Yoga & Pilates in North London


Crouch End ClassesYoga & Pilates are both forms of mind-body exercise, harmonising movement with breath. Different but complimentary disciplines.

"If you can breathe, you can do Yoga" - Krishnamachayra ('father' of modern yoga)

"After 10 sessions you'll notice a difference, after 30 others will notice ... after 30 you'll have a whole new body" - Joe Pilates

Yoga originated in India around 5000 years ago and uses asanas (postures) to build strength and flexibility.

It's worth noting that asana means 'posture comfortably held', so while poses are meant to challenge, it's more about exploring than forcing. And there's more to yoga than the poses: focused breathing (pranayama), relaxation, and meditation are all integral parts. 

Yoga invites us to approach our bodies with a sense of curiosity, playfulness and compassion.

Benefits of Yoga include: improved function of your lungs and cardio-vascular system, improved posture and balance, and better quality sleep. Yoga enhances our feeling of well-being, and has been shown to help with anxiety, stress and depresssion.

Yoga builds resilience and - if you'll excuse the yoga pun - bolsters us to cope with life's inevitable challenges. Maybe this is why Yoga has become so prevalent - and relevant - in these busy and often stressful times.

Pilates can transform the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, teaches awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthens the deep torso muscles, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain.

Benefits of Pilates include: Improved posture; increased strength; better balance and co-ordination; greater flexibility and mobility; relaxation and stress relief; rehabilitation after illness or injury; and a healthy supple spine. The emphasis is on building core strength to support and stabilise the spine. So osteopaths, physiotherapists and GPs recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise today.

Pilates changes the way you carry yourself: as your core strengthens, you'll naturally move in a healthier way. This is why the core is called The Powerhouse.

History of Pilates

It was created in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, who spent many years in the UK refining his methods before moving to New York and opening a 'Body Conditioning Gym with his wife Clara.

Pilates is based on six fundamental principles:



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