So you have never taken a Pilates class in your life, but you’re intrigued and you have decided to take the plunge. This blog post is for you! We’ll cover two pillars of Pilates and what to expect during your first class. Overall, there is nothing to worry or be nervous about. Practicing Pilates has many benefits and is meant for everyone. Joseph Pilates was a circus performer, self-defense instructor, yogi, and gymnast. He loved to move. He used his exercises and breathing technique with injured men in internment camps during World War I before he ever worked with dancers. None of the men who practiced his exercises came down with influenza during the influenza pandemic of 1901. Pilates has helped countless people with neck, back, and knee pain. The exercises have shown benefits for pre-natal and post-natal women, athletes, dancers, the young and old, and the list goes on. Joseph Pilates believed his exercises were for everyone and would help you live a healthy and long life.