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46 Inspirational Joseph Pilates Quotes (PILATES)

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The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.
The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.
Change happens through movement and movement heals.
Change happens through movement and movement heals.
Never slouch, as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off balance.
Never slouch, as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off balance.
Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.
Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.
We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.
We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.
A man is as young as his spinal column.
A man is as young as his spinal column.
Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.
Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.
Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it.
Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it.
Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.
Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things.
Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breath properly. Our very life depends on it.
Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breath properly. Our very life depends on it.

9 Motivational Joseph Pilates Quotes on Pilates

The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.
The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.
In 10 sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body.
In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 you’ll see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body.
Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.
Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.
A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.
A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion.

“Where flat feet, curvature of the spine, protruding stomach, stooped stomach, hollow chest, bow legs, and knocked knees conditions are curved through corrective exercise.”

Joseph Pilates
Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows.
Through the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind and spirit can ever be attained. Self-confidence follows.
I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They'd be happier.
I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.
True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed.
True flexibility can be achieved only when all muscles are uniformly developed.

“As a heavy rainstorm freshens the water of a sluggish or stagnant stream and whips it into immediate action, so does the Pilates Methods purify the bloodstream.”

Joseph Pilates

11 Joseph Pilates Quotes on Mental Health and Physical Fitness

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.”

Joseph Pilates
It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.
It’s the mind itself which shapes the body.
When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.
When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.
The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors.
The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors.

“By exercising your stomach muscles, you wring out the body, you don’t catch colds, you don’t get cancer, you don’t get hernias. Do animals get hernias? Do animals go on diets?”

Joseph Pilates
Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking, nor outright purchase.
Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking, nor outright purchase.
Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all vital benefits.
Concentrate on the correct movement each time you exercise, lest you do them improperly and thus lose all vital benefits.

“To achieve the highest accomplishments within the scope of our capabilities in all walks of life we must constantly strive to acquire strong, healthy bodies and develop our minds to the limits of our ability.”

Joseph Pilates
It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the 'poisons' generated by nervousness while lying awake.
It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the ‘poisons’ generated by nervousness while lying awake.
Civilisation impairs physical fitness.
Civilisation impairs physical fitness.
Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.
Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.

6 Joseph Pilates Quotes on Contrology (aka Pilates) and Posture

Self-confidence, poise, consciousness of possessing the power to accomplish our desires, with renewed lively interest in life are the natural results of the practice of Contrology.”

Joseph Pilates
Because of poor posture, practically 95% of our population suffers from varying degrees of spinal curvature, not to mention more serious ailments.
Because of poor posture, practically 95% of our population suffers from varying degrees of spinal curvature, not to mention more serious ailments.
Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.
Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.

“Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.”

Joseph Pilates
Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.
Contrology is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.
Contrology is not a system of haphazard exercises designed to produce only bulging muscles.
Contrology is not a system of haphazard exercises designed to produce only bulging muscles.

5 Wise Joseph Pilates Quotes on Breathing (WISDOM)

“The lungs cannot be completely deflated at first without considerable effort. With perseverance, however, the desired results can be accomplished and with increasing power, gradually and progressively develop the lungs to their maximum capacity.”

Joseph Pilates
By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.
By all means never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.
You must squeeze every atom of impure air from lungs until they are almost as free of air as a vacuum.
You must squeeze every atom of impure air from lungs until they are almost as free of air as a vacuum.
Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs.
Lazy breathing converts the lungs, literally and figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs.
Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.
Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.

5 Inspirational Joseph Pilates Quotes About Life

“Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it. Since we cannot live without breathing it is tragically deplorable to contemplate the millions and millions who have never mastered the art of correct breathing.”

Joseph Pilates
If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.
If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.
Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.
Everyone is the architect of their own happiness.

“The man who uses intelligence with respect to his diet, his sleeping habits and who exercises properly, is beyond any question of doubt taking the very best preventive medicines provided so freely and abundantly by nature.”

Joseph Pilates
Man should bear in mind and ponder over the Greek admonition Not Too Much, Not Too Little.
Man should bear in mind and ponder over the Greek admonition: Not Too Much, Not Too Little.

(MUST READ) Pilates’ Return to Life Through Contrology: Revised Edition for the 21st Century

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