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What is pilates?

Pilates is a form of movement exercise that can help you to improve your well-being- whether it be overcoming an injury, discomfort or to generally improve your health and fitness potential.

With focus and understanding your movements more clearly, you can achieve great things; Pilates can assist in giving you unique understanding about your own body’s movement (this is called proprioception).

With focus and understanding your movements more clearly, you can achieve great things; Pilates can assist in giving you unique understanding about your own body’s movement (this is called proprioception).

Pilates exercises are completed in (mostly) slow and always controlled movements of the arms, legs and spine; Stabilising when it is needed and mobilising the joints within the range you have- which often increases, the more you practice!


There are classes that take place on Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer, Cadillac, Ladder Barrel and Chair, or there are also Matwork based classes; meaning that you complete the class in a range of positions on a mat. (Don’t worry! These are provided at the class, so you don’t need to buy anything).

The classes are not designed to be a cardio workout, so you won’t necessarily be working up a sweat or feeling out of breath by the end of class; rather, you will leave feeling more relaxed and energised…. and If you’re still unsure, please have a read of our client testimonials, or come along and see for yourself.


People confuse pilates and yoga. This is understandable. It becomes even more complex when you learn that there are different types of pilates and different types of yoga!

In general, both consider mindfulness while exercising- this may help to relax the nervous system and improve pain and discomfort.
Pilates uses the focus on exercise to channel thoughts through class- strength and flexibility with great form and technique- moving with purpose!

Yoga can sometimes be considered to have a more spiritual approach, with meditation/mindfulness being at its forefront. Some types of yoga are purely meditative.

Breathing is important in both disciplines- which is known to have great calming benefits; understanding how to breathe appropriately is an art!

Yoga often has set routines, as do some styles of pilates; pilates at NY Studio takes a more contemporary approach and tends not to have set routines- rather each class is designed to uniquely match the specific clients attending.

Pilates exercises are dynamic- no position or stretch is held- Pilates focuses on stabilising and mobilising enough during each movement to create lasting results- the idea being, to create a combined effort of strength and flexibility for the long term.
Yoga is famous for holding stretches at an end range and using the breath to allow an increase in range of joint movement.

At NY Studio we do not currently offer any Yoga classes; We offer quality pilates. We are proud to offer real value for money- bespoke movement classes which consider and reflect the current research available. We provide our clients with the skills they need to improve their own health and wellbeing.


Not all Pilates is the same. There are over 70 training providers in the UK- with many differences between courses. Joseph Pilates trained up several Elders, who went on to teach the Second Generation Pilates Teachers… it is from each of these lines that current Pilates Training Providers have come. With each Elder, came variation, through their personality, backgrounds and own perspective. Pilates has also developed over time through medical advances and our understanding of the human body. There are 2 main types of Pilates; Contemporary and Classical and you can learn the difference by clicking this link


Classical Pilates can be executed on The Mat, or on equipment. The exercises are set out in a specific order, with a specific number of reps usually. There is choreography between exercises so that it becomes one complete flowing class. Originally Pilates Matwork was designed for clients to complete as homework.

A classical Pilates teacher may break exercises down to allow them to be accessible to a beginner client, with the intention of the client achieving full Classical Pilates in the future.

Classical Pilates is beautiful and it is how Joseph expected it to be taught; It is his legacy and it is our history- this is important to all Pilates teachers.

Contemporary Pilates can also be preformed as matwork or on equipment. It uses the fundamental elements of Joseph Pilates teaching, to create new routines and exercises, rather than the specifically named movements i.e. The breathing, the control and alignment of joints; the basic concepts and patterns of movement (that were intended to realign and balance the entire body).

NY Studio is considered a Contemporary Pilates Studio.

Our Equipment





Ladder Barrel

Barre Classes



Concentration promotes the mind-body connection. As you focus on your movement, Pilates states you will enhance your body awareness.


Centering consciously brings your focus to stabilising the body where needed, to create controlled and isolated movement.


Pilates’ method is based on safe and complete muscle control. With proper control, you execute correct form, leaving no part of your body unattended- you direct each and every movement.


According to Pilates’ precision principle, executing one exercise well is more important than completing more repetitions with poor form.


Controlled breathing activates blood circulation, awakens muscles and prevents unnecessary intra-abdominal pressure. Pilates encourages breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth.


Continuous: smooth and dynamic movement is important when increasing muscle length.


Pilates increases awareness of the placement of all parts of your body. During your Pilates workout, it is important to be aware of the position of your joints as they move and stabilise.


Uniting all the above principles to support and create pure, formed movement.