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back stretch and mobility Easier classes

Back stretch and mobility

Gently stretch and mobilise through the spine with this short mat based sequence

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 17 minutes

This class keeps a nice gentle pace so is suitable for most levels. We start the class in sitting then move into four-point kneeling, our fronts and then onto our backs. This class can be used as a great morning stretch to get you ready for the day or to compliment another class.

This class includes:

  • Sitting side bend and spine twist
  • Four-point kneeling tail swish
  • Curl and extend
  • Upper body rotation
  • Child pose stretch
  • Cobra stretch
  • Bridging
  • Opposite arm and leg stretch
  • Lumbar rotation stretch
  • Sitting upper body reaches and mermaid stretch

The class begins in sitting with a side bend and spine twist to gently mobilise the spine. We then move into four-point kneeling and mobilise the lower back with a tail swish and then lengthening through the back with a curl and extend movement. In this position we then rotate through our upper back before stretching out into a child pose stretch.

We then come down onto our fronts to extend our spines with a cobra stretch. Moving round onto our backs we continue to mobilise through the spine with a bridging exercise then lengthen out a little more with an opposite arm and leg stretch. Cooling down with a lumbar rotation stretch and in sitting with some upper body reaches and mermaid stretch.

This class goes well with:

Easier – Back mobility and strengthening

Gently stretch and mobilise the spine with this mat based class.

pilates back mobility

Regular – Feel good Pilates workout

All over workout to get your body working and feeling great

feel good pilates workout

Tough – Ultimate core control

This is a tough mat based class working through movements to engage and challenge our deep abdominal core muscles.

ultimate core control

 

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upper body stretch and mobility Easier classes

Upper body stretch and mobility

Gently mobilising the upper body with this short mat based routine

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 16 minutes

This is a gentle paced mat-based class focused on upper body mobility. The class starts in sitting then moves into four-point kneeling and onto our backs. This class focuses on stretching and mobilising through the upper body and is suitable for most levels but please always work within a range that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Sitting – book opener, arm opening, dumb waiter
  • Four-point kneeling thread the needle
  • Cat stretch
  • Child pose
  • Arm scissors
  • Double leg stretch
  • Bridging with arm raises
  • Sitting- upper body reaches, shoulder rolls and neck stretch

The class begins with some gentle stretches in sitting mobilising through the upper back and opening through the chest with a book opener, arm openings and dumb waiter movements.

Moving into four-point kneeling we continue to stretch through the upper back with threading the needle, cat stretch and child pose movements. Continuing the class onto our backs we bring in some core control to our upper body movements with arm scissors and double leg stretch exercises. We also increase our upper body stretch in a bridge exercise modifying with some arm raises. 

We then move back into sitting to cool down and finish with some upper body reaches, shoulder rolls and neck stretches.

This class goes well with:

Easier – Simple Upper Body and Core Pilates Class

This is an easier level class that has a nice mix of stretching and strengthening exercises for the upper body, bringing in some core control movements as well. 

simple upper body and core

Regular – Upper body and core control Pilates workout

This class focuses on mobilising and strengthening through the upper body but also includes movements to challenge our core control. If you want a little bit more of a challenge this class has the option of using some hand weights (0.5-1kg weights) with some of the exercises. 

Tough – Upper body and core conditioning

This class challenges are upper body control as well as our core and abdominal muscles. This class also has the option of using hand weights to add an additional challenge to the class. The class includes some tough movement sequences so always work to a level you feel safe and comfortable with. 

Upper body conditioning

 

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stretch and posture Easier classes

Pilates for desk posture

Alleviate tension and stretch through the body. Ideal for those that spend lots of time working at desks.

  • Difficulty: Easier
  • Length: 16 minutes

The class also aims to strengthen some of our key postural muscles. This class is perfect to squeeze into a lunch break and reset the body and mind! The class is suitable for most levels but please always work to a level that you feel comfortable and safe to do.

This class includes:

  • Sitting neck stretches
  • Sitting arm reaches and side bend
  • Cat stretch
  • Swimming
  • Hip flexor stretch
  • Child pose
  • Breaststroke prep
  • Cobra
  • Opposite arm and leg lengthening
  • Dynamic hamstring stretch
  • Sitting mermaid stretch

We start the class in sitting and begin to reduce any tension in our upper body with some gentle neck stretches. Moving into four-point kneeling we mobilise our spines with a cat stretch, then begin to lengthen through the body with swimming exercise. We then come up into high kneeling to open out and stretch though our hip flexors, which can often feel tight after sitting.

Coming down onto our fronts we work our upper back with a breaststroke prep exercise and stretch into extension with a cobra stretch. Onto our backs with then lengthen out through the body further with opposite arm and leg stretch and a dynamic hamstring stretch. Finishing the class in sitting with a gentle mermaid stretch.

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Morning Pilates Flow Pilates classes

Morning Pilates flow

Short mat based class designed to help gently stretch and energise the body

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 18 minutes

This class includes:

We start the class in four-point kneeling on the mat and begin by gently mobilising the spine with a cat stretch. We then begin to work our core and stretch further with a modified swimming movement bringing in some neck movement. In this position we also stretch into rotation with a thread the needle stretch. Lowering down on the mat on our fronts we wake up our legs with a one leg kick and stretch our spines a little further into extension with a cobra stretch.

Moving around onto our backs we challenge our core with a double leg stretch and work our abdominals with some arm circles. We then gently stretch out our backs on the mat with a rotation stretch as well as some glute and hamstring stretches. We then finish the class in sitting with some upper body stretches.

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stretch and relax pilates Easier classes

Stretch and relax

This is a mat based class which gently stretches the body from top to toe.

Starting in standing we open out our chests and spines with some lovely stretching movements before rolling down into a downward dog position to stretch out the calf muscles. We extend our spines in the class with a cobra stretch and open and flex with a child pose stretch.

We then move round onto our backs on the mat to finish the class with some gentle stretches.

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Unwind Pilates class

This is a mat based class and focuses on our body’s alignment and control of movement.

We start with some gentle Pilates movements such as Bridging and double leg stretch exercises to engage our core muscles and gently mobilise and stretch the body. We then stretch our hamstring and glute muscles on the mat. Finish the class with a short breathing space meditation which can be done either sitting or lying.

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Relaxation series - breathe and stretch Easier classes

Breathe and stretch bedtime Pilates class

Unwind before bed with this relaxing Pilates routine

This is a mat based class and focuses on breathing. Breathing can be a great way to help reduce tension and initiate a sense of calm. We start the class in sitting focusing on taking some deep breaths to expand our ribcage and bring more oxygen into the body.

In sitting we lengthen through our neck and spines with some gentle stretches. We then more into four point kneeling to lengthen through the body with a pilates swimming exercise and finish with a child pose stretch.

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Mind and body Pilates class

Relax and unwind with this gentle series of stretches and movements

This is a mat based class that focuses on relaxing and stretches are muscles before bed. On the mat lying on our backs we open out through our hips and lower back with a knee hug stretch.

We then mobilise our spines with a bridging exercise and lengthen through the body with opposite arm and leg movements.

We then finish the class with a mindfulness body scan to help connect our mind and body and release any tension from the day.

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Pilates flow Pilates classes

Pilates flow

Pilates workout challenging us from head to toe

Flowing sequences of Pilates movements to challenge us all over.

This class includes:

  • Standing squats with extensions
  • Standing arm and heel raises
  • Roll downs into a downward dog
  • Calf stretches
  • Leg pull in prone with hamstring curls
  • Press ups
  • Child pose stretch
  • Cobra stretch
  • One leg kick

This class begins in standing with some squats and leg extension movements bring are arms into this movement as well. We challenge our balance in standing with some full body reaching forwards and back whilst standing on one leg.

We then gently roll down into a downward dog position to stretch out our calf muscles before lowering into four point kneeling.

In four point kneeling with combine a leg pull and prone exercise with some hamstring and leg extension movements flowing into a press movement. Moving down onto our fronts we extend our spines with a cobra stretch and work our legs with a one leg kick.

Stretching our upper and lower body to finish with a child pose stretch.

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