Mery is a fully certified Garuda® teacher.
Garuda® can help increase strength, flexibility, co-ordination and endurance, to promote a greater sense of ease and well-being. Garuda® offers a cardiovascular workout while drawing deeply on mental focus and teaching the sacred principle of relaxation within movement. The result is a stronger, leaner body, improved posture and true ease of movement and mind.
Mery is a trained Rehabilitation Stott Pilates® instructor.
Stott Pilates® incorporates modern exercise principles, and applies proven and accepted practices in biomechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. Exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilization, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. It is suitable for different body types and abilities, making it applicable to both sport-specific training and everyday life.
Apparatus based pilates uses specialist equipment comprising of a series of springs and pulleys to add resistance. It is great for improving overall strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance. It can also help promote better posture and efficient movement, for the relief of pain from associated physical imbalances.
The reformer equipment is large enough to accommodate full-range motion which is wonderful for increasing flexibility while building strength. It invites ‘length’ to the body and sustains it.
These complementary exercise methods were first developed by Juliu Horvath, a professional dancer from Romania. Horvath suffered a series of debilitating injuries during his dance career, and began developing the methods as a way to heal himself and regain his strength and agility. Both Gyrotonic® and Gyrokinesis® exercise sequences are composed of spiralling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. Each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility.
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility and focus breathing.
Tai chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. It can help reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs. Tai chi is characterised by slow, graceful, continuous movements that are gentle on the joints and muscles.