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3 years ago

Harmony

Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity ~ Albert Einstein Harmony occurs when all parts work together to create something beautiful. It is developed between balance and flow, integrating every piece into its place. Pilates explores harmony through breath and movement. Furthermore, it assists us in […]

3 years ago

Precision

“The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees one’s self. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.” ~ Igor Stravinsky Precision is a quality of accuracy and exactness. A refined measurement or calculation or even movement can be precise. Precision means that each time you complete a specific objective […]

3 years ago

Flow

“The river is everywhere.”  ~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha Pilates is enhanced when enjoyed in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace and ease are intentions applied to all movements. The exercises connect all body parts to the center, and energy flows through the body in an even way. With flow, the connection to your breath is seamless […]

3 years ago

Efficiency

Pilates focuses on quality of movement rather than quantity or intensity. Efficiency is balance between effort and ease. Essentially it means receiving maximum results while using less energy. Pilates focuses on quality of movement rather than quantity or intensity. Quality is about balance, and flow rather than repetition. By concentrating on precise and controlled movement, […]

3 years ago

Coordination

“Pilates is the complete coordination of mind, body, and spirit.” ~ Joseph Pilates Coordination is important to facilitate all parts of our lives, whether it is how we move physically through daily life or more dynamically in athletic activities, or how we coordinate agendas to find effortless flow through our responsibilities. Pilates specifically encourages the coordination […]

3 years ago

Control

The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy. ~ Joseph Pilates Control: An amalgamation of all preceding principles (awareness, balance, breath, concentration, centering).  Initially, achieving control of movement is a conscious process. It is accomplished through practicing over and over again. As you continue to train […]

4 years ago

Concentration

Concentration is the secret of strength ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Concentration ensures a deep focus to the Pilates work that allows you to block out unnecessary thoughts and perform each movement to the maximum of your ability, thus reaping the benefits of Pilates. WATCH OUR OTHER PILATES VIDEOS IN THIS SERIES: Awareness Balance Breath Center […]

4 years ago

Center

By developing awareness in our bodies we intrinsically develop more awareness in the mind. In Pilates, all movements originate from the center of the body, which is located in the pelvis, just below the navel. Anatomically, our center connects several large muscle groups and refers to the musculature located deep within the abdominal area. Centering […]

4 years ago

Breath

“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  ~ Thích Nhất Hạnh As one of the Pilates Principles, the breath is a foundation of Pilates movement.  Breath brings life to movement and is used to enhance the objective of the movement. In addition, breath can allow you to increase […]

4 years ago

Balance

“Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds’ wings.” ~ Rumi The idea of balance has many meanings. It can refer to […]