Pilates Tips for Home Practice w/ Alisa Wyatt

Tips for Home Practice

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Alisa shows what kind of mats are best for Pilates and goes over how to keep your neck and back safe as you're getting started.

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  1. noexcusegirl
    noexcusegirl 2 years ago

    Hi Alisa! I am planning on starting your beginner program tomorrow. Is there any other equipment I need other than a pilates mat and the pillow you show here? I am very excited…I have been practicing reformer pilates for a little over a year but wanted to dive deep into the basics and history of pilates.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi noexcusegirl! Congratulations on starting your home practice! You don’t need any equipment at all for this series :), just a mat that is soft enough to protect your spine on the floor when rolling. In my own home space for variety I’ve added 1 pound hand weights, a magic circle and ankle weights. You can find my faves in our store: https://pilatesology.com/product-category/props/

      • noexcusegirl
        noexcusegirl 2 years ago

        Thank you so much for your reply! Day 1 was awesome!

  2. Alisa Wyatt Author

    oops- you are right- no sound on this- ok – i’ll need to grab the video and upload it again…
    Can you check back in a bit?

  3. stacieleneehawkins 3 years ago


    I’m interested in purchasing a professional Pilates Mat with strap. Do you have a recommendation for an online store for the best quality and price? The mat is for personal home practice. Thank you.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      HI Stacie!
      YES- we recommend GRATZ equipment. You can visit them here: https://www.pilates-gratz.com/collections/mats
      They have wonderful folding mats that you can put under a bed, behind a door etc…
      These are what we use all through Pilatesology : )

      I hope this helps!


      • stacieleneehawkins 3 years ago

        Alisa, you’re great! Thank you for the prompt response. Are there any disadvantages to the low rigid mat? My budget is tight, so I’d like to keep the expense as low as possible without compromising too much. Thanks again for taking time from your busy schedule.
        P.S. mentioned pilatesology in my IG post.

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      No I love the low mats! We actually have 3 of the low folding ones in our studio–if you want to be able to put it away when you’re not using it the folding one is the way to go. I forgot to say before that we also have instructions from a member who made their own in case you want to DIY: https://pilatesology.com/2013/01/do-it-yourself-how-to-make-your-own-pilates-folding-high-mat/
      Hey thanks for posting about us! :)))

      • stacieleneehawkins 3 years ago

        Alisa, I continue to be blown away by the creativity, generosity and commraderie of the Pilates community. I didn’t get the “Martha Stewart” gene, but it’s so cool to see the ingenuity that went into this creation. I’m saving up for my Gratz mat and hope to have it soon.

        Thanks again.

  4. Gily 3 years ago

    You are one of the best instructors I have ever seen. For someone like me who has done some pilates but wants to make sure I’m doing it right, you are able to give very specific cues that really help me when I can’t exactly see it on the video! Thanks so much!!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thank you so much Gily! I’m grateful for you notes, keep it up, Pilates pays off when you make it a daily habit!

  5. Annick 5 years ago

    Hi !
    Do you have some tips for someone with a hole back ? The person considered has difficulties putting her back flat on the mat, even when the legs are bend on the mat… (also while doing the 100, single leg circles etc…)
    Thank you !!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Annick,
      Have you tried having her put her legs straight up in the air? If there is no pain, it’s okay if her back is not completely flat. If you are her instructor, you can help her by placing your hand on her abdomen or under her back so she can feel what to use to get her back to lengthen. But it’s okay if it doesn’t happen right away, Pilates is a process.

  6. nilsmoenkemeyer

    Great tips, thanks!!

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