Chris Hocking
Pilates Body Awareness Profile
Skillfully structured graded Matwork classes from Beginners to Advanced for well being, strength, flexibility, agility, a healthy spine, better posture and more
Christine Hocking


Skillfully structured graded Matwork classes from Beginners to Advanced for well-being, strength, flexibility, agility, a healthy spine, better posture and more
 energy. Affordable group tuition & progression through well structured levels, evenings and Saturdays in Central London NW1 with one of the UK's first and finest Pilates teachers.

PBA, an enduring ever-evolving school of Pilates Matwork established in 1987 by Chris Hocking, offers a high quality service, safe, thorough, effective tuition and good value for money. £17.50 for a 1hr Taster Class (see Offers) and £115 for a flexible starter course of 10 weeks. .



New Term, fabulous New Venue

From 1 July 2018 we have wonderful new premises at the Academy Mews Dance Studios. See their Website AMDS here.  Further information in VENUES

Class Announcements

The Monday 7.30 - 8.30 pm Intermediate Class has been able to secure the Balcony studio from the 1st. of October 2018 meaning there will be plenty of room for level 3, 4, and 5 Swap  - in. See Timetable in TIMES

Bank Holiday replacement class - Saturday 18th. Aug. 2 - 4 pm. Partnered Stretches. No charge for those missing Saturday afternoon and Monday evening class. Open to other students for fee of £17.50

Post - Term Bank Holiday Replacement Class - Monday 24th. Sept. Handstands 6.30 - 8 pm Advanced and Intermediate levels, Balcony studio. Class for Monday students (no charge) Open to other students levels 2+, 3, 4, & 5 (£17.50)

Classical Pilates

Are you a professional teacher of Pilates, Yoga or Dance looking for in-depth tuition in Classical Pilates? See CLASSICAL page for more information on Classical Group class

Swap - in arrangements

See TIMES page for alternative classes



  • Half a dozen reasons why

    Chris Hocking, Director, Pilates Body Awareness est. 1987

    Stretching the Spine

    Half a dozen reasons why

    30°C for yet another week in London. I hope all you people exercising out there in the heat are allowing yourselves extra salt and enjoying plenty of water melon. This fruit is a treasure of mineral salts,  electrolytes essential for health... especially in hot weather.
    For those who are already coming inside for a Pilates class here are a few words about the benefits of Pilates in the heat... to encourage you to keep up your practice or even to start up a new one....ENJOY!

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  • Joseph Pilates Classical Matwork


    Q: What is Classical Matwork?

    A: Joseph Pilates' Original Exercises involve matwork sequences for everyman and woman pre-dating and then evolving, circa 1930s, 40s and 50s, alongside Joseph Pilates' teaching for invalids and injured athletes/dancers using the innovative equipment in his first movement therapy studios.

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  • Pilates Practice Backbends


    How to get the most out of your Pilates Practice: Backbends
    by Chris Hocking

    Announce in class that we are working up to backbends and a discernible groan is released even in the advanced groups. Good Pilates students also find backbends tough because of the ills of the sedentary life style... but at least they are doing something about it and benefiting from correct practice.

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