Pilates Essence - Key Philosophies For An Integrated Workout
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Discovery of the inner principles behind the movement
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Created by Emmie Li
Last updated 10/2016
English
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Practice Pilates at home
  • Expand the mind
  • Focus on movement
  • Improve awareness
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Requirements
  • Mat or towel plus small space on floor
Description

Empower your mind and invigorate your body. Whether you are a beginner or an seasoned Pilates practitioner, you will learn the key principles that drive the workout. We will delve into the contexts that influence the method. In just an hour-and-a-half, you will strengthen your focus and thrive!

Invigorate your mind and body.

  • Learn classical Pilates mat exercises
  • Learn the two "aspects" of yourself 
  • Improve concentration and awareness 
  • Practice conscious control

Two routines to rejuvenate you from the inside out. 

Since Pilates is a system that revitalizes both the body and the mind, training the coordination and balance of the two require attention and guidance. Although movement and techniques can be emulated, profound strength and dexterity can only be achieved through understanding and awareness. 

Content and Overview

You will learn from Joseph Pilates' own writings in Return to Life Through Contrology.  Then you will be guided through a workout that focuses on core and breath.

After that, we will explore the connection between the mind and the body through the work of another teacher, Timothy Gallwey, author of The Inner Game of Tennis. We will delve into quieting mind, receiving instructions and applying conscious control.

Finally, you will engage these ideas in a second workout. You will reactivate the entire body and enliven your spine. This routine will leave you feeling integrated. 

This course adheres to the classical approach of Pilates with additional warm-up and preparatory exercises suitable for practitioners of all levels. The two "Exercise Collections" are approximately 20 minutes each.

Although they are identical in movement sequence, the verbal instructions vary and they aim to challenge the mind and integrate the body in contrasting and distinct ways. Upon learning to control movement, be observant and concentrate, you will stand poised, move in agility and think clearly.

It is quoted that Joseph Pilates said, “there is no hope for world peace if the members of the United Nations cannot do my first five mat exercises”. 

Who is the target audience?
  • Novice learners
  • Intermediate to advanced practitioners searching for deeper results
  • Curious minds
Compare to Other Pilates Courses
Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
01:16:58
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Introduction
1 Lecture 01:52

This course is designed to introduce beginners to the Pilates principles that drive the physical workout. Since Pilates is a system that works from the inside out. You will not only feel physically invigorated but also, mentally recharged. 

Preview 01:52
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Exercise Collection 1
3 Lectures 31:49

Final Section
16:03

Post Workout
00:07
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Mind-Body
3 Lectures 01:33
What does mind-body mean?
00:21

According to Pilates, "physical fitness is the first requisite to happiness" (1945) and the balance of mind and body is a major component. The coordination of mind and body, including the breath will ultimately prevent diseases and improve health and overall wellbeing. 

Balance of Mind and Body
00:20

In a book he originally published in 1934 called, Your Health, he proclaimed that neither the mind is the "absolute master of the body" nor is the body the "absolute master of the mind" (Pilates, 2000).


"It is contented, however, that the correct solution of our present-day health ills can best be solved only by recognizing the fact that the normal development of the body and mind is possible, not by pitting the body against the mind, or vice versa which results from concentrating only on the mind or only on the body, as herein indicated, but rather by recognizing the mental functions of the mind and the physical limitations of the body, so that complete coordination between the mind and the body may be achieved" (Pilates, 2000, p. 112).


Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 

Normal development of the body and mind
00:52
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Natural Inclinations
3 Lectures 01:49

Now that the intention of balancing the body and mind has been established, let's add a new idea to the equation: natural inclinations.


This concept, I believe corresponds to what Joseph Pilates refers to as the "normal development of the body and mind". (Please see previous lecture description for full reference).


Natural as "Normal"
00:24

How does natural inclination, i. e. "normal development" influence balance of mind and body?

Through "Contrology", one will not only satisfy the innate desire for holistic movement but also coordinate the mind with the body, as Contrology is defined as the "conscious control of all muscular movement of the body" (Pilates, 2000, p. 114).


Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 


Recognize "Normal"
00:23

"It is the correct utilization and application of the leverage principles afforded by the bones comprising the skeletal framework of the body, a complete knowledge of the mechanism equilibrium and gravity as applied to the movement of the body in motion, rest and sleep" (Pilates, 2000, p. 114).

"...if the art and science of Contrology were universally accepted and practiced one could confidently predict that mental anguish and physical suffering would progressively decrease from generation to generation, and life would be a real pleasure..." (Pilates, 2000, p. 114). 

Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 


Contrology
01:02
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Conscious Control
6 Lectures 03:58

"...the human system is more and more dependent on the vitality of the body, which vitality itself is dependent on the absolute coordination of the body and mind - perfect balance! What is balance of body and mind? It is the conscious control of all muscular movements of the body" (Pilates, 2000, p. 114).

Muscular Movement
00:15

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House. 

The Inner Game(TM) by Timothy Gallwey
00:17

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House. 

"Talking to Themselves"
00:57

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House.

"Two of Us"
00:56

"A major breakthrough in my attempt to understand the art of control of mind and body came when, while teaching, I again began to notice what was taking place before my eyes" (Gallwey, 1974, p. 25).
"Self 1 does not trust Self 2, even though the unconscious, automatic self is extremely competent" (Gallwey, 1974, p. 26).

"Now we are ready for the first major postulate of the Inner Game" (Gallwey, 1974, p. 25).

"Contrology is based upon lessons learned from a life-long study of the principles underlying and governing the laws of nature. Suffice to say that incorrect habits are responsible for most of our ailments - if not all of them" (Pilates, 2000, p. 114).

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House.

Pilates, J. H., Robbins, J., & Heuit-Robbins, L. V. (2000). A Pilates' Primer: The Millennium Edition: Includes The Complete Works of Joseph Pilates. Incline Village, NV: Presentation Dynamics. 

"First Major Postulate of The Inner Game(TM)"
00:59

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House.

Recognize Self 2
00:34
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Accessing Natural Rhythm
3 Lectures 02:35

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House. 

Quiet the Mind
01:17

In Joseph Pilates' own words, he has “devoted the major portion of his life to the scientific study of the body and practical application of nature’s laws of life as pertaining to the natural development of coordinated physical and mental (normal) health and prevention, rather than the cure of diseases” (Pilates, 2000, p. 101). 

"Return to Life"
00:40

Put it together
00:38
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Concentration
4 Lectures 02:00

Gallwey, W. Timothy (1974). The Inner Game of Tennis. New York, NY: Random House. 

How to concentrate
00:29

Awareness
00:35

Once we have quieted the mind and let go of judgement, we contract our awareness on the body, one movement at a time. We focus on what can be known. According to Gallwey, “when attention is allowed to rest in one place, it comes to know that place because attention is focused consciousness, and consciousness is the power of knowing” (Gallwey, 1974, p. 97). 

Awareness on the Body
00:28

Preparation for Exercise Collection 2
00:28
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Exercise Collection 2
2 Lectures 30:48
Initial Section
14:36

Final Section
16:12
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:34

One should feel the difference in the mind and body after the second exercice segment. The mind has quieted and the body invigorated. 

Summary
00:34
About the Instructor
Emmie Li
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Teacher | Writer | Entrepreneur

Philosophy is my passion. Pilates is my tool. Having been a teacher and mentor for 15 years, owning and operating a Pilates studio on the west coast of Canada for 7, I have seized the wonder and unraveled the success. Upon selling my business, I traveled and taught Pilates in the heart of Paris for 2 years. I now embark on a digital lifestyle, creating new paths and help others along the way. 

For a list of my qualifications, please click "Pilates Essence" on the site, "30 Degrees Off Centre".