhale the umbrella opens and widens all around you. As you exhale the umbrella closes toward the center. Feel the bones of the ribs move while breathing, and play with the inhale expanding the ribs in the front, to the sides and back, then hugging the ribs towards the waist as you exhale. When the bones are free to move in this manner more space and length is created in the spine. Alignment will naturally change as we pay attention to our breathing patterns.


High, low, Up, Down

Building strength as postures blend rejuvenates the entire body. The vigorous work from high plank through the chaturanga sequence is often repeated in every asana countless times. The four limbs supporting the body are the hands and feet while the movement integrates the upper and lower body.

To remain stable 2 rotations need to be active;

1.  the shoulder blades remain wide across the back and drawing down.

2.  the hip bones and pelvis revolve back drawing the abdomen upward lengthening the lower back arch and tail bone toward the heels.

Where ever the body comes in contact with the mat this is your foundation and the pose builds from there. In high plank the hands and feet are your foundation as well as a steady gaze at your finger tips. Line up the hands with the shoulders and this stacks the bones of the arms distributing weight equally. Press through the feet drawing the heels back aligns the ball of the foot with the ankle. This is your strong foundation and the work begins from here.

Here are two examples of high plank giving you a visual of a strong foundation and one that needs slight adjustment.

Integrating the upper and lower torso to keep the weight from collapsing into the low back when the sequence is in motion requires an understanding of internal locks or “bandhas”. If you can feel your breath move up and down the torso you can find the internal locks. Simplified explanation; the inhalation widens the low ribs side to side and front to back, the exhalation draws the back of the ribs and front of the ribs toward each other narrowing toward the waist (this is a lock). The same is true of the chest cavity the inhalation increases the volume and size of the chest, exhalation releases the breast bone and brings the upper spine toward the sternum (this is a lock).

I like to refer to this as staying close to the breath, always feeling the movement of the bones inside the body. Once you have established your foundation and found the locks internally you will breath easier and struggle less.

I like to introduce the idea of rocking forward and backward in high plank before running through the chaturanga sequence. This enables breath to movement, works on strengthening the upper body and internal locks while maintaining correct alignment.

From these photos you can see how the eyes and where your focus is can challenge the alignment of the pose. If your focus is out in front of your hands the spine remains long and weight is evenly distributed, if the focus is down the upper back rounds, the shoulders become compromised and the weight is unevenly distributed.






September Birthday Cake

A German Chocolate Cake

7 oz Milk Chocolate

1 Square Bakers Semi Sweet Chocolate

1/2 C Boiling water

1 C Butter

2 C Sugar

4 Egg Yolks

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp Salt

1 tsp Baking Soda

2 1/2 C Baking Flour

1 C Buttermilk

4 Egg Whites (beaten stiff


1 C Evaporated Milk

1 C Sugar

3 Egg Yolks

1/4 lb Butter (1 stick)

1 tsp Vanilla

1 1/2 C Fresh Coconut

1 C Chopped Pecans


Bring 1/2 C water to boil then add all chocolate, stir until melted, remove from heat and cool. In a large mixing bowl cream butter and sugar together then add egg yolks and beat. Continue beating and add melted chocolate and vanilla. Sift dry ingredients together, add alternately with buttermilk into chocolate batter mixture. Beat egg whites until stiff then fold into mixture. Prepare 3 (9 inch round) cake pans lined with wax paper, greased and floured. Pour batter into pans, distribute evenly and bake in a preheated oven at 350 fo 30-40 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.   Immediately run a sharp knife around inside edge of the cake pan to loosen cake from edges. Allow to cool.

Prepare the frosting

Over medium heat melt sugar, evaporated milk, egg yolks and vanilla in a sauce pan (or double boiler) about 12 minutes or until thickened and golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans until cool and of thickened spreading consistency. Makes about 4 1/2 cups.

Assembling The Cake

Use a large round platter with lip to catch frosting. Make sure the frosting has cooled before you begin spreading. Turn 1 cake pan over onto platter allowing cake to drop, remove wax paper and frost the top of the cake (just enough to cover and spill over the edge), repeat with the next 2 pans turning them over and frost. Frost the top and sides then allow the cake to set.

Happy Birthday September And To Me!



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.