Inside the Group Ex Studio: Yogalates

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Yogalates

When: Wednesdays from 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Where: Studio 897

With: Karen

Equipment needed: Mat and optional yoga block; these are both provided, but feel free to bring your own!

Cost: FREE for Rec Center Members (this includes OU Students currently taking classes) or $5 per class for Benefit Eligible Employees.

Yogalates provides the best of Yoga and Pilates in one hour-long class. While Yoga’s focus lies in developing flexibility and overall strength, Pilates focuses on strengthening the core through stability and balance. Both disciplines focus on purposeful breathing, making Yoga and Pilates a perfect match up for a Group Ex class.

If you’re already a regular Yoga-goer, the strengthening exercises of Pilates can help strengthen and stabilize your core, helping to enhance your Yoga poses and prevent injury. If you’re a Pilates devotee, Yoga’s relaxing flow of movement may be just what you’re missing from you’re regular Pilates workout.

Walking into Studio 897 with about 20 other participants, I was curious as to what to expect from a class that promises both Yoga and Pilates moves mashed into only one hour. As someone who has never done Yoga before, but has done Pilates (reminisce about that experience here), I was a little nervous there would be some expert Yogis in the class. This class, however, is meant for people of all abilities and experience levels. No need to be intimidated!

The instructor, Karen, has a relaxed teaching method and makes the class fun with contemporary music. The hour-long class is packed with classic Pilates moves like the Hundred and Yoga poses like Warrior (1, 2, and 3). Because this was only the second time the class has run this semester, it was more of an introduction to both Yoga and Pilates. Karen said, however, that she would be adding new exercises and changing the routine up every week.

At the end of Karen’s class, there is a short Yoga-inspired meditation period, which I had never experienced before as part of a workout. Not surprisingly, it was extremely relaxing, and I left the class feeling stronger, more flexible and less stressed.

For the most up-to-date Group Exercise Class schedule, click here!

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