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Learn Pilates: Classical Mat - Beginner to Advanced

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Pilates will transform your body, improve your posture, health & wellbeing, core strength, mobility and flexibility

What you'll learn:
  • The fundamental foundations of Pilates: neutral position, thoracic breathing and ideal postural alignment
  • How and when to breathe and correct alignment for each exercise correctly
  • The Principles of Pilates and how to apply them to the exercises to make each exercise more effective and safe
  • The exercises suitable for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels: how to modify and progress
  • The complete Classical Pilates Mat sequences for each level
  • The history, the benefits and basic anatomy & physiology to enhance understanding

This course will teach you the Classical Mat Pilates sequence from complete beginner to advanced level. You will start by learning the fundamentals (neutral position, correct breathing, where the core muscles are and how to engage them) and move through short classes to prepare you for the sequence. In a short time you will feel the incredible benefits Pilates offers.

"A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion." Joseph Pilates

This course is summed up so well in this quote. I have seen clients transform their bodies in a few short months by following the complete Pilates Classical Mat sequence. Although the physical changes are astonishing in such a short time, the benefits to their health are equally amazing: -

  • Most become more body aware within 3 classes

  • Posture improves

  • Chronic back pain disappears

  • Energy levels are enhanced

  • Flexibility and Mobility increase

  • Sports injuries are less frequent

  • Clients report that they feel calmer and less stressed

  • Flat abs, strong back and that long, lean look that Pilates gives

  • Improved bone density

  • Better control of the pelvic floor

  • Pilates is THEBEST preparation for pregnancy and can really help with recovery

Anyone can do Pilates: you don't have to be young or a contortionist: the age range for my clients are from 18 to 84 years of age and once you have learned the sequence, you have it for life.

  • This course consists of a Pilates Guide booklet in PDF format;

  • 11 hours of videos: workshops, classes for beginner, intermediate and advanced

  • The complete matwork sequence suitable for that level.

The workshops teach the basics of Pilates and so this is where you start and refer back anytime you need a reminder. You will learn

  • Neutral position, the ideal alignment for pelvis and spine

  • Thoracic (lateral) breathing

  • How to locate the core muscles and engage them

  • Drills to strengthen the core muscles

  • How to set up correctly and prepare for each exercise

  • How and when to breathe and how breathing can progress exercises

  • The Principles of Pilates which will take your practice to a new level

The classes teach you all the exercises you will need for the Mat sequence and each prepares you for the next.

"Great instructor. The exercises evolve naturally in difficulty. Timely and clear cues." 5* review from Katarina, a student

You should practice each class until you feel comfortable to move on. The sequence should be repeated at least 10 times, every other day. You will then be ready to move on to the next level.

It is possible to complete this course within 3 months for the fit and injury free; 5 to 6 months is achievable for most people.

"With her gentle voice, clear instructions and perfect pacing, Josie takes us through beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons. Her prompts and self-check reminders seem to come exactly when needed. There are ample opportunities to practice and progress at each level, and will benefit all ages and body types." 5* review from Susan Pav

"In 10 sessions you will feel the difference. In 20 you will see the difference. And in 30 you will have a whole new body." Joseph Pilates

Taught by

Josie McKenlay


4.8 rating at Udemy based on 1107 ratings

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