Listen to your body.
If you are in a position and you feel joint pain, tingling pain, numbness, or sharp pain, then this position is not what you want to be doing. Muscle pain and working tension on the bones and muscles is good, the other stuff is not. Again, you know your body, don’t ever feel bad or embarrassed if you cannot hold a move for the entire count. I will cue you and encourage you but if it is too much, just do what feels right.
Don’t forget to breathe.
There is a reason that this is one of the Principals of the Pilates Method. Below is a quote I really like regarding breathe. Basically, do your best to remember to breathe and I, of course, will remind you “ When you consciously decide to breathe more slowly and deeply, you alert your body to the fact that you want it to behave differently. You are not just changing your breathing pattern, you are making a full-body announcement that you are entering into a different relationship with your mind and your body”
Pilates is not a competition.
In my experience visiting various studios and studying with a large array of different teachers, this is a great lesson. It really means this – just because someone else or everyone else in the class can get their body into a certain position, that does not mean that your body has the same mobility , and guess what….that is totally ok. Everyone’s body is different, everyone’s experience is different, so always keep that in mind.
Be Present and Have Fun!
Being present in the moment is my favorite life lesson from Eckhart Tolle and so many other great teachers. To approach something without being worried and to have fun is a great way to motivate yourself to come to class and to work hard. If you look forward to doing something, it will become a lifestyle, not a chore.