I’ve been a Pilates teacher for over 4 years now and have seen a lot of different bodies and every body is different. I teach beginners to Pilates, beginners to movement in general, dancers, athletes, other Pilates teachers, people with injuries, elderly people and the list goes on and every one needs different levels and exercises to feel challenged and to help their own body improve and feel more balanced however the one thing everyone can benefit from no matter what level they are at is the Pilates fundamentals.
The Pilates Fundamentals include…
Flow of Movement
Every exercise and movement we do in Pilates should be done mindfully with the above principles in mind but many of us just want to feel something and quickly go through the motions. To really understand Pilates, you must slow down, connect your mind and body and practice the fundamentals. This 10 minute routine is a great place to start and something I’d encourage people to do 2 or 3 times a week even if they are advanced in Pilates.
I really believe you can find peace and happiness in your every day simply by getting on your mat and moving. Leaving all your stress and concerns off the mat and being fully present in the now. That’s what this new Pilates routine is all about, we’ll work with breath to find more space in your body and mind as well as work deep into your abdominals and improve mobility in your joints. Hone in on your Pilates technique but also let go and move for 10 minutes anytime anywhere.
Here are some tips for getting the most from you at home Pilates me time…
- Clear some space. Make sure you have some space around your mat so you’re not bashing your arms on radiators or kicking doorframes. It only leads to frustration and a not so peaceful mat practice so clear your space, even more a coffee table if you need. It will help put you in the zone and by clearing the space you can imagine your mind clearing too.
2. Wear your favourite comfiest active wear. I always feel better wearing active wear I love and that fits well. It’s the little details that make a difference to your overall feeling of wellbeing and I always have a better session if I’m feeling good even at home, I try not to be in my pjs when I’m on my mat. Monsoon have some lovely pieces in their Luna Leisurewear range here.
3. Turn off your notifications. When I’m teaching on retreat we try to have as little tech time as possible. I might put a post up from the retreat but I rarely scroll through social media. I know you may need your phone to follow the routine but turn off those notifications so you can truly stay in the moment for the whole routine.
So schedule some time in your busy schedule, roll out that mat and move with me.
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Love, Lottie x
*This post is in collaboration with Monsoon. As always all opinions are my own.