Nice to see Maria back here, as I really enjoyed her last two Reformer classes. Some slightly different. variations here...some more yoga-inspired...and great cueing, particularly in breaking down hip circles at the end. Thanks PA, and thanks Maria!
Most of the exercises in this workout build to the traditional exercise and then get varied. Anytime you bring muscle confusion into the equation via variations you prevent plateaus. I try to keep everything I do philosophically aligned to Mr. Pilates' intention. The more I study yoga the more I am aware of the overlap between the two disciplines. Much of what we consider "traditional or classical" exercises were inspired by yoga. I bring a dance influence into this workout as well as a bit of martial arts. Those are my other two passions. I also transpose some reformer exercises to the mat which makes perfect sense to me.