Easter Opening Hours

Just a quick reminder of the studio opening hours over Easter Holiday:
Good Friday 25th March – CLOSED
Saturday 26th March – Open 
Sunday 27th MArch – Open 
Monday 28th March – CLOSED

Relocation News!

Dear All

We have been given the unique and special opportunity to move into the iconic Conservatory in Ransome’s Dock* from 6th January 2016.

What does this mean for you? 

No Pilates practice between 23rd December 2015 and 5th January 2016.

Our booking system, payment system and email will all remain active – so you can book and amend sessions as normal throughout this period.

As a client you just have to remember to show up in the New Year around the corner please click on this map  – the yellow star marks the new location.

This interim move has made me really aware that Pi is truly made up of the people that come through its doors, and not the doors. 

We have the best teachers, the best clients and the best fun…

Have really lovely Christmas, a well-earned rest…and come play at Pi in The Conservatory in 2016.

As always

Love Holly and all the team

Nathalie, Marsha, Holly, Lizzie, Aafke, Sophia, Dawn, Debra, Georgie xx

 

* Subject to contract (so fingers & toes crossed)

 New Studio Details

A: The Conservatory, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Park Gate Road, SW11 4NP

W: http://conservatory.pistudios.co.uk/

E: mail@pistudiobattersea.co.uk

T: 0207 585 1114

Opening Hours over Christmas and New Year

Please see below the studio opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

Love Holly     xox

 

Wednesday 23rd December – skeleton* (10am, 6.15 & 7pm class, privates as requested)

Thursday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – CLOSED

Friday 25th December (Christmas Day) – CLOSED

Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day) – CLOSED

Sunday 27th December – CLOSED

Monday 28th December – CLOSED

Tuesday 29th December – skeleton* (12 & 6.30pm class, privates as requested)

Wednesday 30th December – skeleton* (9, 10am & 12.15, 1.30, 6.15 & 7pm class, privates as requested)

Thursday 31st December – CLOSED

Friday 1st January (New Years Day) – CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January – skeleton* (no one currently in)

Saturday 3rd January – CLOSED

Monday 4th January – Studio back to normal going forward

*Classes subject to client participation

 

Skype Sessions

 

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A Skype session could not be easier, set your laptop up by the side of your apparatus and off we go – no costly trains or expensive travel time. Holly can work on specifics with you in a private session or get ready to move in a group class/semi private.

Both session types are equally valuable.  Use a private to fine tune and ask questions, use the semi privates to MOVE.  Joining a group/semi private class is just as  important as working a private, especially if you work alone as it is too easy to get caught in your own head space and to actually stop working. A shared Pilates experience is productive and happy.

Drop us an email to find our more and book a Skype session with Holly. No more working out alone!

 

Here is a testimonial about a Skype session:

Hi Holly! Just wanted to tell you that I worked out today and I had a little Holly sitting on my shoulder making me straighten my arm and hold my center line. Thanks so much for all your help. I have taken sessions with a lot of famous teachers but you really made some connections for me that had not happened before. I hope the people in London know how lucky they are to have you! Hope to Skype with you sometime soon! 2 August 2015

Just had amazing session over Skype with Holly! I got an excellent sweaty workout and her sharp eyes were able to spot some key mistakes that I had been making whilst practicing on my own. I learned a lot and am absolutely looking forward to our next session! 8 August 2015

Lauren Wright, Owner/Instructor Imagine Studio, Guam

 

 

PI Studio Client Q&A: Dan Gopal

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1. When did you start Pilates?

April 2015.

2. Where you inspired or advised to take up Pilates?

I was looking to try something different to keep me motivated to exercise, and had read a lot about Pilates.  So when I realised Pi was just down the road, I thought why not!

3. How many times do you practice in the studio?

2-3 times a week.

4. Do you ever practice yourself?

A little, I have incorporated a few exercises when I go to the gym like the 100s and the ab series.

5. What is the most important thing you have learned from taking up Pilates?

ENGAGE MY ABS, and to remember to breathe while Aafke is telling me to do 5 things at the same time! Oh, and to smile.

6. What has changed the most since you started?

I feel stronger and fitter already, plus my posture had improved and I am sleeping better.

7. Do you workout or play another sport?

I go to the gym and swim, but not as often as I should. Pilates is my main exercise at the moment, getting slightly addicted.

8. What is your favourite exercise?

Pilates.

9. What is your least favourite exercise?

Running, did 2 marathons, never again!

10. Favourite apparatus?

The Cadillac, especially when hanging upside down or being challenged with tough moves.

11.What would you still like to change about yourself?

Keep getting better at Pilates- fitter, leaner and stronger.

12. How do you relax?

Spend time with my Wife and our dog, watch TV, listen to music, go out for a good meal.

13. Privates or Semi Privates?

Both, I like the mixture and variety. Aafke really pushes me hard and mixes things up, but I love the pace of semi-privates and working with other people.  Holly and Lizzie are great instructors, and always keep it interesting.

14. Do you know when Joseph Pilates was born?

1883 (Lizzie told me first time I met her).

15. Do you know what nationality he was?

German.

16. Are you a “lover “of Pilates or a “must” do Pilates?

Lover, and long may it last as I am must do for most other exercise.

 

Pi Studio Client Q&A: Chris Manby

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Biography:   I’m a novelist. I’m the author of thirty-two novels including A Proper Family Holiday and Getting Over Mr Right. My latest book, A Proper Family Adventure, will be published by Hodder & Stoughton on July 16th. I also write as Olivia Darling, Stella Knightley and Stephanie Ash.

1. When did you start Pilates?

I started practising Pilates in 2003. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and was introduced to the discipline by personal trainer Teri Nakamura.

2. Where you inspired or advised to take up Pilates?

I was less inspired than forced to take up Pilates because I was suffering from debilitating back pain. It was so bad that I couldn’t sit at my desk and was having to type standing up at the kitchen counter. I wrote a whole novel that way. Teri advised me that strengthening my core was key to keeping my back healthy. Pilates could give me that strength. It did.

3. How many times do you practice in the studio?

Not often enough! I do my best to get to the studio at least once a week.

4. Do you ever practice yourself?

Yes. From time to time, when I’m feeling guilty, I do a little mat routine. Roll-ups. The hundred. Stomach series…

5. What is the most important thing you have learned from taking up Pilates?

That everything comes from the core. Whatever I’m doing, I try to engage those muscles. It makes almost every physical action I take – lifting, carrying, even typing – so much more comfortable and easier.

6. What has changed the most since you started?

I don’t suffer from so much back pain. I’m not cured. In fact, I slipped a disc earlier this year. However, the recovery is much faster when I spend time at Pilates. I also think I’m better able to avoid injury because I know how to engage my core when I’m going about my everyday life. It’s when I’ve been skiving Pilates and I’m racing about without thinking that I get into trouble.

7. Do you workout or play another sport?

Absolutely not! But I do walk everywhere. I try to clock up 10000 steps a day, which works out at about four miles, I think. It’s easy to do in London, where it’s far simpler to use public transport than drive somewhere and try to find a parking space. Stealth exercise. That’s my style.

8. What is your favourite exercise?

The one that comes after the hundred on the Reformer, where your feet go over your head. What’s that one? Spine Stretch? I also like the wall exercises at the end of a session because… well, because they’re at the end.

9. What is your least favourite exercise?

Leg springs. My legs are so feeble. Yet still so big…

10. Favourite apparatus?

The step-barrel. I love the weightless feeling you get doing leg-work on this. And the nice lie down afterwards.

11.What would you still like to change about your self?

I’d like to be less lazy and get into the studio at least twice a week. It would be great to see some definition in my legs but I guess that means more leg springs. Ugh!

12. How do you relax?

I relax by walking and reading (not at the same time). My ideal weekend would include a long walk on a windswept beach somewhere like Cornwall or Brittany, and a cosy evening spent reading a great novel while a log fire roars in the grate.

13. Privates or Semi Privates?

At the moment, privates with Holly because I’m recovering from a slipped disc and I can’t keep up with a group class. Privates are great because they can be tailored to your needs and all that one-to-one attention means no skiving! I work three times as hard in a private class.

14. Do you know when Joseph Pilates was born?

Not off the top of my head but I would guess it’s around 1910. Recently I met an elderly gentleman who actually trained with Joseph Pilates in the 1960s. He said Joseph was an extraordinary man.

Wow. I just Googled. He was born in 1883!

15. Do you know what nationality he was?

Google to the rescue. German of Greek extraction.

16. Are you a “lover “of Pilates or a “must” do Pilates?

Oh, I love it really 🙂

 

Bob Liekens’ visit to Pi in June 2015

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Bob Liekens is a world class teacher trainer. His knowledge of The Method and its origins is inspirational. If you got to take part in his workshops and workouts, we hope you had fun; I know we did and we learnt so much. The sessions were an experience not to be missed and will leave their mark whether you are an instructor, a client or a lover of movement.

 

Training Program 2015 / 2016

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The Training Program dates for 2015 / 2016 are confirmed!

Intro to Mat

Dates:    13th, 15th and 15th March 2015    or

               11th, 12th and 13th September 2015

Progression / Progression + Mat

Dates:    19th, 20th and 21st June 2015

Full Comprehensive Training Program

Dates:    Week 1: 2nd, 3rd & 4th October 2015

               Week 2: 30th, 31st October & 1st November 2015

               Week 3: 27th, 28th & 29th November 2015

               Week 4: 22nd, 23rd & 24th January  2016

               Week 5: 19th, 20th & 21st February 2016

See ‘Become A Teacher’ in Education for more information.

Holly…. xox

Christmas Opening Times

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas……

Please see below the studio opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

Love Holly & Liz   xox

 

Tuesday 23rd December – skeleton (10am class, privates as requested)

Wednesday 24th December (Christmas Eve) – CLOSED

Thursday 25th December (Christmas Day) – CLOSED

Friday 26th December (Boxing Day) – CLOSED

Saturday 27th December – skeleton (11am class, privates as requested)

Sunday 28th December – CLOSED

Monday 29th December – skeleton (10am & 7pm class, privates as requested)

Tuesday 30th December – skeleton (10am & 6.30pm class, privates as requested)

Wednesday 31st December – skeleton (10am class, privates as requested)

Thursday 1st January (New Years Day) – CLOSED

Friday 2nd January – CLOSED

Saturday 3rd January – Studio back to normal hours going forwards

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