The spiritual laws of Pilates
I read Deepak Chopra's book "the seven laws of success and immediately saw the metaphor for each law as it pertained to my Pilates body.
Here is my interpretation of how to approach your Pilates fitness routine with a spiritual nurturing that will make the experience more profound and the benefits more intense.
1. The Law of Pure Potential
Your body will do exactly what you ask it to do.
When you stop judging yourself harshly and believe that you can achieve anything you set your mind on you will accomplish much more from your Pilates routine.
Approach your daily workout with love and gentleness, listen to your body and do what you can. Every day you will see improvement in balance, strength, flexibility and coordination
2. Law of Giving and Receiving
Give your body fitness and it will respond with vitality.
Everything in life is constantly circulating, the seasons, the earth's orbit, water, blood, breath and love.
Approach your workout with respect of your body. Healthy movement, deep stretching and cleansing breath will feed and nurture it.
Say thank you as it responds with less pain and more vitality.
3. Law of Karma
With every contraction there is an opposing relaxation and extension.
Every Pilates movement creates the perfect balance of strength and flexibility to create a longer, leaner and more functionally fit body.
4. Law of Effortlessness
Do nothing and accomplish everything.
When you feel resistance it is time to relax and stop trying so hard. Be gentle and encouraging and your body will respond perfectly.
5. Law of Intention
Your body is the result of your deepest focus and intention.
When you approach your workout with intention, knowing that it is good for you the results will be dramatic, lasting and powerful.
6. Law of Detachment
Do not force your body into a position it isn't comfortable trying. When instead you approach your workout without stress and an agenda about the outcome you will reap the benefits without limitation and be amazed.
7. Law of Dharma
I am simply a small piece in a larger jigsaw puzzle where everything is connected with purpose.
Trust that every muscle, ligament, nerve and cell is connected to every other so that each movement no matter how simple affects your whole body profoundly.