Basic Pilates Exercises for a Strong Body & Mind

Pilates is a total body & soul workout, aimed at strengthening your muscles as well as your mind. In Pilates, the mind controls the movements of the body and the breath gives power to those movements. Sounds simple, right? It is—but at the same time, it’s an incredibly powerful form of exercise that can benefit your physical & mental well-being in so many ways. 

 

Through flowing sequences of postures, Pilates builds strength and flexibility in the entire body. But while Pilates is a great way to get in shape, it does more than burn calories and give you flat abs. Its rewards extend far beyond a well-toned body.

 

We all know that modern life doesn’t always provide the best conditions for our bodies and minds. Many of us spend much of the day sitting down at a desk, often with our minds wrapped up in thoughts and worries. As a result, we experience tight muscles, back pain and stress. By bringing your attention back to the present moment and strengthening your core muscles, Pilates offers a powerful antidote to built-up tension—whether in your head or your body.

 

So what exactly can you expect from this Pilates class? If you’re looking for some guidance on basic Pilates exercises, this video is for you. Get ready for postures like the cat-cow, the c-spine stretch, the hundred, the roll-up, the single leg pull, the double leg pull, the scissors, the criss-cross, the cobra, the Pilates swan and the active child’s pose. 

 

 

Laura van Ree

After following a Hatha teaching course in India, philosopher, model and yoga teacher Laura van Ree continues to grow within the realms of Yin and Vinyasa yoga. Recently she moved to Ibiza where she translates her view on life and way of living into yoga lessons. In her eyes, yoga is a positive outlet that adds discipline, well-being and tranquility to her daily routines