6 Basic Principles of Pilates

·              6 Pilates Principles: 

CenteringConcentrationControlPrecisionBreath, and Flow.


Physically bringing focus and stability to the centre of the body. We tend to think of the core as our centre. movements originate from the centre of the body, which is located in the pelvis, just bellow the navel (inside).

BREATH ·  Lateral thoracic
 through the nose, directing the breath into the sides of the ribs (expanding the ribs laterally) EXHALE through the mouth, closing the rib cage down and in.


Concentration is the mental key. Concentration can be thought of as the conscious control of a movement or exercise which concurrently enhances body awareness.


Joe Pilates nicknamed his exercise method Contrology, as in the study of control

When using control and precision in a Pilates exercise, it become less about the intensity or multiple “reps” that you are doing, and more about using proper form to achieve safe, effective results. It really allows you to stay within your body during an exercise and to move with better biomechanics.


Awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts,... Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise


Pilates routines are completed through a gentle flow. Grace, ease and fluidity are the intention Joseph Pilates applied to all exercise. Continuous, smooth, and elegant movement as you transition from one pose to another will bring strength and stamina according to this principle.

Sandy Donnelly