Breath. Joseph Pilates wrote "above allâ€¦learn to breathe correctly". Correct breathing Center. Pilates is focused on strengthening the large group of muscles in our center. Everything else flows from your core. Concentration. Concentration involves bringing full attention to each exercise. Be present in every movement. Control. Every Pilates exercise is performed with utmost control to avoid injury and get the maximum benefit from each movement. Flow. Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner, with an emphasis on grace, ease and fluidity. Precision. In Pilates, you apply precision to all aspects of your workout. Be precise in your approach, your focus and your form. Pilates v. Yoga. Pilates is movement based and Yoga is meditative based, though both focus on concentration and breathing.