New Pilates Classes at Yoga Avenue

Yoga and Pilates are complimentary disciplines that share many similarities. The most obvious difference between the two being that Pilates is primarily a physical practice which is excellent for core awareness, stability and strength. Developed by Joseph Pilates, a boxer, performer and self-defence instructor, in the early 19oos, his system of precise movements using apparatus he himself designed, were adopted by such luminaries as the dance legends Martha Graham and Ruth St Denis. During his lifetime his method was called Contrology, it was only after his death that it became known as Pilates. Over the years his methods have evolved and now integrate bio mechanical knowledge. As a method of rehabilitation from injury or illness Pilates offers excellent results.

If you are a regular attendee at Monday night's Vinyasa flow classes the you will have met the beautiful being that is Lucy Evans. Lucy has been coming to classes for over 6 months now, bringing her gorgeous natural cork mat with her which often becomes a talking or indeed 'stroking' point! What you may not know about Lucy though is that she has been training to become a Pilates teacher and is now nearing the end of her course. Lucy will be covering a few Monday and possibly Wednesday evening yoga classes whilst I am away teaching for Sardinia Yoga. I'm excited to say that she will also potentially be offering a regular class here at Yoga Avenue. Interestingly it was a health issue that led Lucy to pursue her teaching journey; so here's her story:

After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, I made it my mission to recover from a relapse as quickly as possible, and for me, that means I need to be strong in my body and fierce in my mind. My relapses consist of having a foot drop, losing my grip and having complete numbness on one side of my body. After researching and talking to numerous lovely people, rehabilitation with Pilates continued to come up in conversations. I wanted to learn how the body and mind connection worked when I have a relapse and to understand what I can do about it. From my first day on the course, I knew it was going to be something amazing. I now have a growing passion for teaching and helping others through the movement of Pilates. I have regained my strength back and am now stronger than I have ever been. Having seen from first hand how beneficial Pilates is, I want to offer it knowing how it can help others.

What to expect in my class:

I will be teaching with three principles, over three phases of a session.

-The opening phase includes posture, breathing and core engagement techniques, whilst promoting mobility and balance.

-The main phase includes an all-body workout based to encourage stability, muscular endurance and coordination.

-Closing is the stretching and relaxation phase.

My teaching will focus on technique and progression in a supportive environment. I offer hands-on assistance to help you get the most out of your practice, however, if you prefer a hands-off approach, just let me know. Props are sometimes used to challenge the body or to make a movement more accessible.

Pilates is done in socks or with bare feet, and please come dressed in comfortable clothes.

A Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) is required to be filled out before your first class and can be filled in through the link provided. This will allow me to make any modifications to your own practice.

Lucy's first class at Yoga Avenue will be on Monday 20th April. The session runs from 7pm - 8pm and numbers are limited to 8 - the cost is £8 per person which is payable online upon booking. You will need to complete a health questionnaire using the link below. Please note this is a cover class but depending on interest we will be looking to offer a regular class to the timetable. (Note that Yoga Avenue class passes are not valid for this class. Cancellations must be made with 24 hours notice otherwise the class will be charged as though you had attended.)

“The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.”

~Joseph Pilates'

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