Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Pilates in St Helens opens tonight!

Pilates Re-opens in St. Helens
Clinical Pilates and Garuda Pilates

We have a wide range of classes at Northwest Pilates & Yoga Center catering for all abilities and needs. Our next course starts Monday 23rd February with Clinical and Garuda Pilates.Whatever your age, level of fitness, or amount of Pilates experience you've had, there is a class to suit you. Please email for more details. All class sessions are limited to spaces and must be pre booked and pre paid.Class sessions are non refundable and non transferable.Please note that our terms and conditions apply to all bookings. To enrol click here.

Please choose from the following streams:

CLINICAL PILATES: About 8 in 10 people have one or more bouts of low back pain. In most cases, it is not due to a serious disease or serious back problem, and the exact cause of the pain is not clear. This is called nonspecific lower back pain. The usual advice is to keep active, and do normal activities as much as possible.  In most cases, the pain disappears within six weeks but may come back (recur) from time to time. Chronic (persistent) pain develops in some cases and further treatment may then be needed. Clinical Pilates is taught by an STOTT ISP (injury-specialist populations) teacher or an APPI physio trained teacher. This class is suitable for both post and ante - natal mums .This class is limited in numbers to ensure individual attention. Please bring a Yoga mat and bottle of water to class,booking essential.


CORE PILATES/YOGA FLOW: This class is based on the latest research in fascial trains incorporating James de Silva's Garuda work which takes the class to the next level. Garuda combines  the strength work of pilates, the breathwork and asana practices of yoga and the grace of dance.


The benefits of Garuda include increased strength, flexibily, coordination and endurance with a greater sense of ease and wellbeing. Garuda  draws deeply on mental focus and teaching relaxation through movement. Like yoga garuda also massages the internal organs and aids in detoxification.

Garuda is a non stop flowing class that is challenging and mindful. You will leave feeling invigorated. It is suitable for anyone with some experience of yoga and or pilates. Watch a Garuda Class here. Please bring a Yoga mat and bottle of water to class, booking essential.

James D'Silva Garuda Yoga Pilates DVD amAya Music
James D'Silva Garuda Yoga Pilates DVD amAya Music

Nordic Walking: Nordic Walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking - it makes something we can all do.... twice as effective! Nordic Walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking Nordic Walking is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world and is used by individuals, personal trainers, health clubs, physiotherapists, doctors and health promoters because it is highly effective, affordable and FUN!
* The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs
* The poles help to propel the walker along - this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier!
NORDIC WALKING - An Introduction & How To!
NORDIC WALKING - An Introduction & How To!

For more details please call 0800 246 1251 or email info@pilates4sport.com.

Yoga and Pilates Retreat
1st - 4th May 2015, £299pp

Join us for a wonderful Pilates Holiday and Yoga Retreat in the Hacienda Spain.

Join us for a weekend of Pilates, Yoga and Buddhist walking at 'The Hacienda'. Set in the beautiful Andalucian countryside, in an area of outstanding national beauty and ecological diversity, this retreat offers a complete getaway from everyday life as well a touch of rustic. Accommodation is set amidst spectacular views of the Andalucian countryside, in an area of outstanding national beauty and ecological diversity; this retreat offers a complete getaway from everyday life.
 "A retreat so jam packed with Nisha's ever creative and challenging classes, Nordic walking and belt busting meals we did not even realize it was raining" - Peter
Facilities include:
- Indoor and outdoor yoga areas
- A purpose built Yoga studio
- Meditation temple with prayer chairs
- Infinity pool with two cabanas
- Indoor sauna
- Shiatsu Massage can be booked through The Hacienda upon arrival & costs 65 Euros an hour.

 The venue makes an excellent base for exploring Monterfrio in a tranquil, stress-free environment. When you're enjoying a Pilates/Yoga holiday mini break, our stunning venue will help you unwind and rejuvenate. You will be served delicious vegetarian food, twin en-suite bedrooms with panoramic views of the mountains. "Nisha was an excellent teacher, I enjoyed her knowledge and the variation of techniques, and Thai Massage was particularly good".

Teaching sessions are held in the spacious Yoga hall, Yoga deck and meditation temple. The Pilates/Yoga classes are a combination of energizing Dynamic Yoga and Pilates in the morning followed by a more restorative practice of Thai Yoga Massage. Classes are suitable for all levels and those with little or no experience in yoga and/or Pilates are also welcome. 
"Amazing lessons, well thought out and nicely taught" - Daniel
 View the venue here
 Sample Timetable
Early morning flights from Manchester
11am-1pm - Arrival & brunch
7.00pm - Dinner
9.00-10.30pm-Yoga/Pilates Flows by Candlelight
8.00-10.00am -Fusion flow Garuda class including morning meditation
10.15am-Brunch Free Time - For Massage, walks, bike ride etc.
4.00pm-Chai & tiffin
5.00-7.00pm Thai Yoga Massage class
9.30pm - Yin Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Meditation
8.00-10.00am -Fusion flow Yoga/Pilates class including morning meditation
10.15am-Brunch Free Time - For Massage, walks, bike ride etc. optional visit to Monteria
9.30pm Yin Yoga Nidra,Pranayam,Meditation
8.00-10.00am- Power Pilates/Yoga Baptiste style
10.15 am - Brunch Free Time - For massage, walks, bike ride etc
1.00-3.00pm Buddhist walking, meditation, Pranayama
4.00pm - early Dinner
5.00pm onwards Departure
 What to bring

- Light, loose clothing for Yoga
- Walking clothes & shoes
- Swimming costume
- Yoga mats & props provided
Things to do
 Situated 8km from The Hacienda - Monte Frio was officially declared a Town of Historical and Artistic Interest in 1982 and forms part of the Poniente Granadino - The Last Frontier of Al-Andalusia. The town sits at just over 830m above sea level in a landscape made up of mountainous slopes and olive groves with a skyline dominated by the monumental El Centinela. 
"Amazing, best Yoga retreat so far" - Penny
Deposit is £150. Full payment is for a sharing twin room. Some rooms have an en suite bathroom and these rooms are booked on a first come first served basis. If paying a deposit the balance can be paid eight weeks before the retreat commences. We do have a limited number of single occupancy rooms at extra cost. Please contact us for details and availability. Flight, insurance, additional activities and excursions are not included. Travel insurance is required. Transfer cost of your transfer from Malaga airport to The Hacienda is £35 each way. There are set times that the transfers are available so please check with us before booking your flight. Please contact regarding our payment plan and to check availability before booking online. "Nisha organized a wonderful yoga retreat with a great variety of yoga, Pilates and meditation designed to rejuvenate and relax. The level of knowledge, experience and teaching was first class. The retreat offered the perfect balance of yoga and free time and was great value for money".
 What is included in the cost?

All classes, accommodation, meals, snacks and fresh fruit and herbal teas are included in the cost. Flights and transfers are not included.
 Where shall I fly?

Malaga. Easyjet, Ryanair, Monarch and Norwegian run cheap flights from the UK. For cheaper rates check www.skyscanner.net
Transfers from the airport?

We will be arranging a transfer to The Hacienda around 2pm on the first day of the retreat from Malaga airport. For your departure, please organize flights from 10pm on the last day of the retreat. The transfer costs £25pp each way. It is possible to get flights at different times to those advised and get a taxi to the venue. However please be aware that taxis in the area are costly and one to the venue from the airport will cost 130 Euros.

For more details, click here.

The Real Yoga of India
East vs. West

In Vedic Sanskrit, the literal meaning of the word yoga is "to add", "to join", "to unite", or "to attach" from the root yuj, In the west and In the modern world we have become quite successful in our external achievements--we have created powerful technologies and a variety of products, we are obsessed with accumulating power, wealth, property and objects--and yet we have not been able to create either individual or social peace, wisdom, or happiness. We have only to look around and see the destructiveness of our weapons, the emptiness of our pleasures and entertainments, the misuse of our material and personal resources, the disparities between rich and poor, and above all, the loneliness and violence of our modern world. We see that amid all our success in the external world, we have accomplished little of lasting value.

So is Yoga really just about the asana, stretching and meditating? Last week I visited Dharavi slums, Mumbai with www.realitytoursandtravel.com there were no Yoga studios or Asana practice there. Dharavi is the largest slum in the world and is a thriving recycle and business portal. They recycle everything from plastic bottles to paint cans, have bakeries, make clothes, bags, shoes etc. It is home to 1 million people, it has 10 thousand industries and 8 thousand owners living on site. Its turnover is 665 US Million dollars per annum; an average house size is 10 square meters in which 5 people live. There are 500- 600 toilet blocks for 1 million people, 1140 people use each toilet per day, and the water is only available for 4 hours every morning in which they have to fill all containers.

These people are proud, not one of them begged, their daily life and struggles is the "The Real Yoga of India". What we take for granted in the West is a mindful practice in the East. You just have to watch them play with their rice and Dahl before eating to savor every mouthful, appreciate and not waste a single drop of water. Our problems are simply first world problems and not in reality with third world problems. Food Banks, smoking, drinking and socializing are all privileges of the West, so we must not complain.

 But what can a Yoga practice do for us in the West? A stable meditative posture helps us create a serene breath and calm mind. A good meditative posture should be comfortable and stable, ensuring that the head, neck, and trunk are erect and in a straight line. If the body is uncomfortable, it makes the mind agitated and distracted. The second kinds of postures are practiced to perfect the body, making it limber and free from disease. These postures stimulate specific muscles and nerves and have very beneficial effects. In our daily lives, meditation can be very helpful in eliminating many physical and psychological problems.
A significant amount of the disease we experience is actually either directly or indirectly the result of conflicts, repression, or emotional distress arising in the conscious or unconscious mind. Meditation helps us to become aware of these conflicts and to resolve them, establishing tranquility and peace. In this way, meditation becomes a powerful resource for facing the challenges of daily life.

Mumbai FC's Official Pilates Studio
Pilates workshops in Mumbai

Owners of The Pilates & Altitude training studio Mumbai Samir & daughter Namrata Purohit invited me to take some exciting workshops with their trainers. We did fascial slings, Anti & post natal plus interval training using the STOTT V2 Max Reformers. All the work was well received and the trainers were buzzing with new ideas.

Check them out on www.pilatesaltitude.com

Contact Dance Festival Arambol
Moving and Shaking in Goa

I was lucky enough to participate in Goa's Contact Dance festival. Seven days of moving in ways I've never moved before. Contact Improvisation is a dance form originally referred to as an "art-sport" in which the point of contact with another dancer provides the starting point for a movement exploration. It is about sharing weight, rolling, suspending, falling, passive and active, energy and awareness.

"Contact Improvisation is a dance form, originated by American choreographer Steve Paxton in 1972, based on the communication between two or more moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion-gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, must learn to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down. Following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.

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