History of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in 1880, Germany. He grew up a very sickly child and as a result of such affliction became obsessed with obtaining knowledge and understanding the mechanics of the body. As a teenager, he became skilled in gymnastics, skiing and Boxing. His determination and application to work his weak body to better health meant that, at 14 he was studying musculature of the body, he was also able to pose for anatomical drawings. His studies also included Eastern forms of exercise and, merging these with his Western physical studies, the Pilates Method was born. Pilates named this method “Contrology”.

The basis of the Pilates method is the conscious control of all muscular movements in the body – “Contrology” (Josepeph Pilates 1943).

What to expect

Pilates provides a strength and relaxation workout. In Pilates your centre is your powerhouse, each exercise is controlled by the contraction of the abdominal and lower back muscles. The challenge is maintaining stabilization of the core muscles whilst moving the limbs through all planes of movement. For the more advanced student, the addition of small equipment such as the Magic Circle, Hand Weights, Resistance Band and Small Ball add to the challenge by bringing an increased awareness to the target muscles and deep stabilizers.

Music matters at Yogalilies: expect an eclectic mix depending on class level. A beginner’s class can enjoy a chilled out beat in the background, allowing the mind to focus on correct movement patterns. Or, you may hear funky soulful beats in a more demanding class to help increase performance on those challenging Pilates moves. To end the class expect a short relaxation to leave you feeling calm, refreshed and invigorated.

Beginner Students

Each beginner student is strongly advised to attend either a 4 week Beginners Pilates Course or a  Beginners Fundamentals Workshop prior to first class. To gain a deeper understanding of the Pilates Method a 1:2:1 session is recommended. During the 1:2:1 session a postural assessment and Par-Q will be provided, this will allow the student to inform the teacher of any injuries or conditions. These details will allow the teacher to modify the exercises according to the student needs.

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Dates Beginners Pilates Workshop with Sabina Medina-Kelman:

Saturday 8th July 2017 2:00pm – 4:00pm

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Sat 4th November 2017 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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To book onto Beginners Pilates 4 Week Course starting Thursday 28th September – 19th October 5:30 – 6:30pm

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Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness abilities. As a student masters the basics and fundamental exercises, our teachers will recommend a more suitable class allowing the student to progress from Foundation, Intermediate, advanced levels – eventually moving up to our Dynamic Pilates Classes with Pilates equipment.


The practice of Pilates assists in re-teaching the mind and body to recruit core muscles and execute correct movement patterns which may have been affected due to injury, repetitive sporting movements, or poor posture. Regular class attendance will build strength, correct postural imbalances and improve co-ordination and balance. The Pilates technique takes time to learn –  it cannot be taught in an hour, you will need to practice at home and attend at least six beginners’ sessions before you feel comfortable with the technique, be patient!!!

“In ten sessions, you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.” (Josepeph Pilates 1943).

What Do I Wear?

Please dress for comfort ensuring you have complete freedom of movement (most people wear stretch pants or shorts and a t-shirt or sports top). You don’t need shoes – you’ll train in bare feet or socks, whichever you prefer (bare feet is best). Mats are provided, however it is recommended that you bring your own to help build the relationship between you and your mat!

Barre Basics Workshop

An introduction to Barre practice.

A small group session, giving detailed instruction on the basics of this very popular practice.

This essential workshop allowing students to delve into the postures and sequence’s, we will teach you all the basics, enabling you to comfortably a drop in class after completion.

The Barre is a low impact, total body workout performed at a ballet barre that will appeal to everyone. Small isometric contractions are performed and integrated with an interval training approach that improves cardiovascular fitness.

Posture, flexibility, stamina and core strength improve, resulting in a body that is realigned, rebalanced and works harmoniously and efficiently

Barre Basics Workshop Dates:

Saturday 30th September 2017 with Sabina Medina-Kelman 1:00pm – 3:00pm Investment £25

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Sunday 12th November 11:00am – 1:00pm with Sabina Medina-Kelman Investment £25

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