What is Pilates?

Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps to build strength, endurance, flexibility, and coordination without adding any muscle bulk. Pilates is the brainchild of a German doctor Joseph H. Pilates. He came up with several exercises and equipment to help injured soldiers during the World War I. In addition, he developed some mat and machine exercises focussing on strengthening the torso.

What is the benefits of Pilates for Kids?

Sporty Kids & Teens: Children and teens who play sports that involve extreme flexibility and range of movement will benefit from Pilates – hockey, tennis, rowing, basketball, soccer, swimming and rugby players can strengthen their bodies and help prevent injuries by doing Pilates a few times a week. It can also help them recover more quickly if an injury does occur.

Dancing Kids & Teens: Pilates was used from its earliest days of conception at dance studios and employed by some of the top ballet dancers in several countries. It’s the ideal exercise routine to add to any dancer’s repertoire, adding strength and balance. If your child or teen is into ballet, hip hop, tap, modern or other dance styles, Pilates could be a perfect companion activity.

Inactive Kids & Teens: Children and teens who don’t have a sport or other active passions can find a perfect exercise option in Pilates. The exercises are achievable for all body types and strengths. Pilates can be adapted for all levels of fitness and mobility.

Challenged Kids & Teens: Children with motor control issues, kids who are in occupational therapy, or those undergoing physical therapy whether for rehabilitative purposes or to correct an existing issue can benefit greatly from Pilates. Originally called “Contrology” by Joseph Pilates himself, this activity can strengthen muscles, improve balance and posture, enhance their self-discipline and confidence.

At what age should kids start Pilates?

Kids can start Pilates from the age of 5 years old.

Pilates for Kids at Pilates Dynamics:

We offer Private, Semi-Private and group classes for Kids and Teens at our fully equipped studio. We have several small and large pilates state of the art equipment and machines, which will peak the interested of any child or teen. Our instructors are well trained and both patient and experienced with children/teens and will ensure every workout is exciting and effective.

We also work with Physiotherapist; Chiropractor; Occupational Therapists; and other Medical Therapist referrals.

Why Pilates Dynamics?

We are a private state-of-the-art health and fitness facility with very experienced pilates and fitness trainers. We are also a pilates education facility offering internationally recognized pilates courses and workshops and students trained by us work everywhere in the world as a result of the high standards that we set and maintain. Your children are therefore safe in our hands.

We are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with water features, which makes for an exercise haven.

How do I get my kid started with Pilates?

Contact Pilates Dynamics on: 011 792 5459 or 072 999 2229 or email us on info@pilatesdynamics.co.za to book a class. If you have any questions, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you.

Feel free to set up an appointment to visit our studio or to speak to one of our Pilates instructors.

What is yoga?

Yoga is a systematic practice of physical exercise, breath, control, relaxation, and positive thinking aimed at developing harmony in the body, mind, and environment. Yoga practice entails low-impact physical activity, postures, breathing techniques, and relaxation. Yoga improves flexibility, performance, improves posture and reduces stress. 

Yoga builds self-esteem and self-respect. A child’s yoga practice is a rare opportunity to experience play and focus without worrying about being wrong. Yoga is also an option for children who shy away from physical activity or group activities for fear of failure or being picked last, and it helps athletic children excel in other physical activities and sports.

Yoga introduces cornerstone values such as non-harming, such as no harm, truthfulness, moderation, cleanliness, gratitude, and self-discipline.

What is the befits of yoga for kids?

Yoga for kids enhances Physical Flexibility. Yoga promotes physical strength because kids learn to use all their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.

 Yoga for kids refine Balance and Coordination Balance is a key element of yoga. Balancing poses were created to promote mental and physical poise, as mental clarity and stability emerge from the effort of trying the poses. Even if a child has difficulty standing on one foot, they learn mental and physical balance if they can stay calm when they fall and when they get up to try again. As children learn to improve their physical balance, they will be filled with a sense of accomplishment. Coordination is also closely tied to balance and promotes overall dexterity. Some yoga teachers and occupational therapists use finger yoga and other specialized techniques to help children with gross and fine motor coordination.

 Yoga for kids develops Focus and Concentration The act of practicing poses encourages children to clear their mind and focus on the effort. As a result of this single focus to achieve a particular pose or stay balanced, yoga helps children to focus and concentrate in school and get better grades, several studies note.

 Yoga for kids boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence Yoga helps to instil confidence and to bring learning to children on an experiential level. It important to give our children a strong sense of self so they know where they belong in this world and can contribute to making their community a better place. Yoga teaches them to persevere, be patient, and work toward their goals. When a child masters a pose, it gives them confidence and self-esteem.

 Yoga for kids strengthen the Mind-Body Connection Yoga helps kids achieve a sound mind in a sound body by exercising the physical body and calming the mental spirit. As parents we want our children to act and behave with mindfulness and with compassion, to be brave, to know love and happiness, and to find inner peace. The modern world moves very fast for children, it’s not long before they feel all kinds of pressure to keep up with everyone around them. Yoga functions to release pressure and acts as a foundation to nurture and develop a resilient and resourceful body, mind, and spirit.

 Yoga for kids is beneficial for kids with special needs Studies have shown that yoga benefits children with autism and ADHD. It has been reported that researchers surveyed teachers at a Bronx public school that had a daily yoga program and found that the program reduced kids’ aggressive behaviour, social withdrawal, and hyperactivity. Autism Key, an autism support website, says that yoga helps address kids’ heightened anxiety, poor motor coordination, and weak self-regulation, something that otherwise is very difficult to do.

 Parents may notice how yoga benefits their kids, but the best judges are the kids themselves. Children who have practiced yoga tell teachers and parents that they are able to concentrate better during the day, focus better on their activities, and pay attention to their tasks — all the finest endorsements. Plus, yoga is portable, and no mat, special clothing, or special pillow is necessary.

At what age should kids start with yoga?

Kids can start from as early as the age of 5 years.

Yoga for Kids at Pilates Dynamics:

We offer Private, Semiprivate and group classes for Kids and Teens at our fully equipped studio. We have several equipment which will peak the interested of any child or teen. Our instructors are well trained and both patient and experienced with children/teens and will ensure every workout is exciting and effective.

We also work with Physiotherapist; Chiropractor; Occupational Therapists; and other Medical Therapist referrals.

Why Pilates Dynamics?

We are a private state-of-the-art health and fitness facility with very experienced pilates and fitness trainers. We are also a pilates education facility offering internationally recognized pilates courses and workshops and students trained by us work everywhere in the world as a result of the high standards that we set and maintain. Your children are therefore safe in our hands.

We are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with water features, which makes for an exercise haven.

How do I get my kid started with yoga?

Contact Pilates Dynamics on: 011 792 5459 or 072 999 2229 or email us on info@pilatesdynamics.co.za to book a class. If you have any questions, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will assist you. 

Please feel free to set up an appointment to visit our studio or to speak to one of our instructors.