Still Offering Virtual Private, Duo, and Trio Sessions.
Your Local Pilates Studio In The Fraser Valley
Welcome to Breath & Balance Pilates
Hello! I am so glad to see you here! Visiting this website shows that you are ready to begin your Pilates journey, and I am excited to be a part of it. No matter the question that brought you here, Pilates is the answer! I’ve tried to answer most of the common questions that I am asked here on this website, but if you have any other questions please send me a message. I’m happy to help.
A Little Bit About Me
Hi! My name is Sasha and I am looking forward to getting to know you in person. But first, here’s a little bit of info on me.
I had a long history of doing Pilates on again and off again following a car accident in my teens. I first started with some exercises from Physiotherapy, and then kept sporadically doing Pilates videos over the following decade. It really wasn’t until my first lesson in a studio though that I fell in love with Pilates. I knew after my first lesson with Veronica McClurg that I had found my passion. When I booked my first lesson, all I was looking for was a little me time and to tone up. But instead, I found a new career. Getting rid of my constant neck and back pain was an added bonus lol.
I had the great privilege of training with Matilda Christensen at Pilates from the Centre. This program is well-known in the Pilates community for being one of the most intensive and challenging programs out there, which is exactly what I was looking for. A year and a half long, it is also one of the longest courses offered for Pilates Training.
And now I am honored to be able to use my training to help you reach the goals you have – whether it be strength, flexibility, rehabilitation, or so much more. Let’s get started!
Schedule A Class with Sasha
The studio is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Evening and Monday appointments are very limited and booked on an individual basis. These slots are reserved for Private and Duo Sessions only. To book an evening or Monday appointment please email me. To book a session during regular studio hours, please click on the Calendly icon. Then return here to make your payment, thus completing your reservation.
Please note: Due to Physical distancing measures, only private and duo sessions are being offered in-studio at this time. These sessions, as well as trios, are also available virtually.
Pricing & Payments
$65 per session
Private sessions are also available virtually.
$35 per person / per session
Sessions are also available virtually.
$25 per person / per session
Sessions are also available virtually.
Drop-In fees must be paid prior to the start of class. Monthly rates must be paid by the 1st of each month.
Payment must be made at the time of booking. Your reservation is not completed until payment has been made. Payment can be made by e-transfer (preferred) or by credit or debit card or Apple and Google Pay using the Stripe feature on the website. If paying by e-transfer and a security question is required, please make the answer ‘pilates’.
If you reserve your sessions for the entire month and make one lump payment, you will receive a 10% discount. The reservations and payment must be made on or before the 1st of each calendar month to qualify for this discount.
Class fees are non-refundable. However, if you have paid for a class but are unable to attend and provide at least 24 hours notice you may complete a make-up class (limit one each per month). Please provide as much notice as possible, and please provide notice either by text or by email.
Gift certificates are available. Please contact me to purchase a gift certificate.
This is a home-based studio. Please respect the private home space by staying within the studio area. Please remove your shoes when you enter. You will be working out in bare feet, or if you wish to wear socks please ensure they have non-slip grips on them.
As this is a residential neighborhood, please be respectful of the neighbors when parking. There is one spot available in the driveway, behind my black SUV. Please do not park behind the other vehicle as it belongs to the basement tenant. There is also street parking available and a few spots around the island in the cul-de-sac. The best option, however, is to park on Mullins Road if possible.
If you have reserved your spot in a class but are unable to attend, please provide at least 24-hours notice (more if possible). This allows me to offer that space to someone on the waitlist. It also allows you to make it up in another class that has open space. Classes are non-refundable but they can be made up in another class as long as the required 24 hours notice has been given. (Limit of one make-up per month). Please do not give verbal notice; text or email only.
I am a mother myself, and I understand the challenges of trying to take care of your health and fitness with young ones. I am happy to welcome your well-behaved children to the studio, provided they do not disturb any of the other clients. There is a couch available near the studio space where they are welcome to sit and quietly read or colour (no markers please) or use a tablet with headphones. If they do cause a disturbance during the class perhaps Private sessions would be a better fit.
If you are joining the studio with previous Pilates experience, one Private session will be required before joining a group class. This allows you to sample my teaching style to ensure it is a good fit for you. It also enables me to assess which group class you would fit best into. If you are brand new to the Pilates method, you would have two options for joining a group class. You could either put your name on a waiting list for the next Intro to Pilates session, or you could have a series of three private sessions. Both options would allow you to gain a basic understanding of Pilates fundamentals and the Level 1 exercises.
There are 2 options available for attending group classes. Drop-In, or Monthly Reservation.
Drop-In: If you do not wish to commit to a regular day and time, Drop-In would be a good choice for you. However, these spots are not guaranteed to be available. Please text me to check if there is a spot available in the class you wish to attend.
Monthly Reservation: If you know that you wish to attend class regularly this would be the option for you. You may reserve your spot each month in as many classes as you want by paying for the month in full by the 1st of the month. If you select this option then you will not only guarantee your spot in your desired classes, but you will also receive a 10% discount.
In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you’ll be on your way to having a whole new body.
- Joseph Pilates
Frequently Asked Questions
What Exactly Is Pilates?
Pilates is a workout system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Joe originally called his method “Contrology” to represent the idea of being in complete control of your body as you move it through the exercises. It is a series of precise movements, being performed in a controlled manner. Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. If practiced with consistency, Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. It puts emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The system allows for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any level in between.
What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
The biggest difference between the two is the emphasis on the spiritual component in Yoga. Pilates classes do not have a meditative or spiritual component. However, there is a “mind-body” component in that Pilates movements require you to focus and concentrate on how you are moving your body. The emphasis on breathing and slower pace of some Pilates classes can also be stress relieving.
What’s the difference between Classical and Contemporary Pilates?
The simple answer: Classical Pilates attempts to stay as close to the teachings of Joseph Pilates as possible, and Contemporary Pilates has taken his teachings and modified or made variations of them. Both styles of training have good points; what really matters is the training that was involved in the certification process. The early training programs developed by Joe and his personal apprentices were rigorous and demanding and teachers were expected to not only gain an in-depth understanding of the method but to also be able to teach and demonstrate a wide variety of exercises on multiple pieces of equipment. The “good” training programs, in my opinion, stay true to these rigorous standards. As Pilates grew in popularity new certification programs have popped up; some only requiring a weekend course to be certified.
What Should I Wear To Class?
This is an exercise class, so please wear clothing that allows you to move freely. More fitted clothing will allow me to see how your body is moving without having to see through layers of loose fabric and is therefore preferred. Be aware that some movements may allow loose pants or shirts to slide up, so please wear bike shorts or sports bras underneath these if you choose to wear them. You will not be wearing shoes for the session; bare feet or socks that have nonslip grips are acceptable.
What Can I Expect At My First Lesson?
The first lesson I will take your history and ask you questions about your overall health and wellness as well as any injuries or physical limitations you may have. We will spend some time going over the fundamental movement skills that are needed throughout all Pilates exercises. We will then move into learning some of the basic exercises. On your second lesson, we will not need to take a history or learn the fundamentals, so we will jump right into the exercises. If you’re ready to get started send me an email or fill out the form at the end of the page.
Why Can’t I Just Start On Apparatus Classes Right Away?
There are three reasons I want you to do at least a bit of matwork first. 1) The apparatus has a lot of
moving parts, which makes it more challenging to learn the exercises. You’re trying to focus on the
exercise, and on the equipment. 2) The apparatus is meant to complement the way your body moves. In
order to benefit from that, you need to learn how to move your body properly first. On the mat, it’s just
you and your body – no distractions. 3) As I said, the apparatus is a lot of fun. This means,
sometimes if clients start there, they never want to do mat. Mat is (in my opinion) the hardest form of
Pilates, so if you don’t ever do matwork you will be missing out!