Yoga - Pilates

In the heart of Milan's designer shopping district, One to One's owner, Tina Sinatra, offers her clients Pilates lessons tailored to suit their individual needs. Tina is an ex-ballerina and studied under Michael King.Some of our friends are clients of Tina's and they highly recommend One to One. 
Via Sant' Andrea, 12 20121 Milan
320 3391698
I must confess that I've never really given pilates much of a chance, but Marta Mazzola has made me re-evalutate my exercise regime.Marta Mazzola runs this pristine, boutique Pilates studio in the courtyard of beautiful building from the turn of the last century. Marta offers clients individual or group lessons both on mats or using the equipment dotted around the room.  Each lesson is tailored to suit each clients individual needs. Marta accepts a maximum of 4 people for group lessons using the equipment and 7 people for mat courses. Never having seen pilates equipment before, I thought I had walked into a modern day torture chamber when I clapped eyes on the two Reformers, wall unit and Wunderchair. Marta, however, was wonderfully reassuring and managed to convince us to use the Reformers and subsequently put us through our paces. With hawk like eyes, Marta constantly corrected our positions ensuring that we were both carrying out each exercise correctly according to our abilities. Having studied and worked in New York, Paris and London, Marta was even able to help me in English (for some reason I can't exercise in Italian). For information about lessons (8.30 to 21.00), prices and packages please contact Marta directly.Maybe pilates has a place in my life after all... 
Via Alessandro Tadino, 6 20124 Milan
347 7736236
It's not often that I meet someone who inspires me (especially after a very late night out with friends and a hangover: whoever said Italians don't drink much lied), however, today was one of those rare days. After enjoying a regenerating Hatha yoga lesson I had the pleasure of meeting Carol Brumer, the woman behind CityZen. Like many expats, Carol has been living in Milan for years and had the pleasure of raising a family here while working in fashion and investor relations. However, unlike many of us, Carol decided to make a difference and at the on-set of middle age decided to turn her life around and start giving back to others.After giving up her career, Carol started working for the Fondazione Francesca Rava, that does amazing charity work in Haiti. During this time Carol was constantly travelling back and forth between the States (her native country), Haiti and Milan. In order to help her juggle family life, ageing parents and work, Carol turned to yoga, healing arts and meditation to keep her centred and in control. It was also thanks to yoga that she had the amazing idea to "generate profit for non-profit organisations" and open a yoga studio that gives all of its profits to the Fondazione Francesca Rava. CityZen is quite something. Situated in a courtyard 5 minutes walk from Corso Italia, CityZen boasts light, airy yoga studios with high ceilings and an industrial vibe. Tastefully decorated and brimming with fresh flowers and plants, CityZen is truly relaxing. This space is also very versatile as the walls that divide the large yoga studios and relaxation area can be be folded back to make a huge open space that is great for large classes and the series of events that Carol has planned for the coming year. CityZen not only offers every type of yoga under the sun from 7.00 to 21.00, including "Hot Yoga" in a specially designed studio, it also offers: Ayurveda treatments and consultations; Shiatsu; Jin Shin Do; massage; reflexology; nutrition counselling; rebirthing; osteopathy; mind and body counselling; posturology etc. For more information regarding pricing, courses and treatments we suggest you contact CityZen directly.  Carol feels very passionately about CityZen and what it stands for and is constantly looking for new ideas to raise as much money as she can for Fondazione Rava or any other charity willing to host an event at CityZen. If any of you are looking to host a private party, Carol is also willing to hire out the space to help CityZen cover its costs. 
Via S. Francesco d'Assisi,15 20122 Milan
02 36632090 or 02 36632091
As you step through the door of The Milk Bar you will be bowled over by the welcoming greetings and friendly smiles of the owners -  Kathy and Amy - who immediately put you at ease. This great space is a haven for mothers-to-be or newbie mothers, where you can drop in to change a nappy or feed your baby or use it as a meeting place to meet other women and find support. Part of an Italian chain, this boutique-style store doubles up as a shop specialising in fashionable maternity and nursing wear and a studio where Kathy and Amy host a wide variety of pre and post natal courses such a prenatal yoga, Mommy & Me yoga, birth preparation courses as well as English, music and dance and rhythm courses for babies and toddlers in a large luminous space below the store. The Milk Bar also sells international products and accessories that are hard to find in Italy, such as baby carriers, wraps, breast pumps, nappies bags or toys. For an overview of their regular courses in both Italian and English, please check out the Course Calendar on their websie. The Milk Bar Milano and its online store have also launched a new gift and baby registry service. Now you can create your own wish list of products, accessories, carriers and even nursing wear that you will need when baby arrives. 
Via Conca del Naviglio, 5 20123 Milan
02 5810 8973
If your child's dream is to become a ballet dancer and you're looking for a ballet school that offers something more in the way of instruction than basic lessons for amateurs and with qualified, professional dance instructors, why not go to Happy Yoga Dance and have a chat with (our dear friend) Paola. Paola is a professional ballerina of international repute who studied at the Teatro alla Scala ballet school, obtained her Professional Ballerina teaching diploma at the Jonh Cranko Schule in Stuttgart and opened this school ten years ago. Paola works together with the most important international theatres as well as professional ballet dancers. Happy Yoga Dance has two studios. The larger of the two is in  Via Prati and is a modern structure covering over 300 square metres with a huge screen in the reception area that allows parents and others to watch the children while they are having their lessons. The other studio is in Via Abbondio Sangiorgio. Although it is smaller it is just as attractive, modern and functional as the other studio in Via Prati.As well as classical ballet lessons, Happy Yoga Dance offers children modern dance, hip hop, tap dancing, yoga and rhythmic gymnastics lessons while adults can enjoy modern dance, tango, yoga, pilates, step, gag, belly dancing and many other lessons.Happy Yoga Dance also rents out its studios for birthday parties, work shops, seminars, performances etc. For more information please look at the website  
Via Prati 7 20145 Milano
02 33602047
The yoga courses have been highly recommended to me by my old yoga instructor. As soon as I have tried out one of the courses I will let you know. 
Viale Papiniano, 42 Milan
340 4256064/347 8801906
BeYOGA offers various disciplines from Vinyasa to Ashtanga, to Hatha.  I tried Vinyasa with a friend and loved it. I’m thinking of buying a packet of lessons which I can use over a period of time, that way I won’t lose any money if I can’t go every week. Word of warning though, if you are going by car leave some extra time to park and make sure you have a “gratta e sosta” (€1.20 prepaid parking ticket) with you as parking can be tricky.
via Carlo Botta, 8 20135 Milan
02 5465590
Virgin Active has bought the Downtown and Skorpion gyms! Ideally located for people working and living near the Duomo Virgin Active just behind Sephora in Corso Vittorio Emanuele offers group courses as well as personal trainer sessions and has spa facilities, a swimming pool, gym and roof-top terrace.Swimming lessons and courses can be organised for adults, children and babies. Weekdays from 16.00 to 18.00 the pool is reserved for after-school group swimming lessons, although members can now swim in one of the lanes. Virgin Active also has creche facilities, although we suggest you call in advance to check there is a childminder available.
Largo Corsia dei Servi Corso Vittorio Emanuele, 24 20122 Milan
02 781424
FitGirl is a women only gym that offers numerous courses - Zumba, Burlesque, Belly Dancing, Fit Ball, Pilates and GAG to name but a few.  FitGirl also offers Zumba Jr classes for children aged 4 to 6 (Thursdays - 16.00) and Zumba classes for 7 to 11 year olds (Tuesdays - 17.00), as well as dance classes for 3 to 4 year olds where children learn to dance through play.
Viale Beatrice d’Este, 15 20122 Milan
02 58319696
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