Whether you are a Pilates pro or complete newbie, 2016 is definitely the year to make Pilates a huge part of your life. I’ve been teaching Pilates for 3 years this January and practicing for 8 years and I’m still so passionate about it. I never get bored and am constantly learning more. I still love seeing my clients get hooked on Pilates and how incredible it makes them feel. It really can be life changing, read on to find out why…
My clients come to Pilates for some many different reasons whether it be to get tone up, improve posture, reduce back pain, get core strength or simply get some ‘me time’ on the mat. One of my clients, Giordana Toccaceli, recently said to me that it’s the only time her mind isn’t over thinking, all she’s thinking about is her body and her breath whereas in everyday life, it’s thinking about 100 things at once. We live such busy lives and dedicating an hour to your mind and body on the mat even if it’s just once a week is so important, you will see a huge improvement in your mood and will possibly be able to manage the stresses of everyday life a lot better too. Pilates is mindful movement, it’s like a moving meditation although it’s not as flowing or spiritual as yoga.
Many people ask me what the difference between yoga and Pilates is. Now, I love and do both! I think they work hand in hand however I would say that Pilates is a lot more functional then yoga. Of course, being able to do a headstand, one arm balances and the splits is fun but it’s often not ideal on our bodies. Pilates is all about alignment, control and stability making your body healthy, supple and strong.
You’re probably familiar with mat Pilates and reformer Pilates but there’s lots of other pieces of equipment we use too. The small equipment such as balls, foam rollers, Pilates ring (killer on the inner thighs), therabands and then larger pieces of equipment such as the chair, ladder barrel and tower. You really can never get bored in the world of the Pilates. I personally love a balance between mat work and reformer Pilates and it’s always fun to try something new.
As much as Pilates is great for your body physically, it is also great for your mind and here’s 5 reasons why I love it so much.
1. You will feel more confident.
I sometime’s feel like a brand new person after an hour of Pilates. My body is more lengthened and mobile so I stand taller and don’t feel like I have to slouch or scrunch my shoulders up. Walking into a room with good posture and your head held high will make you feel so much more confident.
2. You will stop your chattering mind.
I’m someone that over thinks and as much as I try to quiet my mind with meditation sometimes I need to focus on something else to stop myself worrying. You need so much concentration to perform even the most basic Pilates exercise so it’s really difficult to let you’re mind wander off to worry.
3. You will be in a good mood.
I have so many clients tell me that there hour of Pilates makes them have such a better day overall. Taking time out for yourself and doing something you love will lift your spirit and help you have a great day. Exercising releases those feel good endorphins too. Pilates makes every day a good day!
4. You will feel a sense of calm.
Pilates has a way of making me feel energised and relaxed at the same time. Is that possible? I think it’s the sense of calm in a Pilates session environment, the way you repeat movements and breathe continuously and the fact you are moving your body in all ranges of movement allowing tension to be freed. Just 10 minutes in the morning will set you up.
5. You will be smarter.
As we get older, it’s so important to continue to work your brain and learn new things. Exercising in general is great for your brain and Pilates really does challenge the mind and body at the same time. There’s so much going on and so much to think about, learning new sequences and co-ordinating different body parts with your breath. You’ll be a smarty pants in no time.
I am going to be doing regular Pilates workout videos on my youtube channel this year as well as Pilates classes and events which I can’t wait to share with you. Make sure you are signed up to my newsletter on my blog and subscribed to my youtube channel so you can be the first to hear about anything new.
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Love, Lottie x