There are six Pilates principles -
Breathing, concentration, control, centering, flow and precision.
What is the purpose of these principles?
How we can use and apply them in class? Let’s start with the first one, breathing! Breathing is essential link between the body and the mind is the foundation of all life. Full, conscious breath will not only have many
physical and mental advantages, but also keep the mind focused. The Pilates breath is unique and helps in core stabilization and mobilization. Respiration is the body’s number one priority and it is both a voluntary and involuntary process. It is a three dimensional movement that links the body and the mind and has great affect on the whole body. The benefits of good breathing are better body and mind connection, improved circulation and immunity and general functions of the body, enhanced concentration, and relaxes and nourishes the body, to name a few. In class, breathing helps us to target muscles and provides
rhythm for the movement.
As Joseph Pilates put it- “Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing.”
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