A beginners course in Pilates introducing the fundamental principles, incorporating breath, whole body movement, strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, alignment, breathing and posture. Suitable for all.
The students will learn fundamental Pilates exercises and how to use them to improve posture, balance, body alignment and better movement patterns.
Pilates is a holistic practice, training the whole body. With regular practice you will improve strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, alignment, breathing and posture. If you have specific injuries or health problems please get advice from a medical practitioner before enrolling.
The practice of Pilates, a system of movement that strengthens the core muscles of the body. Movements involve standing, seated, kneeling and lying down postures.
Pilates sessions will relieve stress, tension and promote a feeling of well being. Pilates movements are often small but precise, requiring full concentration of mind and body, which are united into each movement.
Pilates exercises are not static or isolated; fluidity is key and movement should flow.
- Engage the postural muscles of your core before you move your body in everyday situations
- A range of Pilates moves displaying correct alignment and control of your body.
The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.
- Tutor will be verbally and physically demonstrating the movements as the class join with her.
- Tutor will be giving verbal feedback as well as visual feedback to correct their movements and postures.
At the start: Tutor observes technique, student self assessment
On the course: Combination of instructor and student assessment on the techniques and moves.
At the end: As above
The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:
You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.
You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.
Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quite and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.
By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.
You will need Pilates mats, Those who wish to have extra padding can add a large towel. Students should wear loose comfortable clothing and avoid eating a heavy meal before class.
Continue with Pilates either at the Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere. Places on the next term are not guaranteed, students who wish to continue must enrol in advance.
A beginners course in pilates introducing the fundamental principles, incorporating breath, whole body movement and stretch. We will learn fundamental pilates exercises and how to use them to improve posture, balance, body alignment and better movement patterns. The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class.
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