A method close to yoga

Since July 2013 Sita gives you the opportunity to attend Pilates classes once a week. This discipline may sound unfamiliar to you, but during the last few years it turned into a trendy hobby in the "well-being" category, so it is now time to lift the veil standing above the Pilates method.

Practiced by a lot of athletes such as Roger Federer and Andy Murray, the Pilates method is a form of soft gym aiming at Pilates class at Sitabuilding the body by focusing especially on the training of deep muscles in order to improve the posture. Even though it is often compared to Yoga, the assimilation to this other exercise is only superficial because the two disciplines differ on countless points. Indeed, Yoga mainly distinguishes itself from Pilates through the ideology it promotes and that is characterized by its meditational aspect. As regards Pilates, its main characteristic is to be easy to practice for everyone: whether you are wishing to lose weight or just wanting to maintain a healthy and tight figure.

Thus by using physical exercises approaching Yoga postures, Pilates, which is practiced on a mat or with the help of objects, aims at getting a perfect alignment of the body in order to make it work correctly. And to perfect the posture and corporal pose of people devoting themselves to Pilates, the most important is to be precise and thorough when performing the exercises. The accessories which might be used during a Pilates class are objects called "proprioceptive", such as balloons, elastic bands or even springs: they will all trigger a loss of balance and encourage the body to solicit stabilizing muscles.

Pilates class at Sita using a balloonPilates, a soft gym

The Pilates method is also linked to a soft form of gym in the way that exercises may be laborious but gentle: without brutality or shocking impact in the movements. Everything relies on precision and meticulousness in the movements which must never generate any pain nor over-solicit a muscular group more than another. Thus, exercises mostly insist on the base of the body trunk, namely the abdominal and backside muscles: this is a zone that Joseph Pilates, the creator of the Pilates method, named "generating" because it is determining in obtaining a proper corporal posture. Breathing is also a leading aspect in practicing Pilates, since controlling it enables you to reach a greater awareness of your muscular function.

The 8 basic principles of pilates

The Pilates method relies on 8 basic principles embodying the required discipline you need to practice it properly. The latters are: focus, control, center of gravity, breathing, fluidity, precision, succession and isolation. It is not considered as an ordinary physical activity since Pilates is also used in some cases of re-education and is known to provide exercises adjustable to the morphology and the flexible capacities of those who practice it.

At Sita, Fleur who teaches Pilates, attended and graduated from the STOTT formation in Bangalore. She is now waiting for you to join her to make you discover this discipline already well-know in Western countries and which is getting more and more popular in Asia!


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