One of the 6 principles of Pilates – CONCENTRATION ( the others being Alignment, Breathing, Centring, Flow and Precision) – was definitely tested in my classes this morning at Eardisland Village Hall – The toilets were being refurbished so we exercised to a back ground of drilling, sawing and whistling workmen! :0 It was a test to stay focused for all of us and block out external distractions!
Concentration is my favourite Pilates principle at the moment because it gets us ‘IN THE MOMENT’. When we move with our breathing it’s hard to think of anything else……that mental chatter that most of us experience to some degree every day ceases to be in control. For 1 hour we can forget that to do list, and focus on our bodies. For 1 hour we can stop trying to work stuff out, and go with the flow. For 1 hour it doesn’t matter how you’re doing compared with your neighbour!! Pilates isn’t competitive, it doesn’t care! And the great thing is, it teaches us with practice, and if we allow it, to extend that mental state into every day life, then life flows as we MOVE BETTER, FEEL BETTER….
Have a peace filled weekend folks x