We will start each session with breathing and focusing on the deep abdominal muscles. Beginning with the fundamental movements to prime the body for the full series, we will progress and build the movements with each class session. We will use light hand weights for upper body strength with some focus on balance work. Most of the movement will be done on the floor so particiapnts will need their own yoga mat. Some movements will be done standing. Materials used: Mats, bolsters, bands, blocks and hand weights are provided but if you prefer your own yoga mat or any other supportive equipment, please feel free to bring your own. Also, please bring a water bottle. Prerequisite: This course is intended for those beginners looking to improve core strength. Movements will be drawn from the classic Pilates Mat series with some modifications for those with back, neck and hip issues. Participants must be able to get onto the floor, do work on the floor and get up from the floor. Course fee: $35 fee to be paid to the YMCA on the first day of classes ($25 for YMCA members).
Instructor: Nadja Simon is an ACE fitness certified personal trainer, certified strength and conditioning specialist and Pilates Mat 1 certified instructor. She currently teaches Pilates Mat at the YMCA in Woodfin and at AB Tech Community College in Asheville. In addition she is a personal trainer at the YMCA of WNC, a group exercise instructor and a competitive power lifter. She believes in building strength from the inside out, loves picking up heavy things, putting them back down and helping others to build strength and lift weights safely.