“Pilates? Like yoga?” Inevitably is the question that spurts out of people’s weary mouths when I tell them I’m a pilates instructor. Instead of launching into a half hour explanation of what makes the technique different, yet similar and complimentary to yoga, a quick no will suffice. I could write at length about the differences, but instead want to show you a quick maneuver that will have you feeling what pilates is all about in about 5 mins flat. Deep core work and alignment cues get to what makes the 60 year old technique so effective and timeless. Follow along in my first demo video to feel what pilates and gravity can do for you.
While practicing the stomach series above, or other core work of your choice, proper alignment of the bones and breath work are necessities in injury prevention and increasing the depth of the work (the burn!).
Keep a “neutral” pelvis: In the entire pilates repertoire of movement I like to think of what is staying stable and what is moving. The moving parts of the body in a given piece of movement are more than likely meant to challenge the stability of the core. So for example, in the hundreds (the first core piece in the video) the curl of the upper body activates the abdominals. That curl then doesn’t move. As though the whole torso is encased in cement. Then the pump of the arms and the lowering of the legs challenges that core stability.
Let gravity help you build a strong core to support the stability and flexibility of your spine. Spine health and killer abs all in one. Exactly why I teach and adore this genius body of movement!