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.