Each class makes you stronger than the last and with that strength comes more challenges. If you’re ready to take your Pilates to the next level, learning how to correctly direct your breath throughout your workout is super beneficial.
We have put together the steps below for you to try at home and then start introducing into your classes.
A guide to Pilates breathing:
- Place your hands on the sides of your body around the rib cage.
- Take a deep breath through your nose into the sides and back of the body. Remember that your lungs sit inside your torso and your ribs expand with each breath. Feel your ribs pushing into your hands outward as you inhale.
- Before you exhale, gently engage your pelvic floor and core muscles. Then, breathe out through your mouth. Your ribs will contract and the hands will sink towards each other.
- Repeat this breathing pattern several times until you feel the ribs expanding and contracting.
You will hear us talk about the breath and pelvic floor during our classes as the correct engagement is important for stability, blood flow, the health of our pelvic floor, and calming the nervous system. This will help you to get the best results from your workout.
Our Head Pilates Instructor, Sarah talks this through in our Reformer Pilates Basics: Prepare for your workout’ video that you can watch below!