A healthy body, clear mind, and soaring spirit are now within reach in Pilates Fusion a holistic approach to one of the most beneficial fitness practices today. Melding the best of Pilates with Eastern philosophy, Pilates Fusion features over 50 fully illustrated stretching, breathing, and mat-based exercises matched with meditative visualizations to awaken the spirit while strengthening the body. Pilates instructor Shirley Sugimura Archer provides tips on setting up a practice space, pointers on correct execution, and enlightening counsel on the mind-body-spirit connection. The concealed Wire-O lay-flat binding makes the book easy to use while practicing. Offering simple exercises for those just starting out along with more advanced forms, plus sequences tailored to meet specific needs, Pilates Fusion makes it easy to become fit and feel fantastic inside and out.
|Publisher:||Chronicle Books LLC|
|Product dimensions:||1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Shirley Sugimura Archer, M.A., is a certified Pilates trainer, wellness educator at Stanford University School of Medicine, award-winning author, popular speaker, and Master Trainer of certified fitness professionals worldwide. She has a masters degree in
Table of Contents
|Part I||Pilates Fusion for Every Body|
|Chapter 1||Understanding Pilates Fusion||8|
|Chapter 2||Getting Started||17|
|Part II||Your Pilates Fusion Program|
|Chapter 3||Foundation Exercises||32|
|Chapter 4||Progressive Mat Exercises||52|
|Chapter 5||More Advanced Mat Exercises||76|
|Chapter 6||Stretching, Deep Relaxation, and Breathing||90|
|Part III||Making Pilates Fusion a Part of Your Life|
|Chapter 8||Living Pilates Fusion||124|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have practiced Pilates for a number of years and found Pilates Fusion to be one of the best reference books written. The author guides the reader in understanding how Pilates can, and should be a part of a total fitness program. As in any endeavor, a clear and concise explanation of the foundation and principles of any fitness activity is of utmost importance. Pilates Fusion offers this opportunity to the reader. I highly recommend this book to anyone who seriously wishes to positively affect their well being and level of fitness.
I really like Shirley Archer's Pilates Fusion because rather than talking only about the choreography ( i.e. the 'how to's') of the exercises, she stresses whole body awareness and connection. This is the first pilates book I've seen which effectively combines inner focus and breath awareness with the exercises. She draws in a spiritual component using eastern terms such as chi and visualizations to develop and strengthen the inner connection to the exercises.One of the challenges in teaching pilates is how to encourage students to focus inside their bodies. Shirley Archer's book has given me many tools to assist students in developing inner focus in their pilates practice. We in the west tend to emphasize performance, i.e.,what the excercise looks like. I have found that people gain more from the exercises when the conscious combination of breath and visualization accompanies the teaching of the specific choreography of the exercise. Shirley Archer's book has helped me improve my teaching skills and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in improving their own pilates practice. This book is a terrific addition to any pilates lover's library, is a pleasure to read and very informative. I also like the fact that the book is in a ring binder format, so it can lie flat and stay on the page you are interested in referring to while you practice the excercises.
Pilates Fusion blends the best of East and West -- Pilates exercises with an approach that includes visualization techniques, breathing awareness and how to cultivate concentration for a more meditative and mindful experience. Create total wellbeing in your life and enjoy the process as you build your strength, flexibility and better posture.