From a Power Pilates perspective, the six principles of Pilates are the most essential qualities of the method. You will understand these principles not by learning them intellectually, but by actualizing them physically. To understand stabilization, for example, you will learn how to stabilize your torso through opposition. And to understand flow, you will learn how one exercise flows seamlessly into the next. In this way, Pilates is not just something you do — it is something you study.
The primary goal of Pilates is to stabilize the pelvis in a neutral position. Initiating movement from a stable source (i.e. the pelvis) will increase the body’s strength and efficiency, and restore it to its natural balance.
The best results will come through controlling each movement and paying full attention to all details in positioning and sequencing.
The mind controls the body. Therefore, executing each exercise with the correct mindful intent and focusing on a deepening awareness of the movement makes concentration an integral part of the technique.
Pilates is best when done in a flowing style marked by continuous movement and engagement. A workout which has flow – both within each exercise and between exercises – maximizes the time, efforts and results of every session.
For beginners, the only wrong breath is no breath. Over time, you will gain a deeper understanding of how exhalation stimulates breathing, facilitates core support and intensifies movement. In the end, breath equals life.
Pilates is rich with details. Executing each exercise with correct technique and precision will provide more dramatic results; it’s all in the details.