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21 December 2013 2,301 views No Comment

I gave pilates a try a while back, I think it was when I was deep into my burn n grunt power yoga phase so I found it dull, but now, it’s back on the LJ agenda. In yoga we often talk about the core. It can mean, and is mostly understood as, the belly muscles. But it also means the core muscles around the whole body, the first layer of fibre that wraps flesh to bone. In pilates I feel like it’s those core, absolute inside muscles that are being given the attention. A lot of the exercises encourage you to concentrate on a particular area and do small but focused movements, repeatedly, to strengthen that part. There’s also gentle stretching and breath control which I like a lot.

I’m still at the beginning so it’s likely there’s a whole world of difficulty and intensity in the possible future, but for now I’m happy. The control and consideration – which I used to find boring and now, in my conditioning n nurturing phase find perfect – work directly into a particular body area which is quite satisfying. I’m lucky to have found two good teachers so far: Lizzie who teaches locally in Battersea and Australian Michelle who’s app I use.

I still don’t think pilates is a gamechanger on its own, but as part of your fitness, lifetsyle, health & well being I now appreciate it can play a brilliant part. Let’s hear it for the tiny circles people.

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