Q&A with Rael Isacowitz

by Rael Isacowitz

Q.  The breath pattern for exercises is often taught differently from one organization (and one instructor) to the next.  Is it really that important, and which one is right?

A.  The are all correct if they are telling you to “just breathe”.  Breath brings life to movement and is used to enhance the objective of the movement.  In addition, breath can allow you to increase or decrease the challenge or muscle focus of a particular exercise.  Practicing exercises over and over allows you to change the way you utilize it, this in turn allows you to experience the benefits or changes any breath cycle can provide.  Experience is everything – for now, just “breathe” and enjoy the beauty of each one.


This story is reprinted from Pilates Style. For more of Rael’s expert tips, check out the latest issue. Want it now? Get instant access to the magazine—dedicated to your Pilates lifestyle—on your tablet or mobile device by purchasing our app edition

One Response to “Q&A with Rael Isacowitz”

  1. tracy says:

    Wow.. I really love that answer!

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