Author name: Lee Vallely

8 core strengthening exercises to help with “centering”

What’s at the core of movement? Our core. We need our core muscles in order to improve our physical abilities and reduce pain while exercising. These muscles help us stabilize our pelvis and spine while improving posture and alignment.  That’s why in Pilates, moving from our core is actually one of the eight Pilates movement

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photo of woman breathing with lungs. Lateral breathing Pilates

Lateral Breathing: the Foundational Pilates Breathing Technique

Have you heard of the term lateral breathing in Pilates? Lateral breathing, also called intercostal breathing, is a pattern of breath that allows the abdominal muscles to remain engaged while inhaling oxygen into the body.  It is a foundational Pilates breathing technique. It can help increase lung capacity and make the body more resistant to

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