September is here…
School is in session…
Schedules are filling up…
The traffic is horrendous…
Stop. Take a deep Breath and find your Center. Focus. Concentrate... And life will Flow Precisely as you wish.
The 6 Principles of Pilates are so important because mastery of these principles in your own practice are not held captive in your studio of choice. They live in you and are carried out into this crazy, hectic world which all too often can feel like a hurricane of stress and worry.
Stop. Take a deep Breath and find your Center.
Pilates is a beautiful system of exercises that build on each other like the foundational bricks of a sacred sanctuary. But they never get easier. Anyone who has done Pilates long enough can attest to that. In fact, challenge yourself this month to go back to the basics. Find ways to deepen the work in exercises like The Hundred on the Mat or The Twist & Reach on Reformer or…..THE AB SERIES!!!
Let go of what you already have programmed, in your brain and body, about these exercises and focus on the principles — Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, Flow — how is the exercise helping you achieve these goals?
Let’s take a look at the Pilates exercise: The Hundred for example:
~ Your legs are long, straight, squeezing tight and hugging the midline (Centering)
~ The Powerhouse is staying deeply engaged while you listen to the cues of your instructor (Concentration)
~ Your legs stay reaching long at 45 degrees — perhaps they lower an inch (Control)
~ Your torso is planted sturdy into the mat; belly pulling in towards the spine; your head, neck and shoulders are stable — no bobbleheads (Precision)
~ Inhale 2,3,4,5 and Exhale 2,3,4,5 (Breath)
~ Your arms are reaching long and away from the shoulders — pumping at hip height or above with vigor from the wings (Flow)
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