Pilates Inspiration – Yang Liping

While I was in London in May for the Pilates Foundation teacher training weekend, I went to see the Peacock Contemporary Dance Company and Chinese choreographer, Yang Liping’s reinterpretation of Stravinsky’s masterpiece, Rite of Spring at Sadler’s Wells.

Spot the eight principles of Pilates on show in the following trailers, the first for the performance at Sadler’s Wells and the second for the upcoming one in August at the Edinburgh International Festival…

Summer Class Timetable Changes

With the longest day just around the corner, thoughts turn to summer holidays.  Below is a list of the days when there will be no Pilates classes at The Wellbeing Studio in the period July to September:

  • Tuesday 2nd July to Friday 5th July inclusive
  • Saturday 20th July
  • Bank Holiday Monday 26 August
  • Friday 30th August to Tuesday 3rd September inclusive
  • Saturday 14th September to Monday 16th September inclusive

Apologies if your usual class is affected by these short breaks.  As you can see there will be other classes running during the affected weeks so if you don’t want to miss a session perhaps you could book into another class that week.  The Availability page on this website shows where there are spaces available for classes taking place in the week ahead.  You can also make a booking from this page.

Glastonbury is just over a week away.  I’m not going.  Bit too commercial these days for my liking, but here’s one of the best Glasto performances of all time…

Pilates Socks Back in Stock

For those who have been asking, the Pilates toe socks and cover socks are now back in stock.  Finally!  These include two new colourways – for goth types, black with a grey stripe on the cuff and for would-be hippies, rainbow stripe.

For further information on the toe socks and cover socks and why they are beneficial, please check out this page on my website.

The toe socks cost £6.50 per pair (RRP £8.25).  This is the last time they will be available at this price as the supplier is increasing his prices.

The cover socks are £8 per pair (RRP £12).

You can buy the socks from me when you come to class. Stocks are limited so to secure a pair, you might want to contact me before the class and I will put the socks aside for you. Alternatively, if you’re Clevedon-based you can contact me to arrange to pay online and I’ll deliver the socks to your home within 24 hours of purchase.

To close here’s a tune and a half. Happy weekend!


Spring Class Timetable Changes

The clocks have just gone forward so that means it must be Spring. Below is a list of changes to the Pilates class timetable at The Wellbeing Studio during April and May.

There will be no classes on the following days:

  • Thursday 11 April
  • Friday 12 April
  • Saturday 13 April
  • Monday 22 April (Easter Monday)
  • Monday 6 May (May Day bank holiday)
  • Monday 27 May (Spring bank holiday)

The usual classes will be running on Good Friday (19 April) and Easter Saturday (20 April) in case you want to complement any hot cross bun eating with a little exercise over the Easter holiday weekend. Please contact me if you’d like to book in.

Apologies if one of your usual classes in April and May has been cancelled. You’re very welcome to join any of the other sessions take place during the affected weeks of course. To check class availability, head to this new page on my website, which provides an up-to-date picture of which sessions have spaces available for booking each week.

To close here are Suede – The Drowners, what a great track! – who I’m looking forward to seeing in Bristol on Easter Sunday promoting their best album to date, The Blue Hour.  If Mr Anderson doesn’t do this on the night I want my money back…

CIMSPA Practitioner

I have a slightly more important news story than Ron Burgundy’s… I’ve just been approved as a Practitioner Member of the nationally-recognised Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.  I know, whoop-de-do.

CIMSPA is the only chartered professional body for the exercise and fitness industry.  Membership is an endorsement of my Pilates Foundation teaching qualification, experience and continuing professional development.

Hopefully being a recognised Practitioner Member of CIMSPA will provide reassurance to clients of my capabilities as a Pilates teacher.


Festive Season 2018 Class Timetable

Thank you for helping me determine demand for Pilates classes over the festive holiday period. I can now confirm there will be no classes from Saturday 22nd December to Tuesday 1st January inclusive.

This means that the last class before Christmas is on Friday 21st December at 1030 and the first session of 2019 will be on Wednesday 2nd January at 1015 when the usual timetable will resume.

2018 has been the best year for Embody Pilates so thank you very much to everyone who attended classes. I’ve really enjoyed teaching you.

Looking forward to sharing lots of new exercises with you in the New Year.

Have a happy and relaxing festive season.

To close, a festive chooon! from two fine female musicians, Alison Krauss and Martha Wainwright…


And as I can’t get enough of Alison Krauss’ angelic voice, here she is with Yo-Yo Ma performing The Wexford Carol…