Inhale, open up your ribs, push the air out by pulling in the belly, use your stomach muscles. The body separates into two parts, your limbs looking to escape, rooted into the ground as if trying to dig a huge pit. Now hold that position while doing the exercises… roughly 50 minutes.
A few years ago I went into a Pilates class and, let’s be frank, I couldn’t have been more sceptical.
It was a stretching class… relaxation?! Come on!!! What good was lying around on the floor going to do? I looked like a beetle trying to turn over! After 15 minutes it was clear: this was torture. Every muscle in my body was begging me to stop and I discovered quite a few new ones that day!
I’ve gone to many classes since and the more I do, the more I grasp that it’s a lifelong learning process. One day you realise your “croquette-ish” movements have become agile, balanced. It is possible!
For those of you who’ve never tried it, I’ll say: more flexible, better posture, stronger muscles and perfect abs. After class, my ego is through the roof. My back pain disappears instantly. I feel like I’m floating through life.
I discovered Rosa a year and a half ago. She leads a varied group of people. Between sighs she watches us suffer and sweat with a special energy, conveying confidence and demanding the best from each of us. I love to see the look of concentration on my classmates’ faces. If we were a power source, we’d light up all the city’s Christmas decorations, I’m sure of it!
This month’s post is simple and clear. Will you accept the challenge?