Darien Gold began her studies of the Pilates method in 1994 with Romana Kryzanowska, the principal disciple of Joseph Pilates. Darien continues that legacy in her studio in Hollywood, California where she teaches this ingenious system of stretch, strength and control. Although there are other basic exercises, Darien believes she can most effectively impart the fundamentals of the Pilates technique by beginning with The First Seven.
In this DVD, four of Darien's clients demonstrate variations of The First Seven - Hundred, Roll up, Leg circles, Rolling like a ball, Single leg pull, Double leg pull and Spine stretch forward. All participants are at different fitness levels and their mat variations range from introductory through to intermediate and advanced. In addition to these exercises, Darien includes two stretch sections of her own design, meant to prepare the body for The First Seven and help students move with greater ease from one exercise to the next.
The First Seven also serves as an excellent preparation for other types of physical activities such as weight training, mountain biking or even yoga. Arms and legs feel lighter, recovery time shorter and everyday activities become easier.
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