pilates class


The local Pilates centre had a free introductory beginners mat class and I went.  I’ve always wondered what Pilates was all about.  People would describe it to me and all I could think was “so you mean like yoga?”, and they would say “no, it’s not like yoga”.  Well it is like yoga and not at the same time.  It focuses on breathing and elongating the body but in a much less spiritually infused way.  I really appreciate that.  The type of Pilates we were doing is called “mat work”, there is also a machine apparatus they call a reformer; I think that’s for the more advanced practitioners though.

Pilates is probably the easiest thing I’ve ever done that achieved such immediate and obvious results.  It is a discipline that encourages us to focus on slow deliberate movements.  There were no weird balancing moves and no “stand up, now sit down” craziness.  In fact I didn’t even break a sweat and the hour long class was over before I knew it.   The result was that I left feeling loose and limber with lots of energy.   By doing every move slowly and deliberately I was able to (with the instructors guidance) pinpoint exactly what muscles should be used to execute a certain move instead of  just doing something and hoping the right muscles get engaged.   Keep in mind this was a beginners class, the weird positions come later.

I could have skipped this class as I almost forgot about it, but I didn’t.  Am I glad that I made myself go?  Yes I am.  Making myself do things I don’t want to do is getting easier and I always enjoy the result of being able to feel good about myself for it.

Did I mention I didn’t break a sweat?  I hate sweating.

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