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Prenatal + Postnatal

PRENATAL + POSTNATAL

BY bodylove pilates


IMPORTANT PRENATAL POLICIES

If you are preparing for Prenatal classes, welcome! We're so excited to guide you through your pregnancy journey. Please be reminded that for the safety of you and your baby, we have the following policies in place:

For your first trimester (weeks 1-12);

  • We strongly encourage you to participate in ONLY Prenatal Mat + Reformer classes
  • Please note the following classes are not appropriate for pregnant women: Cardio + Condition, Stretch + Lengthen, Dance with Jules, West African Dance, or any of our regular group Mat Pilates or Reformer Pilates classes.
  • If you are working privately with one of our Prenatal experts and are aware of the necessary modifications, you may request their permission to participate in our regular group classes.
  • If you have permission from one of our Prenatal experts to join our regular group classes in your first trimester, please inform front desk staff and your instructor immediately, and be prepared to modify appropriately where necessary

From your second trimester onwards (from week 13);

  • You are permitted to join ONLY Prenatal and Postnatal classes
  • You will be kindly asked not to participate in class if you register for any of the following classes: Cardio + Condition, Stretch + Lengthen, Dance with Jules, West African Dance, or any of our regular group Mat Pilates or Reformer Pilates classes

If you wish to join regular group Mat Pilates classes - Foundations and Open level, please contact us in writing at info@eastriverpilates.com to discuss your options


IMPORTANT POSTNATAL POLICIES

If you have had a baby in the past 12 months, please be reminded that for your safety:

  • You must have received permission from your obstetrician, GP, midwife or medical representative prior to commencing Postnatal Pilates
  • We strongly recommend scheduling a Private assessment with one of our Postnatal Pilates experts prior to commencing regular group Postnatal classes
  • You are permitted to join ONLY Postnatal or Prenatal Pilates classes until you have received permission from one of our Postnatal Pilates experts to move forward with regular group classes

Feel free to email info@eastriverpilates.com with any questions regarding our Prenatal and Postnatal policies. 


PRENATAL + POSTNATAL
WEEKLY schedule

MONDAY

9:00 AM
PRENATAL
REFORMER
+
8:00 PM
PRENATAL
REFORMER

Tuesday

8:00 am
PRENATAL
REFORMER
+
5:30 PM
PRENATAL
Mat

Wednesday

5:00 pm
PRENATAL
REFORMER

THURSDAY

9:00 AM
PRENATAL
REFORMER

Friday

8:00 AM
PRENATAL
MAT

Sunday

5:00 PM
POSTNATAL
REFORMER
+
6:00 pm
PRENATAL
MAT

Saturday

2:30 pm
PRENATAL
reformer


PRENATAL REFORMER PIlATES

BodyLove Prenatal Reformer Pilates classes are safe and suitable for women in all stages of pregnancy. Grounded in anatomy with a foundation of safe deep core activation, these workouts will lengthen, strengthen, and stabilize your body, with focus on preparing you for labor and postpartum recovery. Classes combine beginner, intermediate and advanced Pilates repertoire, using props to modify and transform exercises to suit your physical needs. These classes will leave you feeling energized, uplifted, and empowered, with the help of our passionate prenatal instructors and supportive community of women.

*Previous Reformer Pilates experience is highly recommended. If you would like to join these classes and have no prior experience, please schedule Private Pilates sessions before joining.

postnatal reformer pilates

Class description coming soon.


PRENATAL MAT PILATES

BodyLove Prenatal Mat Pilates classes combine the stabilizing, strengthening, and lengthening principles of Pilates, with the energizing cardio of standing sequences. With particular focus on safe deep core activation to support you and your baby, these tailored workouts can be done throughout all three trimesters, and are suitable for women at all levels of experience. BodyLove Mat Pilates classes are safe, educational, fun, and are specially designed to equip you with the muscular endurance needed to support your labor and assist with your postpartum recovery. Look and feel amazing as we partner with you to achieve your pregnancy goals. 


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meet bodylove PIlates' founder

Ali Handley is a passionate New York based Pilates instructor, and a mother of two young children. She's also the founder of BodyLove Pilates, which is a dedicated online studio with over 300 video workouts for pregnant and postnatal women. All of her online workouts are designed to ensure mamas and mamas-to-be work out smarter, safer and more effectively during this important time in their lives.


BodyLove Method certified instructors

KATE HOLLY Kate hails from Detroit. She completed the Comprehensive Training Program and Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC. In addition she holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan. Besides being a devoted Pilates practitioner, she's a writer and actress who makes a mean omelet.  Pilates found Kate in her years as a dancer, helping her to recuperate from surgery and old injuries.  As a teacher, her eye for detail and alignment keeps long time practitioners delving deeper into their practice, and teaches beginners the fundamentals in a playful, mindful way.

KATE HOLLY

Kate hails from Detroit. She completed the Comprehensive Training Program and Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC. In addition she holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan. Besides being a devoted Pilates practitioner, she's a writer and actress who makes a mean omelet. 

Pilates found Kate in her years as a dancer, helping her to recuperate from surgery and old injuries.  As a teacher, her eye for detail and alignment keeps long time practitioners delving deeper into their practice, and teaches beginners the fundamentals in a playful, mindful way.

JULES BAKSHI Jules Bakshi is a Brooklyn based dancer, director, choreographer, and dance teacher. She grew up in Bombay, India and Montclair, NJ, and graduated with a BA from Barnard College. She is currently the managing director of critically acclaimed Douglas Dunn + Dancers, and is also a dancer in the company. Jules also freelances as a dancer and teaching artist for Pilobolus Dance Theater, and is artistic director of her own modern dance company, Jules Bakshi/Subtle Details. Jules Bakshi/Subtle Details has been presented by Gowanus Art + Production, The National Academy Museum, DUMBO Dance Festival, Douglas Dunn Salon Festival, Picasso Machinery, the Cool NY festival and others. Jules' choreography has been featured in music videos for recording artists Mac Miller, The Suzan, Theo Martins, and MTV India Special Films. She is the founder of Adult Beginner: Dance Like The Hot Bitch You Always Knew You Were, a high intensity dance/excercise/hairography class for all levels.  More information about Jules can be found at www.julesbakshi.com.

JULES BAKSHI

Jules Bakshi is a Brooklyn based dancer, director, choreographer, and dance teacher. She grew up in Bombay, India and Montclair, NJ, and graduated with a BA from Barnard College. She is currently the managing director of critically acclaimed Douglas Dunn + Dancers, and is also a dancer in the company.

Jules also freelances as a dancer and teaching artist for Pilobolus Dance Theater, and is artistic director of her own modern dance company, Jules Bakshi/Subtle Details. Jules Bakshi/Subtle Details has been presented by Gowanus Art + Production, The National Academy Museum, DUMBO Dance Festival, Douglas Dunn Salon Festival, Picasso Machinery, the Cool NY festival and others. Jules' choreography has been featured in music videos for recording artists Mac Miller, The Suzan, Theo Martins, and MTV India Special Films. She is the founder of Adult Beginner: Dance Like The Hot Bitch You Always Knew You Were, a high intensity dance/excercise/hairography class for all levels.  More information about Jules can be found at www.julesbakshi.com.

HELEN PHELAN Helen Phelan was first introduced to Pilates as a method of cross-conditioning to supplement her dance training. While earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and BA in Psychology at Elon University, Helen extensively studied somatic theory; she explored Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff fundamentals, structural yoga for dancers, classical Pilates and experiential anatomy. Her professional pursuit of dance inspired her to expound upon her personal Pilates practice and complete her mat certification in January of 2013 with Kearns Yoga and Pilates in Elon, NC. After sustaining a career threatening foot injury, Helen used Pilates to rehabilitate her body and shocked even herself when she realized that her body, after intensively studying Pilates was stronger and more resilient than her pre-injury body. This revelation was the impetus she needed to enroll in the contemporary apparatus certification at The Lab in Dumbo, Brooklyn in 2015.  Upon finishing her certification Helen furthered her studies by attending several advanced education workshops at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus. It was there she studied Prenatal Pilates, Postnatal Pilates & Diastasis Correction, Gait Correction, Pilates for the Elderly, and Pilates for Scoliosis.  As a life long technical, academic and creative student of dance, (and now Pilates) Helen has grown adept at utilizing detailed, specific imagery to help you identify and perfect your alignment. Helen loves creating innovative, intensely challenging workouts for both the beginner and the advanced Pilates practitioner to define your best body. 

HELEN PHELAN

Helen Phelan was first introduced to Pilates as a method of cross-conditioning to supplement her dance training. While earning her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography and BA in Psychology at Elon University, Helen extensively studied somatic theory; she explored Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff fundamentals, structural yoga for dancers, classical Pilates and experiential anatomy. Her professional pursuit of dance inspired her to expound upon her personal Pilates practice and complete her mat certification in January of 2013 with Kearns Yoga and Pilates in Elon, NC. After sustaining a career threatening foot injury, Helen used Pilates to rehabilitate her body and shocked even herself when she realized that her body, after intensively studying Pilates was stronger and more resilient than her pre-injury body. This revelation was the impetus she needed to enroll in the contemporary apparatus certification at The Lab in Dumbo, Brooklyn in 2015. 

Upon finishing her certification Helen furthered her studies by attending several advanced education workshops at Erika Bloom Pilates Plus. It was there she studied Prenatal Pilates, Postnatal Pilates & Diastasis Correction, Gait Correction, Pilates for the Elderly, and Pilates for Scoliosis. 

As a life long technical, academic and creative student of dance, (and now Pilates) Helen has grown adept at utilizing detailed, specific imagery to help you identify and perfect your alignment. Helen loves creating innovative, intensely challenging workouts for both the beginner and the advanced Pilates practitioner to define your best body. 

KIMMY KELLUM Kimmy is an Australian transplant and the founder of East River Pilates. As a lover of movement and people, she brings playfulness and charisma to every class.   With ten years' experience dancing for global entertainment companies including Hong Kong Disneyland, Warner Bros., and Cirque du Soleil, Pilates was initially simply an element of daily body conditioning.Since undergoing hip surgery, Pilates has become an integral part of her life due to the ongoing benefits of post surgery rehabilitation.  Inspired by Joseph Pilates' notion that 'physical fitness is the prerequisite to happiness', Kimmy is motivated to help others experience joy as they achieve a healthy body and mind. She aspires to be an influential member of the community as she educates, and encourages people to reach their optimal physique.

KIMMY KELLUM

Kimmy is an Australian transplant and the founder of East River Pilates. As a lover of movement and people, she brings playfulness and charisma to every class.  

With ten years' experience dancing for global entertainment companies including Hong Kong Disneyland, Warner Bros., and Cirque du Soleil, Pilates was initially simply an element of daily body conditioning.Since undergoing hip surgery, Pilates has become an integral part of her life due to the ongoing benefits of post surgery rehabilitation. 

Inspired by Joseph Pilates' notion that 'physical fitness is the prerequisite to happiness', Kimmy is motivated to help others experience joy as they achieve a healthy body and mind. She aspires to be an influential member of the community as she educates, and encourages people to reach their optimal physique.