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June 2012
Total Body Conditioning With Pilates
Yasmin Chohan
 
Pilates was founded by German born Joseph H
Pilates, a sickly child who suffered from asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. He practiced breathing and invented and promoted the Pilates method of physical fitness.

  • Pilates focuses on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and are essential to Total Body Conditioning With Pilates Yasmin Chohan providing support for the spine.
  • In particular, Pilates teaches awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine.
  • They strengthen the deep torso muscles which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain, bad posture, spondylitis and injuries.
  • Pilates for an hour is equal to 60-minutes of running, 30-minutes of weight lifting and 10-minutes of stretching.
  • Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates DOES NOT overdevelop some parts of the body and neglect others.
  • While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole.
  • Pilates promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.
Pilates is not a weekend or overnight workout. Within a few weeks you may notice changes in not just how you sit, stand, walk, or move, but even in the way you speak, or perhaps an increase in self-confidence and image as you project yourself to others.

One of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Centering
Control
Flow
Breath
Precision
Concentration
These six Pilates principles are essential ingredients in a highquality Pilates workout. The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity, and you will find that, unlike many systems of exercise, Pilates do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a short time.
Yasmin Chohan is Pilates Consultant, Mumbai


    
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