NBK Pilates in Bramley

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness” – Joseph Pilates. Naomi Baker is the founder of NBK Pilates who, with over 15 years’ experience, offers one-to-one and small group mat classes in the Reading and Basingstoke areas.


Running classes in Bramley every Thursday, Naomi spoke to us about the wonderful mind-body exercise of Pilates.


To readers who might not know, can you tell us more about your background in Pilates?

I first began practising Pilates around 15 years ago and in 2016 I trained to teach Pilates on the mat, which is the piece of equipment that most people are familiar with. I have been teaching group classes in Bramley ever since that time and four years ago I completed an Advanced Teacher Training programme and set up my own, fully equipped studio at home where I teach private and semi-private classes using a wide range of Pilates equipment.


What makes your classes so special?

I think because I am a comprehensively trained, classical teacher, I bring a broad understanding of the whole method to how I teach the exercises on the mat. I am also able to adapt exercises from other pieces of equipment onto the mat giving greater breadth to classes and helping clients understand what they’re working towards.


For readers who would be interested in attending a class, can you tell us from a personal perspective why you practice Pilates and what you enjoy most about it?

Since I was a child I’ve always enjoyed movement that felt acrobatic and used my whole body, like dancing and gymnastics. Pilates has many of those similar characteristics and incorporates movements that are very different to anything you might find in your daily life or even in a gym.


When, where and what time do your Pilates classes take place?

In Bramley, I hold an intermediate class for those who are more experienced in the practice on Monday evenings and a more foundational level class on Thursday evenings. Both of these classes take place in Bramley Village Hall. I also hold a foundational level class in Burghfield on Fridays at 10am.


What do you enjoy most about running Pilates classes in Bramley?

Bramley is a great location for me, it has a large catchment area and my clients travel from all the surrounding villages. The hall has great facilities that are good value for money which means I can keep my group classes at an affordable price for the community.



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