Tutorial #3691

Tye4® Demonstration

40 min - Tutorial


You'll see some of the ways that you can use the Tye4® and the Tye4X® in this tutorial by Joan Breibart. She gives a demonstration of the many different wraps that can either assist or challenge each exercise in the Pilates repertoire. She explains how it can make each movement feel different as well as how you can use what you feel with the Tye4® on the Mat.
What You'll Need: Mat, Tye4®

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Feb 15, 2019
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I'm Joan Breibart, and I'm here to show you some Pilates mat work but with a twist. With a Tye4 twist. I'm wearing the original. I'm Gia, I'm wearing the new design of the Tye4X. And you're gonna show the back so they can really see how much of an X it is, right?

Okay, good. So we're just gonna start standing. Then we'll go to the mat, and by that, I mean we wanna get a little warmed up, and we'll maybe do different things. I like to do things that are right for me, and Gia's gonna do what she wants. What you have to try to imagine is that we are doing these simple movements, warming up, doing everything we wanna do, but we have a lot of resistance on our bodies.

Try to imagine a TheraBand, at least the gold one. Which is 14 pounds. People normally use the red or the blue. So at least we hae 14 here. If we wrap them, like I'm doing here, we're looking at 30.

So that's what's in our bodies at the moment, right? So now I'm gonna do something, which I like to do. Which is called front cross, and Gia's gonna do a back cross. We're doing different things, and now you can see why I like this front cross, because I love to do these twisty things, and it leads me into it. And Gia is going to do so many things.

She should do a forward bend and really show off. Yeah I'll face this way. She can do it on the side and look great, right? And now why don't you use your arms in those leg bungees to make it hard for yourself? Okay, so she's going down, and you can see that, how is it, you feel-- Yeah.

I feel it in my back a little bit more. It's making me use my back to hold myself up, and it also is giving me support so I'm not just sitting into my hyper extension. I see that, and you're also going further, right? Yes. 'Cause you know you have that to bring you up, right?

Yes. But the further out she goes-- And I move my arms-- Triangle those arms, the more resistance she's putting on those tiny bungees. Yeah, it's actually working my arms too, which in a forward fold, usually they're just there. So here I'm just doing it this way, but then I can grab these and wow. I mean it's too much.

But then I come up. Okay, so we do these little warmup things, whatever anyone likes. Gia's all set up for what we call the kimono wrap. I have to do that, and that means that I cross them in back like she did it, and I bring them over here. And we then tie them.

And strangely enough, when we do this, just putting it around our waist, it is very supportive, right? And particularly, Gia, having already this waist belt. So at this point, let's just get really warm. And how about some prancing? So you start.

Okay, she does it very well, but the big thing is, anybody can do it well because you can coordinate the arm and the leg, and as you know, sometimes when people do this, this is really a prep for weight. Yeah. Same arm as leg. For walking, right, they can end up going forward on this, but so this way you're really in the moment, right, you're getting this. Okay, so now we're gonna do my favorite one where I grab these and we just bounce.

I tell everybody this gets rid of cellulite. Of course it really doesn't, but makes them do it. And feels good, thought, does it? It is circulation, right, but the cellulite's not going anywhere. So that's it.

Now you're gonna do-- I like to do, I like to do jumping with this. Okay so go down. She's gonna do this, and watch it. Grab low to give you more resistance. You hold yourself up and then you can jump.

It lifts you up a little bit more. You can control your landing. A lot of people, without this, they kinda land heavy. And they also land, I think it's more than just landing heavy. They land like this.

'Cause I do this, myself. You go, without this you go, you put your head forward, right? You sort of, instead of being in control here and upright, and then just lifting from, you separate your body parts? Yeah, so this I can keep my posture. Land with control. Look at that.

It also lifts my arches a bit. Yeah, and that's all because she is actually lifting up her arches. So your feet are lighter, right? Yes. They're much lighter.

Okay, so now we're kind of warm. So we're gonna do the standing hundred. And I think that we'll do the simple ones to start, and then you're gonna move into the more complicated one. Okay. So basically what we do, is we stand, and I take the right leg and move it a little bit back.

You'll be more stable. So we're starting with both legs on the floor, right? We're gonna do four. And then we come forward into a very long, and we get all the air out, right? We go back.

Three, four. And we keep doing that until Gia decides she's gonna get really fancy and she's going to lift her back leg and stay in neutral. Look at that. She's staying in neutral. She's coming forward, and she's lifting that.

Now if she gets a little bit too unstable, because this is one leg. She can move this one out to the side and stabilize here, right? So she's only having to go like this with one bungee forward. One goes to the side to hold her up, and then she just does, it's like a pendulum. She's going there.

But remember, she's on one leg. So she needs a little bit of stability and she got it. So now let's do the other side. You do this side only. I'll try to lift up mine too.

It's very hard to do it with your leg lifted, and you come through here, and if you didn't have this, you probably wouldn't be able to do it. One, two, three, four. Every bit of air out. That's what Joe said. Get it all out of your lungs.

Four inhales. Everything out. One, two, three, four. All of it out. Are you gonna get ready for the fancy finish?

Yes. One, two, three, four, and come through, and up to the fancy finish. And that is really hard, because now we've had all those level changes. So now let's try to do it and make it even harder. Okay. What are you gonna do?

I'm gonna alternate legs each side. Okay, just do one. Okay. Okay, and now she has to, so you see what that means. She has to stabilize in between each one.

Yeah. Right? Sort of this is the pattern of doing this, which is you're on both feet, right? Then you go into lifted. Yeah.

Eventually you're gonna try alternating, and then you're also gonna have a fancy finish. Exactly. So that's it. So how does this feel for you standing as opposed to what we've done so many times, the supine hundred? Well when I'm standing I can breathe a little bit better, because I have more space.

Also, the added challenge with the arms is nice, because it doesn't just work my abs, it works my whole body, basically, and also, the balance challenge on my legs is nice stability work for my legs. Yeah, I think for me, thinking back, I said the supine hundred was, it became for me and a lot of people, more abdominals than breathing, and we now know how important breathing is, right? More than anyone thought. When you have the ability to inhale very sharply, and then really. (deep breathing) Get it all out. Yeah.

That's good. You can transfer that maybe to the mat, and just starting to think, hey I wanna be getting the exhalation extended. And getting rid of all the air. Squeeze every bit out. That's what he said, and he had, of course, an accent.

So I can't say it that way. But anyway, it was the attention to squeeze the air out. And that's what we should do. Bring it back to the mat that way. Okay so let's, why don't we just roll down now, but first we're gonna take off this, we showed you this waist wrap, but I wanna make sure that everyone understands is we could have obviously just done this whole thing.

We could have done this whole thing holding the arm bungees, but we just thought we'd show you another wrap and more supportive, right? Yeah, definitely. Because this is not easy. Gia makes it look easy. So we wrapped it so we have the support.

Okay, so now you saw how we did this before. Let's, sometimes we put both of these on. Again, this is just support, right? Just so you have more support. We're gonna take it behind us.

That changes the direction and the resistance, and now we can roll down, right? So we're gonna roll down. We sort of waterfall ourselves down here. We go right out here, and we're right in this space. And look at Gia, she's just doing this beautiful cat and cow, because she has all that support on her back, but the resistance coming down right from her shoulders all the way down into her hands.

So must feel great. Yeah, feels really good on my back. Yeah it's just not imaginable without having someone to show you how this feels, or to feel it yourself. Okay, so now we're gonna sit. So let's just do, let's do the roll up, but no help.

Just take everything off. No help whatsoever, right? We're just gonna get a baseline here. So you do it, I'm gonna do it. We're gonna do it slowly, right, very slowly.

Get up high. We're gonna slowly just do this, right? (deep breathing) Gia. Yes. That wasn't that slowly.

Did I fail to mention slowly? Okay, anyway. Doesn't matter. Now we're gonna do it with Tye4. Gia sort of rushed it.

(talking over each other) She did what she could do, right? Now we're gonna get closer. So the first thing is we're gonna do, to make it really great for Gia, and everybody else, we're gonna do this foot wrap we call figure eight. So I take this right one, put it behind my left, right here, and then I take this one over here, and wow, look at it. Gia's gonna do what we call the super duper.

That's really intense. I cross both of them, and then put them both behind my feet so it's a little tighter. Yeah hers is, yeah, it's much more. Little bit tighter. It's also keeping my feet together.

Yeah, and it brings your feet together. So now, I guess, well it's right for footwork, right? Yeah. Okay. I don't know, for me this would be as if I had three springs on the reformer.

You haven't even tied it, right? Yeah it's nice having the resistance to really point over and then it really pulls my toes back. Why don't you put your heels together, your ankles, and then go out? How does that feel? It's good, I have to, instead of just rotating my feet out I have to actually use my hips to rotate.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, you're going, so can we do a little prancing? We do some prancing, right? So really there's a lot happening with our feet because we have, they're tied up here and there's resistance on them, right? And now what I want you to do is put them together in a hard flex and lift your right leg. Just lift it.

Oh that is hard, right? Yeah, it's right into my abs. Okay do the left one. I wouldn't be able to do this without using my abs. Yeah and this is an ab exercise.

It looks just like nothing. She's lifting. That's a lot of work. It's a lot of work, right. Okay good. My leg's shaking.

Now the reason I'm glad we did this. Let's go back on the mat here. Closer, is that for me, I've been watching you, and everybody else seems to have, their feet ar just hanging out. You know, I don't know what they're doing, but I don't like that, because I don't think it's gonna help you. Give me a hard flex.

Pull these here. Good, hard flex. Okay you feel it? Okay, so now I'm gonna cross the arm bungees. You just do standard.

Just the first loop, the inner loop, okay. So now let's do a little slowly. Just a little slowly, good, good. I know you can do it, you're doing it, right? Yeah I'm getting my lower back which I usually skip.

Oh you're looking gorgeous there, right? And I'm gonna go down here. Wow, okay. So that's fabulous. Now if you want to, grab your leg bungees.

You don't need to. You can help yourself, and I'm gonna come over here and give you a little treat now. Okay, go ahead, just keep doing it. I'm gonna make it really nice for you, okay. Hold onto those things.

Hold 'em. Now what am I doing? You're giving me more resistance so I can really (mumbles) and stable my spine. It feels amazing. So I'm helping, but I'm also making it more fun for you, right? that feels way better.

Yeah, okay, so now I'm gonna, just do it again. And now I'm gonna let you go a little bit, but then I'm gonna resist you. You're gonna get into that part of your back, right? Yeah. This is a little massage.

Good, don't say I never gave you anything. (laughs) Thank you. Okay. All right, so what should we do now? I guess we should do-- We should do spine twists.

Spine twists, yeah. I'm gonna go back to the figure eight here. But you start. Yeah. So you see what's happening is that she has I mean it's great.

She has, you're reaching into something, right? Yeah. A lot of times, most people will just reach their back arm, but they forget about their front arm, but since I can feel the strap on my front arm, I can reach into that as well. Okay, so now I'm gonna show you something, but I'm not, Gia's gonna do it. That I saw Romana doing, but I think, first I'm gonna undo this and mimic it.

So I saw Romana, she had a client, and the client was gonna do this, but she started here, right? This is how she was gonna do this. So cross them in the back. Okay, so now she has big support there and they're tighter. And Romana stood behind the client and put her knee right in the center, right where you have that cross, and then she put her hands on the person's tricep to lift it up.

Now you're doing that yourself. She's not here, you're doing it yourself. So there's, she really is in a controlled situation, but she's lifted. And you can-- I can go a little bit further now. You can go further, right?

Okay, so that's, it's more resistance. I mean you get the lift here, and you get the twist, but when you cross it, it is intense, right? It's even more, yeah. So why don't we undo this, because we wanna do some leg circles. Yeah, that'll be fun.

And this, and everyone is used to doing leg circles on reformer, Cadillac with straps, right? So let's show, I want you to show how we can make this a little bit different for the mat work, okay? So you just lie there and I want you to take that bungee and use it, first use it to assist. Okay. Right, you see, you see what she's doing?

She's manipulating it, helping herself. Now let's make it harder, okay? By making it harder, she puts her hand down, and there's a lot more resistance, right? Yeah. More directional too.

So it's just adding another dimension to this exercise. Which is a simple exercise, right? Yeah. Okay. So now we're gonna take it a step further, right?

So what I want you to do after you do this other leg and get equal, right? So they're both happy. You also have more range, don't you? I do, it also is helping my hips click a little bit when I do this exercise. It's helping that with the resistance.

I can see that, right? Yeah, so it's a feel good thing too. Right, okay, so now take the arm bungee and pull it through and put it on this leg there, okay? So what you have to know is that this arm bungee, and I'm gonna show you, is one bungee. So you can pull it all the way through like this.

Now watch this. Now she has resistance from two areas. It's coming, it's a beautiful triangle. And there's a symmetry here. There's more control, it's more precise.

My hips are a lot more stable than they would be. Yes. Right, yeah that's important, because they're not rocking, right? Yeah. But it's a lot more work. It is.

I feel my inner thighs a little bit more too. Yeah, you really, you're having to do (mumbles) Okay, so that, to me, is a way of taking, you know, also, if you ever do this, have Tye4 with you and you do it on, let's say you're on the reformer, you can cross these. Put this right one on the left and whatever. And then you have two crosses. The internal cross and then the straps coming from the reformer.

So you get your adductors and the abductor. Yeah, at the same time. Yeah. So that just makes it more fun, right? Okay, I think next we should do the bridge, because it's such a functional good exercise, right?

And everybody knows how to do it, but we wanna vary it so they feel it differently, right? Yeah. Everyone. So that's, yeah, do that. That's the first one.

It's a simple one. So Gia's just, and now she's lifting, and everyone can feel this. Really get up high. Everyone see how high she's getting? Because her arms have something to pull against.

She's opening up the top of her body. Not just lifting her butt. Just lift your butt. Just do a, yeah that's it. Okay so that's, it's not as, it's not as good.

This is it, you wanna get that full opening, right? Your chest is a little more open and I have a little more space because the resistance is helping me. Yeah, and it's visible. Take these arm bungees and put them behind, right? And cross them, cross them.

Just cross these arm bungees, right? And now just hike yourself up with your arms. Woo, up, up, up, up. So much more resistance. So she's really working her arms a lot, but it's another way to feel that lift.

It's also more support on my back. Yeah. The other is more of an opening. We wanna feel open, but then we wanna get higher. And that's a lot more work.

A lot more work, right? Okay, now I want you to do this one and everybody understands this. Cross these, I think, and, oh no let's do this one. Let's take the arm bungees and cross them, right? 'Cause we're working that.

And just lie down like this, right? Put them in front. Now you have to push them up, right? Yeah now it's working the backs of my legs a lot more, and my arms. 'Cause I have something pushing me down.

So this is pressing down and you have, you've gotta lift this up there. It's as if you had something, somebody pushing you down and you're working to get yourself up, right? And I really have to work my arms to keep them on the mat, 'cause they wanna float up with me. Right? Okay, so that's, you're feeling it in a different place.

Remember, this is the whole torso. This is total body. You wanna feel it in every different part. Yeah. At different times.

You may not feel it all at one time, but you can do these things and get, okay today I'm gonna feel it this place, right? Okay, so then the other one that we're gonna do is the pocket, right? Is that what you're gonna want? The pocket. So let's try this one here where we just, we cross, cross the leg bungees and get our knees right there centered in them.

Of course we have this big X and it's tight, right? It's really tight. So now we have to lift up and have this resistance, right? So we really have to work to get up here. It's similar to when we cross the arm bungees.

A little bit easier than that, but. Yeah, it's easier. Still a nice resistance. But I think it's, it really keeps the knees and the legs, and everything together, right? Yeah, it also helps, 'cause I sometimes will overextend my back.

So this kind of keeps me in line so I don't go too far. Yeah, right. So that's another way to feel it in a different place, right, and to understand, now, okay, I forgot about keeping my knees together, but now I do it, and you're working your feet more with this, right? Okay, why don't we do this one? Put the bungee inside your leg, right?

Okay, so you're gonna have one leg that's gonna be doing a lot of adduction, right? And the other one you're gonna use to assist and lift up. Now you lift up your whole body. Now the reason, I think you're doing this so well, is because you have these bungees working differently, right? Yeah.

I can also use the one that's up in the air, I can use that one to help lift me up a little bit. Right. So now you have this wonderful bridge, but you've added a leg challenge, right? And you also have the situation where you can feel one side to the other. The differences, right?

I can also feel my adductors on the leg that's down, a lot more. Yeah, yeah. Because this is, they're forcing you, because you could pull it out and then you have to use your body to bring it back, right? So it's gonna be equal, right? Yeah. Okay.

So one more. And cross it underneath? Yeah, just cross it underneath. So the leg bungee's crossed underneath me. Right, good.

And just lift that butt up. Yeah, really supports me. Yeah, you feel it. Now it's lower. You're lifting from lower, but you still have to remember the openness of your chest, right? Exactly.

And it's a lot of work for your arms. Yeah, but a lot more support for my legs and my hips. Yeah, so this is it. We've took this one. Gia, we took one simple exercise, right?

And we have varied it, or modified it in some way six times, right? And we could do more, couldn't we? Yeah, and each one gets a sightly different part of your body. I like it to get to different part of the, into this total body access, but you're just focused a little more, right? Yeah, it still works the whole body the entire time.

And I mean, what we're showing you, I think, is that this is, we're creative, but this is a creative tool. This is, this is making us more creative 'cause we get to, oh let's try this or try that, whatever. Nary Bowen, and she should know, because she's (mumbles) calls it an intuitive and creative tool, Tye4. So that's what we're doing. We're sort of, well how does it feel, right?

And then you're gonna say, oh I wanna try, let's try this one inside, right? And then I can do that. And there's no right or wrong. I mean you may put one inside and triangle one out, or just put your hand down on the mat. You can do what you need for that day.

You do what you need. You look at your body and you say, okay I wanna feel a bridge this way, and when I did it the last time, I was a little funky there. So I'm gonna try this one, right? I think that's what we're going with. We're learning these things.

So now we're ready for what, spine stretch, right? Spine stretch. Okay. So here's what I feel about this exercise. It's a great exercise.

Unfortunately everybody is down like this, right? So I think that we should try to just, you know, and of course you do it naturally, but I don't. Is to use this to make it the way it should be where you're moving your whole torso, right? Just show. Okay, so she doesn't have to go all the way down, and you can even sit up higher if you want if someone, but at least this is one piece, right?

Because why, you can reach-- I can reach into my arms. And because you're puling it apart, right? Yeah, it's opening my back so it has more space. So instead of your collapsing down, which of course you wouldn't do, but clients do. You have to say, help me, help me.

You know, I don't wanna collapse down. Hey, look at this, right? Yeah, feels good. Okay so now I want you to show what you came up with. So wrap it around.

Gia was playing. I wrap each leg bungee around my foot a few times. Then it gives me the hard flex that a lot of people forget about. Yeah they forget it. And then I can also pull myself forward.

And then she helps herself, right? So if she didn't have her flexibility, and very few people do, she's got this there to say hey, I need a little help, give it to me, and making this shorter, I think, really makes it. Yeah, it also, to do, its similar to the-- Oh yeah, that one. So similar to the super duper. So you cross the leg bungees, but then you just hold onto it instead of crossing it over your feet, and then you can pull yourself forward.

So I think that's probably best for people with good flexibility, but it gets it even more, right? It also keeps my arms and shoulders wider so that I can get lower and get more stretch. So she's taking this exercise and making it work for people without too much flexibility, who are missing it, and people who have a lot of flexibility but wanna use it properly, right? And not just collapse into it. Also paying attention to the feet, 'cause that's what people forget.

And I think this is important, is that because we have this, there's a lot more tension to the feet, and obviously we're using our hands almost all the time. Because this is what we're doing. We hold this, right? This is no different than you hook the spring. Yeah. You have to use

your hands, and you can use them in many ways, right? And this kind of thing. All right, so we did that. So I think now what are we gonna do? We should do prone.

Prone, okay. So here's we're gonna do prone. And this is, this is what I wanna show right now, and this is important. Very few people really like to do prone, and they have problems with it, right? I have problems with it, and Princess Yuu.

It's Yuu Fujita, we call her princess. She came up with this, it's so new, I've only done it once, but grab this like this. Okay, and what we've done is we've taken the arm bungees and crossed them here. So this is right here. So she knows where her cervical spine is.

You're gonna reach and put your arms down on the floor. You don't have to do it that much. That's probably too intense. Now I want you to lift this. How does that feel?

It's good, I feel the back of my neck 'cause I'm lifting my head into the bungees so I can work the back of my neck. So she knows where it is. She knows where it is. When you ask people to lift their head, unfortunately, they can end up lifting their chin, they can end up hunching the shoulder. So this is a great strengthener.

But just a real awareness tool, right? Yeah. You've got it right here, and it's right here lifting you, right? Yeah, a lot of people don't know where their head alignment should be, so this kind of puts you in the correct spot. Right, and you could maybe talk, and talk, and talk, and by that that time they're so frustrated, they don't wanna do it.

Where as here, just put it on and say, okay, and it's gonna be very hard for her to mess up this, 'cause it's controlled. It's compact, it's right there. Now, all right, so that's a good beginning. Now, what I want you to do, since we're in prone, and this is a hard position. Just extend your arms out.

Forget using Tye4 and show us your fabulous, okay good. So look at this, this is beautiful, right? So too bad, but most people can't do that. So now what I want you to do is reach your arms back and take the leg bungees and use those to, wow, okay, so even with someone like Gia, you see how much more, but for somebody who can barely get up and prone is so important. This is really helping them to get that lift, and that lift is so, it's hard.

Now if I wanted to, I could really help her, and I could come over here and take these bungees, right? So she's my client here, and let's say she isn't having such an easy time at this. I say, okay reach back, let your arms go, and hen I just do it. That person then sees how much they have that they really have more space there, and they can do it. Plus it feels great, huh?

Yeah, it's not compressed in my low back at all. Yeah, so that's one of the ways, I think, people can get to like prone. And they really are gonna need to do more of it as we continue to sit at the computer, and text, and whatever. Okay so let's do single leg. This product was made for this, I think.

So grab the right leg bungee, and then I'm putting it over my right shoulder. Yeah, good, okay. So she has control, but it allows her to work the legs. It's a typical Pilates exercise. She's got resistance, it's more precise, she has more control, she can keep it in the same track, right?

Can even lift your lat, yeah. So she just goes further, and then she's lifting that up more. So that's giving her a lot more. Same thing. You can do both of them, right?

So there she is. So this exercise is a really good exercise. And this is making it even, plus she's working like crazy here. Okay let go. I can see you shaking, okay.

All right, let's just do side lying. Face the camera and you do some side lying, and we're gonna see. Now you see a lot of people doing this with a TheraBand, right? So take your hand and slide it down and just lift that leg up, right? Right, so, it's nice, right?

You got more range. You have some assistance. Now lift it up again and keep your arm up here. I'm gonna hold it, and now pull down. And you get a lot of resistance, okay.

Now what I want you to do is, and you could do, you could have a TheraBand tied to your foot, right? And you would do this. Now why don't you take your arm and move it forward, and your leg back? So then you have more coordination, right? And then reverse it, right?

So that's another aspect of it. So I think in this, you're using, you know, a lot of times when we do side lying, what does the hand just, just stays on the mat, right? Just do it without it. You have the hand just on the mat and you're doing your leg. Now you've really bringing the upper body in when you have to do it this way.

Plus obviously there's a lot of resistance. It counter balances me so I have more control. Otherwise-- I think the counter balance is important, right? Yeah, otherwise I just feel like I'm unstable, so this kind of makes me a little more stable and I can go further. Right, and the fact is that you happen to be able to stay up, but if you didn't, I might hold you up by taking this arm bungee.

You're not falling back, but if you were, I could bring you forward, right? And that would be important so you could stay in line. So again, this is an exercise everyone likes. We're just making it a little more difficult and also giving more dimension to it, right? Okay so why don't you just show one more thing, and that is to slip that.

This is something we do a lot. Just slip your foot in. Because this is the hardest thing, and everyone likes to do this So I took my top foot and slipped it under the bottom leg bungee. Okay now go ahead. And wow, so she lifts that up.

So this keeps both of my leg together a little bit better. And I really feel my inner thighs. Yes. Right? And you could tie your legs together with TheraBand, or just try to glue them together, but now they really are glued, right?

There's no way you can not. Yeah this helps me. Okay, all right, okay, so I think you see that we need to vary exercises. People have done them a lot of times. Yeah. And, you know,

whether you use a prop, or you figure out a new choreography, it's gonna be worthwhile. So let's just finish up with something that we all like, and I think this is important, because we're gonna just do mermaid, right? Okay. So what we're doing here is we put both of them in one hand, right? So again, another way of doing it.

Actually, Marika calls this be your own bar, and no alcohol is involved. Okay, so we go over like this, right? She's gonna go over. Look at that beautiful thing. And again, you see that it allows her to really lift up.

Yeah it lifts me up so I don't collapse when I fall. She doesn't collapse. Reach over. She has something to reach into. And basically, I'm gonna let this be a little homework.

We're not using the leg bungees. We could, and I'm always sort of working the choreography as you know, so we use the leg and the arms simultaneously. But this is enough. It's nice this way, right? But you could, we could figure out how to use the leg.

So let them do it. So now, I think we're gonna finish off with just a nice rest, right? We're not gonna do anything more than just rest. So I'm gonna put mine on so I can rest and you're gonna rest, but there's a little extra here, right? Soles of the feet together with the leg bungees on top.

And when we do this, we can put our arms in and not even hold it, right? But basically it's, I don't know, I feel like it, of course it, you can open more. Yeah, it opens my hips more, and it opens my chest more than it normally would. You open your chest, right, your chest too, your chest and your hips. I think we just, it's more connected.

This is connection, right? Yeah it feels really good. And it feels good, and that's important. So I think what we're trying to do is to show these classic exercises we all know so well, and to make them slightly more appealing, because for some people, it's going to help them. They've struggled, and they've struggled, and they can't do it, right?

And for other people, they're gonna feel it differently. Yeah, some people need a little bit more resistance, just a little more work, and some people need the help with the resistance to kind of put them in the correct position or just to let them do the movement. Yeah, so the fact that you could use this to lift up your leg. I mean you could use a TheraBand, I suppose, but remember, this is on your body. So you're not really holding it.

It's on your body, and you're just lifting it up. It gives somebody who can't easily do it, even though they've spent a lot of time, hope that they're gonna get there. All right.

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The Tye4X is WONDERFUL! I told all of my clients and classes that it's coming and they ask me every week when they can get their hands on this! They will enjoy watching this demo. Thanks!
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Enjoyed this and Gia, as always, demonstrates so beautifully! I would love to see a full mat class and, if possible, at least a demonstration on how/when to use this on the reformer.
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Lori: on www.physicalmindinstitute.com there is a full Pilates Matwork class-- 25 exercises-- with and without Tye4®.
Thank you Joan for sharing and Gia for your impeccable demonstration . It is simply the most worthwhile investment I have made 5 years with endless possibilities. I have been incorporating Tye4® in multiple ways with students and clients. In Standing balance work, Pilates mat work, Active aging class on a chair, & on the Pilates reformer.
I started to experiment once I started, I couldn't stop with the versatility. Takes up little or no space in the studio. I travel with it. Its great for clients to use @ home between sessions. Tye4® has so many ways to use as a unique support is powerful.
Tye4® is a perfect companion for rehabilitative work within the Pilates framework. You can increase the challenge with the added resistance of the bungies! The feed back and Testimonials from clients and students has been incredible. I would love to see more full classes with Tye4® on Pilates Anytime.
So exciting to see the Tye4X on pilates anytime! This new Tye4X will give us more back support than ever and I love how back cross is constantly reminding me to breath into my back and side and also soften my front rib cage:)
When I teach Tye4 class, I do loosen my bungees slightly so it is easier for me to demonstrate many times in each class but I make sure my students bungees are right tightness for them so that they get enough support and resistance!
When is the tye4x going to be available .
Tye4X is a very versatile and creative apparatus that can be used anywhere! Dancers love it because it is so portable and it enhances their movement capability while giving them resistance and stability training! Thanks Joan for inventing a device that you will never get bored with!!
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For all those who asked: TYE4X should be available in late March. But it is NOT for men or large-sized females.
The tye4 is an amazing tool, beyond anything you have ever used before. I've taught Tye4 classes for years and clients love the support and challenge of the resistance. It helps students understand corrections you have made many times over because of the touch of the Tye4. Students close their ribs, open their backs and find their balance standing. Joan I always love your openness to creativity, the Tye4 lends itself to exploration of movement standing, on the Mat and on the equipment. I think it might just get rid of cellulite, one can dream.
I use the tye4 with my active ageing clients and also with my more advanced barre students. It has so much range and I am definitely looking forward to purchasing the updated version!
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