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How to Do the Pilates Rolling Like a Ball Exercise

The Rolling Like a Ball exercise in Pilates is a combination of Hip-Up and Balance Point. Requiring both strength and control, Rolling Like a Ball is a fun way to massage your own back, find out how to [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

How to Do the Pilates Rising Swan Exercise

The Rising Swan exercise in Pilates strengthens your neck, back, and butt muscles. You should include the Rising Swan in your daily routine to counteract the negative effects of forward bending on your [more…]

Part of the Series: Basic Pilates: 8 Exercises for Beginners

Incorrect Postures to Avoid in Mind-Body Workouts

Think of Barbie Doll and Neanderthal as visual ways to describe two typical incorrect postures. These names were dreamed up by Cathleen Murakami, Pilates instructor and owner of Synergy Systems Studio [more…]

Master Preliminary Pilates Exercises on the Mat for Mind-Body Wellness

Mat work isn’t an end, but rather a means to an end. The goal of mat work in mind-body wellness is to help you discover how to move better and stronger in daily life [more…]

Mind-Body Tips for Better Pilates Workouts

Adding mindfulness to your Pilates workout will give you great results. As with any type of workout, it’s helpful to know a little bit about the hows and whys of movements and their progression so you [more…]

3 Mini Pilates Workouts for Mind-Body Wellness

So you don’t have time for a full 30 to 60 mind-body minutes of rolling around on the floor? Then just try these quickie lineups in the morning, before bed, or anytime. If your mattress is firm enough, [more…]

4 Mind-Body Workouts with a Stretchy Band

The exercise world has used compact and portable stretch bands for a long time to work muscles without a lot of gadgets, why not mind-body fitness? The physical therapy and rehabilitation world used those [more…]

How to Do Pilates Upper-Abdominal Curls

Upper-abdominal curls help strengthen and tone your tummy. This video shows you proper positioning and form for floor crunches, as well an upper-abdominal workout on an exercise ball. [more…]

How to Do a Basic Pilates Cat

The cat position relaxes and stretches your body, specifically your back. The basic Pilates cat stretch, usually done on a mat, is one of the gentlest ways to stretch your back. [more…]

How to Do a Basic Pilates Bridge

Relax and stretch your body with the basic Pilates bridge pose. The bridge position increases your flexibility, exercises your butt, and stabilizes your core. All you need is a mat. [more…]

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