This isn't about giving anything up, penance for Christmas or new year resolutions. Over the past two years we have had to give up plenty, time with loved ones, work, social interaction, activities we love, routine, freedom and it’s been stressful. This is about giving us time to recharge our spirits, refuel our energy and making some space for our wellbeing.
Participating is not about beating yourself up if you do not make a class. Recordings are available if you can’t make a class, want to do a class again or would rather do it on another day.
This is your retreat time! From the comfort of your own home you can design your own experience. You could participate in sessions only on the weekend with the recordings, live one day a week, all the live sessions days; whatever works for you. If by the end of the month you add in a session of Pilates a week that you were not doing before and a little more “me time” that will be a bonus.
We will use Joseph Pilates "Return to Life through Contrology" to move our body. Working through his 34 exercises to establish a meaningful moving meditative practice. Don't worry you'll feel the work!
Joseph Pilates devised this exercise order for you to teach yourself from his book "Return to Life Through Contrology." It was to be something that in time you would remember and would become yours to use; a litmus test for how your body is feeling, a way to come back to your body. As you felt more at ease in your body with your movement, feeling your flexibility and strength improving Joseph Pilates knew that you would want to maintain your practice and even practice more often.
"Why? The answer is simple: The exercises have stirred your sluggish circulation into action.........Your brain clears and your will power functions." Joseph Pilates, Return to Life Through Contrology
2 classes a week will be live with the recording added to the private Facebook group for those that cannot make the live session https://www.facebook.com/groups/sharepilates
Monday 7pm (GMT) Live Zoom class
Wednesday 7.30am (GMT) Live Zoom class
On Fridays a recorded class will be added to https://sharepilates.com/this will cover everything from the previous two live classes with no stops and starts. From previous feedback I know some of you can find it difficult practicing a recording of a class again because of some of the stops and starts where we chew the fat on something live.
Each week I will provide you with a breathing exercise to practice, with prompts and reminders to do so over the week. Just a few of the benefits that have been found from practicing breathing exercises are:
and so many more I will talk about during the Retreat.
We will also look at other things we may want to try or just think about for now, meditation, journaling, reading, eating more fruit, cooking, drinking more water whatever may float your boat.
If you have any questions just let me know, email firstname.lastname@example.org, DM on Instagram @cynthiayoungpilates or on Facebook @sharepilates
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