Joseph H. Pilates said that, “since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never learned to master the art of correct breathing.”

When we learn to connect our breath to the movement, the flow of oxygen in our bodies improves enabling the diaphragm to move more freely! Breathing is a essential part of Pilates practise and therefore breathing is one of the main Pilates principles. Holding the breath can cause muscle tension and unhealthy increase in blood pressure. Pilates exercises are thought in specific breath patterns to encourage breathing. 

What is Pilates breathing?

In Pilates we usually use lateral breathing that encourages the activation of the deep abdominals during both inhalation and exhalation. In lateral breathing we focus on sending the breath into the ribcage and letting it expand sideways whilst the core stays engaged. 

Diaphragmatic breathing improves our ability to breath deeply inhaling and exhaling all the air in and out versus shallow breathing that causes stress and tension in our bodies. Proper diaphragmatic breathing on the other hand reduces heart rate, relax muscles, can lower blood pressure and increases our energy levels.

Pilates helps us to become aware of our breath which can also help us to centre our mind and bring focus into our bodies. When breath and movements are connected, the body is able to move with maximum efficiency,  and minimum strain and sloppiness.    


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