Frequently Asked Questions

We provide quality Pilates training in a friendly neighborhood setting to people of all ages and abilities.
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What should I wear to my Pilates class or private session?

We recommend wearing something you feel comfortable moving in, like what you would wear to the gym or a fitness class. Baggy is fine, just not too baggy so that your instructor can see how your body moves. In Pilates classes and sessions you do not wear shoes and bare feet or socks is just fine during your class.

What do I need to bring?

A water bottle is a good idea. Otherwise, we provide everything else!

I’m pregnant (OR) I just had a baby. Is Pilates okay for me?

We love working with moms-to-be and new mamas! If you have been doing Pilates before your pregnancy, it is good to keep working with proper modifications privately (not in group classes). But if you are brand new to Pilates AND you don’t exercise regularly, we don’t recommend that you start doing Pilates at this very sensitive time of your life. This means that we may not not be able to accommodate you, as your safety, health and well being are our primary focus. With that said, prenatal Pilates is a wonderful way to embrace the physical and mental changes that come along with pregnancy. A regular practice can help to relieve many of the discomforts of pregnancy as well as provide a healthy emotional outlet. We offer prenatal private Pilates training or prenatal Pilates duets (2 person sessions – you bring your own partner). Occasionally we offer prenatal Pilates group classes. If you don’t see one on our class schedule but are interested, please contact us to let us know of your interest.

In your private or duet sessions you will learn how to safely increases strength, energy and functional flexibility while reducing lower back pain. Other prenatal Pilates benefits include: improved digestion and alleviating morning sickness; increased circulation; stress relief; strengthening important muscles needed during childbirth; and shortening postpartum recovery time.. a special and critical chance to bond with your baby.

We invite mamas-to-be of all levels and stages of pregnancy. However, please have your Dr’s or midwife’s consent before joining this, or any other fitness program during pregnancy. New mamas (postpartum) may start after 6-weeks postpartum with a midwife or doctor consent. Postpartum Pilates sessions will focus on rehabilitating and strengthening your core, promote good posture while lifting and carrying your new baby (and gear!), increase back and arm strength for bending over and lifting your growing baby, help you flatten your tummy to create a trimmer and sleeker silhouette, and relieve common new-mom aches and pains.

I’m recovering from an injury. Can I do Pilates?

Yes, depending on the injury and with clearance from your doctor or PT. We are happy to consider working with you post-injury once a formal diagnosis and assessment has been made. We are not in the business of diagnosing so if you have an undiagnosed injury or chronic pain, please see a specialist first. Pilates is a wonderful next-step post rehab and many of our instructors are highly qualified to gently guide you back towards your true well being post-rehab. In fact, many of our clients come to us with their PT’s recommendation after they’ve graduated from PT.

How often do I need to take Pilates to see results?

Great question – we get this one a lot! Two to three times per week is ideal and once per week is beneficial. Like any new endeavor, consistency is everything. Joseph Pilates said, “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a whole new body”. Naturally, exact results may vary by individuals, but we are sure that you will notice the difference the more you practice, not unlike learning a new language. In addition, if you take your instructors homework notes to heart, you will see and feel results faster. Pilates is a practice and it’s a collaboration between you and your instructor. The more focused and committed you are, the faster you will evolve. This is almost entirely up to you and we are happy to guide and support you on this journey!

What is unique about Pilates Heights?

We’ve been a tried and true staple in Bernal Heights since 2005! We are a mid-sized boutique studio, located one flight upstairs. Our studio is quiet, calm, clean and distraction-free, compared to a larger gym setting. Our teachers are loyal, passionate and committed career Pilates instructors – many have been with Pilates Heights (PH) from the very beginning. We are so fortunate to be a part of the thriving and diverse Bernal community and this is reflected within our studio. Many of our clients know each other as neighbors, fellow Cortland business owners and community members. We are a friendly and down-to-earth bunch, teachers and clients alike. There’s not much room for pretense here.. just real people who love doing Pilates.

What kind of payment methods do you take?

We take Cash, Check, and Credit Card (Visa or Master Card). Gift Certificates are also available. All payments for sessions and classes are non-refundable.

What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?

Like most appointment based businesses we follow a 24-hour cancelation and rescheduling policy. Meaning, you will not be charged if you give us more than 24-hours to cancel or reschedule your classes or sessions.

What We Also Offer

types of pilates classes

private pilates sessions

Private sessions are ideal for designing a program that addresses your unique fitness needs and goals.

Pilates Duets

Duets (2-person sessions) are a great way to experience many of the benefits of personal training, with a partner, at a reduced rate.

Small Group Pilates Mat & Springboard Classes

Mat work is the heart of the Pilates program and can be a lot of fun in a group setting.

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After one year (of doing Pilates regularly) I rarely experienced muscle spasms. Posture improved. Gait improved. I now have tools I can use anywhere (movement sequences as well as props) to realign, stretch and strengthen muscles. My muscles are learning new ways of responding to my curved spine. When my body talks I am more likely to listen and be respectful of what she is saying. I try to be interested and not annoyed. You (Elizabeth) listen and watch intently and give me feedback and suggestions that are invariably insightful and beneficial. I feel I have a partner in health maintenance. Although I continue with my little morning program and wakeful awareness, I will not continue to improve without the ongoing guidance you provide. Thank you.


(After my first session) I felt sore and a little dubious that I could achieve what was promised doing these exercises that seemed so unchallenging in many ways, certainly not what I’d ever had experience with before. I started feeling and seeing results within weeks. I first noticed how strong I FELT. Then I noticed that my abs looked killer. Then I noticed that without noticing I’d become almost pain free!


I decided to start taking better care of myself and started Pilates as a birthday gift to myself. I’m not fond of “gym culture” and I wanted to try one on one training… I started to notice a difference after the first month or so, having more energy, enjoying the challenge of each session, feeling stronger, more confident. I feel excited about continuing my Pilates workouts: I am stronger and more flexible + more knowledgeable about body mechanics and how to deal with aches and pains when they arise. Pilates has definitely contributed to an increase in self esteem, open myself up to venture, ever so slowly, into other physical activity (at least try it and see if it’s for me). I see myself speaking up with more confidence, “having more weight”, feeling grounded… My mood uplifted.