Pilates Exercises : Pilates: Plies

Pilates Exercises : Pilates: Plies


Alright let’s go over plies. Now if you were
standing a plie would be very easy to accomplish. You would put your heels together whether
it is first position, second, third, fourth or fifth and you would bend your knees, a
tiny plie, a little demi plie, a small bending of the knees and when you are doing this from
your back it is much more challenging. Keeping engaged we are going to bring the legs up
and as the knees start to bend the knees kind of move towards your body whether you are
in first or second position. Now as the knees start to come down I want you to think of
moving away if you could through a ponytail on the top of your head be pulled to go away
from the knees as they come down. As the knees come down lengthen your spine and scoop the
belly even more and really focus on relaxing the shoulders so as the knees bend pull away.
Think of knees away, away, go away from the knees, lengthen the spine, pull the crown
of your head away. Stay engaged with the ribs pressed in before you push up and we are doing
an opposite inhale and exhale and we are going to inhale and exhale on the push. I will review
the first and second position as well and that is how you do a plie.