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Beth Leber, Certified Pilates Instructor

Like any mind/body exercise form, Pilates is ideally practiced in a calm, quiet environment, away from most distractions. Practice, however, should not be limited if you are unable to create this environment. Simply find a spot that is relatively flat and large enough for you to move about freely and also to lay down. A mat is a welcome addition if you’re on a hard surface, but carpet or grass is just fine too.

While most Pilates classes are taught in studio like settings, once you have the basic exercises down and an understanding of the correct postures, you can practice the floor exercises anywhere. (Some of the Pilates exercises are practiced using specially designed equipment and must be done with a trained instructor)

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