If yoga is self-soothing church, then Pilates is work church. This is how my personal ecosystem works, but may be it's more universal than I realize that we all need those times of turning inward and self-nurturing but, hopefully, that culminates in strong drive to put on work boots and effect some change. For me, that's what Pilates is, in my physical practice. It's smart, pragmatic, frickin tough, and effective. Up today: fixing a nagging psoas/hamstring imbalance with some hip articulation and back work. This one addresses the role of the QL.