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Pilates at the Haven is much more than just a mat class

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"A more appropriate title might be "Body in Motion." In addition to Classical Pilates and Yoga stretches, Exploratory Movement exercises are included in the format to add a therapeutic dimension.

"As we age we all become imperfect; due to injuries, surgeries, emotional traumas, diseases and/or simply preferring one side of our body over the other. Doing fast, strenuous, repetitious movements serve to reinforce these asymmetries creating greater imbalances & eventually pain. Thus, therapeutic movement is included in the class format, to slow down and heighten our awareness of the body and how we are moving. We do mat Pilates during the last portion of the class, after performing wall, ball, walking, balancing, and weight sequences. Each class incorporates a diverse format for overall muscular strength, flexibility, balance, core strength, coordination, awareness, grace & good posture. All classes hold everyone's attention as they are a creative mix of a broad repertoire of possibilities."- Suzanne Clare, Certified Pilates Instructor.
 
So,,,if you're looking to have a hard work-out & nothing more, Pilates at the Haven is not for you. Or if you're seeking all slow and relaxing movements, these classes too, will not suit you. However, if you're looking for a good work-out, to experience lots of diversity and to become more aware and precise in how you move... You found your class and you're welcome to join us!
 
Student Comments-

"I come to class as I like having a teacher to look at me & correct what I'm doing. When I exercise on my own, I don't do anything new. Too, I know I need to be doing whatever I'm doing totally right to be good for my body. I've learned in class it's all about presence and form."- Alie M.- Pilates student of 6+ years.

"Pilates is a wake-up call for my body. It's like we begin doing something new & my body says "Wow, I forgot that I use to be able to move in this way." Suzanne has shown me how often when I think I'm doing something correctly, I may not be moving in the right way, but moving in a way that's become habit & which I'm not aware of at all. Pilates has brought me back in touch with my body, and it feels great."- Julie A., a student who just began her 5th month of classes.

" Pilates is a great work-out. It's keeping me strong & fit, which is especially what I want as I'm aging. I'm now 76 years old & sure don't want to lose it." -Judy S., Pilates student for 3 years, who devotedly comes 2 x weekly.

"I love and enjoy your classes. Find it "complete" and "balanced". Flexibility, strength and grace. Thank you."- Beba M.. a new Panamanian student who really fits with the format as she was a gymnast when young.


Ongoing Group Classes are on 3 Weekday mornings- Mondays and Thursdays, 8:30- 9:45 a.m.& on Wednesdays, 10- 11:15 a,m. Important!- *See asterisk below!
Classes held in the beautiful Yoga/Pilates Studio at the Haven. Private Classes- for those not into group exercise or who want special attention- are also available.
 
Individual classes are $9 each for residents & $10 for tourists & guests. Two packages are available for everyone- 4 classes for $30 & an unlimited class package for $72; both to be taken within a month.

All props- including mats, magic circles, stretchy bands, light hand weights & different size balls- are provided. However, do bring a Yoga mat if you have one to be guaranteed two for comfort, as we go down to the floor.

Begin anytime! *See asterisk below.

 

"Having been an instructor & passionate about movement for many years in many ways, I've learned Our Body/Mind has a multitude of needs as we age. To work toward filling these needs, the Pilates classes at the Haven are very diverse & an eclectic mix of several modalities." -Suzanne Clare, Certified Pilates instructor at the Haven, teaching movement & exercise for 27+ years, a former Lic. Massage Therapist for 30 years and a Certified Yoga Therapist since 1991.

 

Interested, but have questions? Email Suzanne Clare, Certified Pilates Instructor, at suzeclare@gmail.com

Hoping to See You soon!

*Classes will resume Wednesday, October 9th after a 3 week vacation.*

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