Roll Out Your Pilates Mat

OK I know I have a prejudice for Pilates mat work after all it’s what I teach, but I can list very sound reasons for you to at least give it a try! So let’s roll out your Pilates mat and get started.


  1. New to Pilates or are you a beginner? Pilates fundamentals can be learned more easily on the mat. All the basics can be found in the mat work.
  2. You learn to use your own inner springs. It’s your body and the mat.
  3. Mat skills will be very helpful to you if you decide you want to work out on the equipment.
  4.  Looking for a challenge. Pilates on the mat is just that!
  5. It is easy to apply the Pilates principals to your mat work. Centering, concentration, control, breadth, precision and flow.
  6. Mat classes are more affordable than equipment classes and you will still get all the wonderful benefits that Pilates has to offer.
  7. Pilates mat work goes where you go. No excuses. No matter where you go in the world your Pilates mat practice goes with you.
  8. Pilates on the mat is more than exercise it’s a practice of self-awareness that you take with you from the mat to your everyday life.


Ready to give Pilates on the mat a try? Pilates Body NYC makes it simple and convenient. We are the NYC Upper West Side Pilates studio that comes to you. In-Home Pilates on the Pilates mat, Personal, Private, Focused & Effective. Let’s roll out your Pilates mat and get started! I look forward to sharing my passion of Pilates with you.

Married to Stress or Just Engaged?

Married to Stress or Just Engaged?

Are you married to stress or just engaged?

By Stan Cohen


Are you one of those people who don’t quite “get it” when someone uses the term “relax” in reference to muscles and joints?

Think of it using this term instead: “disengage” I have found recently that some students who have been in class for a while are still holding too much stress and corresponding tension in their joints and muscles.

As much as I tell them they need to relax and soften up the arms, hands, shoulders, hips, thighs, knees and so on they seem to keep on keeping on with the same tension.

They appeared to be married to their stress and tension for better or for worse.  I found out that they were not married to it, they were only engaged and did not realize it.

So, I used the term disengage with a few and voila!  It was magical for them.

Think of these two truths (according to Stan)

  • Movement is learning to disengage certain muscle groups and engage others in a coordinated and fluid method.
  • Relaxing is learning to connect to the mental and physical parts of yourself that are actively engaged in stress and disengage them.If you are a high stress personality, work in a high stress situation or just want to relax, this form of movement and exercise may be prime for you and extremely beneficial to your overall health.

Body Mind Programs such as Tai Chi, Pilates and Yoga include this form of training as one of the core aspects of their gentle, controlled fluid movement.

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Slow Down

Slow Down!!

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy
Ba da da da da da da, feelin’ groovy ~ Paul Simon

“Fast we can only do what we already know. That is how the brain works. To learn and master new skills and overcome limitation, the first thing to do is slow way down. Slow actually gets the brain’s attention and stimulates the formation of rich new neural patterns. Slow gets us out of the automatic mode in our movements, speech, thoughts and social interactions.” -Anat Baniel

Learn the practice of Pilates with slow deliberate movements. Use your mind to move your body.

Pilates Body NYC is the New York City Pilates studio that comes to you wherever you are. Our specialty is Private Pilates Instruction. Another words our specialty is you!

Married to Stress or Just Engaged?

Feeling Safe

Stan Cohen

Stan Cohen

I’m Stan Cohen, founder of ChiForLiving.  Most folks think I am a Tai Chi instructor. I view myself more as a guide. The path I teach is rooted in Tai Chi however it flows into movement for everyday living which my students seems to grasp and enjoy.





Feeling Safe

The last few weeks have been very eye opening for me.

As an instructor, sensei, teacher, guide or whatever folks choose to call me, I always have the same approach in classes.

My focus has been on helping the participants improve their balance and movement capabilities.  Little did I know that there was a level of balance that I was soon to be made aware of.

Like I mentioned in many other posts, the benefits of Tai Chi for aging are widely known and the awareness of it is ever growing.  I teach my own version of this art form, which I have been refining over the years and really making it my own.

What I have found recently in feedback from a few women is that there is something else, unrelated to balance, but directly related to safety that they get from my classes.

It seems that a few of the women, all from different classes that I teach have come from a history of abuse. In speaking with them, the overall effect from the slow movement, internalizing the principals and applying them has helped them regain part of the life that was lost in the abuse.  Some of what they found were:

  • Control over their movement
  • Confidence in their capabilities
  • Awareness of their bodies as an integrated unit
  • Appreciation of themselves (pride & self worth)
  • And a few other aspects of personal  growth

And these are not young women.  These are women 60 and above who are finding great relief which is an benefit I would never have guessed at. I can only assume that women of all ages with a similar background would find similar effects.

On the upside for me,  they also say the way I teach is also directly related to the feeling of safety, of being welcomed and being cared for that has helped them find themselves through this form of movement exercise.

Like I tell my students,  what I teach is a whole person fitness modality. It seems for these women it helped redevelop a mental and physical connection that has long been needed.

For me, I am thrilled that I am able to help with healing on this level!


Stan Cohen – Founder


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Pilates Concentration

What is Pilates concentration & why it makes a difference.

If breathing is the physical key to attaining mind-body awareness, then concentration is the mental key. Concentration can be thought of as the conscious control of a movement or exercise which concurrently enhances body awareness. Proper concentration allows you to do a Pilates movement as you simultaneously focus on other variables of that particular movement/exercise – like being in the right position, having your shoulders in the right place or making sure your back feels OK. Concentrating on the full movement and all of its components.

In everyday life

By using concentration in order to make a strong mind-body connection, you become more focused on where your body is in space in relation to what is physically going on around you. This leads to more balanced, graceful movements and reactions.

Let’s be practical.

Say you’re standing while riding on a crowded subway or you’re in a mall that’s packed with shoppers. Creating that inward focus will affect your outward movement. You’ll find that you are able to withstand the bumps and jerks of the subway car without being thrown off balance or pass by other shoppers without being jostled as much.

Pay attention. Concentrate.


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