Pilates, Yoga & Group classes

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Individual & Group Classes

A number of our Physios have undertaken training with the Australian Pilates & Physiotherapy Institute and Yoga training, which allows us to offer both individual and group Pilates & Yoga classes throughout the week. We are able to use both our training and physiotherapy knowledge to modify traditional exercises allowing for the classes to be undertaken by all abilities and also when rehabilitating from an injury. We also have non-Physio Pilates and Yoga instructors trained in STOTT, Polestar and Comprehensive Pilates training as well as Iyengar and British Wheel of Yoga. Each class is independently sequenced by our teachers, offering a varied, fun, and challenging session.

Matwork Pilates

Beginners Matwork Pilates is an introductory small 6-week course, maximum 6 people, where you will learn to use your core abdominal and stabilising muscles to improve your strength, posture and movement. This class is also appropriate for those recovering from an injury or post-natal women looking to re-start exercise.

Mixed ability Matwork Pilates is a follow on class for all abilities aiming to build upon the exercises learnt in the beginner’s class or for those who have been done Pilates before or are returning to Pilates after a break. The class is designed to allow everyone to work at their individual level in this larger class of up to 12 people. We expect people to be relatively injury free within this class. These classes may also use small pieces of equipment, including magic circles, therabands and foam rollers.

Reformer Pilates

One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.

The beginner reformers run as a 6-week course and are therefore suitable for complete novices. We also run both intermediate and advanced reformer classes throughout the week. All the classes have 6 participants and are taught by Andrea Jobbagy, Vanessa Geremias, Kate Layton, Juliette Willman and Lucy Wiltshire. Reformer classes can be booked online

Clinical Yoga

We are in a unique position to offer Yoga classes taken by Catherine Huck, a Chartered Physiotherapist. These classes will help you to understand your body including any ongoing injuries and how to get the most out of your Yoga practice safely to build a strong and mobile body. These classes run with a class size of 5-6 people and therefore offer individual attention. The aim is to learn how to incorporate Yoga into your daily routine and therefore ensure you obtain the full benefit of regular Yoga practice.

Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Yoga Nidra & Iyengar Yoga

Roosa, Bertie, Sophia and Brita, our Yoga class instructors, will take you through a different theme each week, with well planned classes aiming to address all aspects of our body. Bertie’s class may appeal to people who are already quite fit and enjoy exercising. Sophia’s class will focus on the precise alignment of the body, working deeply and with awareness in the asanas (postures) to gain the maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. While Brita teaches a gentle yoga style, combining classical hatha and restorative yoga to create a relaxing class. Each class will include simple asanas (poses), breathing exercises and time to deeply relax. Brita’s class is aimed at beginners, seniors and those of all ages and levels of fitness who wish to find a softer approach to their Yoga practice.

Our Yoga teachers are trained to safely sequence each class and to adapt or offer alternatives for an asana if required due to a student’s injury or health. In summary, it doesn’t matter how old you are or flexible you are. Our Yoga classes are about learning to look after the body you’ve been given and about challenging your limits, both mentally and physically and learning to breathe through it.

We are really pleased to be able to offer yoga nidra sessions at TOPS. The yoga nidra session is run by Roosa, one of our yoga instructors and runs on a monthly basis on a Sunday afternoon. These sessions use equipment to provide a supportive and restorative session that are a perfect way to end a week.

We can also provide 1:1 or bespoke classes, please contact us to discuss further.

Barre

The barre class combines ballet-based exercises, ballet technique and tailored strengthening exercises to increase flexibility, strength, coordination and balance. It is great for improving posture and correcting alignment issues, and tones the whole body. The class is suitable for beginners and no previous experience in ballet or barre is required. Juliette and Roosa are our Barre instructors and bring different styles to the class from Juliette’s dance, pilates and physiotherapy background and Roosa from her ballet and yoga background.

Tai Chi for Health

In recent years, Tai Chi has been gaining recognition as a beneficial form of exercise for health.  The movements are fluid, gentle, relaxed and slow in tempo making Tai Chi suitable for most people. Regular practice of Tai Chi has been shown to improve balance, flexibility and strength, as well as positively affecting other aspects of health such as immunity and psychological well-being.

At TOPS we run an intermediate level class for those who have been practising Tai Chi previously. If you are a beginner then we look forward to hearing from you also as we can offer you private sessions to then join the class.

Functional Fitness

The functional fitness class is a small group class run by Clare, one of our Physiotherapists. The class is suitable for elderly people looking to improve their balance, reduce the risk of falls and promote independence of the participants. This Physiotherapist-led session lasts one hour and includes warm-up, strengthening, balance, co-ordination and aerobic exercises in sitting and standing.    The cool down at the end includes adapted Tai Chi. The class is particularly suitable for older people with problems such as:

  • fear of falling or loss of confidence,
  • feeling unstable/ balance problems
  • history of falls
  • loss of fitness after injury or illness.
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