Before becoming a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I completed my 200-hour Yoga teacher training and then taught several classes weekly at a popular studio in Los Angeles. During that time, I also completed my Pilates Instructor certification through Balanced Body. I was fortunate to train under one of my PT school professors who incorporated Pilates into her physical therapy practice. (She also taught me how to use the Redcord suspension system, but that's a story for another time!)
Combining elements of both Yoga and Pilates into a group class can be hugely beneficial for those seeking to optimize their physical health. So I am excited to bring the Yogalates method to the Denver community!
Yogalates was first introduced in 1997 by personal trainer, Jonathan Urla, and later developed and popularized by Louise Solomon. It is an exercise method that combines the ancient Indian practice of Yoga with mat Pilates, which was developed by Joseph Pilates in Germany in 1920.1
Yogalates classes cultivate a powerful mind-body connection through breath work, core stabilization, body-weight strengthening, and postures to improve flexibility and balance. This is an exercise method that is adaptable for a wide variety of fitness levels.
In my Yogalates classes, I will modify and tailor the routine to meet the needs of each individual in the class. You can expect a dynamic Vinyasa Yoga flow that includes postures such as downward facing dog and warrior poses, combined with Pilates core strengthening exercises such as planks and double leg stretch.
Research has shown that group fitness classes are more effective at improving mental, physical and emotional health when compared to working out alone. In a study published by The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, they found that working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves quality of life, while those who exercise individually put in more effort but experienced no significant changes in their stress level and a limited improvement to quality of life.2
I hope to foster a sense of connection through movement together. To get started, check out my upcoming Yogalates class at Activcore Denver. I look forward to seeing you on your mat soon!
1. What is Yogalates? Definition from Yogapedia. Yogapedia.com
2. American Osteopathic Association. (2017, October 30). Group exercise improves quality of life, reduces stress far more than individual work outs. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 8, 2023
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.