Pilates classes

We offer a variety of classes to suit different levels – use the guide below to help you decide which is the one for you.

Rise & shine (mixed abilities)

If you’re willing to get to the studio by 7:30am, you’re already part of an elite group!  This class will start slowly, and focus on rejuvenating and energising movements to set you up for the day.  Challenges will be tailored to those in the room on the day.

Beginners / back-care

This class is a great option if you’re new to Pilates and need to build your strength or familiarise yourself with the exercises. It’s designed to only include movements that you can do with confidence, taking into account any health conditions or injuries, particularly those affecting your spine and lower back.   Challenges are included, but within a range that keeps you safe and supported.


If you’ve done Pilates before, you’re familiar with the fundamentals, and you don’t have any back problems, then come along to the intermediate class.  We’ll tackle a wide variety of exercises to challenge your strength and flexibility, including some of Joseph Pilates’ original repertoire.

Mixed abilities

In our Mixed Abilities classes, the challenges will be tailored to people attending.  If you fancy a bit of an extra challenge, but you’re not quite ready for an intermediate class, Mixed Abilities is a great option.  Our teachers can always offer you modified versions of exercises to suit your level and ability.

Pregnancy Pilates

Pilates is a fantastic way to support your body through pregnancy.  The care and attention paid to posture in Pilates is even more important as your body changes to accommodate your baby. Our pregnancy classes mean that every exercise is safe and suitable for pregnancy, plus you’ll be in the company of other mums-to-be.

In your first trimester, you are welcome to use your membership flexibly and attend the beginner’s classes, but if you are in your second or third trimester, we ask that you attend the pregnancy-friendly classes only.

There are currently no pregnancy classes running – if you would like to note your interest, please email –  hello@yorkpilatespeople.com

Post-natal Pilates

After giving birth, it’s important to exercise in a way which supports your body’s recovery.  Pilates can be adapted to ensure that you move safely, taking to account the stress that your abdominal muscles have undergone.  Pelvic floor tone is subtly regained through postural awareness and low-impact exercises.

Our baby-friendly class is all about you and your body – the exercises are designed to help you to recover from childbirth and return to exercise.

Currently our 8 week post-natal course is available as a series of pre-recorded Zoom classes for you to follow at your convenience.  This course is available for £25 – to request access, email hello@yorkpilatespeople.com.

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If you’re still not sure which class type will suit you, feel free to get in touch – you may wish to book a 1:1 to help you to determine which level you should start at.