Flying Eagle on the Wunda Chair
Flying Eagle on the Pilates Wunda Chair is an incredible place to challenge your length in your Swan and teach you how to work with your springs. Flying Eagle is more supportive than Swan on the top of the Chair but still has its own tricks up its wings. You’ll be tempted to press the pedal all the way down. However, that is not the goal. The goal is to work with the spring. Although the springs are tempting to press into more than you need if you find the happy space between pressing to hard and not enough you will feel like you’re flying like an eagle.
Reach your arms from your back, legs long together and tailbone down.
Place one middle spring on and then lay down on the floor in front of your pedal with the heels of your hands on the pedal (not your finger tips) and arms straight. You will need fairly open shoulders. If you don’t have those then do the Swan on the Cadillac until you feel more able to do have your arms this far in front and up in front of you. Legs are long and ideally together. Inner thighs spinning up, tailbone reaching down, and neck long. Double check you are not ‘hanging” off your arms in the start position.
Press down on the pedal, lift your hear up and forward. Be sure to make sure you are moving “forward” with your upper back not just going up. The pedal is allowed to press down as long as you are still lifting up and forward. Once your spine stops moving so does the pedal. To lower down make sure you are still reaching forward and that your arms are still connected to your back so that you can remain long to the floor. Repeat 3-5x. Again, while tempting do not make this about the pedal, make this about your length.