During the holidays, I pack my jump rope and my knowledge of Pilates and Yoga.
As much as family time fills my cup, sometimes I want to toss that cup into the
fireplace and unwind by myself. I begin with 10 minutes of jump rope and this short Pilates
workout to relieve tension and feel my body, then I'm ready to face the gang again.
BY KARA WILY PHOTOS BY LIZ CARNEY
;Lie down on the floor and take three deep breaths.
;Roll your head to your chest, lift the arms to heart level and legs
up to eye level and take another deep breath; maintain connection between the vertebrae and the mat. Start to pump the arms
vigorously up and down 100 times with the deep breaths. Inhale
for five pumps and exhale for five pumps. Reach the arms and
legs long and draw the abdomen in and up in opposition to the
stretch of the limbs.
THE HUNDRED: Get the juices flowing.
ROLLING: Loosen up, stretch the spine,
and feel more connected to your center.
;;Sit with knees bent to chest and hold your hands to your ankles. Keep your
chest pressing into your thighs, and your heels tucked to your bottom. Draw
the abdomen in and up to your chest, and as the body pulls back enough, it
will rock you back. Maintaining the integrity of this shape, roll back and forth
ten times. Replace the feet on the mat.
;;Bonus 1: When rolling back, point your toes up to the sky in candlestick and
press the arms to the floor. Hold the ankles to come up.
;;Bonus 2: When rolling up, reach the arms and legs forward into Boat pose.
Hold the ankles to roll back.
;;Bonus 3: Combine both and hold the ankles between both positions as the