Pilates at Home: Creating a Safe Space
A physical, face to face class environment doesn't necessarily work for everyone.
You might be someone that prefers to exercise in the comfort of your own home, and I totally get it. It might even be that you like a mix of both face to face and online classes and with the fitness industry today, there is soooo much you can do at home with and without equipment. In fact, the online offering for health and fitness now has opened up so many opportunities for people who don't want to go to a gym or a studio.
When it comes to Pilates, I would strongly recommend that you create a 'safe space' (or a 'safe haven,' if you will) so you can be in the right frame of mind for your workout and be fully invested for 10, 20, 30 or even 60 minutes. The luxury of The Wellbeing Shed online studio is that you can choose the length of the class that suits you.
I understand that if you have a busy household with children and dogs running around, it can be difficult not to get distracted (my dog always tries to sit or stand on me when I try to exercise in our living room!). It's super important to find a little space for you where you can switch off from everything else and immerse yourself in the beauty of Pilates and movement.
It might be that you are able to transform a section of your bedroom (or insert other appropriate room in the house) into a Pilates space once a week, where you can lay out your mat and just take some time for you. If you feel uncomfortable or unsettled in your space, it's unlikely that you will get the most out of the class and that's not what I want for you.
Here are some things to think about when creating your Pilates space:
Try to find somewhere quiet with the least amount of distractions
Make sure you have a nice mat for a little more comfort
Grab your favourite playlist(s)
Put on some comfy clothes that you can easily move in
If you're doing a nice relaxing class, you might even want a nice herbal tea to accompany you and some candles to help you fully unwind.
If you can create your own little space to complete your Pilates practice, you are likely to concentrate more on the movement, really settling into the mind-body connection. You will ultimately get more out of your practice and it will make you more committed to showing up.
Drop a comment below and show me your beautiful Pilates space :)
See you on the mats