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Pilates – Yoga and Yogalates

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Classified by many institutions as a ‘mind-body’ class, Pilates and Yoga go far beyond just being a ‘stretch’ fitness class, they not only provide a complete body workout (you will be working muscles you didn’t even know you had!), but also helps you develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a complete exercise method developed by its founder Joseph Pilates over the course of a lifetime dedicated to improving physical and mental health.

Pilates focuses on three areas, re-aligning and correct alignment of the body, improving body posture and core control, this is achieved through a series of low repetition low impact stretching and conditioning exercises.

By core strength, we are talking about your back, abdominal and pelvic muscles. Through Pilates, you will be able to develop these muscles without adding bulk, Pilates also increases your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing.

The practice originated in India about 5,000 years ago and has been adapted in other countries in a variety of ways. Yoga is now commonplace in leisure centres, health clubs, schools, hospitals and surgeries.

What is Yogalates?

Yogalates is our blended class inspired by Yoga and Pilates, as its name suggests. It harnesses the physical and mental benefits of both practices, and it is comprehensive exercise system. It fuses the strength and strectchy components of Yoga and the Core and Control of Pilates.

Ten Reasons to try Pilates/Yoga or our Yogalates class:

1. Improved posture
Hours spent sitting in front of a computer screen or slumped in front of a TV means that the spine’s natural S shape is lost, resulting in back pain and rounded shoulders. 

2. Relief from back pain
A great deal of lower back pain comes from poor posture and our daily mistreatment of our spines. By re-aligning your spine and improving your posture, lower back pain can often be eliminated entirely.

3. A good night’s sleep
Pilates and Yoga can help stretch muscles, releasing tension and pain, and it can also help trigger natural sleep responses.

4. Increase your strength and stamina without adding muscle bulk
Pilates and Yoga helps increase both your strength and stamina without adding unwanted bulk because it focuses on developing your “core” muscles – muscles found in your abdominal and pelvic regions as well as in your back. By toning and stretching these muscles, and by correcting your posture, your natural strength and stamina will improve in leaps and bounds.

5. Pilates and Yoga can help prevent osteoporosis
One in two women and one in five men are at risk of breaking a bone, mainly because of a bone disorder called osteoporosis. Osteoporosis affects three million people in the UK every year, with bones (and particularly those of the spine, wrist and hips) becoming thin and weak and susceptible to fractures. By promoting good posture and balance, Pilates and Yoga can actively help you avoid becoming one of those people.

6. A great way to relax and beat stress
Using the theory of linking breathing with moving that literally re-introduces you to your own body. And the better you understand your body and how it works, the easier it will be for you to release tension, relax and beats the stresses and strains of modern life.

7. Help with prevention of incontinence
Stress incontinence is the most common form of incontinence and affects over three million people in the UK. A common cause of this type of incontinence in women is pregnancy, where the pelvic floor muscles can be weakened, but as we get older muscles in the pelvic area can weaken too. Pilates and Yoga will help you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, thereby curing what can be a very distressing problem for sufferers.

8. Improve your balance and co-ordination
Pilates and Yoga helps improve your balance and co-ordination by realigning your spine and strengthening your “core” muscles. And better balance and co-ordination means fewer injuries – hence Pilates and Yoga growing popularity among professional sports people – from dancers to rugby players.

9. Helps aid recovery after injury – and prevent injury recurring
Because of its low impact nature, Pilates and Yoga is widely recognised as being beneficial to people who are recovering from certain types of injury including whiplash and a wide range of sporting injuries. Indeed, many of the injuries that sports people are afflicted with can be avoided. 

10. No pain plenty gain!
In most gyms you will hear the mantra “no pain, no gain”, but you won’t hear it repeated in a Pilates or Yoga studio. These sessions offer a gentle non-aerobic form of exercise that will tone and strengthen your muscles and transform poor posture without stressing the joints or the heart.

Contact us today to find out how you too can join in and try out some of our Pilates or Yoga based workouts.

Timetable:

Class TypeDayTimeLocation
PilatesMonday4:10-5:10pmSchneider Electric
YogalatesTuesday9:30-10:30amWhitleigh Scout Hut
PilatesTuesday12:30-1pmDerriford – physio department
PilatesTuesday4-4:45pmPlumer House
Yoga Wednesday12-12:45pmPlumer House
PilatesWednesday1-1:45pmDCHW – Derriford 
YogalatesWednesday6:15-7:15pmMAP
PilatesThursday12:30-1pmDerriford – physio department
PilatesThursday 5:10-6pmDCHW – Derriford 
PilatesFriday12:15-1pmPlumer House

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