September Pilates Principle: Breath

Our September theme is one of the key Pilates principles: breath.

In yoga, we refer to breath as pranayama. Pranayama means Prana- the vital energy that is infinitely everywhere, and ayama- un-restrain. The practice of pranayama is mainly to remove toxins that block the flow of Prana in the body. 

For practical reasons, you can visualize that Prana is the energy that flows through the body and breath is what sustains it. Breath can facilitate core support and intensify movement. When you encounter an exercise that is difficult, ask yourself, “Am I breathing?”  Often the answer is 'no' and just adding the breath can provide ease to the exercise. 

As Joseph Pilates said, “Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.”

June Pilates Principle: Breath

Starting in January, CORE's teaching team has been picking an intention or theme for our sessions each month. For June, our theme has been one of the key Pilates principles: breath

Sometimes in our fast-paced world, we don't take the opportunity to fully inhale and exhale. At the start of your next session, take a minute to close your eyes and just breathe fully. This will help draw your focus to your practice. Then use that breath to guide your movement. It’s also nice to emphasize decompressing your belly completely during exhalation to help train the abs to flatten to work. This will help facilitate core support and intensify movement. 

As Joseph Pilates said, Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.”