Pilates Makes You Happy Posts

ySUPOn a recent vacation I was swept away by a new experience. Well, not entirely new, it was more like two experiences rolled into one. That experience(s) was Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. It was one of the most invigorating, challenging and awe-inspiring things I’ve done in a long time.

There is just something about that back drop – blue ocean that seems to stretch forever. The sun beating down, while you expel toxins doing one of the most relaxing activities you could possibly be doing. Yet, you’re actually working those tiny stabilizer muscles and balance takes an entirely different meaning.

If you’ve never tried SUP Yoga before I strongly recommend finding a class in your area. If you’re in a stand up paddle board hot spot you’ll have absolutely no issue. If not, you certainly can read up about the sport and make up your own yoga routine. Remember to keep the poses as simple as possible. Things like downward dog and warrior are easy to do on a board. Other, more challenging poses will be extremely tough. As a rule of thumb, if you struggle to balance in a pose on a dry land don’t do it on a SUP. You’ll probably end up falling in the water :). Not that, that is such a bad thing.

Okay so what do you need?

I would suggest you’re at least a beginner in both sports, obviously this isn’t a requirement but if you’re just trying either Yoga or Stand Up Padlde Boarding for the first time I would do them separately.

The Board

A solid paddle board. Find a big, stable paddle board with a soft top. A lot of different paddle boards have an EVA top which is basically yoga mat material. However, others have harder wood surfaces – avoid those. There are certainly boards that are better than others for this sport. Inflatable paddle boards often make a perfect ySUP (Yoga Stand Up Paddle Board) as they have soft forgiving surfaces to get bendy on.

Aside from size (11’+ is perfect) and a soft top other things to consider. Does the board have a place to store things? Lots of boards come with the elastic straps which can hold clothing, paddles, etc.

Attire.

Dress for the occasion. Once you get moving around you’re probably going to get hot. That means you’ll want to shed layers. Obviously a bathing suit is a must but don’t forget the screen. Just because you start with a long sleeve doesn’t mean you’re going to end with a long sleeve shirt on.Hats are great but can get in the of some poses. All things to keep in mind when you’re getting bendy on your board.

The Paddle &  A Leash

Paddle Board accessories are vital. You’re going to need a paddle (no, it’s not the same as a canoe paddle). A leash is another handy item to have. If you fall off you don’t want to let your board run into others enjoying the ocean (or lake). Keep it nearby with a slick little leash.

 

Yoga

From tennis players to golfers up to someone who looks a way to keep fit and healthy even in a hectic schedule, Pilates is for you. One can say that it is a universal exercise as it can be performed by anyone who’s at any level of fitness. It’s very popular in the United States and United Kingdom and it was practiced by people of all ages and lifestyle. And if you think that it’s just one of those bogus exercising techniques, you’re wrong. It has been here for decades and for your information, here’s a quote left by the founder of the Pilates exercise:

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” — Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86.

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Many types of people who have undergone the Pilates Exercise for different levels of fitness say that they’ve seen improvements in range of motion, flexibility, circulation, posture, and abdominal strength and decreases in back, neck and joint pain. After more than four decades after Joseph’s death, there’s an ever increasing demand in this method of exercise. That leads to a question, is Pilates exercise method really work? Is it right for me? What are the benefits? We’ll try to answer the last question and you decide if it’s really for you.

Body Awareness

Because Pilates exercise method focuses on maintaining concentration, proper posture and breathing pattern, it allows the practitioner to gain full body consciousness. Siri Dharma Galliano, a celebrity Pilates teacher says that “It changes your shape by educating you in daily life. When you’re cooking, brushing your teeth — the lessons are coming home to pull your stomach in and pull your shoulders down. There is an attention required (in doing the exercises) that changes your awareness”.

Increased Flexibility

With Pilates, we work toward increasing the length and stretch of muscles and range of motions within the joints. If you find that your spine seems to have lost some of its range of motion and flexibility, practicing Pilates can quickly lessen the problem.

Builds Powerful Core

The core muscles of the body consist of the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. We rely on these muscle group to keep a good posture, supple back and efficient movement patterns. When we have a powerful core, we can do our daily tasks more efficiently and effectively plus by working out our core muscles, we get to have those dream abs you are always thinking of.

Can Pilates Improve Posture

You will probably notice the beautiful postures of those who practice Pilates. A great posture means that we can move freely and effectively. By building a powerful core, we can attain a better posture which can improve our overall health and quality of life, plus you get to have a better appearance. P

Body Control

“Unless you are taught how to move and discover with your teacher what is blocking you (for example, keeping your shoulders up too high), you will never achieve body symmetry,” Galliano says. “When you start getting control of your body, it gives you a great degree of satisfaction.”

Whatever activity you do, whether you are an athlete or a geek computer programmer, you’ll find Pilates a great way to improve your overall health and wellness as well as mindset. Truly, Pilates Makes You Happy!

Pilates Information

The article on Wikipedia defines Pilates as a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by the German born Joseph Pilates. This form of exercise is popular among the residents of the United States and United Kingdom. This form is exercise is meant for a wide variety of people and some believe that this method can be learned and practiced by anyone. From athletes, dancers to women rebounding from pregnancy, the Pilates method can be easily learned and practiced by everyone.

History of Pilates – How the Founder Joseph Pilates Conceived the Method

Joseph Pilates designed the popular exercise method to enhance both mind and body as well as flexibility. It was done through controlled movements performed as mat exercises or with equipment to shape and fortify the body.

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The founder of this exercise method, Joseph Hubertus Pilates was born in Germany on December 9, 1883. His father was an award winning gymnast and his mother is a naturopath. During his childhood, he suffered from numerous illnesses including asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever. Thus, he dedicated his entire life to improve his physical strength. Because of that, he started skiing and studied body-building, yoga and qigong as well as gymnastics. He came to a conclusion that the modern lifestyle, bad posture and inefficient breathing are the roots of poor health. He ultimately devised a series of exercises, equipment, specifications and tuning required to teach his methods properly, and thus the Pilates exercise method was born.

Pilates is known to be a very athletic person, despite his weak physical fitness on his early childhood. He was a gymnast, diver and bodybuilder but when he moved to England in 1912, he became a professional boxer, circus-performer, and self-defense trainer at police schools and Scotland Yard. Then in 1925, he migrated to the United States and he met his wife, Clara. They started their own studio and taught students about the method and named it as “Contrology”.

Characteristics of Pilates Exercise Training

The two students of Romana Kryzanowska, one of Pilates’ direct disciple, Philip Friedman and Gail Eisen, published the modern book on the method entitled “The Pilates Method of Physical and Mental Conditioning”. The book outlined the six principles of the Pilates Method of Exercise namely, concentration, control, center, flow, precision, and breathing.

Concentration – “You have to concentrate on what you’re doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements.”

Control – “Nothing about the Pilates Method is haphazard. The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment.”

Centering – The center is the starting pace for beginning practitioners to control their bodies. This is the focal point of the Pilates method. It is also known as the powerhouse which consists the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs.

Flow – Pilates aims for elegant and sufficient flow of movement.

Precision – it is essential to correct Pilates: “concentrate on the correct movements each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all the vital benefits of their value”.

Breathing – In Return to Life, Pilates devotes a section of his introduction specifically to breathing “bodily house-cleaning with blood circulation”.

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