AERIAL YOGA / PILATES MAT / YOGA
"Strong as a Greek column and supple as a cat."
Held in our state-of-the-art studio, these classes are all performed in small groups in order to feel comfortable while also focusing on individuality.
Peace of mind, peace of body. Our Aerial Yoga, Pilates MAT, and Yoga classes are a perfect way to realign your muscles and joints, achieve greater flexibility, strengthen your core and center your mind.
This popular variation on the ancient practice of Yoga combined with a technique developed by Cirque du Soleil utilizes a soft, fabric hammock to create suspension and work with gravity to relax and realign the body, center the mind, and rejuvenate the spirit. The hammock facilitates and supports bending and stretching of the whole body during exercises both in the air and on the ground, allowing the muscles and joints to be strengthened and rehabilitated and the spine decompressed as the body hangs freely. Increased blood circulation, improved digestion, and reduced recovery time are among the benefits reaped from this practice. As with more traditional yoga classes, an emphasis on the coordination of breath, body, and mind make for a workout that is as therapeutic as it is effective and fun.
Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It's a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.
Each class is well-balanced and exercises flow with ease from pose to pose. The workout challenges you to physically improved strength, flexibility and balance while developing a deeper awareness and understanding that opens your heart and mind to the possibilities for a more satisfying life.
“Never forget the child in you”... Namaste
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility, muscular strength, and endurance movements while emphasizing correct postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. The technique is named after its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.
The first objective is to strengthen the muscles of the “powerhouse” - a term coined by Joseph Pilates himself. These are the deep muscles responsible for posture that lie between the ribs and pelvis around the spine, such as the abdominal, pelvic floor and back muscles. These constitute the center of energy of the body, and increase both strength and stability.
The second objective is to improve the consciousness of one's body, its strength and its limitations in order to make better use of it. Joseph Pilates stressed the importance of harmony between body and mind, which is why he called his technique “Contrology” (and not, in fact, “Pilates”).
How is it done?
The sessions are based on a series of exercises that are practiced on the floor on a mat, hence the name "Mat work". There are 34 exercises that are executed in a specific order. The number of repetitions of each movement is limited and these can be modified to be accessible to beginners.
All exercises are based on respecting principles that must be followed during the sessions:
- Respiration: Specific, lateral thoracic, it allows improved lung capacity
- Concentration: Focusing entirely on each movement and its execution
- Centering: All movements must start from the center, the powerhouse
- Control: Movement, associated breathing and mind must be controlled
- Fluidity: The exercises follow one after the other, like choreography
- Precision: Emphasis on quality of execution of the movement, not the quantity