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Mari Winsor’s Latest Release Benefits Breast Cancer Research

30 Sep, 2013 By: Angelique Flores

Celebrated Pilates instructor Mari Winsor has dedicated her most recent DVD to breast cancer survivors and research.

Pink Ribbon Pilates is available on DVD ($14.98) and iTunes from Gaiam, and $1 from the sale of each DVD will go directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

“Gaiam has supported the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for the past five years, so collaborating with Mari on her Pink Ribbon Pilates DVD was the perfect fit for us,” Bill Sondheim, president of Gaiam, said in a statement. “Exercise is not just about having a fit body, it is also about restoring one’s health to lead the best life possible.”

Pink Ribbon Pilates features four new 20-minute power Pilates workouts, with one practice focusing on recovery after an illness or injury. The DVD also includes a resistance band for quicker results.

“I feel that more work needs to be done in the prevention of and the research of cancer,” said Winsor, who has personally lost many friends to breast cancer.

“Having any kind of disease that is untrackable in the beginning stages can leave somebody feeling isolated and out of control,” she said. “The Pilates technique is designed to specifically give you control of your body. It makes the journey of healing a little easier.”

Winsor explains that there are numerous exercises in the Pilates library that people can use for various levels and needs.

“What sometimes seems easy to the fitness person is so difficult to someone who has just had surgery, she said. “This new DVD focuses on baby steps and makes your journey back to good health a little bit easier.

“Having had some surgery and some injuries myself, I want those people to be catered to as well,” Winsor said.

Windsor has been practicing Pilates for 23 years and has created about 65 videos, she said.

She learned classical Pilates under Romana Kryzanowska, who recently passed away and was a protégé of Joseph Pilates himself. Winsor instructs at her two Los Angeles-area studios and to teachers around the world.

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