Louise Solomon, creator of Yogalates, was a Yoga enthusiast who suffered an injury when being adjusted in a strong pose. To aid her recovery she began practicing Pilates and subsequently trained as an instructor. Louise loved the body awareness and core strengthening of the method; however, she missed the calm introspection and stillness that Yoga brought.
Clarity soon took charge and she decided to combine the two forms; bringing the ancient practice of Yoga together with the modern form of Pilates, and in 1995 Yogalates was born.
Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's and is a concise body workout concerned with strength in movement. Stability is the key to this form which deals with isolating mucle groups to help your body achieve optimum performance with minimal tension.
Yoga is an ancient practice with first known references dating back to around 3000BCE. It is a system of poses or asanas that increase flexibility, stamina and general well being. This combined with the practice of Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation helps to bring both the body and mind to a more balanced joyful state.
Everyone can benefit from Yogalates; a practice that deals with body and mind in an accessible and restorative way, whether you're training for your tenth marathon or trying to regain some control and get some peace, why not give it a go?