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. .




Saturday 19th January, sign-up required, classes to be held in Lounge studio. Please text 07881 494212  with: YOUR-NAME … SAT 19 JAN... 11AM/2PM/3PM* (*please indicate which class time you wish to attend)

Bikini Workout Saturday 26th January. 11-12.30pm. AMDS. A high intensity, lively class with a sense of humour to keep you working hard and entertained. No charge for members of the Sat am classes, otherwise £17.50. Please book at the beginning of the new term.

Saturday 23rd. March, no classes due to unavailability of the venue. These will be made up for in Extension week 6th April. 

Download the 2019 YEAR AHEAD DOCUMENT for class reference. 

December Extension Classes Book your classes now in class £17.50. See MEMBERS for themes

Aerobic Pilates New for the Autumn term, Thursdays, commencing 4th October. 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)

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

Swap - in arrangements

See TIMES page for alternative classes



  • Kentishtowner Interview

    New Year Interview with Chris Hocking, Director, Pilates Body Awareness Est 1987
    Jan 2019

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    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

    Chris Hocking, Director, Pilates Body Awareness Est  1987

    12 Nov 2018

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    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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  • Half a dozen reasons why

    Chris Hocking, Director, Pilates Body Awareness est. 1987

    20 July 2018

    Structured matwork, Levels 1 - 5

    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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