Articulation in the Foundational Mat

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In this mini-workshop, Kathi Ross Nash shows how the element of Articulation follows Stability in the foundational or basic mat. Learning to articulate is more challenging than learning to stabilize because the body has less to anchor against and is often moving through space. Watch for more mini-workshops like this one in which Kathi breaks the Pilates system down into the elements of spinal function, articulation, stability, side bending, rotation, rolling, and extension. For info on training with Kathi visit:    

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  1. Kpatallas 3 years ago

    I love how you connect with the thread to show how one builds into the next. So very, very helpful. Thank you so much KRN!

  2. Mary
    Mary 6 years ago

    I’m probably more beached whale than dolphin, but this variation encouraging keeping the lower stomach more engaged is brilliant….thanks

  3. amandalv

    That was wonderful, Kathi. I love your perspective on the elements of spinal function! I’m curious why Lauren on the right had her arms down as her variation for the rollup. Thank you!!

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      I find using that variation for people who do what I call “dolphin” or C-curve more with the upper back than powerhouse helps them keep their upper body less involved and the lower stomach more engaged. The trick is that if the spine is roll, the hands have to be sliding. if one moves without the other the effect of the variation is lost

  4. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    So excited you see the thread! joe was brilliant!!

  5. joesmat 6 years ago

    This selection and choice of exercises are very challenging to do with honesty and integrity, and more so, if you don’t have a Footstrap, and avoid the tendency of “throwing” on the Up movement. I see a thread through this series of exercises.
    The three Ladies are a credit to their Instructor, and the Lady in front, is brave you have to say!
    Thank you for sharing this mat practice.

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