A Center for Pilates, Mat and Reformer

Yoga, Tai Chi and Qi Gong also available

6080 Woodward Detroit, MI

(313) 815-2746



About Pilates


Pilates ("pih- lah -teez")

To Improve strength, flexibility, posture and coordination.

The Pilates method is an integrated exercise system which combines elements of gymnastics, Yoga, weight-training and breath work. The exercises are very precise and controlled, and are designed to engage the body and mind. This helps to promote increased body awareness by focusing your attention on each moment of exercise.



In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance-a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body-even the ankles and the feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned.

Developed in the 1920's by German-born athlete Joseph H. Pilates, who became interested in exercise and body conditioning after a sickly childhood, Pilates utilizes specialized equipment and precise exercises that can help to coordinate the entire body's movement. Since it is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise, it is well suited for most age groups and fitness levels. Many performers and dancers do Pilates; not only to improve their flexibility and balance, but to build up strength. Physical therapists and hospitals also use these exercises for rehabilitating spinal problems, joint injuries, whiplash and some kinds of paralysis. The Pilates method may even correct improper muscular/skeletal alignment.

Pilates on the mat is beneficial for virtually everyone, but the reformer is especially good for people with joint alignment problems, muscular and joint ailments or people who do not wish to have these problems. The Reformer is excellent for the elderly, and those who are out of shape or recovering from an illness or accident and can also benefit athletes with an imbalance in muscle development. the exercises tone the muscles, stimulate the circulatory system and help improve balance, flexibility, coordination and posture. They can also reduce stress and increase mental alertness.

Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body.



About Pilates Mat class

These classes are in a series of 8. All 8, or as many as possible need to be attended as each class builds on the principles and becomes more and more challenging. These classes are offered throughout the year, only 8 students per series. Pilates Mat is a fairly rigorous course and not recommended as rehabilitation for those who are injured. Please call for current schedule.

About the Reformer



The Reformer is a machine that you lie on, and you perform many of the mat exercises with the use of springs and pulleys. There are several advantages to working with the reformer. The first is that there are "points of measurement" to feel the alignment of your body. Your shoulders rest against shoulder pads and you place your feet on the foot bar. Instantly, you can feel your alignment or your instructor will be able to see it and correct you. The reformer is up off the ground, which makes it much easier for someone who is elderly or injured to get on and off. Many exercises are performed seated, to help with seated stabilization. There are weights to these exercises, but since alignment and flexibility is key, most people are not challenged by the added weights. The reformer is strictly one-on-one instruction. Please call for available time slots.

 

 



Location

We are located in the New Center area, near the Fisher building.

Our address is 6080 Woodward, 4 blocks South of W. Grand Blvd.

on the East side of the street. We are located in the lower level of a green building called "Mel's Salon".

 

 


About your instructor, Lyn C. Scharret

As a commercial photographer in Los Angeles, the land of sunshine and health food stores , I was drawn to the study of herbs and holistic medicine. Holistic medicine, with its concentration on well-being for all levels of the body-emotional, mental, spiritual as well as the physical, led me to the study of Hatha Yoga and Pilates. My 20 year career in photography seems like a "past life" to me now. For the last 10 years, my life has been devoted to teaching Yoga and Pilates.

Yoga

Yoga has shown me how to make every moment of my life sacred. Am I saying that I'm perfect? No, yet I am committed to a life where I hold the body as a sacred vehicle. Commitment is a choice we make again and again. To hold life and the body sacred, means for me that I stay aware of not only the food I eat, but the thoughts I am thinking. Everything is energy. My initial training for Yoga was an Ashram in Venice, California. The Ashram influenced my approach to teaching. Class unofficially starts 1/2 hour to 15 minutes beforehand. My students know that to rush in at the last minute and try and grab a mat is...not "Yoga-like".

My desire is to teach the art of awareness and relaxation so that one may access that feeling throughout the day, not just the hour or so in the studio. I also teach Yoga in the inner-city schools in Detroit, where there is so little money for sports or recreation. It is so important that the children learn that they don't need expensive shoes or supplies to perform Yoga and to give them the opportunity to learn ability to relax.



"Most people believe that there are two states of "being". One is Alert, getting things done, the other is resting or sleeping. But there is a third alternative. It is calm, yet vibrant; energetic, yet relaxed. Yoga can show you this third state. Not only while you are in class, but throughout the day"

Pilates

I am often asked the difference between Yoga and Pilates. We say "Pilates is body and mind and Yoga is body, mind and spirit". They are similar in certain respects. They both involve conscious movement. In other words, you need to think about how you are moving. We think we do this, but due to injuries and just plain old improper use of the body, we truly don't. I love Pilates because it strengthens everything, with an emphasis on proper alignment. I received my original training and certification with Polestar and love to keep current with other methods such as the Stott Method, Ron Fletcher and classical Joseph Pilates as well. I am one of the handful of certified Pilates instructors in the Detroit area and have been teaching for about 10 years.



 
Class Schedules and Pricing



Pregnant or injured individuals should consult their physicians before taking any classes. Please notify the instructor of any pre-existing conditions.

Pilates Schedule

Pilates Mat Courses


FitnessWorks

Tuesdays 5:30 PM - Beginner/Intermediate

Saturdays 8 am - Advanced, need permission from instructor to attend

6525 Second Ave, Detroit, MI (In Henry Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine)

These sessions run in a 8 week series. First class is free. 8 sessions for $100 if you are not a member of FitnessWorks, $80 if you are a member. Call for session start dates
 

Pilates Reformer Course

Call for a free demonstration - 1 hour free class.

$360 for 6 introductory/intermediate/advanced classes

Subject to availability, please call for scheduling .


Qi-Gong Schedule

Please call for schedule.


Tai Chi Schedule

Please call for schedule.

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Yoga Schedule

Private instruction - $60 per hour, or 6 classes for $260.

 

 

Location

We are located in the New Center area, near the Fisher building.

Our address is 6080 Woodward, 4 blocks South of W. Grand Blvd.

on the East side of the street. We are located in the lower level of a green building called "Mel's Salon".


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For start dates or more information on any of the above classes, please call Lyn at (313) 815-2746