I’ve reviewed Ballet Beautiful DVDs in the past. Ballet Beautiful, however, is Mary Helen Bowers’ debut book. I purchased this on Amazon. It’s currently on sale for $12.60, so it’s super affordable! Mary Helen has trained a lot of celebrities including Liv Tyler, Zooey Deschanel, Helena Christensen, and most notably, Natalie Portman for her role in Black Swan.
I look just like this when I work out.
Actually, my tutu is a bit bigger.
My bun is bigger too…
My obsession with ballet began with this bad boy circa 2000.
Anyone else love the corny-goodness of Center Stage?
Anyway… back to Ballet Beautiful. (Focus Tayler!)
The book is split up into 3 main sections: building your Ballet Beautiful mindset, the Ballet Beautiful program, and the Ballet Beautiful Lifestyle. The forward was written by Natalie Portman! Mary Helen discusses her story… going from a prima ballerina to a student at Columbia. She also discusses the challenges of going from a dancer in tip-top shape to a less active college kid.
What I really love about this book is how she tackles the mental aspect of healthy living. Motivation, goals, and balance are all part of the discussion, and an integral part of living a Ballet Beautiful life.
The majority of the book is dedicated to explaining her key exercises. She provides readers with excellent photos and detailed descriptions, which is so important in ballet!
Mary Helen also created a really great checklist that covers all the bases:
1.) Are you taking care of your body?
2.) Are you keeping your emotional eating in check?
3.) Are you regularly rewarding yourself? (Unfortunately, red velvet isn’t a reward…rewards are non-food related.)
4.) Are you eating right?
5.) How positive and healthy is your though process?
“The Ballet Beautiful Kitchen” is one of my favorite parts of the book! There are really tasty recipes like whole-wheat ravioli with sautéed spinach, chicken with mustard and garlic and steamed asparagus with a cucumber tomato salad, and apple crumble.
Gurl… Mary Helen keeps it real (3 snaps in a Z-formation!)
Meat, dairy, whole grains… Can I just say thank you! I am so sick of trainers coming out with books asking people to live off leaves and coconut oil.
I love Mary Helen, and Ballet Beautiful. She’s super sweet!
You can find her on Twitter too: @BalletBeautiful