With around 20 Pilates mat classes per week, we have something for everyone. If you are new to us, have a look at our New to us? section too
When you look at the timetable, clicking on a teacher’s name will give you a quick profile of that teacher. By clicking on the class name you will see a short description of the class too so you know exactly what you are signing up for!
We offer “traditional” pilates as well as “Dojiva pilates”. Take a look at our page on Equipment Pilates too.
Pilates was developed in the early part of last century by Joseph Pilates. During the First World War, Pilates was interned as a nurse and began to use the methodologies he had worked on to improve rehabilitation programmes for casualties, helping injured soldiers to regain their health by strengthening, stretching and stabilising key muscles. After the war Joseph Pilates moved to New York and set up the first pilates studio.
Pilates has long been popular among ballet dancers and gymnasts as it favours control and technique over repetition and speed and is used for overall conditioning and strengthening of the body. Its appeal is now widespread as it is a gentle non-aerobic exercise method that doesn’t stress the joints or the heart, making it one of the safest most effective forms of exercise available.
The sequencing and flow of Dojiva Pilates allows beginners and those with more experience to train in a relaxed, light hearted and non competitive way. The goal of every class is to enhance your posture, body awareness & presence of mind. It provides you with the strength and suppleness required for daily life. With your energy levels restored, you will leave the class relaxed, refreshed and walking with grace.
Danny and Kimba have collectively taught Pilates for over 35 years. After training with many pilates schools and studying yoga, dance, anatomy martial arts and fitness, they formed their own unique movement class…’Dojiva‘ Pilates. ‘Dojiva’ means ‘the way of the individual being‘ and it is our focus that you feel a sense of care and individuality even within a group class.
Benefits of pilates
During Pilates movements, the focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles at the same time produces long, lean, strong overall muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk. Pilates also has very specific benefits including improvement to pelvic floor function, bone density improvement and lung capacity/breathing technique.
With regular Pilates classes, you can expect overall slimming, greatly improved flexibility and increased mobility, improved alignment and postural correction. You will find you are holding yourself differently, standing taller, sitting straighter and moving with better balance and coordination.
If you are new to us or new to pilates have a look at our New to us? section
Please be punctual – it is really helpful if everyone is on time for the class. If you are however late (aren’t we all sometimes?!) please find your spot and settle yourself quickly.
Please turn off your electronics when you come into your class. Not least as this is your moment and most things can wait for an hour…
If you are prone to a bit of perspiration please ask for a towel at reception or bring your own.
It helps to tidy up your mat and any props or equipment you have used at the end of each class.