Trainer to the Bollywood stars Yasmin Karachiwala, and internationally renowned Pilates instructor Zeena Dhalla teamed up to bring you Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way. This book provides a holistic and practical approach to every aspect of feeling and looking your best.
Aforementioned lines are from the official site of the book, ‘Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way’ & give a brief introduction on what the reader should expect from the Bibel of Pilates. Talking about the art form at length & its transformational benefits, the book also offers some detailed Pilate routines for the newbies, which can be done in the comfort of one’s home.
Yasmin is a famous B-town fitness trainer and is visited by top-notch actresses to reform their body. Media has it that from Deepika to Katrina to Alia, all rely on Yasmin for a tighter, toner and refined body. Yasmin’s Instagram account is flooded with tinsel town celebrities reaching out to her body image studio in Bandara, Mumbai for obvious reasons. Yasmin recently launched a studio in Dubai as well and with the kind of demand, it only makes sense for her to do so. We have our fingers crossed for a studio in Delhi soon!
Zeena Dhalla on the other hand come from the west, Orange County, U.S. and she too owns a Pilates Studio. She has acquired professional training and certification in the art form from Body Arts and Science International. Featured in many international magazines and shows, Zeena teamed up with our very own Yasmin to give us the final product. And crossing all odds of the 12-hour time difference & the long Skype calls, we receive a book that is handy, crisp and a basic guide to Pilates.
The book introduces Pilates in the best possible way and gradually courses through nutrition, fitness exercises and lifestyle habits. Both the authors bring their expert advice based on personal experience, which is explained in simple words. Unlike other books, this book is free of jargons and complicated sentences and conveys a great deal of information in less time. The readers are impressed by the infusion of the food habit guide in the book along with the exercises. Beating other fitness & diet related books, it takes into account both the aspects to give us complete information.
An addictive read, many readers have found it difficult to drop it off owing to its simplicity & adaptive nature of the exercises. They can be done at home without any specific equipment and therefore are good for those who often travel and cannot squeeze in gym time. Furthermore, the exercises are clearly explained and illustrated in the book. Also, the readers can visit Yasmin’s YouTube channel to get a deeper understanding of the exercises.
Here is what celebrities have to say about Pilates from the official site of the book:
Katrina Kaif says, “The best thing about Pilates is it is a healthy, gentle sustainable approach to fitness based on strengthening and stretching your muscles. Your body feels wonderfully realigned and refreshed. Often high intensity crossfit or functional training (which is very good when you have a specific or quick target to achieve) can be very strenuous on the body. This is true especially if you have any joint or back issues. Pilates is a very gentle way of still training your muscles without further injuring yourself.”
Deepika Padukone says,” “Yasmin introduced me to Pilates. Within a couple of sessions I was addicted! I could actually see my body transform. Pilates has made me realize how we neglect our core and also how important breathing correctly is. It helps me focus! It helps me on a stressful day!”
Sophie Choudhary says, “Pilates gives you so much body awareness, it really helps you to connect your body, mind and soul, it gives you tremendous core strength and flexibility and it’s extremely challenging.”
With all this hype and drama with Bollywood attention to the art form, it makes sense to try the workout and see how it goes. And for those who are still skeptical on whether or not they should try it out, they can purchase the book.
Have a look at the video by the authors on hunched back, where the postures are taken from the book.
P.S.: Try performing them, if you can, they are truly relaxing & reforming.