The mind is one of the most powerful devices known to man and one must be fully attentive and committed when partaking in Pilates. Your undivided attention must be on the exercise in order to achieve complete control of the body.
There is a strong emphasis on body control with Pilates exercises. The mind is the tool that is used to gain complete control over the body with full awareness of muscles and movements. Every movement must be thoughtfully executed for maximum effectiveness.
Proper breathing technique is critical in Pilates exercises. Your muscles need ample oxygen for optimal function. Deep and full breaths will improve coordination and you will notice that your movements are less arduous but more fluid.
Exercises and movements in Pilates should be graceful and fluid. Flow is connected with the breath and movement throughout the workout.
Pilates focuses on the core “powerhouse” of your body. Every movement begins at the powerhouse and then flows out to the rest of the body.
Precision involves tying all principles together to make sure each exercise is done as efficiently and accurately as possible.