This course has concessions available

Gentle Pilates – Online

In the gentle Pilates course we cover a series of gentle exercises and stretches to strengthen the body, improve balance and increase flexibility. Please note, some exercises are mat-based, and therefore carried out on the floor.
The course will be run via Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class.

Available Classes:

Who is this course for

This Gentle Pilates course is suitable for those who wish to work at a gentler pace than in our other Pilates classes. Please note that the Tuesday class is a slightly longer class than the Thursday class.
If you have specific injuries or health problems please get advice from a medical practitioner before enrolling.

What does this course cover

You will have the opportunity to experience gentler Pilates exercises that reinforce the Pilates principles. We learn about posture and the core muscles of the body while helping build strength, flexibility and mobility. Where appropriate alternatives are offered but during the course we cover exercises that are carried out standing, seated, kneeling and lying down.
By the end of the course you should feel confident you know how to
- Engage the postural muscles of your core
- Carry out a range of Pilates moves displaying correct alignment and control of your body

What will it be like

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

What else do you need to buy or do

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.

What this course could lead to

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.


I have taken a lot of courses at the Mary Ward Centre, including Pilates, Yoga and Dance. They have all improved my wellbeing and the staff and tutors are supportive, helpful and humorous.



This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’