The key goal of Pilates is to achieve core strength. I firmly believe that when you have strong abdominal muscles, it helps to correct your posture. It helps you stand up right correcting the position of your shoulders and neck. When your posture is correct, it alleviates stress from your spine.
Other Benefits are:
- Pilates not only helps to stabilise the core but also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles because of the Pilates exercises incorporate contracting these muscles.
- Pilates incorporates stretching exercises; a good Pilates session always starts with stretching that reduces stress on muscles.
- Pilates exercises if done correctly put minimal pressor on joints. Very light Pilates exercises are actually very good for the inflamed joints.
- Pilates incorporates the art of correct breathing. Just like yoga, in Pilates breathing is methodical that allows you to move per the movement of the body allowing the oxygen to reach every part of your body that results in less sore muscles after the Pilates workout.
- Pilates makes sex better because guess what; the muscles you use to contract during sex are the same pelvic floor muscles used in so many Pilates exercise!
- As mentioned in point 4 Pilates incorporates breathing correctly. When you need breathe correctly during certain Pilates positions (when to inhale and when to exhale) you concentrate and therefore reduce the mind clutter. When your mind is free of unnecessary “thought noise”, it is healthier and functions better.
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Meditation is a deep state of calmness and peacefulness when the mind is relaxed and content, without any worries or any thoughts of past, present or future. Many experts call it the state of mindfulness. It means transforming your mind to have alertness, clarity and emotional positivity. It encourages awareness of your breath, your body and your surroundings without any clutter of thoughts.
It sounds very simple, but there are so many people who find it so hard to detach their mind even for a few seconds to be free of “thoughts clutter”. The thought of sitting still without any thoughts sounds scary. But once you read some of the tricks and techniques below, you will realise how easy it is to meditate.
For me mindfulness and meditation is tying the thousands of years of Buddhist practices to the science of Parasympathetic state of body that achieves incredible health benefits. It is all about providing your body oxygenation to the full capacity of your lungs, so the body can perform its biggest to smallest functions i.e. being able to regenerate cells, pumping blood to all organs, digesting food, fighting illness etc. And this is exactly what meditation is all about; to give you the ability to breathe properly.
A lot of people, meditate for different purposes, to achieve mindfulness, to control their breathing, to reduce stress, to achieve alertness and to cultivate the state of positive being. This all achieves the better and healthier you. Meditation is one of the simplest ways to eliminate so many mental health problems; for example, anxiety or depression or stress. When you feel better, your body functions better. Because remember body needs the balance between, it’s mental, chemical and physical states. A lot of my clients tell me that by mediating and doing mindfulness or core strengthening exercises incorporated with some positive habits, their stress levels come down (mental health improves). They can sleep better (Chemical health improves)1. And they feel less tension in their shoulders and neck (Physical health improves).
There are just so many benefits of mediation. Try it and discover the wonderful health benefits.
- Sit upright in a cross legged position. If it’s not easy you can sit on a chair. Make sure you are comfortable.
- Start by taking a deep breath in through your nose
- As you inhale, feel the breath move deep into your body. The trick is to place your hands on your belly and feel it expand as you inhale.
- Then slowly exhale through your nose as you feel your belly deflate.
- Repeat that 3 more times breathing slowly and deeply each time. Count to 4 seconds when inhaling and 4 seconds when exhaling. That would help with keeping a slow and steady breathing pace.
- When you have mastered this technique of slow and deep breathing, pay attention to what is going on in your mind. If you have any thoughts and any worries cluttering your mind, just pushed them away gently by concentrating on your breath. Feel it entering and leaving your belly, your lower chest and your upper chest.
- Tip: A lot of people achieve the good results when they meditate in a quiet environment when there is nothing and no one there for disturb you. Some people even mediate to the sound of soft music. If you have not meditated before I always recommend my clients to practice mediation in presence of mediation teacher who can create ideal conditions for mediation.
Let me know how you go and if you have questions get in touch with me.
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We always hear from people how good they feel after they’ve worked out, done a Pilates or yoga session, or done some sort of fitness activity. What if I told you that fitness activities not just impact our physical health but also boost our mental health and wellbeing?
It’s been proven over the centuries by yoga practitioners how yoga has immense positive affect on one’s state of mind while achieving muscle strength, flexibility and improved posture which are a few among its many health benefits. Same be said about other forms of fitness exercises.
Fitness is one of the main components of healthy lifestyle and a key to wellbeing. It is essential to incorporate some type and level of fitness activity in your everyday lifestyle to achieve optimum health. Whether it is walking, running, doing Pilates, Yoga or cardio exercise, depending on the frequency fitness activity along with other healthy habits, you will achieve some sort of positive results.
Our bodies are so versatile that no matter what age you are, you can incorporate different exercises on regular basis to achieve good health benefits. The movement of your joints and limbs is so intrinsically connected with ability to breathe properly that exercising without breathing properly can result in little to no health benefits. I call it the “Body Mind Harmony”. When you are breathing properly in accordance with the different body movements, your mental state is in equilibrium with your physical state. That allows for the optimum fitness results. In general, you need to breathe out during power stroke of the movement. For example, you will breathe out during abs crunches when you come up contracting your abdominal muscles and breathe in when you lie down, allow your lungs to take in oxygen to their full capacity so it can be delivered to the muscles in your body. That results in less down time and optimum results.
Once you’ve mastered the correct breathing technique during different body movements, you will not only gain its benefits but also experience the shift in your state of mind generally. I am a firm believer and have experienced firsthand that when any form of exercise is done correctly along with correct breathing and correct posture I not only physically feel good, but mentally my mood is uplifted as well. If I do any cardio exercises without pushing myself too hard where I allow myself to control my breathing in the right way, I have less downtime. I can perform different exercises on more regular basis than I used to before, simply because I didn’t incorporate the correct method to exercising.
So, the bottom line is that exercising with correct breathing techniques not only improves your physical health but also vastly contributes to wellbeing. Incorporating some form of regular exercise will not only benefit your body but also your mind!