Return To Life Workshop


Febuary 24

11am - 1pm


Subscribers 10% OFF

“Return to Life” is the title of the handbook written and modeled by Joe Pilates. A simple manual of 34 body-weight exercises that develop in intensity from the floor, to standing, to balances. The Mat is intended to be done in it's entirety in under 45 minutes, leaving 5 minutes to rest before going back to your day.  Pilates philosophy believes that better physical health contributes to a healthier mindset, to happier communities, and to less suffering and war. 

Agility Workout Anywhere

The Pilates Mat is a great addition to anyone’s home workout, however the entire sequence of the mat work is often omitted, obscured, lost or forgotten because it’s so damn hard. Pilates full-body movement patterns are done with low reps (5-10) and high intensity precision. You should always feel the weight of your limbs and move with control and focus.  Above all, move with your breath. Pilates is mind/body training. Taking time to concentrate on your breath and movement renews your objectivity and control.

Not every exercise is for every body, but there is something for everybody to aspire toward. 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • The order for the entire original mat series and why
  • The technique for anatomical breathing for safety
  • Basic progressions for mini-mat workouts
  • Personal adaptations will be covered
  • Dynamic and Flow will briefly covered, but stay tuned for our next workshop: "Picking Up the Pace" in May

The original mat is composed of dynamic movement sequences. Movements like rolling, planking, lateral and cross-lateral bending, kneeling, shoulder rolls and balances, leg and arm balancing will all be covered.

All levels are welcome. Pick up some fun new challenges! What you cannot do will show you where you need to focus your efforts to succeed. Basic adaptations for common limitations will be taught, as well as how to use therapeutic rollers, straps, yoga blocks, and therabands as assists.

Next month, join the Pilates community in an international online celebration of Pilates Mat! March Matness is a fun event where participants can connect with each other on social media using the power of the hashtag. Each day is dedicated to one exercise in the sequence from “Return to Life”, and participants show their creative expression of a specific Pilates exercises.