When to Breathe during Pilates

One of the questions I am often asked is when do I breathe? Overall I hope that you keep breathing during Pilates. It is an important part of the movements and if you do the breathing backward, that’s ok! It’s a lot to understand when first doing Pilates and I’ve struggled with breathing as well.Continue reading “When to Breathe during Pilates”

The Pilates Journey

We start Pilates at our own beginning level. Pilates welcomes all levels and all people. The journey begins when doing Pilates for the first time, after taking a break, or working with a new instructor, or going to a new studio. The day you start Pilates will be the comparison you look back on in 10Continue reading “The Pilates Journey”

Pilates Anywhere

Have you watched an exercise video and followed along wondering if you were doing it correctly? Or been in a class and looked at yourself in the mirror to check your form? Technology is changing and improving and so are the ways to teach Pilates to others. Pilates Anytime is a great website with lotsContinue reading “Pilates Anywhere”

Connecting the Pieces

When starting a puzzle I always start with the border because it frames the puzzle and gives you an idea of the location of the remaining pieces. But after that, where do you start? Do you add to the border pieces or pick a big section of the puzzle? Do you look for specific colors?Continue reading “Connecting the Pieces”

Put your Joe on

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase ‘Put your Joe on’ or ‘Be like Joe’. As a Pilates instructor it’s a good reminder that even though I’m female, Joseph Pilates was a man’s man meaning he boxed, he had good physique, and he created Pilates for men. But it’s no secret that Pilates is dominated byContinue reading “Put your Joe on”

The Importance of Self Practice

How often do you practice Pilates as an instructor? How often do you take classes or private lessons? I know how busy we can be and how little we might feel like practicing. But I also know if I don’t have someone helping me and correcting me I’ll go back to my bad habits. I’mContinue reading “The Importance of Self Practice”

Be One with the Spring

I did not see Star Wars until a couple years ago and ended up watching almost all of them. I grew up with a brother who was into Star Wars and had watched the movies and I resisted watching them. But now that I’ve seen the movies there are certain quotes that I can’t resistContinue reading “Be One with the Spring”

Connecting People to People

Have you observed another instructor’s class? More than likely yes you have. There are plenty of opportunities to observe an instructor’s class whether it’s at your studio, on Pilates Anytime, being a student and taking class, observation for your teacher training program, or at a continuing education class to name a few.  What’s your firstContinue reading “Connecting People to People”

The Seesaw in Pilates

Take a moment to close your eyes and picture a seesaw (or teeter totter). The seesaw is at the playground with no one sitting on it and leaning to one side. Now picture two kids on the seesaw, one heavier than the other. Notice how the seesaw tips to one side because of the weightContinue reading “The Seesaw in Pilates”

Vulnerability: the Good and Bad

Recently I experienced unexplained pain in my left hip for about a week. This happened after a road trip that had me sitting in the car for 8+ hours on a weekend both Friday and Saturday. Can the the hip pain be linked to the car ride? Maybe. But do we always know the causeContinue reading “Vulnerability: the Good and Bad”