Hi, I’m Ali
I teach movement with purpose, creating a safe and nurturing space which allows you to unplug from the busyness of life and reconnect with your wondrous self. I invite you to breathe, relax and enjoy being back in relationship with your body and breath. The power we have to change and heal our body is immense – all we need to do is have the willingness to begin and then be consistent in our efforts to feel and see the results. Let me guide you along that path.
I really enjoy educating my students about their bodies. I think it is important to understand how the body works and what we are looking to affect with any given exercise or movement discipline. Also, how this has a direct correlation to our own lives and makes us better movers, more comfortable in our bodies and therefore, more confident. This is very empowering as it puts the responsibilty for a healthy, strong, balanced, flexible and pain free body firmly back into your own hands. I always try to bring what is most relevant and powerful to my classes and privates in a fun and lighthearted way.
About my offering
I began teaching Pilates in 2002. Before that I was a Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist, and I also taught exercise to music classes. I’ve always taught movement, and I absolutely love it! It isn’t so much a job as a vocation… a calling.
Over the years, my Pilates practice and teaching has been heavily influenced by yoga, Hanna Somatics and Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement approach. Focus on the breath, release, mobility and functional strength and flexibility all combine to provide a variety-rich, interesting and fun workout and work-in!
I picked up my first book on yoga for a few rupees in India in 1997. Now I have a whole library! My initial interest back then lay in the internal/organic effects of Pranayama (breathing exercise), Kriya (cleaning techniques) and Asana (postures), as well as the energetic effects these ancient teachings have on our systems. I began practicing and reaping almost immediate benefits, and was hooked.
These days, my interest also includes the profound effect yoga has on directing and calming the mind through meditation, particularly as life has become so busy and more of us are suffering with anxiety and depression.
My yoga is best decribed as Hatha slow-flow, breath-led and gentle – the perfect way ‘home’.
I am one of the few teachers of Somatics in the South West.
I teach Hanna Somatics, which is a gentle and yet profound technique to release muscular tension and pain through movement. It’s the perfect compliment to Pilates and yoga; more gentle, and yet it goes deeper to the heart of the physical problem because it incorporates the brain.
Somatics is excellent for treating back pain, tight shoulders, necks, hips, knees, painful/stiff hands and feet…you name it. My students love it when I incorporate Somatics into my yoga and Pilates classes, and I use it especially in my private work.
I am now teaching a Somatic Yoga class in the New Oriel Hall in Larkhall, Bath. Get in touch for more information and to book your place.
The Osteopathy & Pilates Studio, 1-2 Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LH
5pm Pilates for Men
6pm Pilates Matwork 2
7pm Pilates Matwork 1
12pm Pilates Equipment 1
6pm Pilates Equipment 2
7pm Pilates Matwork 2
9.15am Pilates Matwork 1
10.20am Pilates Matwork Over 50’s
New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath, BA1 6RA
9.15am Somatic Yoga
The Osteopathy & Pilates Studio
1-2 Broad Street Place
New Oriel Hall
You can see me privately if you would like to learn Pilates, Yoga or Somatics in a more personal setting. Maybe you have an injury or specific need and feel more comfortable to address it with me one to one. I reserve Thursdays for home visits. The rest of the week you can see me at The Osteopathy & Pilates Studio.
Dear Ali, thanks for a wonderful retreat. I was full of thankfulness when I left “The Breathing Space” in Dartmoor. I loved the Somatic Yoga. It was so gentle and yet I could feel how much good it did me and my body. My aches and pains that I arrived with peeled away and I felt so free and spacious at the end of the weekend. Please come and teach your wonderful work here in Copenhagen soon.Lene C, Denmark.
Ali is wonderfully personable, caring, and empathetic. She teaches Pilates with immense skill and precision, and with a great sense of fun.
The hour flies by and I always leave feeling balanced, relaxed and destressed both mentally and physically.Jo J, Bath.
Ali’s retreat in Portugal was quite literally life changing for me. Although I’ve been practicing yoga for many years, it was Ali’s philosophy and gentle approach which touched me deeply and continues to shine it’s light in my life. My body thanks me every day for the lessons I learned from Ali. She is a little angel.
Kelly C, Brighton.
Your Sunday Yoga class was a revelation. I can honestly say 90 minutes has never passed as fast, with me arriving in a bit of an intrepid tizz to leaving in a state of happiness, awareness and gratitude. Your teaching style is kind, clear and individualised – even in a group. It set me up perfectly for an important week work-wise. Very grateful indeed.Jo S, Bath.
Ali is a great teacher and such a warm and lovely person. She’s super knowledgable, caring and passionate about empowering her students through movement and teaching them to look after themselves. I really enjoyed my retreat with her in Vale de Moses, Portugal. Her classes were both wonderfully challenging and relaxing and I came away with a renewed enthusiasm for my yoga practice.
Micheal A, San Diego.
A natural born teacher. Passionate, engaging, inspiring and constantly evolving and keeping it fresh and interesting. I always come away feeling amazing, as if Ali intuits exactly which parts of my body need attention. Wouldn’t be without my weekly ‘Ali fix’. Highlight of my week!Emma S, Bath.
Immerse yourself for a weekend or a full week in beautiful surroundings and practice yoga, Pilates and Somatics. A wonderful way to unwind, relax and restore your body, mind and soul.
Come away to stunning Dartmoor in March & November 2018, or escape to sunny Portugal for a magical week in the mountains in August 2018.
Pilates & Yoga Retreat in Dartmoor
16-18th March 2018
Yoga & Pilates Retreat in Portugal
19 – 25th August 2018
Yoga & Somatics Retreat in Dartmoor
23 – 25 November 2018