Goals of the Intermediate Mat

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Kathi Ross Nash takes you through a complete intermediate mat and details the goals of each exercise along the way. For instance, you’ll learn what the Single Leg Circles are for and what is happening in the body so that the goal—in this case, core stability—can be the focus. As Kathi puts it, if you first learn the intent of the exercise, you can better understand how to break it down for the needs of your body. The student that Kathi works with here is her 17-year-old daughter Zoe Nash, whose flexible dancer’s body makes this session about working from her center instead of allowing her flexibility to take over. For info on training with Kathi visit: KathiRossNash.com.

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  1. Tracy Frazier 3 weeks ago

    Loved this class—beautiful daughter but would have been more helpful with a student less flexible—more realistic. Explanations were great though and all cues.

  2. erensch 9 months ago

    great class thanks for sharing the information with the hands on.

  3. Pilatesplaty 1 year ago

    Thanks for the terrific explanations. Very useful to really understanding Pilates. Great to have more such classes.

  4. VeroAlvarez 2 years ago

    OMG I loved this class!! Is perfectly explained, the corrections, and of course the fact that zoe gets it right away helped me to understand better. Thank you Kathi!!

  5. ljnich 2 years ago

    Too much explaining!!! I like cues while we’re doing the work out but not separate when I have to wait and wait for the person to be quiet. Ugh

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      This is the descriptive – if you want the one where I don’t teach and you move follow the intermediate flow. Sorry you were so offended

  6. GeoPilates 2 years ago

    This is beautifilly explained just like the book. Not to mention so sweet with Zoe! Thanks Kathi

  7. jackielatour

    Kathi, you’re just amazing! I can’t wait to take a session or workshop from you someday!! Great class. I watch this whenever I need a little inspiration for my class.

  8. colleenferg7
    colleenferg7 4 years ago

    such a great class for teachers to watch- so many good clues and reminders on purpose of each exercise- also great hands on- Kathi you’re just the best! MERCI from france! xx

  9. That was fun to watch. I have triplet 4 yr old girls and i cant wait to teach them a full mat class. We play at home with lots of variations of the exercises and yoga too. You are an amazingly talented teacher and your passion for the method sines through! Zoe is pilates perfection! Thanks for sharing

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      Jamie! Thank you! It is my secret wish that my two children carry on the work- SHHHH
      last night I got a text from my son who was watching Chris and I and doing his high chair work out with us… THE BEST FEELING! I KNOW your three girls will love it like their mom. I would love to see a photo of the girls!

  10. soul_eil

    Oh how I wish my daughter loved pilates, so I could have sweet moments like these doing what I love…but if mommy did it, she didn’t want it. The two of you are gorgeous, and I learned from the great cues and hands on Kathi…Zoe is just beautiful, and she doesn’t talk back I noticed..how’d you do that , lol

  11. Joelleschildkraut 6 years ago

    Dear Kathi,

    As always I enjoy watching you & this one with you beautiful daughter is especially very cute !
    Thank you for sharing…
    Looking forward to meet you in a few weeks in Stuttgart !!
    Greetings,

    Joëlle

  12. kimpaxton12 6 years ago

    Pilates gold! Thank you Kathi and Zoe for an insightful and inspiring class!

  13. Michael Johnson
    Michael Johnson 6 years ago

    Sweet and beautiful!!

    Mj

  14. ladyjane 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Looking forward to seeing the mat with your footballer son :)) please!

  15. arlene
    arlene 6 years ago

    This has got to be the most beautiful Pilates session I have ever observed! An absolutely gorgeous session, sweetness in the relationship. Amazing teaching…technically, spiritually and oh so strong.

  16. sheilamcgregor 6 years ago

    From a teaching perspective, this is such a GREAT learning tool to use again & again Kathi – thank you so much! I know I will be re-watching this one several more times. I love all of your thorough explanations of the intermediate mat exercises and “breaking it down” too – just awesome!

  17. kschley 6 years ago

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love watching and learning from you!

  18. joesmat 6 years ago

    ROLL UP: When lying supine, why is it important to “disengage” the shoulders when reaching the arms over the head long behind you?
    I was so pleased hearing you say that the MAT is the “meat and potatoes” of the Method, and by executing it very well, you have learned Pilates.
    Wonderful stuff.Thank you very much.

    • Kathi Ross Nash Author

      About the shoulders- when you move your arms – you move from the back- try it both ways- feel what happens with ROM and in joint. also- in pilates we reach out of the joint to give more space- encouraging more circulation. The disengagement also allows the ribs not to flare and helps to keep the spine long.

      • joesmat 6 years ago

        Thank you very much for your reply. Most kind.

  19. Kathi Ross Nash Author

    Thank you both! I was such fun to torture- I mean teach my 17 year old daughter. And now- thanks to Pilatesology I will have this for ever! I adore how Pilates can be molded- but no changed- to fit each student. this SAME lesson on my football player son would look so different. he NEEDS flexibility! Always looking for the balance between stretch strength and control… 🙂 Gosh I love this work!

  20. lainey48 6 years ago

    Love your classes. Zoe must be a wonderful ballet dancer. I bet you are so proud of her! Thanks for your class. You are a great pilates instructor. My daughter Colleen loves taking classes with you when she is in NY city. Thanks for encouraging her.

  21. lghammerle

    Thank you Kathi and Zoe for sharing good information about the purpose of all the exercises. You make a beautiful team!

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