Group classes in Pilates and Scaravelli-inspired Yoga, one-t0-one Pilates on Pilates Reformer and Tower, and one-t0-one Scaravelli-inspired Yoga.
Pilates is a powerful, holistic form of mind-body exercise which builds overall strength and flexibility. Pilates strengthens the deep muscles of the torso to increase stability. It realigns the body, improves posture, coordination and breathing, and reduces stress.
Scaravelli-inspired Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga, inspired by the work of Vanda Scaravelli. A quiet, deep form of Yoga, it focuses on releasing the spine, working with the breath and gravity to increase awareness of the whole body and connect to the ground through the feet. It builds deep strength and improves flexibility, but avoids stress on the joints, and can bring about profound changes in body and mind.
I am an accredited member of the Pilates Foundation and the British Wheel of Yoga. I have been teaching for 16 years.
The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th Century. He drew on many fitness disciplines including dance, martial arts, circus performance and yoga. Pilates uses a specific breathing technique and exercises are practiced with repetitions, moving in and out of position. It is purely a method of exercise. Yoga is an ancient tradition which encompasses a whole way of life, although the physical yoga practiced in the Western world today dates back mainly to the early 20th Century. Hatha Yoga was originally devised to support meditation. There are many styles of Yoga, but generally Yoga positions are held, and gradually deepened.
You do not need to be flexible to do Pilates or Yoga. Both will help you to become more flexible.