One of the things I love most about Pilates is the focus on breathing, precision and intention. So often our days are spent rushing from one appointment or task to the next while taking short breaths and we wonder why we are exhausted at the end of the day. In the celebration of “multitasking” there doesn’t seem to be much room (or respect) for the art of slow, intentional movement that allows the mind and body to connect and focus on one thing at a time.
In my classes, I always try to encourage clients to engage their own experience while paying close attention to what their body is telling them. By moving with precision, we are able to hear the whispers of our limbs and can listen closely to our individual needs. Whether in a class or in life, rapid movement whilst on autopilot may get things done, but at what cost? Are they done well? Are you respecting your body with the actions you are taking?
Today, I want to encourage all of you to be present and pay close attention to where you are, how you feel, what you are doing and why you are doing it. You might find there is a better way.