Pilates & Yoga
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of low impact conditioning exercise that strengthens the core muscles of the body. This includes the stomach, hips, back, glutes and upper body. Pilates also improves general flexibility, promotes good postural alignment and helps you feel relaxed and refreshed after every class.
By practicing Pilates you will improve your bodily awareness and understanding of how your body moves. You will improve strength and muscle tone with regular Pilates, and reduce your risk of injury or posture-related pain.
Health professionals are increasingly recommending Pilates as a treatment to help ease and prevent muscular ache and pains, and improve postural awareness.
What is Yoga?
Yoga combines both physical and mental practice, focusing on stretching and strengthening the body while practicing various breathing techniques. There are many different forms of Yoga you may practice, but at Andra Health we offer Vinyasa Yoga. This is one of the most popular forms of Yoga in the UK today. It involves a flowing sequence of poses each synchronised with a specific breath or breathing technique.
You should leave your Yoga class feeling invigorated, stretched, and much more clear minded than when you arrives. Many of our Yoga classes finish with meditation or mindfulness allowing you to reflect on how your body and mind are feeling, and get rid of those niggling and nagging voices in your head running through your to-do-list or what you are going to cook for dinner.
How can Pilates and Yoga help you?
Pilates and Yoga can both be successfully used to improve general fitness, strength and wellbeing. Below are some of the specific things Pilates and Yoga can help with:
Recovery from injury
Running form and technique
Core and abdominal strength
Whole body flexibility
Posture and whole body alignment
Mindfulness and ‘connecting with the present moment’
Pilates and Yoga Sessions
If you have a specific injury, problem area, or sporting goal you would like Pilates or Yoga to help you with, then you can book in for a 1 on 1 session with our qualified Pilates and Yoga instructors. Your first session will act as an assessment to determine your specific strengths and areas for improvement, giving you a chance to discuss any questions or queries you have. Following that you can book a batch of 5 Pilates or Yoga sessions with your instructor where you will work through exercises and stretches specifically tailored to you, and you will leave with a plan for your own Pilates or Yoga practice. Alternatively, you can 'pay-as-you-go' for Pilates or Yoga sessions if you are unable to commit regularly to weekly sessions.
All sessions and assessments can be 30 or 60 minutes with an instructor at our clinic in Melbourne.
Small Group Sessions
If you wish to use Pilates or Yoga as a method for getting fitter, improving strength, flexibility and general wellbeing, then small group sessions may be ideal for you. With a maximum of 6 per class, you will receive personal attention to help with your practice and exercises tailored to your needs. Additionally, these can be useful if you have suffered with back pain for a long time in a group with others with similar symptoms and requirements.
You can attend our regular weekly Pilates and Yoga sessions, or you can get a few family and friends together to create a private class of your own at a time that suits you.
All small group sessions are 45-60 minutes lead by an instructor at the clinic in Melbourne.
The Pilates Wunda Chair
We are very excited to be able to offer Pilates sessions on the Wunda Chair. A fabulous piece of equipment suitable for those of all ages and abilities, great for working on full body strengthening and in particular for those returning from injury. Take a look at our blog post to find out more information on the Wunda Chair, or get in touch today to book a taster session with our fully qualified instructor.