Pilates princess in the pink of health

Social media is abuzz with the ‘Pink Princess Pilates’ trend which is all about embracing yourself the way you are and not falling into the big and beefy gym rat trap

Gym culture has always been marred by judgemental attitudes and body-shaming. People who do not fit the stereotypical ‘beefy’ and ‘fit” image are subjected to ridicule and disdain. Men who do not fit into these hyper-masculine stereotypes are deemed unworthy or less manly. Women too, face their set of challenges such as objectification, harassment, and lack of representation in the strength training spaces. However, this year is all about embracing yourself just the way you are. The “Pink Princess Pilates” trend is characterised by its emphasis on a rather feminine way of working out which has never been the case before. This trend gives women the chance to embrace their femininity while enjoying their daily workouts.

Embrace Yourself

The ‘Pink Princess Pilates’ trend taps into combining fitness, luxury, and self-indulgence. Namrata Purohit, a renowned Indian Pilates trainer states in an earlier interview, “Just four days into the course for the first time in the entire year, I was pain-free. That's when I knew this form of exercise is magical. Pilates just made sure that I can do everything.” Pilates emphasizes the connection between the body and mind. It promotes overall well-being, flexibility, posture, and core strength. While gym rats still look down on ‘pilates’ because of how low impact it is just by nature, the “Pink Princess Pilates” trend has suddenly swept across social media platforms. Influencers showcase serene home studios with pink and pastel colours, wearing coordinated outfits that blend comfort and style.

Body, Mind & Soul

Pilates was originally intended to improve physical fitness and rehabilitate injured soldiers and later was practiced by dancers as it helps them soothe their muscles. Apsara, who goes by @apsara._.d on Instagram tells us about her experience saying, “I was first introduced to Pilates as part of dance conditioning for strength purposes. I left the dance world and rediscovered it about one year later through Move With Nicole on YouTube. I started seeing a spiritual and physical transformation in myself. I felt calmer, happier, and felt better. I continue with it as part of my physical health 2-3 days a week. It’s kind of like meditation but for your body and muscles. Pilates also helps drain your body from toxins. She sticks to light-impact workouts during exam season or when her body is tired from weightlifting. Airing a similar view, Anisha, who has several followers on her social media account @_anniepat says, “I do weightlifting and running. Pilates helped with balance and knowing how to use my body weight to my advantage.”

Not only does Pilates ensure physical wellness but also mental wellness, traditional workout culture has always been about pushing limits through pain and discomfort, unlike Pilates. It’s all about listening to one’s own body and practicing mindfulness. This shift is reflective of the larger societal change toward mental health and work-life balance.

The “Pink Pilates Princess” is more than just a mere trend, it’s here to stay because strength comes in many forms, including self-care and mindfulness.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle )
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