Skillfully structured graded Matwork classes from Beginners to Advanced for well being, strength, flexibility, agility, a healthy spine, better posture and more
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 £120 for a flexible starter course of 10 weeks. .
Our second Pilates day for 2019 is coming up on the 27 April. Book now in class. See MEMBERS for further details.
Download the 2019 YEAR AHEAD DOCUMENT for class reference.
May Bank Holiday Mondays, no classes but an extra class, 6.30-8.30pm 'Handstands and strong Backbends' put on Monday 24 June, the day after the end of term. In Balcony. SIGN UP REQUIRED FOR ALL. £17.50 for guests from other classes. Handstands require regular training and have enormous fitness benefits.
Class change Saturdays 8 & 15 June 2019. (No regular classes) 2hr substitute class, workshop style, all levels beyond Basic, 'Partnered Stretch' in Balcony studio. Sat 8 June 5.30-7.30pm & Sat 15 June 6-8pm. SIGN UP REQUIRED BY ALL. If you are a member of the Saturday training groups, no charge. £17.50 for guests from other classes. If you wish to attend any of these sessions (8, 15, 24 June) be quick to sign up please by telephone text using the format Times▪Date▪Full Name
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
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
Aerobic Pilates Thursdays, 7.30 - 8.30 pm. Lounge studio. A fast paced rigorous drop - in class. £10 (£5 members of PBA) See publicity flyer HERE. (Not available for Swap-in)
See TIMES page for alternative classes
Let's think about feet: by Chris Hocking director and founder teacher of Pilates Body Awareness Est 1987. Feb 2019
Considering they are the first up in the morning and the last to go to bed, intermittently used all the active day for bearing our weight and locomotion...for walking, swerving, dashing about, climbing & descending stairs, coping with uneven surfaces...and also for some... social dancing in natural positions, ballet and exhibition dancing in 'turn-out', flamenco stamp and tap foot rhythms, fitness regimes, sports, running, leaping, landing, kicking, pushing off, bracing against, turning a foot into a weapon and karate kicking, it is a wonder they do not give us more trouble than they do...but they do give us trouble and to some more than others. Foot alignment matters.
New Year Interview with Chris Hocking, Director, Pilates Body Awareness Est 1987. Jan 2019
Clare Hand The Kentishtowner
Q. 1 You were one of London's first Pilates teachers trained by Alan Herdman, the founder of the practice in the UK. Can you tell us a little more about how your practice has developed and evolved over the last 30 years?
I came to Pilates as a university graduate and aspiring professional dancer. The dream came true with Pilates playing a major role in sustaining my career. Between dance jobs I taught for the London Pilates Studios eventually shifting my focus from dance to Pilates in my early 30s and swiftly to the development of my own school.Read more ...
Chris Hocking, Director, Pilates Body Awareness Est 1987. 12 Nov 2018
A Broad Approach to Pilates - More then just a technique class - Holistic tuition encouraging movement, mobility and connection
Having started my Pilates training in the late 1970s with Alan Herdman, setting up my own independent school in 1987, I found and still find myself unconvinced by a need to conform to later schools of thought as to what constitutes the correct teaching of this technique. I can only teach what I believe to work.Read more ...
CAMARADERIE of group classes and opportunity for interaction, shared experience, hard work and laughter together. Classes are stimulating and fun offering beneficial stress release and especially for our older students, a significant reduction in the speed of physical and neuro-deterioration. From the very beginning Joseph Pilates claimed his technique "Contrology" was indeed "The Pilates Technique of Physical and Mental Well-being". Only now is neuroscience able to verify this assertion.
1 × 2hr SUNDAY MORNING WORKSHOP, 3 × 2 hr EXTENSION CLASSES (holiday classes) and 3 × 5 hr. INTENSIVES (2 consecutive days of classes) all of which are built around corrective-bodywork or health enhancing themes, Stretch and Conditioning for Runners, Pilates on a Chair (much harder than it sounds). The Foot Class, Deep Relaxation, The Bikini Workout, Partnered Stretching, Strength and Agility, Remedial Techniques for Injury Rehabilitation and for students at all levels, Introduction to the Original Movement Sequences of Joseph H. Pilates Sat. class £17.50 (1.5 hr) , Sunday class £47.50 (3.5 hr) see MEMBERS AREA AND TERMS for full details and the 2018 time table of extras.
4 x PILATES DAYS for 2019, well priced and very popular, held NW1, £47.40, see MEMBERS AREA AND TERMS.
4 × TERMS of 10 weeks each year and AFFORDABLE PILATES.
Our 10 week terms cost £120 at Level 1, £140 at all Levels. For details on our 'swap-in scheme' protecting good value for money, see TASTER CLASS AND JOINING.
7 × 1 hr CLASSES, GRADED AT LEVELS 1-5, each week in Central London NW1 (Academy Mews Dance Studios) week day evenings and during the day on Saturdays, see CLASS TIME TABLE.
1 x 1 hr DROP-IN AEROBIC Pilates Thurs 7.30 - 8.30pm
2 × 1 hr TASTER CLASSES each week, Wed. 6.30-7.30pm and Saturday afternoons 2 - 3pm. See CLASS TIME TABLE, TASTER CLASS AND JOINING. A new student may attend a £17.50 Taster or start an Inaugural Course of 10 weeks any week of any term.