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Els V

First class, think I will have to do it a couple of times more in order to grasp everything. Also like someone else here said, I get confused when trying to breathe like you say. When you say "breathe in", breathing out feels more logical to me! :) But I will keep in mind what you said here about prioritising for now.

Have to be careful though: suffering from trapezius syndrome (seeing a therapist for that) and noticed that those muscles hurt when not concentrating enough on the core and abdomen :-/

Posted on 06/01/2018

Amit - yoopod .

Welcome to yoopod Els and thanks for your lovely comment. Yes, please do be careful not to strain your Trapezius and maybe take some advice from your Physiotherapist if there are any movements you should avoid for now. You can always email me at if you have any particular questions.

Posted on 08/01/2018

Jo H

Very good class - clear instruction and guidance. Will need to practice the breathing more times and ensure I'm not pulling on my neck but as my first intro to Pilates - it's very good. Thanks Jo

Posted on 24/04/2016

Lucy W

I'm a complete beginner to pilates and really enjoyed this class. I found the repetitions a little too fast as I was trying to get the movements and breathing right at the same time. I will therefore keep repeating this lesson until I've got the hang of it before moving on to the next one. I feel positive these classes will improve my health and wellbeing, thank you Amit.

Posted on 24/04/2016

Dagmar D

Hi Amit, What a pleasure to follow your cueing. You certainly have helped me become mindful when doing this practice. Thank you!

Posted on 20/01/2016

Erica V

Thanks Amit. Very clear instructions. I will be practicing this video this week and maybe next week too.

Posted on 23/11/2015

Irene M

Excellent thank you, the explanation is brilliant.

Posted on 24/10/2015

Jackie S

Just took this class for the first time. I am a complete beginner to Pilates and really enjoyed this class. It was easy to follow and understand. Good instructions!! Thank you

Posted on 26/08/2015

Amit - yoopod .

Hi Servanne. Apologies for not replying sooner. I do hope that meanwhile you have managed to feel better after the classes. I definitely think that your arches and tendency towards sciatica will be related to what you feel after the class. Without working with you the best I can offer is: 1) Try to avoid any movements that feel uncomfortable during the class. Listen to your body and don't push yourself to do things that hurt you later. 2) Try to see a local (fully qualified) Pilates teacher or even a good physiotherapist for an advice on what movements you might need to avoid. Please feel free to email me directly on for more advice. Best Amit

Posted on 12/02/2015

servanne s

Hi Amit,
I have done this exercise twice now and my coccyx is hurting the day after. What am I doing wrong?
It is worth mentioning I have collapsing arches and wearing special insoles to help me with this as otherwise I would get very bad sciatica. Could this be connected? Thank you in advance for your reply.

Posted on 08/01/2015

Amit - yoopod .

Hi Vikki
YES, it is absolutely fine that your muscles shake a little while doing the exercises. I agree 100% that it is a good idea to repeat the same class until you feel that you know it really well and that your body can do it with relative ease. That is the best way to learn Pilates and it will help you progress confidently! Keep up the good work :)

Posted on 09/01/2014

Vikki H

First go at this class and it was really good :) I do tend to shake a little when engaging stomach mussels, pulling up and breathing out all at the same time, is this ok? I assume its because my stomach mussels aren't used to being used. I think I will need to practice this one a few times before doing another class. Thank you :)

Posted on 08/01/2014

Amit - yoopod .

Hi Laani. I am very happy to hear you are enjoying the classes :) I have dedicated the question of the week this week to the question of breathing and confusion in breathing... here is my "rule of thumb"... best, Amit

If you get confused with the breath pattern it could be because there is too much information to take on board which means you have to prioritize… first of all focus on the movement and make sure you follow the instructions on what to do and how to do it as best as you can. At the same time, make sure you are not holding your breath… as long as you keep breathing you will be ok… :)
When you know the exercise well enough and have the head space to take on board more information, pay attention to the suggested breath pattern so that you can reap more benefits. The suggested breath pattern and the cues about where to visualize the breath and where to “squeeze it out” from can help you move with more ease and less tension and can help you engage muscle groups that are active in the specific movement. On another level, it will help you increase your lung capacity and it will make the exercise work deeper in your body- not just at surface level, but all the way into your deepest muscles and your organs.

Posted on 10/10/2013

Laani P

Very much enjoying these classes and looking forward to more tomorrow, thank you. I feel like my breathing is wrong though, do you you have any tips or a "rule of thumb", or it simply practice makes perfect? Cheers, Laani

Posted on 02/10/2013

Rebecca C

Really enjoyed - it set me up for the day. Im taking too long with my breaths so get left behind a little, but im looking forward to perfecting it!!

Posted on 30/09/2013

Amit - yoopod .

Hi Elaine. I am SOOO happy to hear you are enjoying the classes and feeling so much better!! I am also very happy to hear that you find the explanations so clear and helpful. Keep up the good work :) Amit

Posted on 27/11/2012

Elaine G

Really enjoying my sessions, and I'm feeling so much better, and very pleased with myself . The classes I have chosen are a perfect level and the right speed for me to follow. You've set them so well, you always answer just what I'm thinking and reminding me about my breathing just what I've needed , I'm getting the hang of it now . Many thanks Elaine

Posted on 18/11/2012

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