By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Mankin is inviting the community to visit the studio and participate in free Pilates and yoga classes between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 9. Visitors also may observe demonstrations on Pilates equipment.
At the grand opening party from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21, interactive demonstrations are planned as well as food, drink and fun, said Mankin, an Irvington resident.
She is planning classes for individuals of all ages and abilities who want to strengthen their bodies, Mankin said. She also offers classes in the Grace Pilates Method, which she first developed to aid her 83-year-old mother. The method uses a patented ball chair, the Begin Chair, which Mankin invented seven years ago to adjust to the spine’s natural curves. It offers a little instability to activate the core muscles, she said. The ball offers a low-impact program, she said, that is designed specifically for individuals with limited mobility due to age, injury or surgery. The goal is to improve overall mobility, core strength and balance, she said. She developed her ball and teaching method to help her aging mother after she couldn’t get out of a chair or lie on the ground to exercise.
In addition to the Pilates classes, yoga sessions will be taught by Danny Mankin, a teacher for eight years who has been trained in Iyengar, Yin and Gentle yoga.
Additional information and the class schedule are at http://beginpilates.com/.