FITNESS FOCUS: Prayer Position/ Child’s pose This position should be one of the first of the fundamental Pilates movements you learn as you begin your practice. The pose is a good way to stretch the back muscles, focus on breathing properly, and release the hip flexors. Whenever you encounter strain or fatigue in Pilates practice, go to Prayer Pose to rest and rejuvenate with the breath before continuing. Here’s how to perform the movement:
Kneel on your mat, sitting back on the heels. Inhale, and as you exhale, pull your chin to your chest and navel to spine, rolling down one vertebra at a time until your chest is over your knees. Inhale and exhale as you drape your body over your thighs letting your forehead rest on the floor. To intensify the stretch in your hips, open your knees out wider so that you can lower your chest closer to the floor. Your arms can be reaching out in front of you or back by your sides/feet. Inhale and exhale for several breaths, relaxing and releasing tension in the body.
FAITH FOCUS: As we go through the practice of our daily lives, the “prayer position” is one of the first poses we should do each day. In the morning it is the best way to ask the Lord to send the breath of the Holy Spirit to rejuvenate and revive us. And, in the course of our daily movements, if we feel strain, stress, or fatigue, the PRAYER POSITION will bring us to a place to focus, reconnect with the BREATH, and restore us so that we can continue our life’s movements. As you practice your Pilates Prayer position, take the time to meditate on these scriptures about prayer.
Philippians 4:5-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 143:1 O LORD, hear my prayer, and listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.
Job 33:3-5 My words come from an upright heart; my lips sincerely speak what I know. The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Job 8:5-7 But if you will look to God and plead with the Almighty, if you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your rightful place.
1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.