Pilates and Yoga
Pilates and Yoga – Rehabilitative Exercise Classes in Oxford
At Summertown Clinic we offer high quality Pilates and yoga therapies as a method of rehabilitative exercise for our patients, and those interested in improving flexibility and strength. Claire Cullen, and Sophia Argyris bring a wealth of experience to their patients who choose to have either one to one classes or join one of the many group classes that are offered throughout the week at North Oxford Golf Club.
The venue at North Oxford Golf Club offers us the opportunity to enjoy their first class facilities, including a specially designed Pilates and Yoga space, showers and changing rooms, and all the amenities that their lovely clubhouse offers.
Pilates is a form of movement developed by Joseph H. Pilates who developed a method called ‘Contrology’ during the 1900s which focuses on flexibility through strengthening the body from the inside out. This helps improve posture, balance & co-ordination.
We teach Pilates mat work from a clinical perspective with the view to addressing weaknesses and individual rehabilitative issues. It is strongly recommended to have a one to one session before starting classes but this is not compulsory.
Iyengar yoga is a method developed by Yogacharya Sri B.K.S Iyengar, which focuses on the precise alignment of the body, working deeply and with awareness in each asana (posture), to gain the maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing. Sometimes yoga props like blocks, cork bricks, or belts may be used to help students practice asanas safely and in a way that is beneficial to each individual (whatever their age, strength or level of flexibility).
Through Iyengar Yoga practitioners aim to unite the body, mind and spirit, and attain physical and mental well-being.
How do I chose?
If you would like to improve your flexibility you should consider yoga, though its also good for general strength and stamina.
If you’re aiming to improve your core stability and strength you should consider Pilates, though it also helps with flexibility and stamina.
Pilates & Yoga summarised
- They differ as they focus on different elements of the body's strength and flexibility.
- We run 7 pilates classes at a week at North Oxford Golf Club, in our purpose built Pilates and Yoga venue.
- Our instructors are fully qualified and have the opportunity to talk directly with your normal Summertown Clinic practitioner to ensure the best rehabilitative advice and exercise prescription for you.