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 £120 for a flexible starter course of 10 weeks. .




Booking now for our Mid Summer Intensive weekend NO 2: 22 & 23 Jun. The Best Stretch ever: Wall, chair, partner. The Saturday class costs £17.50, and the longer session on Sunday, £50.00, £67.50 for the whole event.

Also our summer Pilates Day 13 July. 10am-2pm, £50.00, with a half hour break between the 2 classes and afterwards an optional lunch in one of the excellent local restaurants. Please book and pay in class using a marked envelop for your fees. More information in MEMBERS

May Bank Holiday Mondays, no classes but an extra class, 6.30-8.30pm 'Handstands and strong Backbends' will be 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.   If you wish to attend this session (24 June) be quick to sign up please by telephone text using the format Times▪Date▪Full Name

Download the 2019 YEAR AHEAD DOCUMENT for class reference. 

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, 7.00 - 8.00 (8.30) pm.  Intermediate, Level 3 class, Lounge studio.  Enjoy an optional additional half hour fast paced rigorous half hour Aerobic class, £5 members of PBA. 

Swap - in arrangements

See TIMES page for alternative classes


  • Your feet, their alignment and why it matters

    Foot alignment

    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.

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  • Kentishtowner Interview

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    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.

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  • A Broad Approach to Pilates

    Autumn leaves

    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.

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