September 30, 2016

Wuddup Homies.

I know. It’s been a while. I feel like I’ve been starting all of my past posts with the same song and dance, but it’s the truth, and I need to recognize it, because you and I both know, I don’t do bullshit.

To be annoyingly vague, I’ve been busy with other stuff, and I’ll leave it at that. Don’t worry, you’ll find out about it all sooner or later…


How’s that for a cliffhanger?


G’head and guess..I’ll never tell…











Since it’s been 3 weeks, I’m going to fill you in on what’s been going on over here in


1). CPNYC Beginner Mat Course: Three times a year, we do mat certifications. It’s two weekends long, 8 hours a day, covering beginner and intermediate levels. Usually this is a stepping stone for those who plan on going through the comprehensive program eventually, but other times people get it so they can deepen their own practice, teach friends on the side, or are personal trainers looking to expand on their knowledge and teaching tools. I taught the beginner weekend, and was lucky to work with seven wonderful humans. I would have to say the one of the best parts of teaching is meeting so many different people from ALL. WALKS. OF. LIFE. The group ranged from a 50-something retired financier, to middle-aged moms, to young professionals hoping to exit corporate life in favor of a healthier, more rewarding lifestyle. It’s the best seeing them work together, get out of their comfort zone, and find their voice.





YAY for the CPNYC September 2016 Mat Course Grads!

2). I got my haircut. Wuuuuuuuuuut.


3). I Face Time with my peanuts multiple times a week. Sometimes it involves homework. Here is Grace coloring a “P” for Poodle. Her poodle was turquoise and hot pink. Duh. Ells obviously had to come in and photo bomb.



4). I went to Chicago last weekend to stay with “my Em,” from college. We ate, walked, chilled and explored our way through the weekend.






And that, my friends is my latest and greatest update. I love you all.

Here’s a question to chew on this weekend…




Pilates + BJJ = <3

September 15, 2016

Well Hello My Little Friends…

A lot has happened in the personal life of Laura Constantiner. <—that’s me, for those of you new to this glorious blog. Sometimes a girl’s gotta speak in the third person. So what.

As promised, I have some photos of our new vibey setup in the apartment.

I.     L O V E.       I T.

img_5522Ignore our old furniture peaking out from behind…with any luck, it will be SOLD and DELETED shortly.

(If you’re interested, message me).


Let’s also take a closer look at my beautiful bowl of succulents…

img_5517Succulents are perfect for the home because they’re low maintenance, and don’t necessarily need a lot of sunlight or water.

They’re desert plants, which is also why I have an affinity for them – it’s my happy place! Maybe it’s because I spent four amazing years in Tucson, dressed like Britney Spears, studying partying my ass off with good looking people, or because I met the love of my life there, or maybe because the weather is the sickest and it’s sunny 300 days out of the year.

All viable reasons.


Now, about 2,400 miles northeast of the desert, back in NYC, I witnessed my first ever BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) competition.


Why? Because my delicious husband was competing for the first time and wifey couldn’t miss it. She also had to do a lot of yelling (the good kind)…Most of which involved me saying “‘c’mon babe!” or “let’s go babe!” But after eavesdropping on people who clearly knew the sport, next time I’ll be sure to add “find your grips!” to my wheelhouse of “intelligent things to yell while at a bjj competition.”

For those who don’t know, jiu jitsu is a form of grappling (sorta like wrestling), that originated in Brazil (Gracie family).

To me, the coolest part about this sport is the idea that size and strength can be dominated by technique and precision. i.e.: I could theoretically choke the shit out of a guy who’s twice my size, if I were a bjj master. 

Case in point:

Mackenzie Dern is 5’3″ 116 lbs / Gabi Garcia is 6’2″ and 201 lbs, by the way.


Naturally, as a Pilates teacher, I got to thinking…there are many parallels between BJJ and Pilates.

Don’t get it twisted, I know little about BJJ, so these are merely my own observations.

The Many Parallels Between Pilates + BJJ

1). Technique is KING. If you are not executing the movement correctly, you waste time, energy, and risk getting injured.

2). They’re both layered systems– meaning, as you advance, you layer in more movements and concepts. Nothing ever gets taken away, only added to. The fundamentals must always be present.

3). Smooth transitions are important to the efficiency and efficacy of the movements. Less is more. Goal is to be able to move seamlessly in and out of different positions / exercises.

4). There is a visible flow to the movements. When you watch a black belt roll, they usually have an effortless flow to their movement. It looks like a dance. It’s the same in Pilates – ideally, it’s a continuous string of movements that resembles a dance if done well.

5). Element of focus / concentration: In Pilates, we have to think about HOW we’re going to move to tap into our deep, structural muscles. We have to listen carefully to instruction to apply it in our bodies. BJJ is a very cerebral martial art, every opponent is a puzzle to be solved. The mind is just as important as the body – knowing what to do when – strategy is key. There is also the element of finding your focus among chaos, and not letting the environment distract you.

Aside from the similar principles involved in both Pilates and BJJ, Pilates is also an excellent way to condition your body for jiu jitsu.


In such an aggressive sport, you need a lot of core strength to avoid injury, and there is the component of flexibility and mobility that will work in your favor. Pilates works on all of this- strengthening muscles from deep to superficial and mobilizing tight areas so the body can move the way it was intended to (if not better).

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