Mindfulness and Pilates: Connecting Body and Mind


At The Pilates Barn & Wellness in Ann Arbor, we believe in the power of connection between body and mind. Through our Pilates classes, we strive to enhance your physical strength, flexibility, and balance, while also promoting mental clarity and mindfulness. There is a beautiful synergy between mindfulness and Pilates, and how it can contribute to your overall wellness.

The Intersection of Mindfulness and Pilates

Pilates, a form of exercise that focuses on core strength, flexibility, and overall body awareness, is more than just a physical workout. It’s a practice that demands mental focus and mindfulness. The founder of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, believed that physical health and mental health are interrelated. He designed Pilates as a method of exercise that involves the mind’s full participation.

Mindfulness, then, is complimentary to Pilates. It is the practice of being fully present and engaged in the moment, aware of your thoughts and feelings without distraction or judgment. It’s about connecting with your body and mind, much like Pilates.

The Benefits of Mindfulness in Pilates

  1. Enhanced Focus and Awareness

Incorporating mindfulness into your Pilates practice can help you to focus better. Whether you’re on the reformer or practicing tower Pilates, being mindful allows you to be fully present in the moment, focusing on each movement and how your body feels. This heightened awareness can lead to better form and more effective workouts.

  1. Improved Core Strength and Flexibility

Mindfulness in Pilates can also contribute to improved core strength and flexibility. By being fully present and aware of your body, you can engage your muscles more effectively, leading to stronger, more flexible muscles over time.

  1. Stress Reduction

The combination of mindfulness and Pilates can be a powerful stress reducer. The physical movements of Pilates, combined with the mental focus required, can help to quiet the mind and reduce stress and anxiety.

Pilates Classes and Private Instruction at The Pilates Barn & Wellness

At The Pilates Barn & Wellness, we offer a variety of Pilates classes and private instruction to suit all levels of fitness and experience. Our expert instructors guide you through each movement, ensuring proper form and technique while also encouraging mindfulness and focus.

  1. Reformer Classes

Our reformer classes utilize the Pilates reformer, a machine that uses springs and pulleys to provide resistance. These classes are designed to improve core strength, flexibility, and balance.

  1. Tower Pilates Classes

Tower Pilates is a unique form of Pilates that uses a wall-mounted tower as a prop. This class is perfect for those looking to improve their posture and alignment.

  1. Private Instruction

For those who prefer one-on-one instruction, we offer private Pilates sessions. These sessions are tailored to your individual needs and goals, and can be a great way to deepen your Pilates practice and enhance your mindfulness.


The intersection of mindfulness and Pilates at The Pilates Barn & Wellness is a powerful tool for enhancing both physical and mental wellness. Whether you’re a seasoned Pilates practitioner or a beginner, incorporating mindfulness into your practice can bring about a deeper connection between your body and mind, leading to improved focus, core strength, flexibility, and stress reduction. Join us in Ann Arbor for a class or private instruction, and experience the benefits of mindfulness and Pilates for yourself.

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The Pilates Barn & Wellness

The Godfrey Building at Kerrytown

410 N Fourth Ave

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

(734) 767-BARN (2276)