Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Thinking about Joe and Breath

  • "Breathing is the first act of life, and the last."
  • "Above all, learn to breath correctly."
  • "To breathe correctly you must completely exhale and inhale, always trying very hard to squeeze every atom of impure air from your lungs in much the same manner as you would wring every drop of water from a wet cloth."
  • "Never slouch, as doing so compresses the lungs..."

Joseph Pilates

While it is widely accepted that there are 6 exercise principles, Joe actually recorded only 3 guiding principles to his method: Breath, Whole Body Health and Whole Body Commitment.

In the air.
Out the air.
Repeat. "Your very life depends on it."

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