What are “Pilates”? And, where should I start?

Question by Miss J: What are “Pilates”? And, where should I start?
Have heard alot of people are doing this now. What is it??? Only know it’s some kind of exercise that I’ve heard is good for the mind and body. Does it take alot of energy?? I’m not in the best shape or health, right now

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Answer by Megan Clark
Pilates is a form of exercise, developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength, flexibility, and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement.

Pilates is one of the most popular exercise systems in the country.
It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Read: Who Does Pilates?

The top benefits doing of Pilates exercise that people report are that they become stronger, longer, leaner, and more able to do anything with grace and ease.

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The YogaSoul Center Launches Pilates Specials to Jump Start New-Year Fitness Goals

Eagan, Minnesota (PRWEB) January 17, 2012

YogaSoul Center in Eagan is offering new Pilates specials to help people meet their fitness goals in the new year.

Through Jan. 31, two specials allow people to train twice per week for five weeks. A five-session package of weekly Pilates reformer sessions is available for $ 250 — a savings of $ 125. Valid with that purchase is a five-class pass for weekly Pilates mat classes; that package is $ 60, a savings of $ 15.

Pilates benefits are wide-ranging and life changing. It gives a full-body workout, stabilizes and strengthens core muscles, creates mind-body awareness, and evenly conditions the body. Its an exercise that can help people rehabilitate from injuries and accidents, and it can also help athletes to prevent injury.

Pilates at YogaSoul Center is a unique and fulfilling experience, said Denise Bunch, Pilates instructor, yoga teacher and energy healer. Our staff are highly trained and skilled to bring you the best possible experience to increase strength, as well as the opportunity to relieve stress and create more possibilities for yourself physically and mentally.

YogaSoul Center is a full-scale studio that offers a full range of Pilates mat classes, equipment and private sessions. Mat classes give an overall body workout and teach the fundamental floor exercises and principals of breathing, concentration and coordination. Reformer, Chair and Cadillac Pilates equipment were invented by Joseph Pilates to bring the mat principals to a whole new level. With the equipment, resistance is built into the exercises and utilizes hundreds of exercise variations. It can also be modified to suit the needs of any fitness level, as well as people rehabilitating from injury.

YogaSouls mission is to help clients win the battle against stress. It has an extensive class offering in several styles of yoga, including Kundalini, Hatha, Yin, and Vinyasa. It boasts a fully equipped Pilates studio and offers many kinds of classes, including Zumba, Tai Chi and belly dancing. Its full roster of teachers and healers provide clients with a variety of healing services, including intuitive readings, Reiki, Thai yoga bodywork, Ayurveda, energy work and several others. YogaSoul also hosts special workshops and Kundalini yoga teacher trainings.

To see a full schedule, make an appointment with a healer or sign up for a class, visit YogaSouls website, http://yogasoul-center.com/. New students get their first week of classes free.