To practice Pilates, all you need is enough space for a Pilates mat and for your body to move 360 degrees. The more free space and breathing room you have the better.
Create an environment that is appealing and motivates you to practice regularly. If possible, section off some space in a quiet, low traffic part of your home.
Once you have an area established, it is as easy as adjusting the lighting, throwing your mat on the floor, choosing the practice and pressing play.
- Position your mat so that you are within a comfortable viewing range of the monitor, laptop or television.
- Adjust the sound volume ahead of time.
- Turn off phones, ringers, and any other items that can potentially distract you.
- If possible have a source of fresh air.
- Have a source of warmth. Do not do Pilates in a cold room.
- Try to practice in natural light. A source of natural light is perfect, though not too much direct sun. Dim artifical sources of light, if possible.
- Keep it clean. The mind is more attentive and centered when your practice area is free of clutter. Stow your Pilates props in a cupboard or a basket.
- Practice on a non-slip, level surface, such as a hardwood floor or a firm rug.
Taking time to establish a Pilates space will help you become more dedicated to a regular practice and will make your Pilates experience more rewarding.
Kreg Weiss is a co-founder of My Yoga Online and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher. Several years ago, Kreg discovered yoga while teaching health and fitness. Yoga dramatically transformed Kreg's approach to teaching health and wellness as well as changed his personal life bringing new direction in finding physical, mental, and spiritual growth.