A meeting place of East and West, this class effectively merges the ancient practice of Yoga from the East with the core stabilizing and posture improvement exercises of Pilates from the west.
Pilates was founded by the German-born Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. He initially combined yoga and body building techniques to overcome childhood sickness. By 1960s, Pilates method developed into over 600 exercises on the mat, including those on the apparatus, influenced by yoga, gymnastics, boxing and martial arts. Joseph Pilates believed that the “modern” life-style, bad posture, and inefficient breathing lay at the roots of poor health.
The Pilates method has stood the test of time and long after Joseph’s passing it has continued to flourish and grow. What stands it apart from any other exercise method is its emphasis on the activation of the Powerhouse (“the core”) through breathing and mind control and re-educating the body’s postural muscles to create a strong foundation for movement.
A typical Yoga+Pilates session will include exercises and poses (asana) to cultivate strength, stamina, stability and flexibility with particular attention paid to building tone in the deeper postural “core” muscles. It is suitable for all ages and is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from the back pain or joints pain because of poor posture and therefore would like to improve their posture. Merging benefits of Yoga and Pilates, this class is also recommended for those who would like to improve their sports performance or rehabilitate after a sports injury. Since we all have different postural misalignments, injury histories and althetic goals, the private class environment is considered the most suitable to start in the Pilates method.