Hi! I’m Karen and I teach Pilates and Yoga classes in North Manchester.
I gave up my stressful career in IT after much deliberation and having spent much of my spare time over the years training at the gym and attending many classes, I decided on a career change and qualified as a Personal Trainer with Premier Training. While working in a local club as a PT I attended some studio classes so that I could see what they were about and advise my clients on what classes they would benefit from alongside their sessions with me.
I really enjoyed the Pilates classes and they helped me learn how to relax and focus my mind, and helped to improve my posture. It felt so good that within 3 months I had started my Level 2 Pilates Matwork training with Future Fit. I then attended the intermediate and advanced training modules and then later I upgraded my qualification to Level 3 Pilates Matwork which became the new industry standard. I have since trained in Pilates for Lower Back Pain and Pilates for Pregnancy.
In 2009 I started attending Body Balance classes and loved them so much I decided to train up to teach it. Body Balance then ignited an interest in Yoga and after attending various styles of yoga classes I felt that teaching yoga was the next step for me to take. So, in 2013 I began my Level 3 Yoga Diploma with Group X training, and qualified in 2014.
In 2015 I qualified as a Level 3 Instructor in Exercise Referral and Level 4 Instructor in Exercise for the Management of Lower Back Pain.
Pilates and Yoga have made such a big difference to my life, both physically and mentally, and I want to help other people to feel the benefit as I have done.
I am registered with CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) as a Senior Activity and Health Practitioner.
I also teach Pilates and Yoga at various gyms around the Manchester area, in addition to teaching 5 Les Mills programmes – Body Balance, Body Pump, RPM, Sprint and Barre.
Pilates creates balance and natural poise. Pilates movements gently stretch the muscles, making them longer and leaner. It helps to keep us healthy through the development of good posture. We often slouch at our desk or on the sofa in front of the TV, this can cause our spine to gradually lose its natural curve which can eventually lead to back pain. Pilates makes you more aware of your posture.
I teach a gentle Hatha style yoga class, and incorporate an element of flow to the postures. Hatha yoga is a widely practised combination of physical postures (asana) and deep breathing exercises (pranayama). Anyone taking part in a Yoga class can expect to improve their strength and flexibility, seeing the benefits within 8 weeks. They will learn how to understand their bodies and begin to move more effectively and efficiently, improving posture, self-awareness and confidence.
This is a fusion of Yoga and Pilates, taking elements from both disciplines to help improve flexibility, lengthen and strengthen the muscles, and to help you feel calm and relaxed.
About BARRE PILATES METHOD
The Barre Pilates Method combines basic Ballet Barre exercises with Pilates, body conditioning moves and stretches. It is a full body workout to music, we start with a warm up to introduce the moves and terminology, then move onto the main Barre part of the workout to work the lower body, followed by some Pilates matwork exercises to focus more on the core, finishing with stretches. Socks are worn to enable us to slide our feet along the floor. No previous dance experience is required!!!