Last week I was lucky enough to teach perhaps one of my favourite classes to date as a Pilates Instructor. It was at The Honest Garden which was a little pop up on the Southbank for Honest Tea which are a super yummy organic cold tea brand. They have launched three new flavours including my favourite lemon and honey (I mix it with spirulina at home which is so much nicer than water.) It was one of the most beautiful days in London last Friday, blue skies, a speckle of clouds, very warm, a light breeze and all at 7am!! It wasn’t cold at all! We overlooked the Thames and St Paul’s and got down to practice on our mats.
We had the refreshing teas to hydrate us throughout and after and it was the most ideal start to the day and so much fun with the girlies. I like to keep my classes really light hearted, I really hone in on technique but also want people to have fun and ultimately become more body aware. Pilates and yoga doesn’t have to be a serious thing! Yes you can be in the zone but have a giggle if you fall over or turn the wrong way. Its only Pilates, not life or death.
The Honest Garden was all about connecting back to nature which we definitely did as we looked up to the endless blue sky during our workout much better than a studio ceiling. It makes you feel so much more expansive.
Check out some of the exercises we did in the class in the video below and take that mat out into your garden or nearby park to give them a try…
There’s something about exercising outdoors that just feels right, it’s as though it’s exactly where one should be. Back when we were cavemen, we didn’t have gyms or exercise classes to keep fit, we hunted and gathered outdoors and that kept us limber and at a healthy weight. We now have such different lives that we have had to create ways to get moving but it’s nice to not see exercise as a chore but as a way of your life.
Pilates is a mind body form of exercise and one of its many benefits include improving your overall sense of wellbeing. Being outside surrounded by nature has the same effect so why not take your Pilates outdoors for a double dose of the feel good factor. Simply by putting your mat down in your garden you can create a little sanctuary or even get a group of girlies together a head to the park. Find a quiet spot, create a little circle and move together.
Nature is so powerful and I personally find that I am most present when surrounded by it. Whether it is a beautiful view, the feeling of the sun shining on my skin or the sound of wind, I can easily just be. Staying mindful and present is key to getting the most from your Pilates exercises. Pilates is all about alignment, precision and control and it’s difficult to achieve this if you’re worrying about work or thinking about what to have for dinner that night. Taking your Pilates training outdoors will make it so much easier to stay present.
A Pilates session outside will make you feel brand new, passionate and motivated again and why not enjoy a refreshing Honest Tea after too (spirulina is optional of course ;))
Thank you Honest Tea for this lovely opportunity and for sponsoring this blog post.