The goal of yoga is settling the mind into silence.
- Sri Dharma Mittra
Yoga, Meditation & Pilates
yoga. an ancient practice from India which involves movement, meditation, and philosophical components. the main tenant of yoga is compassion, ahimsa.
meditation. to meditate means to make the mind one-pointed and there are myriad ways to meditate - Transcendental Meditation, Mindfulness Meditation, Vipassana, Yogic Meditation, etc.
pilates. originally called "Contrology," this therapeutic system was developed by Joseph Pilates to help develop core strength and re-train the body to initiate all movement from the core.
Patanjali defined 8 limbs for practicing Classical Yoga in his
collection - The Yoga Sutras.
Hatha Yoga encompasses the first 4 limbs:
- Yama (restraints)
- Niyama (observances)
- Asana (postures)
- Pranayama (breathing techniques)
Raja Yoga encompasses the last 4 limbs:
- Pratyahara (detachment from senses)
- Dharana (concentration)
- Dhyana (meditation)
- Samadhi (absorption)
Brittanie's teaching includes all 8 limbs of Classical Hatha Raja Yoga.
There are so many styles of meditation. To meditate means to be still and try and get the mind to a single point of focus. Meditation appears to be easy - but many find it to be incredibly difficult. One of the most important parts of the practice is to find a comfortable seat. You don't have to sit on the floor with your legs crossed. For most of us, that is very difficult for the hips and back. Instead, try sitting in a chair.
Before you give up and think you aren't suited for meditation, try many styles and I bet one of them works for you!
And there are so many more!
The creator of the Pilates Method was a man named Joseph Hubertus Pilates. He was born in Germany in 1883. His mother was a naturopath and his father a gymnast and he spent his whole life dedicated to physical fitness. He studied yoga, human movement, gymnastics and phsyical fitness.
In 1912 he moved to England and was later interned by British authorities (along with other Germans) during World War I. While in the camp he taught wrestling, self-defense and fitness classes. He also claimed that his students came out stronger and healthier than they were when they came in and credits his training for keeping all of them healthy enough to survive the 1918 Flue Pandemic. It was during his internment that he created his method which he called "Contrology" - which we now call, simply, Pilates.
After World War 1 he moved back to Germany and further developed his methodolgy, working with dance and human movement experts.
In 1925 he came to the US and met his future wife, Clara, on the ship over here. They opened a studio in New York City where they taught students through the mid-60's. Through his time in New York he developed a following within the world of professional dance, teaching famous dancers such as George Balanchine and Martha Graham.
He died at age 83 in 1967. After his death, his disciples continue to share his method - either variations of it or sharing it exactly the way they learned from him.
The book compilation titled A Pilates' Primer is a compilation of his 1945 Essay "Return to Life through Contrology," his entire original set of Mat Exercises, and his short book written in 1935, "Your Health." A Pilates' Primer is now only available as an "eBook" and you can find it here on Amazon.
Brittanie is not currently teaching any Public Pilates classes but love to teach Mat Pilates one-on-one. It is an incredibly therapeutic and mindful practice which can serve as a wonderful addition to your Physical Therapy, Yoga, or Fitness Routine.