A rebel with a cause, Erin Huggins’ cutting-edge combination of mind and body conditioning is what keeps her enthusiasts coming back for more. Adorned with tattoos, this petite punk-turned-health & wellness-pro has a secret for success — her synergy of mental and physical training.
A few stints promoting bands for the Blue Note, bartending at the world famous Troubadour and working for one very infamous, misbehaving punk princess (Courtney Love), Erin had an epiphany. It was time for her to ignite her own inner rock star! She set out on her journey of self-discovery and reconnecting with the positive influences of her past. She's never looked back. Erin has since been featured in Shape Magazine, Pilates Style, The Los Angeles Times and speaks passionately on the weight and wealth connection, holistic nutrition and living in abundance.
Erin knows what it's like to lose weight -- and do it the healthy way. Just check out her before and after pics above.
MindBodyGreen: Any common misconceptions about Pilates that you'd like to clear up?
Erin Huggins: Pilates has earned an unfair reputation about being just about the core. Pilates is a full body methodology. We work on all our precious body parts, not just our abs. However, we focus on the principle that strengthening your core or "powerhouse," provides crucial trunk stability which is necessary for improved full-body mobility and strength.
MBG: Pilates vs yoga -- how does someone know which practice is right for them? Can you describe your relationship to yoga - what do you like most about it?
EH: My mother was my first yoga teacher and I was obsessed with her yoga books when I was a kid. Truth is, I'm a big fan of incorporating them both into your life. I don't have an either or mindset. For me, they are both a form of meditation in movement. And they both require intense concentration, focus and discipline. Yoga will increase flexibility, reduce stress and tone. While Pilates will improve posture, strength and increase coordination.
MBG: Pilates mat vs Pilates reformer. Which do you prefer and why?