One of the 6 principles of Pilates is “flow”. Moving seamlessly from one exercise through to the next exercise requires skill and focus and is what will take your Pilates practice to the next level.
One of the reasons why I love to bring flow into my Pilates practice is that it keeps me mindful and focused on what I’m doing throughout my session. Often we’ll find our minds drifting off while we mindlessly perform an exercise and its repetitions. Before we know it, we’ve gone over our entire to-do list in our head and lost sight of the moment we took out of our day for some self-love.
I really feel that practicing the skill of transitioning from one exercise to the next and choreographing the small in between movements to set yourself up for the next exercise is what keeps you mindful and helps to keep you engaged throughout.
We’re all super busy and once you’ve committed to your practice for the day, why waste precious time faffing between exercises? Instead, move with intention, focus and direction and as a result, you’ll even be benefiting from the moments in between the exercises!
Here’s a Beginner Pilates flow sequence based on the Original 34 Pilates exercises to inspire you and give you some ideas on how to transition smoothly and flow from one exercise to the next.
If this is a bit easy and you’d like more of a challenge, I created an Intermediate Pilates flow sequence also based on the Original 34 Pilates exercises. Have a look here and let me know how incorporating Flow changes and improves your practice!