My name is Noa. I teach Pilates because I feel that consistently practicing Pilates can benefit everybody and every body. I believe that Pilates should meet you where you are. In my classes modifications are always available if you need them and you will never (ever!) be asked to go beyond your body’s limits. On the contrary, you are encouraged to find your own optimal level of engagement.
Practicing Pilates regularly will improve strength, range of motion, mobility, flexibility, alignment, coordination, and much more. But the most beautiful thing about the Pilates method is how it is naturally carried into day-to-day life. It is a mindful form of workout that stays with you beyond the studio door. In order to execute exercises correctly, Pilates calls for precision, control, intention, flow, and focus (to name a few…) but on top of that, I often find that Pilates also engages its practitioners on a deep mental level.
This is why, if you just let it (=show up for yourself), Pilates will gradually contribute to your postural alignment awareness, help change harmful movement patterns, and improve the neuromuscular connection (our brain talking to the muscles). But really, the nicest things about practicing Pilates, the things I like best, are the small (and big!) discoveries of, refreshed communication with, and often newly found bond and appreciation for the body in which each of us lives.