Everyone in the class was basically newish to Pilates, and we were deep-diving into the way the body moved. I mean, we were dance majors after all. We started very slowly. We learned proper breathing techniques, how the diaphragm moved, isolating the ribs, articulating through the spine, and stabilizing one part of the body while another part worked. We really got to know how our bodies worked with no equipment or props to distract. It was a true practice. I am truly grateful for this time on the mat with just me, my body, and the new ways I learned to move. All of these things I learned from my early Pilates practice helped improve my life in so many ways.