Principles of Pilates

Breath, concentration, center, control, precision, and flow.

Joseph Pilates called it “contrology”, he defined his work as a way to unify the body, mind and spirit.

His principles, which we now call the principles of Pilates, are the foundation for his approach to physical fitness. While the principles may sound abstract, their integration, according to Pilates, helps achieve balance and strength.

Below you can explore the essence of these principles, and how they are used in our classes today.


Mastering breathing during exercises to gain the most from Pilates.

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Finding neutral spine

Maintaining the body’s natural lumbar spine curve when exercising.

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Pilates principles neutral spine

Core stability

Core stability and activating core and pelvic floor muscles.

Find out more about engaging your pelvic floor muscles

Pilates Exercises Core Stability

Rest of body

Ribs, shoulders and neck position. Ensuring controlled and soft movements throughout.

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Rest of body