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Pilates Principles Theme: Breath & Flow for Day 7 Classical Reformer

Instructor: Kristine Chaussard
Level: All Levels, Intermediate
Focus :   

Our Pilates principles themes for today are once again Breath and Flow. As we did this last week for the latter half of our sequence we will stay on this continuum for the first half of the classical sequence of exercises. Welcome to week 4 of our Classical Reformer Pilates program. I hope you are beginning to see changes in your own practice and movement patterns. Use today’s class to challenge yourself to focus in to your breath through each movement, each direction, and likewise find fluidity within the exercises and between, meaning during transitions. A reminder of what the 6 Pilates principles are:


Flow (fluidity)



Centering (move from core out as well as mind-body awareness)


As we find fluidity and our breath throughout our movement, while the exercises are also becoming more familiar to us, we will find that our sessions also move along quicker.

Equipment Needed :     

Reformer and the long box.

Class Level :     

Intermediate – all levels depending on the exercise. Exercises are being presented in their classical form and where modifications may be necessary or helpful, suggestions are given.

The Course of this Class :   

Below are the exercises and order followed in class:



Roll Over


Rowing back round and flat

Rowing front tall and round


Hug a tree

Next: Long Box series: Swan, Pulling straps, Backstroke, Teaser, Breaststroke, Hamstring pull, Horseback

Then: Long Stretch series: Long stretch, Down stretch, Up stretch, Elephant flat and round, Arabesque

Long back stretch

Stomach Massage

Tendon stretch

Short box series: Round, Flat, Sides, Twist and Reach, Around the world, Tree

Short Spine


As you are familiar with the sequence now, focus on our themes of the day: breath and flow. Note where you see improvements, feel changes or start to make new connections you might have not had before in your own movement.

Goals :     

Develop a more keen awareness of your breath within your movement practice. Repeat over and over again the same exercises in order to hone, tone, tune and improve all the fine details. Improve strength, breath, flow and form. Enjoy Joe’s classical exercises and their order of presentation. Increase grace, ease and efficiency of movement.

Other classically inspired workouts you might enjoy : 

Classical Pilates Reformer Fly Over & Flow Through, Classical Pilates Reformer Workout – Picking it up from the Middle, Sculpting Reformer workout, Pilates Classics meet HIIT, Live Replay, Totally Toned, Tight & Coordinated Mind-Body Reformer Roller Workout, The Magic Reformer Sandwich, 20 Minute Abs

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