| Pilates ?|
Does anyone know where Pilates comes from? I have just booked onto a course as I thought it was all about posture and muscle strengthening but my friend says that she thinks it comes from Yoga and there is meditation involved and that it is not good. I have never heard this before and cannot find anything on the internet that is very specific. Does anyone know?
| 2005/3/12 13:23|
| 2005/3/12 13:28||Profile|
| Re: pilates|
Pilates has nothing to do with Yoga, although some classes do mix some yoga stretching and breathing techniques in their pilates classes (they will tell you in the description of the class if it is a combination class).
Pilates is an excellent way to strengthen your "core" of your body. It helps with posture, balance, flexibility and strength.
I find that many people are scared off by the name "yoga" if an exercise is stretching and breathing related. I do slow stretches and breathing exercises all the time (it helps with my anxiety) and some of the stretches happen to be yoga moves. Just because some people put a label on something doesn't always mean that it is bad. It doesn't have to do anything with meditating or entering into another "zone" :) I just like to relax and set my mind on things "above"- On verses and Godly things as I am unwinding and stretching out. I've never taken a yoga class or anything- I just came up with some good stretching moves and they happen to be some of the same stretches they do in yoga as well.
It's what you want it to be.
(from a former fitness fanatic and personal trainer :)
In His love, Chanin
| 2005/3/12 13:51||Profile|
Chicago IL USA
| Re: Pilates ?|
Hi Clueless :)
From me Michael an Overweight Pizza Fanatic, I just want to say Exercise is a Great Idea.
Glad you brought it up, so often I forget to take care of my physical vessel, and I abuse it via junk food and my personal Favorite Pizza.
If you are in a yoga class per say and they start asking you to yoga with the Devil just leave.
But I wanted to thank you because I myself have been saying I will start exercising for the past 12 years :-P
Send a Prayer my way so GOD will put the Exercise spirit on me too.
| 2005/3/12 14:35||Profile|
| Re: exercise|
I have had soooooo many people tell me that they wish the Lord would get them off their couch, send them some motivation, etc... but it just doesn't work that way, unfortunately.
It takes a little thing called self-discipline and self -control (which is a fruit of the spirit, by the way :) to get your bum off the couch and DO something to keep your body healthy.
I am glad to hear that at least you are "thinking" about getting moving :-P and are willing- but you just gotta pull yourslef up by the scruff of the neck (so to speak). I personally believe that the enemy likes to see us continue to be lazy and let us let our bodies go to pot. our health and our human body is a gift for right now while we're on this earth. Not that we are to put too much emphasis on our bodies, but at least we can take care of the one we have.
If you have any questions or need any suggestions, pm me or email me. :-)
"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have recieved from God?
You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
p.s. it really helps to be active, when you like pizza! we had pizza last night and today I was on the treadmill. :-P
In His love, Chanin
| 2005/3/12 15:33||Profile|
Thank you all for the advice and links, it is all very helpful. I think I will go for it as I can't see anywhere that it is dodgy or linked to yoga.
By the way I wouldn't exactly call myself a fitness fanatic although I do enjoy it - I do it mainly for the benefit of then being able to justify eating curries and other really nice things that are also not that good for you! :-D
| 2005/3/12 18:14|
Cache Valley, Utah
Let me just say something:
There is nothing wrong with stretching the arm left, right, bending and breathing, jumping, or whatever crazy move you may desire to expend the body. If stretches is all it is fine, but if stretches is all it is, why call it Yoga? For we are all familiar that Yoga and those related have not only origins but ARE of the eastern religious sect. They encourage 'fasting' before excerising, mind calming, and other things that will certainly open your spirit to divine things. I will never participate in anything even connected to that eastern filth.
Wigglesworth said: "If I find my comfort in anything other than the Lord Jesus I open myself vulnerable." It is so entirely true. You said that it helps you with anxiety. Well I want to encourage you, sister, and other's, that Jesus can do better than that! He can release you from that anxiety so that you'll never have to touch an earthly remedy again, and he will too, if you believe it.
Excerise is good. Do your stretches, but don't call it Yoga or whatever else. Call it 'bending my elbow' or 'touching my toes' and don't be fooled by fleecy old Satan and his deceiving crockery, because he wants to steal, kill, and destroy, and he knows how, and so do his demons that started that whole eastern cult.
God bless, God heal you, heed this warning please.
| 2005/3/14 14:58||Profile|
| Re: Yoga|
I don't know if you caught this in my first post: "I've never taken a yoga class or anything- I just came up with some good stretching moves and they happen to be some of the same stretches they do in yoga as well."
But the stretches I came up with, as I saw over time just happen to be the same ones as some of the ones they do in yoga. I am not calling it yoga. I don't call what i do "yoga" and I don't think that i said I did. Sorry if you got that impression.
I still really believe that alot of this is misconception anyway. Just because you stretch and they also do that stretch in a yoga class does not make it yoga and it does not automatically put you into a meditative state or anything like that. :-)
Moving our bodies and stretching them (which is good for us and keeps us flexibleb and not stiff) is something that the Lord made us for. he made our bodies to be able to stretch and to be flexible. Just because the eastern spiritualists got their hands on a certain method, doesn't make all stretching wrong. Stretching is a natural remedy to many health problems (back injuries, other bodily injuries, et...) so I believe that God came up with it first. :)
In Him, chanin
| 2005/3/14 15:43||Profile|
Cache Valley, Utah
I apologize if you thought I was directing my post at you, I was not. I was speaking generally. As I said, and as you have said, stretching is not wrong at all! However, the use of these stretches in the inappropriate way is deadly. So long as it is NOT Yoga, so long as there is nothing at all linked to their cultist folly, then by all means, stretch sister.
| 2005/3/15 14:40||Profile|