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Pilates Practitioner 101: Spring Return
Ready for More Pilates
After a month off to rest my sprained right knee, (and two weeks to recover from a spring cold), I’ve returned back to Pilates and Hydro Pilates this week. And the timing could’ve been more perfect, since my back started to acted up from being stiff and inactive. I’ve also returning to my home Pilates practice in the living room, and sometimes in my bedroom, temporarily, this weekend. Since I didn’t get a chance to do what I wanted this month of modifying my routines and adding new ones, I’ll be starting that routine next week to kickoff summer countdown in May.
The Scissors Exercise is Challenging on the mat for any Beginner Pilates Practitioner
Pilates break poll
Have you ever taken a break from Pilates, due to illness, injury or weather?
Returning to Pilates class
For this week’s Pilates class, it was back to the average sized class, which was less than 10. Instead of the usual rings, we did the original mat routines by warming up with the pelvic tilts. We started with the 100, the single straight leg stretch, the double leg stretch, the criss cross, the straight leg stretch, and the sidekick series on both sides with the bicycle/backpedal, the side sashay and reverse side sashays, the double leg lower lifts and the double leg circle. We also did some new Pilates exercises I don’t know the name of, (and I would get back to you on their names in my next hub in two weeks), but we did the scissors on the mat, (something I didn’t differently and wrong for home practice). We also did the two-pulse point flex exercises, the 100 on our stomachs, swimming, and a couple of planks (bent elbow and extended elbow) along with the side plank, the child’s pose, the arm-leg reach with a single leg circle, and Pilates stance to finish the routine.
For Hydro-Pilates, the Plank is a Great way to Stretch in the Water, Heated or Cold, Both Sides
Splashing Around in Hydro Pilates
For my 7th and 8th Hydro Pilates sessions, we’ve warmed up with some body twists and side stretches in the cold water of the pool, which really should’ve been warmed up. We’ve did some squats with straight and bent legs and some press and pull side stretches on both sides. We’ve also did the plank and the one-legged plank, when we raise one leg and later do a one leg circle in another set of exercises, followed by foot circles. We’ve done this also on the other side. We’ve also did arm circles and the side plank to do some sone bicycle/backpedal exercises and the side sashay/reverse sashay set of exercises. One one exercise we’ve did was the one-bent arm plank with one arm by leaning in and out from the wall. We’ve also did the tree pose, in which i chose to use the wall, since I knew I would be unsteady with my healing right sprained knee would give me difficult to balance. We’ve also did the Warrior I/Airplane pose, the Warrior 2/Reverse Warrior Pose and another set of the press and pull stretch pose, and the chair squat pose in the water, too. To finish out the session, we’ve did the mermaid side stretch and the spinal twist and the pilates stance.
Yoga strap poll
Would you use a yoga strap for Pilates stretches?
To Modify Your Exercises, use Yoga Straps as a Prop for Those Stretches
Consider a Yoga Strap for Your Pilates Workouts
If you have a yoga strap, also known as the Yoga Belt, you can use them for stretches in your Pilates workouts, when you can't reach certain places with your arms. Like the Yoga blocks, it helps you feel more comfortable and enable you to perform exercises with correct form and alignment. Without straining your other body parts--neck and shoulders in particular--the Belt focuses on enabling you to perform certain stretches correctly. It can also help you achieve certain positions, extend and lengthen your reach in different positions, such as reaching for your feet, or holding your hands behind your back, like in the Double Leg Kick. When we don't need the elastic quality of the band, the Yoga Belts can be used to replace the Elastic Bands in the more static stretches. If you don't have one, you can use the belt from your bathrobe, as long as it's sturdy enough.