The Seven Principles of Pilates

 

Centering

All work is controlled through the center, or "powerhouse." All exercises are done with proper alignment to maintain balance in the body.


Concentration

Exercises are performed with focused concentration, paying attention to how the individual executes the exercises. The mind guides the body.


Control

When performing the exercises properly, you are in control of all of the movement of your body. Habit does not guide the execution of the exercises.


Coordination

All exercises on a Pilates apparatus require coordination to be perfectly executed.


Precision

All exercises are performed with a clear structure and precise form. The work emphasizes quality, not quantity in order to reach the full benefit of each exercise.


Flow

The full workout is designed for one exercise to flow naturally into the next. There is a minimum of movement between exercises to create a maximum flow.


Breath

All exercises are done with a rhythm and a dynamic related to the heartbeat and respiration.