Contemporary Pilates:

Contemporary Pilates for beginners to intermediate levels.Let's breath, strengthen & lengthen. At Ikigai coaching studio we focus on Function and FUN.  The groups are small and filled with atmosphere.  A small community and comraderie

Why Contemporary Pilates?

Contemporary simply means modern.

Who knew Pilates could be so polarizing to some to have two factions “Classical” and “Contemporary”?! To be clear, we find merits to both approaches, BUT have chosen the contemporary approach for our studio.

In short, “classical Pilates” adheres to the repertoire as Joseph Pilates originally designed it: only the exercises he developed (without any modification) and in exactly the same order every time. “Contemporary Pilates” incorporates modern knowledge of the body and biomechanics into the Pilates repertoire. Thus the original exercises still exist, but new exercises as well as modifications to original exercises have been added to make the system safer or more functional for a client.

Equipment available:

Therabands/flexi bands, stability balls, small balls, gliders & gymsticks.

Class numbers are limited to 4 participants. Close attention to each participant are of high importance.


Why Pilates at Ikigai? (What clients say)

I started with Pilates exercises 12 months ago to elevate back aches through core exercises. I am now 35 weeks pregnant with little to no back pains during my pregnancy and I am sure that if I did not continue with pilates during my pregnancy I would have a more difficult time. I will return to class as soon as I am allowed to regain my posture and shape. Thank you Sonia! - Tanya

I thoroughly enjoy my Pilates workout. The combination of warm-ups, exercises, stretching and breathing in a calm atmosphere leave me with a feeling of wellbeing that is addictive! - LIz

Al wat ek kan byvoeg is a GROOT GROOT GROOT dankie vir jou ondersteuning die laaste jaar. Dit is ongelooflik hoeveel baie dinge verander het, nie net fisies nie maar ook "mentally" deur jou positiewe bydrae elke keer as ek daar is.

Van die dokter af wat my omtrent geen hoop gegee het, tot waar ek staan vandag met jou hulp en leiding, is vir my 'n helse 360 turnaround. Ek geniet dit, ek loves myself en my liggaam en ek kry dinge reg wat ek nooit eers gedink het ek sou kon doen nie!! Overall het my gesondheid verbeter, hoofpyne is minder, self vertroue is weer terug en 'n baie groot gedeelte van dit is te danke aan jou, jou tyd, idees en voorstelle.Ek waardeer JOU menswees. Bly altyd so ster soos wat jy is, 'n regte lifesaver !!!!! - Louise

Since joining Ikigai studio, the toning and changes in my body are absolutely miraculous. I have never been in better shape than I am now after a year of personal training sessions and regular Pilates classes at Ikigai. Everyone who knows me has commented on the change. I feel more energised, fitter and motivated. Classes are motivating, informative and fun. I highly recommend Sonia at Ikigai. - Maggie

I feel so at home at Ikigai studio, everyone is important!  Everyone's individual needs are met. Sonia keeps classes interesting, challenging and yet you feel revived after each session. - Anni


Prices: see homepage for 2018 prices

Interesting information regarding the Value of Pilates:

Core training is the foundation of every other form of exercise and can prevent injuries. Unfortunately without proper body mechanics, an injury is just a matter of time. In fact, many times the "core" is not even considered until there is an injury. Rehabilitation is where "core" training is introduced and taught. How much better would it be to condition and train with the proper body mechanics, laying in a strong foundation (core) and avoid an unnecessary injury? Much like building a house, no matter how beautiful the external, if the foundation is weak then the whole house is weak. One of the main causes of injury is imbalance between strength and flexibility. Imbalance relates not just to the body, but to the mind and emotions. Balance is the neuromuscular skill of being able to maintain one's centre of mass over the base support - in reference to well being (spirit-soul-body). Key elements in maintaining balance involve flexibility, strength, postural alignment, symmetry, and function. In most cases, a lack of flexibility will not allow ideal alignment or the recruitment of the correct muscle groups. Imbalance is the result of persistent use of certain muscles without adequate training of opposing muscles resulting in poor posture (which will definitely affect spinal alignment thus creating neck and back pain and over time injury).

Pilates is a treatment/exercise highly recommended to postural problems. Because Pilates works on balance, its main focus is to re-educate movement patterns. Pilates literally retrains a body's neurological pathways. That is, it retrains the nervous system on how to move the body. Though Pilates trains the body as whole and involves all muscle groups (internally and externally), its main focus is strengthening and aligning the spine, the pelvic floor, and the transverse abdominal muscles. These muscles are considered the "core" muscles and affect the balance or imbalance of every other muscle in the body. The abdominal muscles support the lower spine and the mid and upper back extensors support the upper spine. These muscles are the central aspect of a back care program. Negative movement patterns are re-educated to retrain the neurological pathways and to create neuromuscular balance and health. Quality and precision of movement is considered more important than quantity or intensity.

Without the breath, very quickly we would surely die. The breath is the connecting factor of the spirit-soul-body experience in Pilates. One of the most important physical principles to refine before attempting an exercise or movement is the breath. The structural breathing pattern in Pilates offers many benefits:

- Oxygenation of the blood and nourishment of the body on a cellular level.
- Improves circulation
- Calms the mind and the body
- Encourages concentration
- Recruits the appropriate muscles for movements
- Provides rhythm for the movements

Proper breathing also alleviates stress and tension in our bodies. Through breathing we are able to take in the good and release the bad. Taking in the good and releasing the bad can be just a breath away; allowing us to have a whole new perspective on things.

The breath is our "life force". When calm and balanced, we think more clearly. Breathing properly puts us in a more peaceful positive state: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically.

The desired result is to have total awareness of the body as a whole during the exercise. The breathing allows a flow in the movement of energy.


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