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10 min
Introduction: The Benefits of Transitions
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15 min
Why We Begin Standing Up
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15 min
Transitions for the Hundred, Roll Up, Single Leg Circles, and Rolling Like a Ball
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19 min
Challenging the Abdominals in the Series of Five
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19 min
Finding Connections in Corkscrew, Swan, Neck Pull, and More
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16 min
Using Resistance and Delay to Get More Abdominal Work
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22 min
Using Ideas from Previous Exercises and Transitions to Help You Get What You Need
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9 min
Transitions in Pilates and in Life
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Workshop 1153: The Value of Transitions

2 hr 5 min
What You'll Need:
No props needed
When Joe Pilates wrote about the valuable results inherent in his method, he described “the internal shower” with poetic power as the extremely important increasing of one’s circulation. He believed that the practitioner needed to build heat in the body in order to achieve the results that he knew Contrology could bestow – not only with his exercise movements but with the fluid continuity of the in-between transitions.

This workshop will explain in detail the transitions between the exercises and their value in our workout results and our daily life. We will discuss the multiple benefits of transitions between exercises; how transitions increase the heart’s strength and the body’s detoxifying capabilities, as Joe said to “carry better blood to feed every fiber and tissue of your body…so that the blood will flow with renewed vigor…and discharge more and more of the accumulated debris”; how transitions increase our mental acuity by “awaken(ing) thousands and thousands of dormant brain cells, thus activating new areas and stimulating further the functioning of the mind.”


- To learn transitions between the exercises to set up for the next exercise

- To look at transitional motions between movements so you can control them better

- To use the transitions to get your abs turned on more often, to have better breathing, and to create an internal shower

Enjoy Rachel's Mat Workout to see how these ideas and transitions can help make a class flow and help you get more out of the work.
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Sep 20, 2013
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