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About Living Pilates

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A beautiful Pilates and Yoga Studio in a great North London Location

Living Pilates - Teachers and Therapists

Teachers ​& Therapists

Our fully qualified staff are here to help you gently progress and achieve unimaginable results.

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We have an extensive weekly timetable for all abilities

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We are always happy to answer your questions and advise on the best route forward for you.

What is Pilates and Yoga

So, what is Pilates – a common question?  Pilates is a body conditioning routine that seeks to build flexibility, strength, endurance, and coordination without adding muscle bulk. In addition, pilates increases circulation and helps to sculpt the body and strengthen the body’s “core” or “powerhouse” (torso). People who do pilates regularly feel they have better posture, are less prone to injury, and experience better overall health.

Joseph H. Pilates, the founder of the pilates exercise method, was born in Germany. As a child he was frail, living with asthma in addition to other childhood conditions. To build his body and grow stronger, he took up several different sports, eventually becoming an accomplished athlete. As a nurse in Great Britain during World War I, he designed exercise methods and equipment for immobilised patients and soldiers.

In addition to his equipment, Pilates developed a series of mat exercises that focus on the torso. He based these on various exercise methods from around the world, among them the mind-body formats of yoga and Chinese martial arts.

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Joseph Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined. He designed his exercise program around principles that support this philosophy, including concentration, precision, control, breathing, and flowing movements.

There are two ways to exercise in pilates. Today, most people focus on the mat exercises, which require only a floor mat and training. These exercises are designed so that your body uses its own weight as resistance. The other method of pilates uses a variety of machines to tone and strengthen the body, again using the principle of resistance which are available to use at Living Pilates.

What is Yoga? by Ann Pizer

Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement (vinyasa-style yoga) or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the tradition in which the teacher has trained.

Yoga teachers will often refer to “your practice,” which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, so it never gets boring. Although the poses themselves do not change, your relationship to them will. Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don’t feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will develop over time. Another great thing about thinking about “your practice” is that it encourages the noncompetitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day.

Some people find that the physical practice of yoga becomes a gateway into a spiritual exploration, while others just enjoy a wonderful low-impact workout that makes them feel great.

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Teachers & Therapists

Ilse Challis

Ilse is a qualified mat teacher in BODY CONTROL PILATES and also holds certification in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Barrels work through STOTT Pilates. She is a level 3 instructor on the Register of Exercise Professionals and a qualified Back4Good Practioner.

Ilse has worked in the fitness industry for over 40 years, directing, choreographing and teaching across a broad spectrum of ages, abilities and techniques. Pilates was a natural transition from her dancing and teaching career,  helping her recover from injury, back pain, stress and cancer.

Ilse established the only dedicated Pilates and yoga studio in Enfield town, North London and teaches Reformer classes, equipment classes and group mat work classes as well as one to one classes.

​Sophie Challis

Sophie grew up training to be a dancer and went on to study music at the University of Nottingham. During her time at university Sophie discovered her passion for fitness.

Since graduating in 2010, she has qualified in numerous areas of fitness instructing, including; gym instructing, exercise to music, kettle bell training, kids fitness and she is trained in Stott Pilates mat work. Sophie also teaches weekly Zumba classes around the Enfield area.

Sophie first started practising Pilates at the age of 13 as part of her classical ballet training and has continued training in Pilates to help prevent injury and keep fit. Through teaching Pilates Sophie would like to share the positive impact that this exercise programme can have on everyday life.
Sophie is currently working towards an Osteopathy degree at the University college of Osteopathy.

​Joanne Howlett

Jo has been working in the fitness industry for over 11years and has been teaching yoga for 8 years.
She completed her initial training as a yoga teacher at the Sivananda ashram but now incorporates many different styles of yoga in to her classes including Astanga, Hatha and Bikram .

She is a trained Yoga Bugs and Yoga’d up teacher, teaching children from the age of two and a half to eleven and has also completed training with Birthlight in Yoga for Pregnancy and Baby Yoga.

Jo is very passionate about her teaching and delights in witnessing the many benefits received by her students through regular yoga practice.

She is a level 3 instructor with the Register of Exercise Professionals.
Joanne teaches on a Wednesday morning at 11.15am

​Heather Barrett

Heather first got the fitness bug at the age of 11 when she joined the schools Athletic team and the local Harriers club.

Exercise still is important to Heather who as a member of Fitness Professionals taught High/Low impact Aerobics, step, body pump, circuits etc.. all the while holding down a full time job in IT/Finance for a Global company.

Adding Holistic Tisserand Aromatherapist in the nineties was an opportunity to slow down and look at the body from a different perspective, eventually discovering Pilates.

Heather is now qualified as a Level 3 Pilates Matwork Teacher.

​​Dominique Bulgin

​Dominique Bulgin is a Pilates teacher (mat and apparatus) and a Dance Movement Therapist. She is also certified in Practical Shiatsu.

A former professional contemporary dancer, Dominique used Pilates throughout her career to condition, train and rehabilitate from injury. She first studied the classical Pilates repertoire in her dance training. Over the last 10 years, she has integrated different perspectives into her teaching and believes in an interdisciplinary approach to movement. Dominique has created Pilates programmes for professional dance companies, vocational training schools, community groups and therapy centres, working in collaboration with physiotherapists and osteopaths - www.embodied-movement.co.uk


​Teaches Yoga every Sunday at 9.30am.
It is a drop in class for 1 hour 15 minutes for £10

Living Pilates and Yoga Timetable

Beginners & Beginners 2 Matwork class

Equipment Pilates

Improvers Matwork Pilates

Intermediate Matwork Pilates

Pre-natal Pilates or Post-natal Pilates


Further One-to-One and Equipment Classes are available by Appointment (including Sundays)

Equipment Pilates Classes

EQUIPMENT PILATES CLASSES are small group classes that are specifically designed for the individual. In that respect, they are similar to private sessions. Class groups have a maximum of 4 people.  Classes are paid in multiples of 1’s, 5’s, 10’s &15’s

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CANCELLATION The full cost of the class, £18.50, will be forfeited when less than 24 hours notice of the cancellation is given.

Equipment Pilates Class Fees

Multiples of 5, 10 & 15 classes can be purchased

Pay-as-you-go £18.50
5 classes £84.00 (classes must be taken within a 2 month period from time of purchase)
10 classes £165.00 (classes must be taken within a 4 month period from time of purchase)
15 classes £238.00 (classes must be taken within a 6 month period from time of purchase)

Clients will be able to book in advance to any time slot above as long as there is a space available

One-to-One Pilates Classes

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These classes are available by appointment. They are highly recommended for individuals with very specific goals. These classes are generally equipment based and are also a valuable time to assess your progress, and discuss/work on difficult areas of your technique.

Class length 55 minutes Cost per class per person £45.00
Cost for 5 classes paid in advance £203.00
Cost for 10 classes paid in advance £406.00

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One-to-One Pilates Classes

These are highly recommended for individuals with very specific goals...

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Beg (Beginners)

Suitable for those with no previous Pilates experience

Beg 2 (Beginners 2)

Suitable for those with less than 6 months experience but not total beginners.

Impro (Improvers)

Suitable for those with over 6 months experience with good understanding of the technique.

Inter (Intermediate)

Suitable for those with sound core stability.

Inter 1 (Intermediate 1)

Suitable for covering Classical Pilates repertoire.

Gen (General)

Suitable for all levels.

Fees for Pilates Mat Classes

DROP-IN FEE - £12.50

(one-off class)


(valid for 2 months from date of purchase)

6 WEEKS COURSE - £52.50

(6 week commitment to specific dates, no refunds or reductions, payable one week in advance of start date)

Fees for Yoga

DROP-IN FEE - £9.00

5 CLASS PASS - £30.00

for 5 consecutive weeks