This week I attended a Pilates class as a student and I was, once again, the loudest one in the class. Not because I spoke up with questions or comments, but simply because I BREATHE!
I’ve noticed before that breathing is often very quiet in many Pilates classes I have attended. The breath pattern is mentioned but everyone usually seems too scared to make much noise. I’m a firm believer in a loud and strong breath, and have always encouraged my students to breathe loudly together in class (that way no one notices who’s the loudest!) Not only does the breath help connect us to the movement, it also fires the muscles at the right time and makes our movement so much more efficient. You can try it yourself- attempt to pick up a heavy object (with good technique of course!) while holding your breath. Then try again while breathing out. It should be noticeably easier the second time.
I’d love any comments about breathing and Pilates from all of you out there! Do you hide your breath in class? Does it make it easier for you if you breathe loudly when performing exercises?
Diane Archer, Pilates Instructor from the UK now living back in Canada. Blog of tips, thoughts, home challenges.