What do I need to bring to class?
A mat, block, belt, blanket and bottle of water. Comfortable clothing that you can easily move in. I have spare mats, blocks and belts if you need one.
I haven`t been to a yoga or pilates class before, will I be able to do the exercises?
I offer lots of modifications to the exercises ie using blocks and belts or use a chair if you have problems with knees, balance etc..
What is the difference between yoga and pilates?
While yoga and Pilates appear very similar, anyone who's taken both classes knows there is a difference.
Yoga is a holistic, philosophical approach to fitness. Created in India 5,000 years ago and brought to the West in the 20th Century being first introduced as a study of Eastern philosophy and then in the Health and Vegetarian movement of the 1930`s. It really took off in the 60’s, thanks in-part to four lads from Liverpool. Remember the Beatles White Album? The media frenzy surrounding the Beatles new interest helped to bring words like mantra, guru, ashram and meditation into the mainstream.
Yoga emphasises balance in all areas, equally strenthening all muscle groups, creating mental and physical balance. Yoga increases joint flexibility, particularly useful if you are sitting at work a lot and helps with anti-aging.
Pilates was created in the 1920`s by Joseph Pilates and physical therapists today use it for patient recovery and to prevent further injuries. Pilates is focused around the core abdominals, using the core abdominal for every movement, strengthening and enhancing postures and abilities. It also also strengthens the back, arms, inner thighs and gluts.
Both yoga and pilates bring the mind and body together with the breath and yoga adds the Spirit to the mix, which can be very powerful.