YOGA & PILATES
While Yoga and Pilates both emphasize the mind-body-breath connection and utilize low-impact movements on a mat, they are totally distinct practices rooted in very diverse histories.
Yoga has more focus on stress reduction, mindset, stretching and involves more flowing movements. Pilates has more of a focus on alignment, strengthening the body and is used a lot in rehabilitation for injuries.
There are many similarities between the two and you often see the two forms of movement merging into one class.
I teach both and can tailor a class suitable for your needs.
Some options are:
A flowing Yoga class designed to keep your mind focused and your body moving. A strong class which will make you feel energised.
A meditative class where poses are held of several minutes allowing your body time to release, open and lengthen and for your mind to have a rest. This is a fantastic class for winding down after the day, for tight, overused muscles and stress relief.
A flowing class with a slower pace. Time is taken in each pose before moving to the next. A great class for strength, awareness and muscular balance.
A class where the main focus is to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility. Body awareness is gained as you become more aware of your everyday posture, tips to help you and breathing techniques to guide your movements.
A combination of Pilates and Hatha Yoga for overall balance of your mind and body.
For individuals with back pain, both yoga and Pilates poses can give great results for stronger and more supportive back muscles. Please note that care has to be taken with some yoga poses as they will actually make the existing problems worse. Please inform me at the time of booking of any injuries you may have so I can take this into consideration when planning.