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Q. When is the studio open?
A. Monday – Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 8 am – 2 pm. Some classes may be scheduled prior to (or after) our standard hours. The studio will be open approximately 10 minutes prior to these early classes. Most participants find it best to arrive 5 to 10 minutes before their scheduled class time. At that time our teachers can answer any questions you may have about the class or help you get comfortable with our studio.
Q. What is yoga?
A. Dating back more than 5000 years the practice of yoga links the mind, body and spirit through breath (pranayama), poses (asanas) and meditation. The series of asanas shape the body, relieve stress and strive to bring the body into harmony. Assisting to reduce the effects of stress on the body, the practice of yoga guides the participant to experience inner contentment.
Q. What is Pilates?
A. Pronounced Pi-laa-teez, Pilates was first developed by Joseph Pilates in the first half of the 20th century. Pilates is a method of physical conditioning that brings balance to the body. It is performed on a mat or on specialized equipment. A challenging, precise and intelligent workout for the whole body, Pilates is effective and appropriate for people of all ages and activity levels. Participants think, sense and feel their entire body during every exercise focusing on many muscles and joints as well as the body’s connection to the brain. The result? A stimulating exercise experience that challenges both mind and body.
Q. What is a Pilates Reformer?
A. The Pilates reformer is an amazingly elegant machine. It provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. Weighted springs provide resistance from the machine but the rest of the resistance is provided by your own body weight. A platform (called a carriage) glides back and forth along the inside of the frame, responding to the effort you exert and the amount of resistance set up by the springs. Reformer exercises can be done lying down, sitting, kneeling or standing on the carriage. Exercising with the reformer is possible for anyone, at any level of fitness.
Q. What can I expect from Pilates?
A. With focus on the “core” Pilates coordinates the breath with muscular effort for a long, lean look.The Pilates method believes that effective exercise is about quality, not quantity. In Pilates, you learn to respect your body, where it is at on any given day, with the aim of training muscles and joints for optimal movement and efficient body mechanics. You learn that conditioning muscles and improving joint mobility does not occur by doing more repetitions faster and harder. The strong, integrated, Pilates-trained body is built on awareness of body and form, attention to detail and the realization that you must always work with your body rather than against. “No pain, no gain” has no place in a Pilates workout.
Q. What if I’m not flexible?
A. Many of us are not flexible to begin with. Just start where you are and don’t concern yourself with what you can and cannot do. We show many modifications for poses and exercises so you can find what is right for your body. Sooner than you think you will have better range of motion and your body will move more easily.
Q. What is Pilates Reformer training?
A. A Reformer is specialized Pilates equipment designed to provide graded resistance to Pilates exercises. The Reformer challenges the core through dynamic activity in a non-impact, balanced way. Joseph Pilates said that in 10 sessions you will feel the difference in your body, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions everyone will see the difference.
Q. What should I wear to Yoga and Pilates?
A. What works best is clothing that has lots of movement in the knees and hip with tops that stay in place when you bend over. Fabrics with stretch are a good choice.