The Ultimate Pilates Challenge – Breathing
With Pilates breathing you become happier, more relaxed and less anxious.
Take a deep breath wide and low, expanding into your ribcage, then exhale all the air from you lungs. Joseph Pilates states in Return to life through Contrology: “Breathing is the first act of life, and the last.”
He also remarks “…correct breathing… reduces heart strain, purifies the blood, and develops the lungs.….This in turn supplies the bloodstream with vitally necessary life giving oxygen. Also, the complete exhalation and inhalation of air stimulates all muscles into greater activity.”
This January in 2019, more than any other months, you are invited to experience the numerous benefits of Pilates breathing. You will feel the extra muscle activity with the internal oblique muscles softening the ribs down with a more forced exhale. “Soon the entire body is abundantly charged with fresh oxygen” (Joseph Pilates). You feel more energised, less anxious, and happier.
Breathing properly will positively affect both your mental and physical health. Experts believe that focusing on your breath can help overcome food cravings, overeating, and addictions such as smoking. So next time you feel stressed, anxious, or tempted by cravings, take a deep breath wide to the lower lobes of the lungs. Exhale all the air out of the lungs allowing the ribs to funnel into the waist. Feel the lungs expand naturally like a vacuum after each exhales.
Take the progression to your next level of Pilates practice and connect your mind and body through your breathing.
Welcome to a New Year at Club Rhythm. We look forward to help you find your way to #eatwell #movewell and #thinkwell!