Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness discipline developed by the German exercise specialist Joseph Pilates in the early part of the previous century. It is estimated that millions of people around the world practice Pilates on a regular basis.

The practice of Pilates is focused on disciplined movements and coordinated breathing. It is based on the six original principles of concentration and intense focus, control over every aspect of every movement, centering motion over a “powerhouse” of muscles in the center of your body, efficient and elegant flow of movement, precision in every move, and deep and coordinated breathing.

With these six guiding principles, the Pilates system offers a wide range of exercises catering to different needs and limitations of individuals. The intensity of exercise can then be adjusted over time as individual endurance and flexibility progresses.

Pilates can be performed using a simple mat, where your own body acts as the source of resistance, or a reformer, a specialized machine with pulleys and springs originally developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates.

When performed properly, Pilates builds strength, develops endurance and flexibility, and improves coordination, control and balance. 

NAYA offers a unique portfolio of Pilates classes lead by a highly qualified team of instructors. Below is a brief description of our classes.

PILATES MAT LEVEL 1
Class is designed around systematic mat and equipment based exercises. Each class is tailored to improve your posture, core strength, flexibility, muscle tone/contouring and body awareness. This is done by focusing on core stability, including pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization, neutral alignment and patterned breathing. Pilates mat classes aid in restoring the natural curves of the spine, relieving tension and enhancing self-confidence. Duration: 60 minutes. 

PILATES MAT LEVEL 2
Building on the foundations learnt in Mat 1, this class offers more challenging elements of flexibility and strength focusing on the back, abdomen and torso, adding numerous forms of equipment to deepen the challenge further.  Duration: 60 minutes. 

REFORMER INTRODUCTION
If you have never used a reformer, this class is for you. Originally developed by Joseph Pilates, this specialized machine helps you improve coordination and develop control and balance. Using our state-of-the-art Allegro II Reformers, this class introduces you to the pulleys and springs of this unique machine, and how to make it your best friend in developing your strength and endurance. Duration: 60 minutes. 

REFORMER LEVEL 1
Building on a basic knowledge of the reformer, your instructor will guide you through structured resistance exercises that isolate specific parts of your body to build strength, tone, and flexibility. Prior experience with reformers or completion of our REFORMER INTRO class is required. Duration: 60 minutes. 

REFORMER LEVEL 2
Do you feel comfortable with the classical reformer exercises, and would like to try something more challenging? This class is for you. Your instructor will take you through different levels of resistance and a more demanding sequence of exercises to bring your strength, tone, and balance to a higher level. Duration: 60 minutes. 

PRENATAL REFORMER
In a safe and supportive environment, our prenatal sessions offer expecting mothers a wonderful opportunity to keep their body and mind in shape. The class will take you through specialized pilates exercises to strengthen your back and pelvic muscles and tone your entire body. The supportive setting provides an opportunity to connect with other expecting mothers. Duration: 60 minutes. 

REFORMER JUMPBOARD
Adding a jumpboard to our state-of-the-art reformers, this class will challenge your endurance with a cardio workout that will get your muscles into shape. Expect a wide range of moves, kicking, and jumping that will bring your breathing and tone into shape. Duration: 60 minutes. 

PRE AND POST NATAL PILATES
Well rounded work-out focusing on toning and strengthening the arms, thighs and buttocks. Learning the principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow will help you during your pregnancy, the birth of your baby and your postnatal resurgence. The practice of Pilates during your pregnancy will also strengthen your abdominals, back, and pelvic muscles to assure that your pregnancy and labor are more comfortable. Postnatal pilates focuses on strengthening and toning your weak muscles, increasing flexibility, improving your posture for a healthy back, all with the aim to encourage core engagement and muscle strength. Duration: 60 minutes