Fitness and Pilates
Fitness and Pilates classes at Circle Yoga in Washington, DC, offer mindful, intelligent practices that focus on building core strength, stability, coordination, and balance. Our fitness and Pilates teachers are highly trained—each with years of experience—and attentive to the needs of each student. Choose from the classes below, and join us today!
This class is designed to build strength and core support in a low-impact setting. Derived from conditioning used by ballet dancers, Barre is focused on toning and building endurance in small, stabilizing muscles. Brand-new beginners are welcome—you don't need to have any ballet or dance experience to benefit from the workout and have fun. We'll work with movements that meet you where you are and develop deeper fitness from there. Barre is also known to be particularly helpful for injury prevention and recovery, as well as postpartum recovery. Each class includes thoughtfully prepared music playlists and sequencing to motivate, challenge, and inspire! In lieu of a barre, we’ll use the wall and chairs, as well as light (1-3 lb) hand weights, and resistance bands.
Basic Pilates students will learn the fundamental concepts and exercises of the Pilates system as they explore the low-impact mat exercise sequence. This is a mindful, intelligent practice that focuses on proper biomechanics and the breath, while developing core strength, stability, coordination, balance, and focus. Students learn how to protect themselves from injury and make appropriate adjustments for their own bodies. Each class builds on what was learned in the previous class.
This is a fun, challenging, and faster paced class for intermediate to advanced mat Pilates students. Students are expected to know the fundamentals of core body activation and stabilization and be familiar with proper form/alignment and biomechanics. These concepts will be necessary as we focus on applying them to more advanced traditional Pilates exercises and more contemporary core and body strengthening exercises. Students will develop strength, flexibility, cardiovascular and muscular endurance, coordination, balance, and focus, as they work multiple planes of the body using props. This class is appropriate for students who have completed one session of the Basic Pilates class, or equivalent.
Pilates Total Fitness
Tone and strengthen your core while also enjoying the benefits of a dynamic, full-body workout. While Pilates principles set the foundation for this class, students will be guided carefully through other techniques to improve strength, stamina, stability, and flexibility. Each class will include some cardio and the use of props and equipment, such as rings, light weights, and resistance bands. The routine progresses over the course of the session, and every session is different to keep workouts interesting and effective. Please note that this class is designed for students who have completed at least one session of Basic Pilates, or equivalent. Pilates Total Fitness is higher intensity and faster paced. It is not designed for beginner students or students with injuries or special conditions.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning offers a full-body workout that will leave you feeling strong and energized. We combine strength building exercises with dynamic movement to build stamina, core stability, flexibility, and better balance—all while keeping an eye on form and alignment to keep our bodies safe. We use a variety of props, including hand weights and resistance bands, and we use a lot of our own body weight to provide resistance too! We work hard, have a great time, and always end class with a much-deserved relaxation.