However, breathing truly does help. That’s because, in Pilates, all movements are accompanied by a breathe pattern. Here’s the the best way to remember it:Exhale During Spinal Flexion
Exhale when your spine flexes.
Think of rounding forward (using supine arms, with chest lift forward flexion ) and exhaling, which helps engage your abdominal muscles.
When you need a strong abdominal contraction, think of wanting to blow all the air out of your lungs to make room for that contraction. Get rid of all that air as you draw your abdominals deep into your spine (Bellybutton to spine).
Inhale During Spinal Extension
There’s one basic rule for inhalation in Pilates: Inhale when you’re extending your spine.
Each time you inhale air in, expanding your chest, it helps to lengthen the spine. When you inhale breathe in through the nose, filling up your lungs laterally to the right, to the left and to the back, you can feel how your ribs expand.
When it come down to it though, don’t overthink it. if all else fails, JUST BREATHE! The last thing one should ever do is hold their breath.
Remember This: It is not only critical to utilize pilates breath in your one-hour class sessions. In daily life, it is so important to take time during the day to breathe.
Coffee spills on your favorite shirt? Take a moment and breathe.
You receive an email that makes you want to tear your hair out? Sit back. Think: Air in, air out.
After a few long deep breaths, it’s amazing how much calmer and different your frame of mind can be.