Category Archives: group classes

Instructor Spotlight: Meet Janet!

Janet Collard is a dancer, Pilates instructor, and all around fantastic person who I am happy to have at Corpo Kinetic.  Janet teaches group classes on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, and works with private clients as well.  Janet teaches complex exercises in such a way that her clients accomplish them with ease and grace, and her classes are challenging, fun, and feel so good!  Check out Janet’s group class schedule, or sign up for a private session with her.

Q:  How were you originally introduced to Pilates?  
In college, at California Institute of the Arts.  Our ballet teacher was certified and we also had a Pilates mat class taught by one of the Pilates elders, Jillian Hessel.

Q:  Do you have a favorite exercise or technique which you just love to do?  Why is it your favorite?  The practice of strengthening my core while remaining in neutral spine/pelvis is very powerful for me.  I get an activation of the pelvic floor and a real strengthening of my core front to back.  One of my favorite exercises is Carolla’s Breathing.  It always makes my back happier.

Q: Why did you decided to become an instructor, and what is your favorite part about teaching?
After getting an injury while dancing, I sought out Pilates for rehab and cross training.  It reinstated how great this work is for all people, which motivated me to want to teach it to help others feel better and stronger and more confident in their bodies.

Q:  Joseph Pilates is quoted as saying “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”  As a dancer and Pilates instructor,  you are quite fit!  Of all the ways to obtain fitness out there, what draws you to Pilates?
Because Pilates is a holistic form of exercise, it will work your entire body.  Often people think they have to move really fast and repeatedly to get in shape.  While we do need cardio in our lives I find that our obsessive workout culture can overdo it.  Pilates is a way to come back to the basics of alignment, form, and breath to be able to move forward in your workouts more mindfully and therefore keeping you healthy and active for longer.

Q:  And on that dancing note – when can we next see you perform?  I will be performing in the Bach Project in May at the San Francisco Community Music Center!  You can get more information at my website:

New Group Classes

IMG_1626New Year, new resolutions — and new group Pilates classes. Group classes have been filling up at Corpo Kinetic, and I am pleased to announce: we’ve added two great classes to accommodate your schedule.

Core and More!  taught by Janet Das
10am Sundays
8:30am Tuesdays

There’s nothing like Pilates mat to work your core & nothing like the resistance training of the Springboard to tone your whole body. Join Janet as she puts them together for an hour which will leave you feeling centered, taller & stronger.

Tone & Stretch Springboard Circuit taught by Jenna Anjali
6:30pm Tuesdays
Ever wanted a workout which targeted your weak spots, made you stronger, and also left you feeling like you just had a great massage? Look no further! Jenna Anjali, Pilates instructor & massage therapist, will lead you in a class designed to strengthen and restore.Get your spot now  – sign in online.

Full Group Class Schedule

9:30am Basic Mat and Springboard  with Jenna

8:30am Core and More! (mat and Springboard) with Janet
6:30pm Tone & Stretch Springboard Circuit with Jenna
8:30am Mixed Level Mat with Julia
9:30am Basic Mat and Springboard with Julia
6:30pm Springboard Circuit with Julia
9:00am Springboard Circuit with Julia
10:00am Core and More! (mat and Springboard) with Janet
for group classes is available online.

4 for 2 Deal on Group Classes4for2-2015b

Now through the end of March, we are offering a 4-for-2 deal for new clients.  If you know someone whom you’d like to introduce to Pilates, this is the perfect chance.  For only $60, they’ll get a four-pack of classes (a $120 value).

And because we adore our current clients:
If you haven’t been back to the studio yet this year…
Or if you’re interested in giving one of the new classes a try….

Mention the 4-for-2 deal and we’ll gladly extend it to you.  Try a new class or get back into the swing of things at half price!

Holiday Pilates Schedule

_MG_7299 copyFrom December 22nd – January 4th, regularly scheduled group classes at Corpo Kinetic will be cancelled.  However, we have a special Holiday Schedule planned for you.With a limited schedule of classes, spots are scarce – sign in online to secure your mat!

  • Tues Dec 23
    8:30-9:25am:  Pre-Holiday Mat with Janet
    7:30-8:25pm:  Long & Lean Springboard with Jenna
  • Sat Dec 27
    9:00-9:55am:  Springboard Circuit with Janet
  • Mon Dec 29
    8:30-9:25am: Last Mat of the Year with Jenna
  • Tues Dec 30
    7:30-8:25pm:  Long & Lean Springboard with Jenna
  • Sat Jan 3
    9:00-9:55am:  Springboard Circuit with Jenna

Get your spot now  – sign in online.

Private Sessions Available with Janet and Jenna

Julia is out of town December 22-January 4th.  If you’d like to take a private Pilates session during that time, Janet and Jenna have made themselves available to you! Please check their schedules and book your appointment online.

Save the Date!  New Year’s Open House:  Jan 10th, 3-7pm

photo 1Celebrate the New Year at Corpo Kinetic Pilates Studio!  Come on by to see some Pilates demonstrations, enjoy some healthy treats, and enter to win a chance to win a few prizes which may help you with those New Year’s resolutions.A more formal invitation to come.

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season.

Group Classes and Private Session Specials

springboardsGroup Classes on the Springboard
Small Group Classes at Corpo Kinetic are really small – a max of four participants. This allows me to keep an eye on all participants and to offer individualized instruction in a group setting. If it has been awhile since you’ve been to a group class here, come try the Springboards on us!

From now through the end of November, if you have never taken a Springboard class, your first one will be free. Just sign into the class of your choice online, and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have taken a Springboard class and have a friend who hasn’t, we’ll extend the offer to your friend – bring ’em along for free.

Fall Special — Privates with Janet
This fall, Corpo Kinetic’s apprentice trainer Janet Das will be undergoing the rest of her training to become a comprehensive certified Pilates instructor. Janet is already an accomplished instructor who teaches on the mat and Reformer, and the next portion of her training will add to her repertoire, incorporating the Chair, Cadillac, and Spine Corrector.

From now through the end of November, Janet is offering a special on privates while she undergoes her training — only $45! I encourage you to take advantage of this offer! Janet is a lovely trainer already — I take from her myself — and she won’t be an apprentice much longer!

Especially if you take group classes at Corpo Kinetic, this is a great way to take advantage of the benefits of a private session with quite the hefty discount.

Announcing: Equipment Circuit Training

parakeetWednesday evenings 6:30pmrow

The Pilates Equipment will give you a new appreciation for the Pilates fundamentals and will challenge your stability, range of motion, strength, and flexibility.

In this Wednesday evening hour, we will use the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunder Chair, and various props to mix-up our routine in this “Pilates playground.” Come join us!

Be sure to sign up by contacting Julia at 415-490-7371 or

summer happenings

Julia at Title Nine
Since mid-April, I have been teaching twice weekly mat classes for the employees at the corporate offices of Title Nine, a women’s athletic clothing company. Through chats with my Pilates-istas and -istos at Title Nine, I can report that thus far: we’ve found our cores and been able to do ab exercises in ways we hadn’t previously, eliminating concerns of hurting achy backs; renamed the Pilates “magic circle” the “torture circle”; and figured out, through a subtle adjustment, how to correct an old exercise to stretch our glutes properly and deeply. Looking forward to the rest of the challenge!

Pilates for Ballet Dancers
I was asked to respond to a question a young dancer had sent to the blog “Ballet To The People” – what Pilates exercises are best for ballet dancers? A hard question to answer over the internet as, of course, just as every body is different so is every dancer’s body. But I loved expounding on my beliefs of how Pilates in general can improve ballet technique. Read my thoughts on Ballet To The People’s blog.

New Saturday Class!

You asked, and I’m pleased to deliver: a Saturday morning Pilates class!  By popular request, I’ll be adding this additional Equipment Circuit Training class beginning June 8th.
The Pilates Equipment will give you a new appreciation for the Pilates fundamentals and will challenge your stability, range of motion, strength, and flexibility.

In this Saturday morning hour, we will use the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunder Chair, and various props to mix-up our routine in this “Pilates playground.”

Come join us!  Be sure to contact me at 415-490-7371 or to sign up in advance.

4 for 2 Special for New Clients
Do you know someone who might like to try Pilates, or are you new to Julia Hollas PILATES?  I’m offering a 4-for-2 special over the summer.  New clients can try four group classes of their choice for the price of two!

* Mention the “four for two” deal at your first visit and receive four classes for the price of two. New clients only. Offer expires 9/2/13

Introducing Fresh Start, a Pilates and Detox Program

detox_flyer_front-webimageI recently sat down with Brooke Leverone, a Naturopathic Doctor whose office is practically around the corner from The Body Praxis studio in Oakland. The purpose of our meeting was simple: how to bring together the services we offer in a way that would help our clients kick start their New Year and lay a platform for health and wellness in the months to come.

As we talked, we became more and more excited about the possibilities. Brooke’s experience has lead her to see many benefits of periodic nutritional detoxes in her clients. I love seeing how my Pilates mat class clients get the added boost of support from community as they learn more about their bodies, strengthen, and rebalance. We saw how both Pilates and detox programs are tools to help us reconnect to our bodies and remember what it feels like to function well — from the inside out.

This is why we’re thrilled to introduce our new Pilates and Detox program, Fresh Start. Fresh Start begins January 13th and offers both individual attention tailored to your health and fitness needs as well as group support and community. To fit your schedule, you can choose between a Two-Week Mini Program or a Four-Week Complete Program and one of two class times – either 10:30-11:30am Mon/Fri or 12:30-1:30pm Mon/Fri.

Participants will meet for a kick-off meeting on the 13th, during which we’ll introduce the detox program and Pilates and schedule one-to-one consultations with Brooke. For the next two or four weeks, as we detox, we’ll also meet twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays for Pilates classes. At the end of the four-week program participants will also meet individually with Brooke and as a group with Brooke and I to discuss their progress and make a plan for continued well-being into the new year.

A full outline of the Fresh Start program is available here, along with info for online registration.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the upcoming program, and that you might consider joining us! And if you will be joining us, also consider inviting a friend – our success rate at making healthy changes is higher the more we can involve those close to us in the process. May you have a healthy and happy holidays! Hope to see you in the New Year.