Basic Mat in 15

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When you learned from Mr. Pilates himself, he taught you the matwork first, and wanted you to memorize it and practice every day. In this video, Alisa delivers the matwork in a straightforward way so you can begin to remember it and integrate it into your own daily routine. It’s like waking up and drinking a glass of water—taking your body through these movements is a simple, yet powerful means toward longevity and vital health.

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  1. DMA8 4 years ago

    It’s a nice class but VERY rushed especially for a beginner. I was trying to remember all the foundation tips while maintaining the poses and it wasn’t working.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thank you for your note DMA8, this class is aimed at folks who know the basics and want to move at a faster pace. Here’s another class to try that moves at a slower pace: You can find more options by using the Refine Menu (click on the ‘Classes’ tab to get to it). In the Refine Menu you’ll see a tab for ‘Workout Intensity’. Click on Slow & Detailed and you’ll find workouts that go at a slower pace. Enjoy!

  2. Amy Barzdukas 7 years ago

    awesome quick unwinder. BUT – I can count. there’s more than 100 in that hundred!!

  3. joesmat 8 years ago

    Thank you Alisa! The whole neutral pelvis and spine thingy always seemed to my body to be an awful lot for it to think about and perform the exercise correctly at the same time. Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed doing this Class to-day.

  4. joesmat 8 years ago

    Much is spoken about placement of the spine on the mat.
    Do you work in neutral pelvis, neutral spine or flat back?
    Thank you very much.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks for asking! I always work with the idea of keeping my back long on the mat, which means it is almost always flat especially if the legs are lifted. There was no such thing as neutral pelvis or spine in Joe Pilates’ teachings so I don’t use that idea when I teach. I try to focus on creating length in the spine and support from the muscles that surround it, particularly the abs.

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