Mat Pilates Basics A general all level class focusing on the basics of Mat Pilates, the core. The core stabilizes the spine and hips and thus the whole body. Students will get to know neutral pelvis and ribs, as well as how to start to engage the core muscles, transverse abdomenous (tva) and the pelvic floor muscles, with more endurance. Students can start to know the different muscles through feeling them, firing them, or relaxing them when you don’t need them. Students start to understand when the body weakens and starts to refer to another muscle group, or brace, or prop, not use the muscles at all, or improperly.
Mat Pilates All Levels This class is dedicated to students who know Mat Pilates and have the strength to switch on for a sustained amount of time. All levels of students are welcome to come but are expected to stop if you start referring or tiring. Stopping allows a rest and then students can safely join back in. This all levels class is fun and challenging for the continuing student.
We have seen the Pilates help all our yoga practices, as well as Bikram yoga, with all the “head to knee” poses, the coiling forward bend head to knees. We have seen backbends of advanced students deepen with ease. The results have led me to tell every student, “one pilates mat class a week!”