With this attentiveness and control comes balance to the mind and body and allows you to move efficiently and effectively all throughout your day.
Even if you've never practiced Pilates there are a few easy things you can incorporate into your daily life to improve your quality of movement.
Breathing. Most of us breathe very shallow, especially true when under stress or anxiety. Pay attention to your breath throughout the day and remind yourself to fully exhale, squeezing all the air out of your lungs.
Fight gravity. Whether you are sitting or standing, strive to be ever taller. Try to keep your head on top of your spine reaching the crown of your head to the ceiling. Visualize making your spine as long and straight as you can from head to tail and pull your stomach in and up to support the length.
Walking. Keep your eyes forward rather than the ground. So many of us, particularly women, walk with our eyes cast down. The eyes direct the body where to go so if you spend a lot of time looking down, the head shoulders and upper back will follow suit. Keep your eyes looking straight in front of you as you walk, and practice fighting gravity.
There is natural grace and strength in all of us. We just have to start paying attention to ourselves and see the potential. Move well and enjoy life.