Beginner Progression – Class 2 of 10

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In Class 2 of this Beginner series, you'll learn the first exercises taught in the classical mat. If you've never done Pilates before, this super slow session will teach you the basics with lots of detailed information so you can hone your form and get a solid foundation going. Alisa describes what each movement is good for so you'll know what to focus on. This is a great class to do when you wake up in the morning or anytime your body needs a quick restore. Filmed at Pilatesology Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA. Next Class Quick Start Home

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  1. rgreen 11 months ago

    I’m new to Pilates and can’t yet straighten my leg when it reaches to the ceiling. When doing the box/circle with the leg, should I let the knee be slightly bent, so that my upper leg is perpendicular to my torso, or should I keep my leg straight but have the angle between my hip and torso be wider? I’m not sure which I should prioritize… Thank you!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi rgreen! Don’t worry about not being able to straighten your leg yet–keeping your torso square is the important thing. If as you mention, you can get your leg straight but it is farther from your torso, that’s ok, so long as your hips remain square and stable but it’s totally fine for the leg to be bent as well.

  2. Lance 1 year ago

    Thank you! That was great!

  3. McLachlan 2 years ago

    Hi Alisa,
    I just was wondering why you did not include rolling like a ball? Great break down of all the other basics. Thank you

  4. SabrinaHorak 2 years ago

    Thank you Alisa, I really enjoyed this class and I got a lot of inpiration for my classes. Good examples to teach the movement in a way that everybody can do. Well done!

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