Frequently Asked Questions


Pilates

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates and Yoga have many similarities. They build strength, create long, lean muscles, increase flexibility, improve balance & coordination and reduce stress and bring about an overall sense of well-being. Pilates adds spring resistance, movement and repetition to the workout.


What is the difference between Pilates on Equipment and Mat Work classes?

Mat work and equipment work have the same goals and results. The main difference is that in mat work you use the resistance of your own body and on the equipment you have the resistance of the springs. One is not easier or harder than the other. Many mat exercises are mimicked on the machines with added resistance and movement. 


I would like to do equipment sessions; would I start in Private sessions or Group sessions?

If you are a beginner, we require that you start with 6-8 private sessions, in order for you to learn the basic principles of Pilates. During these sessions your instructor will also evaluate your strengths, weaknesses, imbalances & postural alignment. You will also discuss your fitness goals and create a schedule with your instructor that fits into your time and financial limits.


When can I expect to see and/or feel results?

Each individual will have a unique experience with Pilates. Some students feel a difference in as little as one session; reporting that they feel more aware of their posture, more connected to their body. The many benefits of Pilates include increased strength, muscle definition, flexibility, endurance and balance. Your individual results will depend on your commitment to your program and the frequency of your workouts.


How many times a week should I practice Pilates?

Ideally, we recommend 2-3 times per week for optimal benefits. It is gentle enough to practice daily. Many clients integrate Pilates into their existing workout routine. It is an essential companion workout to those individuals that perform repetitive exercises such as cycling and running. These activities can create postural faults that Pilates can help correct.


Can Pilates help me with my weight loss goals?

Pilates provides resistance training which is essential for weight loss. It builds long, lean muscles which can increase metabolism and result in a loss of inches by reshaping your body and improving your posture. Pilates is not a cardio workout. Therefore, for optimal weight loss, you must participate in a cardio program in addition to Pilates. Pilates and cardio work hand in hand to reach your goals.


Is it good to practice Pilates if I have an injury or a medical condition?

It is always important to consult your doctor before doing any form of exercise. If you have had a recent major surgery or accident, you will need to provide a Medical Release. Our instructors are trained to modify exercises in order to accommodate most injuries or conditions. Clients with arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia do very well with Pilates.


Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

Our instructors are trained to work with you during your pregnancy. If you have practiced Pilates before your pregnancy, your instructor will make the necessary modifications to your workout as your pregnancy progresses. If you are new to Pilates, you will need to be assessed by one of our instructors and released by your doctor to start a new workout program. Post-natal workouts can resume approximately 6-8 weeks postpartum, with the medical release of your doctor.


What equipment is used in Pilates?

We are a fully equipped studio with high quality Balanced Body equipment. We have Studio Reformers, Cadillac (Trap Table), Wunda Chair & Ladder Barrel. In addition to the class Pilates equipment, we use Therabands, hand weights, foam rollers and many other small fitness props.


Yoga

Do I have to be fit & flexible to practice Yoga?

No. Yoga is great for everybody! You can come as you are and work at your own pace. Our teachers are here to connect with you before class. Modifications can be given during class for beginners, as well as those students that have physical limitations. Our Yoga “meets you where you are”.


What do I need to bring?

Nothing! We have everything you need to start classes with us! We provide yoga mat, blankets, pillows, blocks & straps. It is recommended that on-going students bring their own mat.


What are the benefits of yoga?

Physically, yoga can increase strength, flexibility, balance and endurance. Mentally, yoga can reduce anxiety, stress, fatigue and depression, as well as calming the mind, allowing for mental clarity and better sleep. Through improved physical health and spiritual growth, many yogis report feeling happier and more peaceful with their lives


How many classes will it take before I see/feel results?

Each person has a unique experience with yoga. Some students feel results after as little as one class! Others need 10 classes before they settle into their practice. With any new activity it takes repetition to get a good “feel for it”. Give yourself time and try not to rush your experience. 


Is yoga a religion?

No. Yoga does share some things in common with religion, including the study of ancient texts and gathering of like-minded individuals for study under a learned teacher, but these things alone do not constitute a religion. Though some yoga practices encourage meditation on a universal spirit, which may even be called God, the nature of that God is left open to interpretation. Some are confused by yoga’s relationship with Hinduism, since yoga’s language borrows from the Hindu lexicon. Though yoga and Hinduism are both products of ancient India, they have evolved into separate practices just as it has spread outside of its land of origin. Yoga can be a spiritual practice, but it is not a religion, because it does not dictate the nature of a God to be worshiped.