Why we love Pilates

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