Joanne Powley Mindfulness Pilates™

Joanne Powley Mindfulness Pilates™

Pilates practice and Mindfulness are natural allies. Much of what we teach in Pilates has strong elements of Mindfulness: concentration, centring, breathing etc.  Combining the 2 practices has resulted in a physically gentler class with the focus on using the mind to develop the physical skills and mental tranquillity.

Joanne Powley Mindfulness Pilates™ uses the 7 principles of mindfulness as the basis of a 6-week programme. Every 6 weeks the programme changes but the mindfulness practice remains the same as each new set of exercises presents a new and different challenges. Each week develops a gentle progression from the basic exercise to a more complex and challenging form while building on the mindfulness practice to bring about a whole system change in state. Breathing is emphasised to anchor you to each part of the class, both the exercise and the transitions between them.

  • Week 1  The beginners mind – letting go. Free yourself from any preconceived thoughts and ideas and be open and curious to what is ahead. Apply this to each exercise.
  • Week 2  Non-judging.  Do not judge yourself or others. Observe what your own body is capable of without judging  yourself.
  • Week 3  Non-striving. The goal is to not set expectations but go with the flow an allow your body to move/stretch/strengthen at a pace the feels natural.
  • Week 4   Patience.  Let your Pilates practice develop at the rate that suits you both mentally and physically. Do not force anything.
  • Week 5   Trust.  Your skills are developing so trust your body to allow you to go that bit further, work that bit harder. Be confident in your ability.
  • Week 6  Acceptance. Be fully accepting of your accomplishments and new skills, be proud of what you have achieved and accept thing that you have not.

        Over time, you will see a change in how you react to new challenges in the class and in your daily life.