Mind-Body-Spirit Practices

Bring your life into focus with the ancient healing arts of Yoga, Meditation, Breathwork, Chi Kung, and Body Rolling. Did you know…Physicians now agree that over 70% of diseases and illnesses are stress related and preventable? 

Mind-Body-Spirit Practices at Kona Pilates are designed to assist you in preventing illness and improving your health on all levels.

Decrease stress and bring your life into peace, calm and focus through these ancient art forms. We believe mental clarity is a vital part of your health which is why we place a special focus on mind-body-spirit as an essential aspect of our studio offerings. Aspects of these ancient art forms are woven throughout each lesson we teach at Kona Pilates & Gyrotonic of Chino Hills. Each art is also available as a sole focus of study, for a single session or a regular practice.

 Many of these ancient art forms are appropriate for businesses wanting to incorporate a mind-body stress reducing program for their employees. Inquire with Laura for details.

Chi Kung for Healing

Chi Kung, or Qigong, originated in China around 5,000 years ago. Qigong is made up of two Chinese characters Qi (or chi) and Gong (or Kung). Qi (pronounced chi) is the “vital energy” or “life force.” Master Mantak Chia describes Qi as "the glue between our body, mind, and spirit, the link between our perception of the inner and outer worlds." Qi may also be thought of as electricity. It can't be seen, yet it can most certainly be felt. Gong has several meanings such as art, skill, work, exercise, manipulation, and self-discipline. When you combine these two into Chi Kung, it stands for “cultivation of energy.”

In traditional Chinese medicine (which works within the framework of preventing illness or injury versus providing care only afterwards), an exercise should consist of two equally important parts, the “inner” and “outer” aspects of exercise. The inner aspect influences the meridians (the energy pathways of the body) and the organs, while the outer aspect influences the muscles, joints, ligaments and bones. Qigong can accomplish both missions.

Numerous research studies have been performed by groups such as the National Institute on Aging, The National Institute of Health, and countless medical centers and universities. These studies have shown, time and time again, the value of adding Chi Kung to one’s life.


  • Decrease Stress
  • Lower Blood Pressure
  • Improve Healing time from Injuries, Illness or Surgeries
  • Improve Balance (especially important for the elderly)
  • Improves Strength in Bones, Muscles, and Joints
  • Increases a sense of control of one’s life
  • Enhances cardio-respiratory rates
  • Reduces Tension
  • Reduces Anger
  • Aids in Lifting Depression
  • Improves Mood
  • Reduces Anxiety
  • Increases elasticity of lung tissues
  • Thought to boost endorphin production
  • Focuses the Mind
  • Stimulates the Immune System
  • Pumps the Lymphatic System
  • Improves Bone Density
  • Harmonizes body-mind-spirit
  • Prevent or Lessen the progression of osteoporosis
  • Helps to retard the aging process

"Where your mind goes, your energy flows."

Master Dennis Kelly

Kona Pilates & GYROTONIC of Chino Hills...

​​​a luxury boutique movement arts studio

exclusively offering Stott Pilates, GYROTONIC® & Bootie Barre®

Nestled in Scenic, quiet Carbon Canyon, Chino Hills CA ~ Est 2003 with Aloha

Breathwork  &  Meditation

Breathwork sessions draw techniques from ancient Yoga blended into the modern science of biofeedback. This was an area of focus for Laura in her graduate school education.

Breathwork is easy to learn, easy to do, and brings HUGE health benefits.

​Allow Laura to be your guide in learning just how simple and effective a regular meditation practice can be. Try this: allow your breath to become smooth and comfortably deep. As you breathe, notice how your rib cage or your belly moves with each inhale and each exhale. Listen to the sound of your breath. Can you hear it? Now, continue to read our webpage as you focus on your breath. There. You're already learning the basics of meditation. Doesn't that feel better? Good job!


  • decrease stress & cortisol levels
  • decrease blood pressure & heart rate
  • improve oxygen levels
  • improve breathing capacity
  • focus a busy mind
  • and so much more. 

Mind-Body in action...

In 2005, Laura was selected to be one of five complimentary healthcare providers in a study sponsored by the National Institute of Health. Laura taught a revolving group of 20+ adults the basic fundamentals of breathwork combined with simple Chi Kung to help reduce stress and create an opportunity for mental focus and choice vs knee jerk reactions (all people in this study were court mandated to substance abuse treatment). At the end of the six week series the participants were given a questionnaire to determine which practices they liked best, which instructors they felt connected with the group, which practice they used, and which practice they felt was the most useful. Laura’s breathwork and Chi Kung came in second place to massage as what the participants like most (who doesn’t love massage?). Laura’s program came in with a 100% rating in the other three categories: the instructor who connected most with the group, and as THE only practice that the participants not only used but that they believed was helpful in their daily life. 

Body Rolling

"Body Rolling is a therapeutic self-care practice for mind-body centered practitioners and an educational tool used by massage therapists to empower clients to develop a deeper and more subtle relationship with their own bodies."Roll away tension and stress, improve circulation, loosen muscles, and feel lighter and more free.

Body Rolling uses a series of small balls in specific patterns to create an atmosphere of self massage and self care. Body Rolling is sometimes JUST what the body ordered.