While Pilates draws from many diverse exercise styles running the gamut from Chinese
acrobatics to yoga, there are certain inherent ruling principles that bring all these elements together under the Pilates Name:
Concentration - the key element to connecting your mind and body. It is your mind that wills your body into action.
Control - Joseph Pilates built his method on the idea of muscle control, meaning no sloppy, haphazard movements.
Centering - The idea that our outer extremities move not independently but from our core; the abdomen, lower back,
hips and buttocks - what's called the "powerhouse" in Pilates.
Flow - A focus on the grace of the motions, each excersise is meant to have a certain dynamic rhythm
and each excersise flows from one to the next.
Breath - Breathing is the first act of life and the last, so it is imperative to learn to breathe correctly.
Pilates cleanses the bloodstream though oxygenation.
Precision - Every movement in Pilates has a purpose. Every instruction is vitally important to the success of the whole.
Rather than lots of reps like doing 100 sit-ups at the gym, in Pilates we focus on form so that five or ten
abdominal exercises done correctly feels like 100.