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Catskills Pilates: Who, what, where, why & when

Updated: Nov 21, 2021

Who: Myriam Lopez, Catskill Pilates

Myriam is a multi-award-winning creative director and a proud graduate of

the prestigious Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates teacher training program in

Manhattan, making her a third-generation classically trained Pilates teacher.

She has taught alongside some of the most celebrated Pilates trainers in the


What: Pilates studio- Low resistance exercise

By definition, Pilates is a system of exercises performed on a mat or other

equipment to promote strength, stability, and flexibility. Pilates exercises develop

the body through muscular effort that stems from the core. The technique cultivates

awareness of the body to support everyday movements that are efficient and

graceful. As such, Pilates has been popular among dancers but it appeals to a wider

audience. The Pilates Method was developed by Joseph Pilates during the 1920s.

The Pilates technique also prioritizes quality over quantity. Unlike other systems of

exercise, Pilates exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. The

idea is that by performing each exercise with precision and focusing on the breath

you can achieve significant results in a shorter amount of time.

History of Pilates

German-born Joseph Hubertus Pilates was often sick as a young child with

asthma and other physical ailments. Determined to strengthen his body as a

young adult, he began studying yoga, meditation, martial arts, and various Greek

and Roman exercises.

During World War I, he was serving as an orderly at a hospital on the Isle of Man

and developed a rehabilitation program for non-ambulatory soldiers. In fact, he

crafted the earliest iteration of the Pilates reformer by attaching springs to hospital

beds. Doctors observed that the patients he was working with were recovering more

rapidly. Joseph Pilates spent the next few years developing the Pilates method and

brought it to the

United States in 1923.

Where: 20 Front Street, Port Jervis, NY

In 2017 she and her partner bought a semi-abandoned bank building in

Port Jervis, New York with the intention to return it to the community.

She has established her studio in that building.

Why: Catskills Pilates' mission

Our mission is to inspire curiosity about the world around us through

movement. We combine the thrill of adventure with the healing power of

nature. Our classes and events explore the magical world of the Pilates

method, the philosophy, and history behind it, but most importantly how it

relates to your daily life.

When: Please see attached schedule. Also, check out their website for the current schedule.

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