YOGA & PILATES
Breathe. Relax. Stretch.
Yoga and Pilates might seems like very different animals, but they share several common features. Both focus on strengthening the body’s core, correcting body alignment, cultivating mindfulness and body awareness, and depend on proper breathing and breath work. All of which help reduce the chance of injuries and set you up to move forward with your climbing goals.
Yoga & Pilates classes are available free to members and with purchase of a day pass.
Vertex yoga instructors offer an eclectic and in-depth approach to the discipline that emphasizes detailed breath work in coordination with poses. In flow and in holds, much focus is given to correct alignment and body awareness. Concentration and meditation techniques are also taught, which translate to more focus and mindfulness in climbing and even the day to day. You might also be challenged with playful partner acroyoga, or deep restorative poses with a guided relaxation practice.
Our head instructor, João Perreira, has 16 years of teaching experience and will tailor his instruction to your specific needs and goals. Misted Forest has many diverse health centered certifications and a degree in psychology. She has been teaching yoga since 2015. Her classes focus on neurodiversity, trauma embodied individuals, and those with special needs. Emilia Fredberg has been teaching yoga since 2009 while attending university. As a lifelong student with an eclectic variety of interests, Emilia is also a Reiki Master, Wilderness First Responder, Certified Lymphedema Therapist and budding Herbalist. She has recently added pilates to her repertoire of skills and passions. Courtney Gross is our movement and dance queen. She will teach you grace and strength both on and off the wall!
Thursdays 8-9am & 5-6pm
Pilates exercises develop a strong “core,” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine. A toned core will help you achieve better posture throughout your day and push you through your project on the climbing wall.
Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping you enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease, better performance and less chance of injury.
As with all exercise, breathing is the number one principle in Pilates. Proper breathing is essential and helps you execute movements with maximum power and efficiency.