Why Pilates? Think better posture, stronger body, improved balance and alignment and deeper breath. By integrating movement with breath, Pilates helps students walk and sit taller, more confidently and with more body awareness. Better posture results in less back pain and less chance for injury due to falls or imbalances in the body. Mind-body movement enhances neuroplasticity in the brain, which enhances brain function as we age. Add weight bearing exercise including standing, balancing, shifting plus resistance bands and weights to improve muscle tone, and you have the workings of a total body strength class. Exercises alternate between standing and laying or seated on the mat, and are integrated with Stott Pilates® principles to lengthen the torso, enhance cardiovascular system through systemic breath work and strengthen core muscles.