is a vigorous, yet mindful total body exercise system that was designed by Joseph H. Pilates
Mr. Pilates created over 500 exercises that work the entire body from head-to-toe.
There is also the Pilates equipment that was designed by Mr. Pilates himself.
You may have heard references to these pieces including the
Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Electric Chair, Ladder Barrel.
Some clear results you can expect from practicing Pilates are:
* Increased strength and muscle tone
* Greater flexibility
* More efficient breathing
* Better posture and alignment
is a Sanskrit word that means union.
The practice aims to harmonizing our body, breath, and mind in order to create a state of calmness, clarity and insight. This is accomplished through practicing yoga postures in conjunction with our breath.
People come to yoga for different reasons.
Some are looking to improve their flexibility, strength and balance;
some to learn to relax and reduce stress; others to re-focus their minds, or as a spiritual quest.
With regular practice, you might find that the practice helps you on all of those levels.