The late Joseph Pilates was the original founder of the Pilates method which is based on 6 original principles:
Concentration: I like to call this mindfulness in my sessions. The purpose, to become fully present and mindful of your breath and movement.
Centering: The idea of centering is to bring an awareness of where your movement is coming from, whether it is from the feet, hands, spine or anywhere else we can drive movement from in the body.
Control: Control is an essential element so that movements are mindfully directed in a safe manner.
Breathing: Breathing should probably be at the top of the list. Most of us are able to breath to function and stay alive but there is so much more we can do with our breath to help direct our mind and movement.
Precision: This doesn't mean making things happen perfectly, but with the correct cues from your teacher, you should be guided to movements teach you more about your own body and how it moves.
Flow: This is another important element, in its simplest form and with the right guidance will allow you to feel freedom in your movement and breath rather than restriction.
The benefits of Pilates are numerous, there are many cross overs with yoga in terms of the breath and mindful moving. It is also extremely adaptable, you could complete a whole class, lying down, in a chair or standing.
ONE TO ONE AND SMALL GROUPS
One to One:
One to one Pilates sessions are ideal for the beginner and experienced practitioner alike. You will make progress in what ever you are hoping to improve. If you want to improve your 'core strength' but it hurts your back to do sit ups, you will be given a whole session of strengthening exercises without one single sit up. The sessions are completely tailored to you and with consistent practice and guided progression, you will see progress.
Maybe you don't feel confident in coming on your own or you may have friends who have similar aims to you, for example improving your balance or flexibility within the spine. Small group classes can be held for up to 4 people which gives an excellent environment for individual focus and a social atmosphere. Classes will be held at the Yoga Barn, which will be opening for public classes in the New Year. Please get in contact for any further info.
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WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable, stretchy clothing, leggings, tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a t-shirt or vest
If you have your own yoga mat or props you would like to use then please feel free to bring them, but don't worry if not, everything can be provided.
A water bottle to stay hydrated!