Hello Everyone

As 2020 draws to an close I am sure many of you have had changes in your lives and challenges to overcome throughout this time. I hope that our Pilates together has offered some normality, strength and wellbeing through all of this. We are stronger together, and I know you are all amazing people to get through this and still come out the other side smiling.

It’s just two weeks to Christmas now, and I thought it would be nice to have some Christmas activities, albeit virtual ones. I was really looking forward to seeing you in person over the weeks up to Christmas, but hope as many of you as possible will come along to the party and classes listed below. But first…

NEW! Outdoor ‘PowerPilates’ Starts January! (Everyone)

Whilst we can’t run indoor group exercise classes, but we are allowed to do so outside, even in Tier 3. So I have put my thinking cap on, as a whole new approach was needed during the winter months, and ‘PowerPilates’ was born. We loved being outside this summer doing Pilates in the fresh air, so why not still enjoy it in the winter, too?! It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing as we can wrap up warm and enjoy being outside as a group, obviously social distancing, but still enjoying a team class together. I am really excited about this, can you tell?! It will be the same price as our outside classes £8 per class or £6 discount those on 24/7 online Pilates. Classes can also be transferred across from your pre-paid group bookings.

PowerPilates applies the key principles of Pilates – flow, precision, control, centring, concentration and breathing, but in a more dynamic manner to keep us moving and warm. Dynamic Pilates moves will include power walking, as well as mobility, balance, co-ordination, posture, strength and cardio. There will be no mat/floor work, instead we’ll be using various ‘props’ we find along the way for core work. This will keep us warm and get our hearts working a bit more in the fresh air. If you have walking poles they can be used, but you can walk without them, too. Any fitness level is welcome, as of course I will be providing different levels to work at. PowerPilates will be ideal for weight control as well!

PowerPilates will run on Saturday morning at 9.30 am, starting January 2nd meeting on the seafront behind Hythe swimming pool. Please let me know what you think and if you would like to come along. Classes will be limited to 12 places. The government say we can teach up to 30 outside, but I shall be keeping this a smaller group. I am offering it to you all first before I go public, so you get first opportunity to book a place.

Christmas Pilates Party Thursday 17th December 7pm (Everyone)

We usually get together at this time of year, so let’s do this via Zoom. It gives us an opportunity to dress us a bit if you want to, and to share some fun and laughter with each other. I am going to look into virtual games we can play too. No-one has to worry about drinking and driving either, if you want a glass of something. Here is the link to join our Zoom Christmas party: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82239881761?pwd=Szh6MU1KZVlvVDRZUGlXdjdGWk5kQT09

Twelve Days of Christmas (24/7 Members)

Next week we shall doing  ‘The Pilates Twelve Days of Christmas’ during our usual Zoom classes, plus a recorded video the following week. Our Pilates classes will contain Christmas-themed moves, and there may be some optional singing! (Use your normal 24/7 Zoom links.)

Pre-Christmas Zoom Class Tuesday 23rd December 6.30pm (24/7 Members)

Tell me what you want to do at this class and I will go with the majority. We could do a harder class just before Christmas or a stretch and relaxation, you decide and let me know. (Use your normal 24/7 Tuesday Zoom link.)

Christmas Eve Pilates 24th 10.00 am December (Everyone)

A special Pilates flow class with plenty of loosening up and relaxation. I am opening this class up to everyone so there will be a different link to the usual one as provided below, so if you have friends who might want to join us for out last class before Christmas with candles and good cheer please pass this link on. They will also need to complete a health screening: Here is the link to join our Christmas Eve Pilates class: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88030150147?pwd=Qmpab1VxRzFiR2QwTzd1cnVpSWNqUT09

Happiness and Health

Jane Mackenzie

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