Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed in the early 20th century by a gentleman named Joseph Pilates.


The Pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does this using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body.


In short, it is a low-impact, resistance-based fitness system that challenges concentration, coordination, core stability, endurance, flexibility, balance and precision.


Pilates doesn't put stress on your body the same way lifting weights or other workouts can, which is why anyone can do Pilates!


Benefits include: improved lean muscle growth, bone density, core strength, flexibility, posture, energy, weight loss, and mind-body connection.


We offer a range of classes from beginner to experienced, including rehabilitation-focused classes.





What should I bring?

Athletic clothes and a positive attitude! We supply towels, water, mats and equipment.

What should I wear?

Wear clothes that allow you to move freely in all planes. Also avoid loose fitting clothes as they make get stuck in the machines. Shoes are not necessary as Pilates is done in special socks or bare feet.

Where are you located?

We are located inside Headwaters Physiotherapy at Athlete Institute. 2nd floor, side door entrance Athlete Institute Fieldhouse 207321 Highway 9 Mono, ON L9W 6J2 Canada

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Pilates classes focus on strength, muscle toning, body control, and flexibility, with the main emphasis being core strength.

On the other hand, yoga focuses on flexibility and broad muscle groups and has a more spiritual component.

Generally speaking, both yoga and Pilates provide many benefits, yoga's focus is about how it makes you feel, with the added benefit of stretching and strengthening muscles. Pilates' main goal is to tone muscles effectively, affecting the way you look, carry yourself and move.

If you are looking for a limbering, rejuvenating workout that will provide as much of a lift for your brain as your body, we'd recommend yoga. If you're interested in a more dynamic system of muscle conditioning, and want to improve your core strength, Pilates may be the answer.

Remember, no single training system can provide your body with all types of conditioning it requires. We recommend a combination of exercises to maximize your true potential!

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed in the early 20th century by a gentleman named Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named.

The Pilates method seeks to develop controlled movement from a strong core and it does this using a range of apparatuses to guide and train the body.

In short, it is a low-impact, resistance-based fitness system that challenges concentration, coordination, core stability, endurance, flexibility, balance and precision.

Do I have to be in shape to do Pilates?

Pilates caters to everyone, from beginner to advanced. You can perform exercises using your own body weight, or with the help of various pieces of equipment. No prior experience required.

How often should I do Pilates?

Joseph Pilates recommends doing Pilates 3x/week. However, Pilates is safe enough to do every day. Initially you may want to do it every day, so you get a rhythm and become consistent; then a good goal is to do it every other day.

What are the key benefits of Pilates?

  • Increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • Improved flexibility
  • Balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • Enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • Improved stabilization of your spine
  • Improved posture
  • Rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • Improved physical coordination and balance
  • Safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • Prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Increased bone density
  • Increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • Improved concentration
  • Increased body awareness
  • Increased energy
  • Stress management

How do I start?

To perform Pilates at Purple Owl Pilates you must either have a membership or a 10 pack class pass. If you are new to the exercise regime, make sure you let your instructor know. They will take extra time to ensure you are comfortable. Sign up here!

How much does it cost?

Fall offer = $250 10-pack (expires 3 months from date of purchase)

Yearly membership = $300/month (unlimited classes)

Monthly membership = $325/month (unlimited classes)

10 Class Pack = $350

Non-reformer - 1 Month = $175

Non-reformer - 10 Pack = $175

Drop-in = $40 - Reformer Class / $20 - Non-Reformer Class

Private Class = $100/class

Click here to purchase a membership or class

How big are your classes?

Class sizes vary depending on the specific class.

Reformer = 4 people/class

Joga = 8 people/class

Click here to view descriptions of our classes offered

When are you open?

Please refer to our Class Schedule.

Can pregnant women do Pilates?

Pilates strengthens your tummy, back and pelvic floor muscles without straining other joints, so it's a great exercise to do when you're pregnant. The main benefit of Pilates is that it targets the exact muscles and functions that can be a problem during pregnancy and after birth, in a safe way.

Can I do Pilates if I have an injury?

Yes. One of our instructors is a registered Physiotherapist and rehab Pilates instructor. She will be able to design a program that coordinates with your rehab protocol and expediates your recovery.

How do I contact you?

For general inquiries: Phone: 519-307-8884 Email: To book a Physiotherapy Assessment for Pilates with Kathy Yardley, email: or phone: 519-307-8884

How do I register?

1. Go to Login/register at the top right hand corner of (purple button) 2. Go to ‘create an account’ 3. Fill in all subject matter and pick a membership type under ‘online store’ 4. Download the MINDBODY app 5. Sign up for the class you want to participate in

How do I sign up for a class?

Please ensure you have selected a membership type and have paid for the membership prior to signing up for a class. To sign up for a class, download the MINDBODY app and sign up for a class. You can ONLY sign up for a class using the MINDBODY app, once you have purchased a membership type.

Will my membership package expire?

Yes, memberships expire from the date of purchase. For example, if you purchase a 1 month membership on February 3, it will expire on March 3.

Any purchase of a 10-Pack expires 3 months from date of purchase. JOGA Training Sessions - 6 classes for $100 (offer expires 3 months from the date of purchase). JOGA is also open to all current Purple Owl members.

With the purchase of a one-year membership, you will be asked to sign a contract, provide your credit card information and will be billed monthly.

What are your Holiday hours?

Purple Owl Pilates is closed on the following Holidays: New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day Family Day Good Friday Victoria Day Canada Day Civic Holiday Labour Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Eve Christmas Day Boxing Day

Will I be notified of a class cancellation?

Yes, the instructor will contact you either by email/phone to notify you of a class cancellation

Can I use my Physiotherapy benefit coverage to cover the cost of Pilates classes?

Pilates may be covered under your extended health care coverage using Physiotherapy benefits. To see if you qualify, call Headwaters Physiotherapy at 519-942-8884 and book a 20 min Pilates assessment with Kathy Yardley, Registered Physiotherapist. During the assessment, Kathy will look at your strengths, weaknesses and muscle patterning. This allows her to determine whether or not Pilates will be beneficial for your rehabilitation.
If using Physiotherapy benefits, the cost of the assessment and each Pilates class is $60. For more information, please email

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