• What’s Hijacking Pilates Classes Across Melbourne? Part One

    Across Melbourne, we’ve noticed a trend taking place in Pilates classes that contradicts everything that we love about Pilates. We’ve decided to develop a two-part blog series for you to understand the core facts principles of Pilates, the trends that are hijacking the practice, and some tips for you to remain focussed on your Pilates.

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    About Pilates:

    Pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates as a novel approach to exercise. As a sickly child in Germany, Joseph devoted much of his time and energy into understanding and optimising the human condition with an integration of Eastern and Western philosophies. He researched every form of exercise he could, from classical Greek and Roman exercises to bodybuilding and gymnastics. Combine this with his passion for yoga, tai chi, Zen meditation and martial arts, as well as a concentrated study of anatomy and physiology, and Joseph Pilates is recognised as a pioneer for human exercise conditioning.

    During World War I, Joseph used his knowledge to rehabilitate and treat wounded patients, many of whom were ultimately bedbound. This gave rise to the Pilates machine known as the Reformer.

    Pilates Principles

    Pilates is a restorative practice, comprised of six main principles.


    With your focus directed inwards, you’ll remain more present during your exercise and gain more from the mind-body connection which it encourages.


    By using the muscles of your core to facilitate all movement, you’ll benefit all of your muscular function and health


    Control is essential during Pilates, and far more beneficial than repetition or intensity


    Pilates encourages you to remain with your breath, and use deep exhalations as you perform each movement.


    Correct form is paramount to remain safe and to gain the most benefits from your practice


    Each Pilates movement should be smooth and fluid, so that the body moves without tension and works with the breath.

    Pilates lovers will tell you; it’s not simply a physical training regime, but a complete synchronicity of the mind and body. Pilates was designed to provide your body with controlled resistance for a powerful full-body system of movement, perfect for people of all levels. The simplicity of the movements involved can make Pilates look relatively easy, but Pilates practitioners know that the simplicity is a veil over the powerful exercise it delivers.

    As Pilates brings your focus to your core and your breath, and preserves a commitment to precision and care, you are encouraged to notice throughout the class if your alignment is dropping or your focus is straying. For many people who believe they can complete a certain amount of push-ups, often when asked to do the same amount with perfect form they find that they simply cannot – instead, their form deteriorates as they complete more and more push-ups until they are not getting any of the benefits that they believe they are. Realistically, to complete less push-ups but with perfect technique will give you far more benefits!

    In Pilates, you are encouraged to remain present with your movement and conscious of how your breath is connected to your actions. This mindfulness is something that we are not often required to do, especially in our modern age of distractions – we won’t even catch a tram without having a friend to text, a social media feed to peruse, news to read, or music to listen to. Pilates aims to clear the clutter from the mind and reconnect it with the body, in a series of exercises formulated from a melting pot of sports science principles and techniques.

    pilates for beginners

    So what it is that has hijacked the practice of hundreds of Pilates lovers across Melbourne? And is it here, at Kaya Health Clubs?

    Continue to our next blog to keep reading

    About the Author

    Demi fell in love with yoga when she travelled to India when she was 20 years old. She loved the feeling of bliss she experienced both during and after class, and how that feeling would stay with her throughout her day. It was also in India, that Demi learned how much she loved to write about her travels. She believes that stories have power. They delight, enchant, touch, teach, recall, inspire, motivate, challenge. They help us understand. They imprint a picture in our minds. This led her to her job as a Content Writer. She loves helping businesses tell stories. Especially when the stories involve educating readers on the endless benefits of yoga and Pilates- two of her most loved fitness regimes