Breathing in Pilates is important to help concentrate and move fluidly throughout the exercises. According to Pilates Anatomy book by Rael Izacowitz “the benefits range from enhanced relaxation and decreased stress to lowered blood pressure, improved focus, activation of specific muscles, better circulation and respiration, and even lowered risk for cardiovascular disease.”

One of the breath patterns used in class is: Lateral Breathing “emphasises the lateral expansion of the rib cage while maintaining a consistent contraction of the deep abdominal muscles. Performing Pilates exercises which keep a stable core is important for successful performance and for protection of the body.”

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