What is Pilates breathing?
Pilates breathing is a way of breathing mindfully from your diaphragm in coordination with your movements.
How do you breathe when doing Pilates?
You can start Pilates breathing by learning how to use a diaphragmatic breathing technique. You want to optimize a full three-dimensional inhalation without overusing any one set of muscles.
What is diaphragmatic breathing in Pilates?
According to Harvard Health, diaphragmatic breathing is breathing deeply from the diaphragm, which “encourages full oxygen exchange — that is, the beneficial trade of incoming oxygen for outgoing carbon dioxide.”
Why is breathing important in Pilates?
Joseph Pilates said that “The breath shapes the movement and defines its dynamic.”
Some benefits of Pilates breathing include:
- Improved focus
- Increased control
- Abdominal engagement
- Higher energy levels
- Better circulation
- Tension relief
- Lower blood pressure
How can I start a Pilates breathing practice?
You can start now! Watching our video above is a great first step. We’ll talk you through the basics of Pilates breathing and practice some breathing exercises to get a feel for it.
When you’re ready for more, you may want to look at Elaine Economou’s new program Movement Essentials: Getting Started with Pilates. We know the more you move, the better you feel. Sometimes we need a little push to get started. Movement Essentials is a 28-day program at MOVE On Demand designed to get you moving safely and keep you on track. Each week Elaine introduces you to the basic principles of Pilates with a consistent warm up, weekly classes, and a variety of special topics to enhance your journey. And, it comes with an easy-to-follow calendar that will guide you through a clear progression and provide a foundation for healthy movement.
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About Elaine Economou
As co-founder of MOVE Wellness®, Elaine Economou helps people move with ease, strength, and joy. Her passion is empowering people to understand their unique bodies and build strength to support moving well through their unique life. Elaine has created Movement Essentials: Getting Started with Pilates to help people move well and live a life they love – wherever and whenever.
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