Imagine exercise that’s good for the body and mind, free of gym fees and able to be practiced anywhere… that’s Pilates.
I’ve taken Pilates classes under instruction; watched DVDs in my living room. Now that I know what I’m doing, my favourite thing is to find a new beach or park, roll out my mat and breath my way through a simple routine.
Doing Pilates helps me relax and quieten my mind. I’m not one of those mummas who likes to exercise with my kids (sorry guys). I like to be alone, just me, my thoughts and nature. I don’t like to stare at four walls. Out by the ocean or under a canopy of green leaves is where I find peace.
All you need is a yoga mat. Occasionally I’ll light a scented candle or play some relaxing tunes to add to the ambience.
If you’re thinking of getting into Pilates I would recommend taking a couple of classes to learn the basic techniques, breathing and moves. Then the world is your oyster. For beginners I recommend Lindsay Jackson’s Pilates in Pregnancy and 15 minute Everyday Pilates by Alycea Ungaro.
My favourite way to end a session is with a quiet meditation or mindfulness activity. Check out the free Smiling Mind app which is one of my faves!
Until next time, happy stretching Xx