Batman is right, Pilates and yoga are two very distinct disciplines. Piloga though is another matter, a unique fusion class which explores the similarities and differences between the two.
Using the Pilates approach to breathing and the pelvic floor engagement at the heart of Joseph Pilates’ method (Note – if you’re attending a Pilates class and the teacher doesn’t use either of these things then you’re not really doing Pilates and are missing out on the main benefits), Piloga brings together the best of both disciplines to create a full-body workout focussed on core stability and controlled flowing movements. The aim of Piloga is to strengthen and improve the flexibility of the body by taking it through a healthy range of bending, stretching and turning.
Melissa runs two Piloga classes a week at Strode Leisure Centre in Clevedon:
- Thursday mornings, 10.30 to 12.00
- Saturday mornings, 11.30 to 13.00
The age of those attending is diverse, from mid-twenties to over sixty. Most people are beginner or intermediate level and attend regularly because they find the class helps them avoid feeling achy and stiff, or helps them manage a condition they suffer from like sciatica or arthritis. Others come as a way of recovering from injury, or to improve their performance in another sporting activity, e.g. running or cycling.
The classes are open to all, free to members of Strode Leisure Centre, or £7.40 per 90-minute session for non-members.