Pilates: Beginner Level 1

Kathi Ells
Instructor Kathi Ells
Average: 4.4 (42 votes)
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Kathi teaches a beginner level pilates mat class to take you forward from the Pilates Fundamentals: The Five Principles. If you are looking to understand how to engage your core properly, strengthen your back and connect your core strength to your shoulders, arms and legs, this class is perfect for that. It may also provide significant relief for lower back discomfort and pain, as well as help with other back and shoulder-related issues. If you feel you're ready to progress to the next step in Kathi's Pilates series you can have a look at Pilates: Beginner Level 1, Class 2. 

Equipment: None
Style: Pilates


53114gal 1 month ago

Loved this class! I am looking forward to doing more of your classes, Kathi.

Phillip Humphries 1 month ago

sorry - this is beginner 1???? I felt like I was listening to the commentary on a horse race. I am off back to yoga :-/

thekchog palma 2 months ago

Thanks so much, Kathi! I gave birth 3 months ago, and was planning to do a postnatal pilates class (having never done pilates before), but with the pandemic, I couldn't. I am so delighted to discover your classes instead. The precision and power of the practice immediately felt great to my healing body., and my husband is taking care of the kids so I can keep following the classes. My core feels stronger already after just a couple of weeks!

Kathi Ells 2 months ago

Thank you so much for the comment. Pilates is fantastic for a postnatal body. Your pelvis & hips are quite loose after giving birth and the Pilates movements are ideal for bringing them back into an aligned. It also helps to strengthen your joints and muscles surrounding your hips not to mention getting your core back quickly! Keep it up and you'll be back to your pre-pregnancy body in no time.

Gabriela Lopez 3 months ago

I loved your class :)! at first I thought Pilates was going to be too slow for me, but I do feel my body loves it! thanks so much!!!

Kathi Ells 3 months ago

So glad your body loves Pilates Gabriela! Pilates does tend to get addictive. I think a lot of people just think it's stretching but it's far from it. Alignment, breath, power, mobility & grace all wrapped up into one little package. Thank you for the comment. :)

estherggg 4 months ago

Excellent class. Very enjoyable. I am a woman over 70 with pelvic floor issues. My gynecologist told me that many yogis experience pelvic floor issues as a result of all of the cues directed at pulling it up and holding it. Is this your understanding as well? Another related question: I'm able to hold a plank for a seemingly indefinite period of time, but I've heard recently that plank position is actually harmful for women with pelvic issues. Is there anything to this? Finally, I'd love a class that's focused on the pelvic floor if at any time you can do one. Thank you so much for your wonderfully clear instructions!

Kathi Ells 4 months ago

Hi Estherggg, thank you so much for your feedback and questions. I agree with your gynaecologist and believe the best way to increase pelvic floor strength is to lift your pelvic floor first, hold it during the intense part of the exercise and then fully relax it. I also agree that in order to protect your deep pelvic floor the plank, and some other exercises on your hands and feet like push ups, are not ideal. Also avoid: high impact exercise, abdominal exercise with a heavy weight and intense abdominal crunches . Stick to gentle Pilates, lower intense abdominal contractions, low impact cardiovascular exercise and a focused 3-dimensional breath (into the back and sides of your rib cage) while relaxing your buttocks. I hope this helps. Thank you for the suggestion for a Pelvic Floor class. I will look into this. :)