Pilates is a way of life for many, and its popularity has been increasing in the past years. It was created by Joseph Pilates, who called it “Contrology.” He was left quite frail by illnesses as a child, and later on, he researched different exercise methods and created a new form of exercise: Pilates.
While researching and creating Contrology, he became fond of the idea of body, mind, and spirit being connected. This is why Pilates is more than just physical exercise: it requires balance, focus, deep breathing, and even meditation. The idea is to focus on what you are doing entirely. We can safely say that it is no wonder why “Pilates” was called “Contrology” before.
As Pilates is more than just exercising, it has six main principles that all the students should learn.
While practicing Pilates, you should pay attention to 6 principles. Your instructor will teach them to you eventually, perhaps one by one. Focusing on all of them at the same time can be difficult in the beginning. So, start with the first one and work your way up from there.
In today’s modern world, we are always going, working, stressed. Breathing is something we do automatically, but Pilates breathing is a whole new thing. You will have to fill your lungs fully and exhale everything out. This brings oxygen to your muscles and forces you to use your deep abdominal muscles.
You should always aim to focus on each exercise fully. Concentrate on the task at hand, and let your mind relax. This can be a challenge for many (especially at first) but you will ultimately get the hang of it.
According to Joseph Pilates, the core is the “powerhouse” of your body and that is where all the energy and power for the exercise come from. Focusing on your core will help you to execute every exercise fully. Centering can also refer to the centering of your mind.
Often times, when working out, we tend to execute exercises with speed. However, in Pilates, the most important thing is to control every movement and every breath.
By doing an exercise a few times precisely and focusing on all the four principles mentioned above, you will get a greater benefit than by executing the exercise many times in a sloppy form.
Each movement should be graceful and smooth, flowing from one exercise to the next. Ideally, the exercises are executed uninterrupted, continuously, and gracefully.
If you are a beginner and are only starting to learn about Pilates principles, this is going to seem overwhelming at first. The good news, however, is that with time, you will remember all of them and you can easily shift your focus from one principle to the next and remind yourself about them.
And do not worry – if you cannot remember all of these or if you forget, your wonderful, certified Pilates teacher will remind you.