• Brad and Laurie Hachtel, husband and wife

    Fran Pote, Avid Yoga and Pilates Enthusiast since 2004

    Dave Cooney, Avid Skier and Hiker

  • The Pilates breath is the most important concept you will learn and use. Because it requires you to feel movement using your breath. And it doesn't happen overnight. Most people engage in a shallow breath, breathing only chest up. However, the Pilates breath engages the entire torso, all the way down to your pelvic floor.

    In a seated position, you can adjust your torso, so that you sit with an erect spine. The Pilates breath allow you to inhale deeply from your the floor of your stomach, to your chest and to the back of your throat. The exhale should last longer than the inhale, you want to expel the air out of your stomach, feeling the very lowest part of your pelvic floor. In addition, you must engage the entire abdominal wall. This means that you feel your muscles in the front, back and sides of the torso draw inward as you inhale and exhale. This is a difficult task to do while incorporating the Pilates exercises.

    Mastering the Pilates breath is the ONLY way to see and feel significant results from the Pilates exercises. If you are not engaging in this specific breathing technique, you are NOT doing Pilates. You are merely copying the exercises of someone else. When you engage in the Pilates breath, you take ownership of each movement as if you created it. The Pilates breath acts as your guide to feel the specific muscle groups during your workout. The Pilates breath brings each exercise to life and can make the simplest movement challenging.

    Please view the following video to learn in detail about the Pilates breath and how to utilize it during your Pilates regiment.