Friday, December 24, 2010

Breathe ~

There are Six Pilates Principles:

Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow

For many, these six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique in the fitness world.

During this holiday season I thought it would be appropriate to highlight ‘breath’.

The integration of the principles accounts for the balance, grace, and ease that one can experience as a result of practicing Pilates.

Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows -- using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Using the breath properly is an integral part of all the movements.

Did you know that ‘Breathing’ can transform your life!

Especially during this hectic season it is important to slow down and breathe…

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

And If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe.

It will bring you back to the present.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.

If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.

When you are exercising, breathe. It will help you enjoy the exercise, and therefore stick with it for longer.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

So breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life. They’re too fleeting and few to waste.

Let’s all remember the most important part of this holiday season is to give our love and

our thankfulness, all the rest are extras. Simplify and breathe.

Peace to all ~

Thank you to 2010!