Classical Pilates defines the Pilates principles as centering, control, concentration, flow, breath, and precision. As a student of Pilates, you will be using these principles seamlessly without having to consciously activate them – it will simply become a part of your Pilates practice. For those of you who like to know it all right up front, here is a little information on each of the principles:
In the most basic sense, this principle regards stabilizing the pelvis and working in a neutral position. We always strive to get the pelvis into a stable position and part of your Pilates practice will be to work on finding that balance in an unstable environment, just like real life.
Your Pilates practice thrives on control. Your mastery of control comes from the small details and cues that you will receive from your trainer.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but there is actually a lot of mental power needed for your Pilates practice. You have to multi-task by listening to your body, your instructor, and most importantly quieting your mind from the day-to-day things that are always going on in our subconscious.
In Pilates, we use a continuous flow to work through the Classical System. Our goal is to maximize efficiency of your workout while minimizing downtime and transitions. Remember: Flow doesn’t mean fast, rather it indicates a controlled rhythm that is appropriate for you.
This is the only Principle that needs no explanation – just keep breathing! As you become more advanced, we will assign specific breath to specific exercises. As Joseph Pilates says, “Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.”
During your Pilates practice, you will be asked to perform your exercises with accuracy and exactness. We all can benefit from a trained instructor lending us their cues, but it is up to the practitioner to put those cues to work. The beauty is in the breakdown.