How to Start Pilates

Preparing for a Pilates practice is essential as this will enable you to receive all the Health Benefits of the exercises and breathing. The greatest advantage of Pilates is that it can be practiced almost anywhere by people of all ages.

We recommend that you wear comfortable, loose, and stretchable clothing as this will allow the freest movement of the body. Practicing Pilates on a relatively empty stomach or about one to two hours after a full meal is essential. Doing exercises and breath work right after eating or drinking can place stress on the digestive system. Also, Create a Space that is free of distractions and is mentally soothing.Always begin with easier exercises to warm and condition your body and, then, gradually progress towards more energizing exercises.

Avoid any feelings of strain, discomfort, or excess fatigue. Practice with the intention of quality and control rather than quantity and struggle. Allow yourself time to relax or modify exercises, if needed. All aspects of a Pilates practice are equally important, so take time to enjoy the entire practice.

Preview the video practices prior to performing so that you are familiar with the exercises and level of the practice. This will also allow you time to gather any props and materials that will be suggested. Always choose a practice with a level that is appropriate for your experience. If you have any previous or current health issues (i.e. heart or circulatory conditions, respiratory conditions, muscle or joint problems, pregnancy, diabetes, smoking), we strongly recommend that you consult a qualified physician prior to practicing Pilates.

When performing the poses, maintain awareness on each movement and the alignment within each position. Remember, listen to the demands of the body as strain or fatigue should be avoided.

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.

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