1. Talk to your instructor
If you have an injury or a physical condition such as a pregnancy, high blood pressure or recent surgery that might affect your ability to practice, let your instructor know. You may feel that those issues are private ones but your teacher needs to know in order to guide you through a session safely and appropriately. Your instructor can provide advice for you and pose modifications to avoid putting stress on the affected area. It's important to let your teacher know what's going on with you for safe, effective practice. Also, whether or not you are injured or just tired and/or stiff, skip poses you cannot or should not do.
2. Focus on foundational poses
Focus on foundational poses as it will help to train your body and mind as you advance in your practice. You’ll also lay a solid foundation, build strength and increase flexibility for more advanced poses.
3. Practice frequently
Our bodies change from day to day for many reasons and we must work with your body where it is today. Remember, it's called "practice" for a reason. Never rush or force the process and be humble enough to practice frequently to get to where you want to be. When things become difficult, focus on your breath and remember your practice on the mat is practice for your life off the mat. That is where the real challenge begins! Focus on your breath and you will feel more at peace on and off your mat.
4. Take you rest days seriously
Rest days are just as important as your practice days because they assist in healing and preventing injury so take them seriously. They are great days to focus on meditation or reading more about Pilates and yoga.
5. Have fun
It’s only exercise! The more seriously you take it, the more ridiculous it becomes. Instead, have fun with it and enjoy yourself.