INTRO TO PILATES: Pilates Benefits:

Regular Pilates practice will help you to:
Stay young, fit, and full of vitality. Improve strength, flexibility, and balance. Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk. Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core. Engage the mind and enhance body awareness. Condition efficient patterns of movement, making the body less prone to injury. Reduce stress, relieve tension, and boost energy through deep stretching. Restore postural alignment. Create a stronger, more flexible spine. Promote recovery from strain or injury. Increase joint range of motion. Improve circulation. Heighten neuromuscular coordination. Offer relief from back pain and joint stress. Correct over-training of muscle groups, which can lead to stress and injury. Enhance mobility, agility, and stamina. Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity. Improve the way your body looks and feels.
A few things to know before starting classes: Visit NYSY Studios, obtain a class schedule, register for classes. Attend the Intro to Pilates seminar. If you have any health concerns, take advantage of our free Physical Therapy Assessment. Attend 4 Pilates Starter Classes; then continue with privates or Pilates Level 1 classes. Arrive early for your class and sign your name at the front desk. Practice on an empty stomach. Try not to eat 2-3 hours before practicing. Drink plenty of water before class but try to avoid drinking during class. Wear comfortable clothes. Take off your shoes before entering the studio. Please refrain from wearing any colognes or perfumes. Please turn off cell phones completely. Time for you and your fellow yogis to disconnect and enjoy. Introduce yourself to the teacher and let them know of any injuries or medical problems.
About the Method Pilates Pilates is a complete method of exercise, body-conditioning, and rehabilitation practiced on specialized equipment or on the mat. It places great emphasis on strengthening the core muscles of the body, or "powerhouse". The aim is to strengthen the center, lengthen the spine, increase body awareness, and build muscle tone and flexibility. A strong center helps alleviate back pain, prevent injury, and bring the body into balance and a better posture. However, the Pilates method is not just abdominal work but a complete form of exercise that strengthens and tones every muscle of the body. Today, in the 21st century, thousands of people around the world of all ages and fitness levels practice Pilates with great benefits. As Joseph Pilates himself predicted, "This is the method of the new millennium."

Basi Pilates | Block System

  • Warm-up
  • Footwork
  • Abdominals
  • Hip Work (strap work)
  • Spinal Articulation
  • Full Body Integration 1
  • Arm Work
  • Full Body Integration 2
  • Additional Leg Work
  • Lateral Flexion/Rotation
  • Back Extension

Classes & Levels:

A necessary introduction for beginners, this seminar interests everyone involved in Pilates. It covers the basic history and philosophy of Pilates, and demonstrates with practical exercises how the fundamental principles work. It will also help you determine the right Pilates session for your needs.
A physical therapist assesses your posture and body condition and offers you advice on the best type of exercise for your needs.
These classes take you step by step through the process of Pilates. Exercises are taught based on the fundamental principles so that you may feel them in your body: Breath, Concentration, Core, Precision, Alignment, Centering, etc.
The classical repertoire of mat exercises is done on the floor and includes core strengthening, stabilization of pelvis and spine, and toning of arms, legs, and buns. The level is dynamic.
Ball exercises teach balance and stability, while toning the leg muscles and the glutes. They are fun, popular, and challenging.
A complete line of equipment was designed by Pilates to support the body in correct alignment and increase strength through resistance according to the needs of each body. Ideal for toning, building stamina, and strengthening, equipment is also used for rehabilitation from trauma or injury (of shoulders, back, lower back, hips, knees, and ankles).

About Joseph H. Pilates

Joseph H. Pilates (1881-1967) was a German-born man of Greek descent who came to New York in the '30s and developed his method working initially with dancers, helping and influencing famous artists like Martha Graham. Pilates studied yoga, Zen meditation, martial arts, and ancient fitness forms and had a background in gymnastics, diving, and boxing. His interest in physical fitness stemmed from a determination to strengthen his own body and improve his health after a sickly childhood. Thus he devised a set of exercises that worked mind and muscles in harmony.

Famous Pilates Quotes:

  • The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.
  • In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you will have a brand new sense of your body.
  • The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power.
  • When all your muscles are properly developed, you will, as a matter of course, perform your work with minimum effort and maximum pleasure.
  • Contrology (his definition of Pilates) develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.
  • Patience and Persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.
  • With body, mind, and spirit functioning perfectly as a coordinated whole, what else could reasonably be expected other than an active, alert, disciplined person?