Your Local Pilates Studio In The Fraser Valley
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.
Meet The Teacher (Sasha)
Hello and welcome to Breath and Balance Pilates Studio, my name is Sasha Mpiana. I was once where you are today; wanting to jump into the wonderful world of taking Pilates lessons and not knowing where to start. Knowing the background of your potential teacher is a great place to begin.
I was first introduced to Pilates in 2006 following a car accident. It was a physiotherapist that provided me with a number of exercises to take home and practice in between appointments. At the time I had no idea what Pilates was or that those were the exercises I was doing. I eventually finished with Physio and gradually over time stopped doing the exercises that had helped me so much. Fast-forward a few years to my first pregnancy. I was looking for a gentle form of exercise that I would be comfortable doing during and after my pregnancy. I did some research and came across the Pilates method. I ordered a video online and faithfully did my exercises every day (or let’s be real – almost every day). It was at this point that I realized the exercises I had previously been introduced to were in fact Pilates work as I recognized them from a few years before.
Again, fast-forward a few years later. I had gotten busy with life, had another child, and just really let me put myself on the back burner. At this point, I was looking for some “me time” as well as a new fitness routine. I remembered how much I had enjoyed doing Pilates in the past, and how much it had benefited me. So, I decided to look up if there were any studios in the area. This is how I discovered my mentor, Veronica McClurg. Veronica saw within our very first session all of my bad postural habits and offered ways to help me address them. I immediately joined a beginners group class and haven’t stopped taking lessons yet!
Within a few weeks of starting my lessons, I knew that I had found my passion, and started researching what I would need to do to one day become a Pilates Instructor myself. I started researching different training programs and schools, and my research led me to Matilda Christensen at Pilates From the Centre. It seemed to be one of the most intense, involved, and challenging programs out there – which was exactly what I was looking for. Although I knew that I was a long way away from joining any program, I emailed her asking for some information on the program and what I would need to do in order to one day join it. Little did I know, my mentor, Veronica, was an instructor there! Well, Veronica immediately took me under her wing and guided and tutored me for the next year. I was privileged and honored to be accepted into the Teacher Training Program at Pilates From the Centre. And I was right – the program was rigorous. I feel like the level of challenge purposely put into this program forces its students to become the best teachers they possibly can be, and I am honored to be able to call myself a graduate of it.
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.
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.
Pricing & Payments
Mat classes: $15 per class
Reformer classes: $20 per class
Discounted rate for paying monthly: 10% off (Example: If you have signed up for mat classes for Thursdays and there are 4 Thursdays in the month that would be $60 total. However, because you have paid for and reserved your spot for the entire month you can subtract 10% [or in this case $6] from your total.)
Intro to Pilates session: $100 for 8 weeks (Mat only)
*For all Intro to Pilates sessions there are no make up classes because of the progressive nature of the classes and because they are already offered at a discounted rate.
$60 per session or 3 sessions for $170 ($10 savings)
New clients only: 3 sessions for $160 (This is a one-time package deal for new clients joining the studio)
Semi-private sessions (two people): $60 or $30 each
Drop-In fees must be paid prior to the start of class. Monthly rates must be paid by the 1st of each month.
The preferred method of payment is by eTransfer. This allows us both to have a record of payments being sent and received. Please send eTransfers to email@example.com, I do also accept exact cash (rarely have change available) and cheques.
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.
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’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.
Schedule A Class with Sasha
*Classes are 55 minutes in length*
New group classes are being added to the schedule regularly. Please email me with your preferred day and time to see if there is space in a suitable group class.
Private and semiprivate sessions are booked on an individual basis; please contact me to book one of these sessions at a time convenient for you.
Intro to Pilates series run a few times a year; please contact me if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the next series which will be starting in January 2020.
This is an 8-week session that will teach you the fundamental movement skills of the Pilates work, as well as the entire Level 1 and 2 repertoires. Please email me with your preference to either the once a week or twice a week class schedule to reserve your spot. Please note there are no makeup classes for the Intro to Pilates sessions as it’s organized as a progressive series of classes and already offered at a discounted rate.