Inside Scoop: A Fitness Professional’s Favourite Pilates Classes

Neha posted on 15 June

The Pilates and Altitude Training Studio

Pilates, a workout that balances core-strengthening with mind-clearing concentration, is one of our favoured ways to improve posture, balance and flexibility. These are the classes in Mumbai we love: whether it’s because of their trainer, their flexible timings, or because you might spot Alia Bhatt there.

This studio in Andheri West, Hughes Road and Santacruz West is the brainchild of Samir and Namrata Purohit {renowned Pilates trainers} and authors of The Lazy Girls Guide to Being Fit.

What We Love
We love the attention they give in their one-on-one classes. They’re also exemplary trainers when it comes to building form and giving the right posture.

Need To Know
They also offer altitude training – but at ground level.

Price: INR 1,900 for a single session.


Business Plaza, 301-304, Gazdar Bandh Road, Potohar Nagar, Santacruz West, Mumbai

Yasmin Karachiwala’s Body Image

Yasmin Karachiwala is a renowned trainer and pioneer of reformer pilates in India, and we like checking out her classes in Bandra.

What We Love
Half of Bollywood goes to Yasmin for their Pilates training – Alia Bhatt recently uploaded an Instagram video lauding Yasmin’s training. So celebrity spotting is inevitable.

Need To Know
They also offer independent gym packages for when we want to mix it up.

Timings: According to appointment; shut on Sundays

Price: INR 15,000 upwards for a class


101, Classic Corner, Near Holy Family Hospital, Hill Road, Bandra West, Mumbai

Activ8 Studio

Activ8 is the Pilates studio next door – homely, welcoming and friendly.

What We Love
The cool thing about Activ8 is that they offer group classes for one, two, three or five people, which means that families and couples can make this a fitness experience to enjoy together.

Need To Know
The studio also offers altitude training and counts professional mountaineers, marathon runners, cricketers and celebrities in its clientele.

Timings: Altitude training held between 7am and 8pm, Pilates at 3pm and 4pm

Price: INR 1,500 for a single session


Sandeep Building, 5th Floor, Plot 52, JVPD Scheme, Vile Parle West, Juhu, Mumbai

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Radhika’s Balanced Body

Radhika Karle is certified from the the renowned Balanced Body institute based in USA.

What We Love
Besides being Sonam Kapoor’s trainer — Radhika even travels with her when she leaves Mumbai — Radhika is a qualified nutritionist who can map out healthy eating habits for us as well.

Need To Know
Her studio doubles up as a training centre for aspiring instructors as well. The studio offers Mat, Reformer and Chair Pilates along with Yoga and TRX training.

Price: INR 5,725 for a single session


313, Tanaya, Ground Floor, Nanda Patkar Road, Near Telephone Exchange, Vile Parle East, Mumbai