Do you feel you’re too old to get started on fitness goals? Well, I’m here to tell you you’re not. Regardless of your age you can start taking steps this very day. Start slowly and with time you will form a stronger relationship with fitness and make it part of your life.

Perhaps your first step is to take a morning walk with a friend or park further from your destination rather than closer. Just by doing these small simple steps you have started on the road to fitness.

There is a difference between Physical Activity & Exercise. Although both get your body moving physical activity relates more to walking your dog, gardening, or taking the stairs vs the elevator whereas Exercise is a form of physical activity that is planned with more structure. Pilates, Yoga Tai Chi, Zumba classes and such. It is important to include ‘Both’ in your life.

  • Improve balance & prevent falls
  • Increase your energy level
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase flexibility
  • Create stronger bones
  • Creates an overall feeling of wellness


Find your fitness passion & make it a part of your life! Start today & Move Your Body!

Pilates Body NYC located on the Upper West Side specializes in people who are 50+

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!

Feeling Safe

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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Teacher or Instructor?

Teacher or Instructor?

Have you ever asked yourself this question? Which one are you?

 If you learn only methods, you’ll be tied to your methods, but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Let’s look at the definition of both.

Definition of TEACH

1a to cause to know something b: to cause to know how c: to accustom to some action or attitude

2 to guide the studies of

3 to impart the knowledge of

4a to instruct by precept, example, or experience b: to make known and accepted

Definition of INSTRUCT

1 to give knowledge to

2 to provide with authoritative information or advice

3 to give an order or command


Perhaps if you look closer at each definition you will start to see more clearly who you are or more importantly who you want to be. According to the definitions set forth by Merriam-Webster Free Online Dictionary, there is a major difference between the two. Teaching, by definition involves guidance, example, and mentoring. This type of activity requires a deeper level of both knowledge of the subject matter and care for the student. Teaching requires investment, on a personal level, by the teacher into the student. Instructing, on the other hand, appears to require no investment or deeper level of care for the student. The definition of “to Instruct” simply states that the information be authoritative and that it can be given by “order or command.

So which one are you? Which one would you like to be? Perhaps you need to be both.

Most teachers waste their time by asking questions which are intended to discover what a pupil does not know whereas the true art of questioning has for its purpose to discover what the pupil knows or is capable of knowing. ~ Albert Einstein

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Private Session

Private Session

Private Session. Should I or shouldn’t I?

Why take a Pilates Private Session? I say tell me why not!

Private Session

Private Session

Pilates is all about you and your body, your own development of Body Awareness & Intelligent Movement.

We are all unique. No two bodies are the same. Therefore, how can one workout fit all? Simply put, it can’t.

In a class are you looking around to see what everyone else is doing? Wondering why they can do a particular exercise and you can’t. I bet many of you are. Well then, you’ve just lost concentration on the most important person in the room, YOU. Pilates is a Body Mind workout. Your body your mind.  Perhaps in a class you get what you need and leave the rest? Do you know what it is your body needs? Or another scenario is some movement is better than no movement at all? Yes, of course it is. Now imagine knowing your body and moving in ways that are right for you. Intelligent Movement.

A Private Pilates Session is the most effective way to learn the Method for YOUR unique body. A personal Pilates instructor will teach you and provide you with an in depth, insightful and comprehensive look at Pilates and ‘your’ body. Learn to do the exercises that have you looking around the room with envy. The focus in a private session is you learning lessons to help you understand your physical self and how to move with more ease & efficiency in your daily life and any other sport you may partake in. Pilates is more than exercise, it is movement for life.

Private Sessions will equip you with the Body Awareness and tools you need to get more out of those group classes. Perhaps the next class you take someone will be eyeing you!

Pilates Body NYC specializes in Personal Private Pilates instruction. In other words our specialty is ‘you’. We also make Pilates convenient as we are the Upper West Side Pilates Studio that comes to you, wherever you are.




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