meditate, create, donate

Meet Taz, Rich and Adam, friends of Kinected and the team behind the Reciprocity Foundation. They are a world-class, contemplative 501c(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help homeless, runaway, and foster care youth from all five boroughs of NYC to realize their full potential.
The Reciprocity Foundation offers programs at all major youth homeless shelters and foster care agencies; typical success stories involve youth graduating the program and then enrolling in college (usually with full financial aid), moving out of the shelter system and developing a strong resume step-up work experiences and professional contacts. Youth also gain access to holistic health services at our center to help them cope with stress and heal from trauma.
As part of their 10th Anniversary Celebration, Reciprocity’s youth helped design a meditation cushion  available for purchase to support mindfulness practice for youth in shelter, foster care and supportive housing.
Learn more about the Reciprocity Foundation, and feel inspired by the message behind these youth-designed meditation cushions.
Purchase one and help promote self-care, mindfulness and love for homeless youth.

September exercise of the month: Double Leg Stretch

Maintain your summer bod through the fall season with this old favorite- our first modification for Double Leg Stretch. More modifications to follow!

Modification 1
Set Up:
Knees bent/ feet on mat
Arms by torso
Inhale: contract abdominals
Exhale: nod and curl off mat
Inhale : reach arms above your head
Exhale: circle the arms down towards the hips
Inhale: repeat


kinectED: Pilates Through Pregnancy

18Join Deb Goodman, MSPT for one of most popular kinectED workshops, Pilates Through Pregnancy, to learn non-traditional mat repertoire that supports musculoskeletal changes that occur during pregnancy. During this weekend-long workshop participants will also have the opportunity to:

  • explore the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
  • discuss the precautions and contraindications of working with this population
  • learn about the musculoskeletal changes of pregnancy and how they impact posture and biomechanics
  • gain a greater understanding of how pregnancy impacts the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles
  • learn how to design a safe and effective exercise program for pregnant women by the end of the course

The workshop will take place Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th: 9am-4pm and is worth 12 Kane School CECs. Sign up now!

August exercise of the month: Side Plank part 2

Kinected moms- check out this adorable variation of side plank! No baby, but ready for the challenge? Grab your yoga block and get to work:

We are also proud to introduce our newest Kinected family member, Reece Bex McCulloch,born 7.29.14

“Show me that side plank!”










GYROTONIC® Applications for Equestrians with Michelle Spinner

This course is for the Certified GYROTONIC® instructor who wishes to work more effectively with an equestrian clientele. Over three intensive days, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® exercises will be practiced that help horse-riders perform better when mounted – exercises that can ultimately improve the way riders communicate with their horses and help keep their bodies healthy for riding.

To learn more, we sat down with Michelle to answer some of our questions:

K: What inspired you to create the GYROTONIC® Applications for Equestrians Course?

M: My horse riding clients encouraged me to create a GYROTONIC® program for equestrians because they experienced such big improvements in their riding after they started working with me. And, it was a wonderful opportunity to combine two of my passions – GYROTONIC® exercise and horse riding.

K: How has the information in this course enhanced your clients riding performance?

M: My clients feel better and so do their horses. They are centered and better balanced in the saddle. They are easy on their horses’ mouths. They are able to flow with the motion of their horses at every gait. Transitions become more seamless. They can sit the trot smoothly and easily. Those clients who ride hunter/jumpers find that they can maintain a much more secure and resilient two-point position.

All Certified GYROTONIC® instructors are welcome. A familiarity with horse-riding is a plus, but it is not a requirement to attend the course.

Sept 25-27 10-6pm

Cost: $350 + $185 studio fee

sign up!

August exercise of the month: Side Plank

This month’s exercise will keep you on edge-with modifications for advanced planking! Check out the video and how-to below for side plank:

Set Up:
Side lying
Legs straight
Elbow bent weight resting on forearm
Free arm reaching forward
Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Press forearm into floor and lift hips
Inhale: Raise arm towards ceiling
Exhale: Lower arm and return hips to the floor
  • Perform arm circles with free arm
  • Abduct top leg

FAMI Spotlight: Q&A with Dr. Joy Reidenberg

201104-omag-the-insider-949x534Dr. Joy Reidenberg is a Professor of Anatomy & Functional Morphology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai as well as a FAMI Workshop faculty member. She is known for her work as a comparative anatomist on Inside Nature’s Giants, a documentary series where she dissects large animals, as well as on Sex in the Wild, a new series which reveals the natural mating, birth and rearing behaviors of various animals. Here, she reflects on her experience teaching FAMI & shares some advice for future FAMI participants; check out what she has to say!

kinectED: What do you enjoy most about teaching FAMI?
Dr. Joy Reidenberg: Teaching FAMI is one of my favorite teaching activities I do all year, and this is largely because I really enjoy interacting with the FAMi students.  They are only here for such a short time (compared to our medical and graduate students), and so are extremely enthusiastic about incorporating as much knowledge as possible in the shortest time span.  This suits me just fine!  I’m a fast-paced New Yorker, and am up to the task of feeding them the info just as fast as they can absorb it!

As anatomy students, what sets FAMI attendees apart from medical school students?
 I especially enjoy the higher caliber of the FAMI students.  They are already somewhat knowledgeable about the body’s musculoskeletal system due to their professional experiences, and are hungry for more detailed information about the anatomy. This makes them unique as students.  Unlike our typical medical and graduate students, who are true novices, FAMi students are already partial experts!  That means their questions are more challenging … and I LOVE a challenge!


Joy on Sex in the Wild

What do you think makes the FAMI experience unique?
The FAMI experience is unlike any other courses available in the movement and para-health world because it is taught at a medical school.  This means the FAMI students have access to the professors and clinicians who are world-renown experts on the subjects. The medical school setting enables FAMI students to physically touch, hold, explore, and learn from real human cadaveric material as well as real bone specimens in the laboratory, and exposure to imaging studies (x-rays, CT, MR, etc.) of normal, injured, and diseased real patients.  Class size is limited to ensure each student receives adequate personalized attention and has all of their questions fully answered.

What have your learned from the FAMI attendees?
Every time I teach FAMI students, I learn something new too!  FAMI students come to this course with a very wide range of previous coursework, experiences, and backgrounds.  The most rewarding interaction for me is when a student informs me of additional applications of the knowledge I just gave them.  They have had interactions with a wide range of clients, and often bring insights regarding mobility abilities or disabilities, symptoms, or treatments that clearly demonstrate some of the principles of the anatomy we are teaching. I really enjoy learning about those overlaps!


Joy on Inside Nature’s Giants

What advice would you give the new FAMI attendee that wants to prepare for FAMI prior to attending?
1) Come to FAMI with a great attitude!  2) Don’t be sleepy – try to get a good night’s sleep each night so you will be ready to absorb new material when you arrive each day.  3) You don’t need to study the material before we present the material – that would be counter productive. It’s better to come prepared to abandon pre-conceived notions, and let us fill you up with new information. You’ll be so excited by the topics we present, and the unique ways we have of presenting them, that you’ll be learning without even knowing it!  

Learn more about FAMI (& FAMI – Level Two for FAMI alum!) & register here!