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Welcome to

Katya Kinski Pilates Studio

Cape Town, Camps Bay

Whether you are signing up for online videos, joining Katya for private or group classes at her beautiful studio, or registering for an instructor training course, you have found the right place to undertake a transformative and uplifting Pilates journey tailored to meet your specific requirements.

WHY PILATES WITH KATYA KINSKI?

Not only is Katya one of the country’s leading Pilates experts, she is also the founding member of Pilates Academy SA, an institution that has overseen the training of hundreds of medical and healthcare practitioners as certified, accredited Pilates instructors. Pilates Academy SA courses are proudly recognised and awarded CPD points by Stellenbosch University.

Katya Kinski’s colourful history as a Russian ballerina formed the perfect backdrop to the next twenty years spent teaching, living and breathing Pilates. Her comprehensive training and experience includes numerous specialist courses (Spinal Biomechanics, Scoliosis, Shoulder Rehab, SI Joint Dysfunction, Fascial Fitness, Kinetic Precision and Lyno®, to name a few).

Katya’s loyal clientele attest to her unique Pilates technique, fun method of teaching, holistic approach and her in-depth understanding of complex postural issues.

 * If you have been referred to Pilates due to an injury or postural issue, or as a professional sportsperson, Katya will be happy to liaise with your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, biokineticist, nutritionist or sports trainer to ensure optimal results are achieved.

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.“​ – Joseph Pilates

Studio Space and Equipment

Your special time at the studio will be completely private, no other instructors will be conducting classes at the same time. 

The spacious studio is located in a quiet street in upper Camps Bay with beautiful views. The space is fully equipped with every possible piece of Pilates apparatus, both large and small (Reformers, Cadillacs, Wonder Chair, rollers, balls, and much more).

Pilates Academy SA
Pilates Instructor Training Program
(CPD/CEU Accredited Courses by Stellenbosch University)
Gift Voucher

Spoil your loved one next birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Christmas with a Pilates gift voucher.

The best gift for a beginner is a starter pack of four private or semi-private lessons. For a seasoned ‘Pilatean’, a month of group classes, or a private lesson using all the apparatus, is sure to tick all the boxes. Alternatively, you can elect a specific amount for your loved one and allow them to make a personal choice regarding how to spend it. You may also wish to assist someone in making a life/career change by gifting them a Pilates Academy SA Instructors Course gift voucher.

Please SMS or Whatsapp Katya directly at 0832356238 and she will email you the voucher within 48 hours.

Katya Kinski Pilates Studio - Gift Voucher
The Benefits of Pilates
  • Improve posture, tone, core strength and body shape.
  • Treat and prevent injuries.
  • Enhance your athletic performance while playing golf, rugby or cricket, running, cycling, horse-riding or dancing (or any other sport).
  • Reduce stress.
  • Alleviate back and neck pain through identifying and activating deep core muscles.
  • Enjoy an hour of fun and an energizing full body workout.
  • Manage scoliosis or other postural complexities.
  • See a decrease in repetitive strain injuries.
  • Improve balance and flexibility.
  • Flatten your stomach after pregnancy.
  • Watch your staff reap the rewards of a corporate wellness programme.
  • Retain good posture, strength and flexibility as you age.
  • Improve people’s perception of you and become more successful in your career and personal life as a result. (One’s posture influences first impressions about you.)
  • Tone/strengthen or lengthen respective muscles based on your individual postural requirements.
  • Stimulate connections between the left and right parts of your brain to promote ‘out of box’ thinking.
  • Improve your lung capacity. Cardiovascular benefits become apparent as you master beginner level and step into intermediate to advanced level. 
  • Weight loss/maintenance is a common long-term side effect. A slimmer more shapely physique can be noticed within just a few lessons.
  • No religious affiliation. Pilates is scientifically developed and although breathwork forms one aspect of practise, there is no chanting or other spiritual or religious component.
  • The first step towards a pain-free life is recognising and correcting faulty postural habits.
  • Enjoy being present and focused on your well-being.
Frequently Asked Questions

Katya: Please see below quotes from some of the studio’s clients:

Leanne Mostert  (World Champion in Dressage)
Pilates has been fantastic for my flexibility, strength and posture. I had lower back surgery, but since I started Pilates I no longer suffer from back pain or feel limited with my back movement. I have also found Pilates to be the best exercise to complement my sport. Katya is a great teacher who encourages me to explore my physical boundaries in a safe and expert manner.

Roland Schoeman  (Olympic champion and World record-holder)
I had an opportunity to spend 5 weeks with Katya Kinski after being diagnosed with 2 bulged disks in my lower back. It wasn’t until after our first session that I understood how much work was required to strengthen and stabilize my core. After five weeks, the difference in my body was profound. My core flexibility and stamina are better than ever. The benefit it is going to have on my swimming is immeasurable.

Honorata Saar  (South African Pole Vault Champion)
After recovering from a stress fracture in my lower spine I was told I should never vault again. I believed however that your body has the power to heal. After completing my rehab program I still experienced back pain when training hard, it was evident I needed to improve my core strength and to work on balancing out my body. Katya has helped me achieve exactly this through her knowledge. She helped me to understand the value of precision in Pilates.  After adding her classes to my training schedule I no longer have pain and have been able to continue with, and improve my sport. Thank youKatya

Katya: Pilates was invented by German-born gymnast, Joseph Pilates who used to train the Police force.

So primarily it was designed for men. However, his technique is suitable for men and women alike. Doctors recommend it for the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Joseph Pilates used to call his system Contrology, many people now call it the Intelligent exercise. Men as well as women need postural awareness and strength to survive a long day at the computer.

Katya: Pilates is the best way to start your fitness regime.

When you attempt a vigorous gym or stretch programme you often find that you have to stop, because of various injuries that you accumulate as you go along.  This can make you more despondent. Pilates places intense concentration on deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which is why Pilates has emerged as the most effective way to flatten your stomach.  Pilates has no impact on your joints and you get fit at your pace, progressively.    Small postural muscles work even when you are at rest, therefore you burn calories even when you sleep.   It really helps to control your weight.   Our instructors will make everyone feel welcome and accepted.

Katya: When you take your car for regular wheel alignment you prevent structural disruption to the car’s mechanics.

Like any mechanical structure, the human body needs good alignment and a proper relationship with gravity, to function normally.  Pilates teaches you how to utilize deep postural muscles and to deal with any deviation from your optimal posture. This helps to achieve muscular balance and to prevent repetitive strain injuries during any physical activity, including sitting and standing.   

Katya: Gym exercises mainly focus on cardiovascular fitness and improving muscle to fat ratio.

Pilates has a totally different philosophy. It focuses on achieving an optimal postural alignment and appropriate core strength first, which ensures a task of getting fit much safer and any workout more effective. Pilates prepares you to enjoy any sporting activity and minimizes the risk of an injury.

Katya: The classes with me are very personal and allow progression under proper supervision.

I get to know my client’s story, goals and inspirations and I have a full commitment to help each person to realize his/her full potential. Together with a client, we set the goals, based on individual needs in an environment which is positive and supportive. The atmosphere is tranquil at my studio. Everyone’s posture is different, it takes a well-trained eye to analyze any faulty movement patterns and advice on correcting them during the training.

Either I or one of my team members will expertly guide you or will implement recommendations from your medical practitioner whenever necessary.

Katya: Learning Pilates principles involves considerable concentration which takes your mind off the worries of the day.

The mental focus helps you to feel calmer and improves concentration. In contrast to some techniques which use momentum or mindless repetition, the Pilates method teaches conscious engagement.   By learning to focus on every movement and proper breathing you will develop a sense of integration, fluidity and balance.  The breathwork and release of endorphins will help you to feel better. Well-timed, specifically targeting stretches have a very positive effect on your wellbeing.  I don’t believe exercise must be serious, light humour provides great relief from stress.

Katya: Pilates is well recognized by physiotherapists, biokineticists and orthopedic specialists.

It is especially beneficial in the post-rehabilitation stages. Like with any other exercise, first of all, you need to have a proper diagnosis and written medical permission to start Pilates. The doctor’s recommendations regarding specific movement are also essential. You should start with private lessons. Keep in mind that not all certified Pilates instructors are skilled at providing help with the post-rehab. Our team however will be able to help you, depending on the severity of the injury. We will need to get some medical or radiological reports prior to your booking. Please contact me on katya@pilatescapetown.com  or Whatsapp on 0832356238.

Katya: 

Clothing: Please wear something stretchy and comfortable like yoga or gym clothes. Loose running shorts must be supplemented by cycling shorts. This is to regain dignity when doing leg work while lying on your back 🙂. Avoid zips at the back, belts, long jewellery, chewing gum.

Footwear: Please leave your shoes in the waiting room. Socks are considered more hygienic in public spaces, but if you prefer bare feet, please make clean and healthy foot skin a priority.

Perfume and body odour must be avoided, especially if you attend the group classes as many people are sensitive to some smells and may even develop an allergic reaction.

Hair must be tied up to prevent your tresses from getting caught in the Pilates apparatus or being left on the mat. Sweeping head motions associated with long hair getting in your face will interfere with the flow of movement and may cause neck discomfort the next day.

Mobile Phones: Kindly switch off your phone before entering the studio. In emergency circumstances, you may keep your cell phone next to you during your class on a vibrating mode, but please take it outside the room if you need to answer it.

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Pilates Class Options

- Private Classes
- Semi-Private Classes
- Group Classes
- Corporate Classes

Instructor Courses
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Instructor Courses

Become an exceptional Pilates Teacher with CPD/CEU accredited instructor training and short courses.

New Video Trying
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- Video Tutorials

Mat Work Coursee
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Book Now,
Earn 30 CPD Points

Beginner and Intermediate
Mat Work Course

28 Nov - 8 Dec 2024, Cape Town

Cadillac Course
Pilates Academy SA Logo
Cadillac Instructor Course

2024/2025 To Be Confirmed,
Camps Bay, Cape Town

About Katya
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About Katya Kinski

Learn more about Katya Kinski, Russian Ballerina & Pilates Master Teacher

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Reviews

Welcome to

Katya Kinski Pilates Studio

Cape Town, Camps Bay

Whether you are signing up for online videos, joining Katya for private or group classes at her beautiful studio, or registering for an instructor training course, you have found the right place to undertake a transformative and uplifting Pilates journey tailored to meet your specific requirements.

WHY PILATES WITH KATYA KINSKI?

Not only is Katya one of the country’s leading Pilates experts, she is also the founding member of Pilates Academy SA, an institution that has overseen the training of hundreds of medical and healthcare practitioners as certified, accredited Pilates instructors. Pilates Academy SA courses are proudly recognised and awarded CPD points by Stellenbosch University.

Katya Kinski’s colourful history as a Russian ballerina formed the perfect backdrop to the next twenty years spent teaching, living and breathing Pilates. Her comprehensive training and experience includes numerous specialist courses (Spinal Biomechanics, Scoliosis, Shoulder Rehab, SI Joint Dysfunction, Fascial Fitness, Kinetic Precision and Lyno®, to name a few).

Katya’s loyal clientele attest to her unique Pilates technique, fun method of teaching, holistic approach and her in-depth understanding of complex postural issues.

 * If you have been referred to Pilates due to an injury or postural issue, or as a professional sportsperson, Katya will be happy to liaise with your doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor, biokineticist, nutritionist or sports trainer to ensure optimal results are achieved.

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.“​ – Joseph Pilates

Studio Space and Equipment

Your special time at the studio will be completely private, no other instructors will be conducting classes at the same time. 

The spacious studio is located in a quiet street in upper Camps Bay with beautiful views. The space is fully equipped with every possible piece of Pilates apparatus, both large and small (Reformers, Cadillacs, Wonder Chair, rollers, balls, and much more).

Pilates Academy SA
Pilates Instructor Training Program
(CPD/CEU Accredited Courses by Stellenbosch University)
Gift Voucher

Spoil your loved one next birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day or Christmas with a Pilates gift voucher.

The best gift for a beginner is a starter pack of four private or semi-private lessons. For a seasoned ‘Pilatean’, a month of group classes, or a private lesson using all the apparatus, is sure to tick all the boxes. Alternatively, you can elect a specific amount for your loved one and allow them to make a personal choice regarding how to spend it. You may also wish to assist someone in making a life/career change by gifting them a Pilates Academy SA Instructors Course gift voucher.

Please SMS or Whatsapp Katya directly at 0832356238 and she will email you the voucher within 48 hours.

Katya Kinski Pilates Studio - Gift Voucher
The Benefits of Pilates
  • Improve posture, tone, core strength and body shape.
  • Treat and prevent injuries.
  • Enhance your athletic performance while playing golf, rugby or cricket, running, cycling, horse-riding or dancing (or any other sport).
  • Reduce stress.
  • Alleviate back and neck pain through identifying and activating deep core muscles.
  • Enjoy an hour of fun and an energizing full body workout.
  • Manage scoliosis or other postural complexities.
  • See a decrease in repetitive strain injuries.
  • Improve balance and flexibility.
  • Flatten your stomach after pregnancy.
  • Watch your staff reap the rewards of a corporate wellness programme.
  • Retain good posture, strength and flexibility as you age.
  • Improve people’s perception of you and become more successful in your career and personal life as a result. (One’s posture influences first impressions about you.)
  • Tone/strengthen or lengthen respective muscles based on your individual postural requirements.
  • Stimulate connections between the left and right parts of your brain to promote ‘out of box’ thinking.
  • Improve your lung capacity. Cardiovascular benefits become apparent as you master beginner level and step into intermediate to advanced level. 
  • Weight loss/maintenance is a common long-term side effect. A slimmer more shapely physique can be noticed within just a few lessons.
  • No religious affiliation. Pilates is scientifically developed and although breathwork forms one aspect of practise, there is no chanting or other spiritual or religious component.
  • The first step towards a pain-free life is recognising and correcting faulty postural habits.
  • Enjoy being present and focused on your well-being.
Frequently Asked Questions

Katya: Please see below quotes from some of the studio’s clients:

Leanne Mostert  (World Champion in Dressage)
Pilates has been fantastic for my flexibility, strength and posture. I had lower back surgery, but since I started Pilates I no longer suffer from back pain or feel limited with my back movement. I have also found Pilates to be the best exercise to complement my sport. Katya is a great teacher who encourages me to explore my physical boundaries in a safe and expert manner.

Roland Schoeman  (Olympic champion and World record-holder)
I had an opportunity to spend 5 weeks with Katya Kinski after being diagnosed with 2 bulged disks in my lower back. It wasn’t until after our first session that I understood how much work was required to strengthen and stabilize my core. After five weeks, the difference in my body was profound. My core flexibility and stamina are better than ever. The benefit it is going to have on my swimming is immeasurable.

Honorata Saar  (South African Pole Vault Champion)
After recovering from a stress fracture in my lower spine I was told I should never vault again. I believed however that your body has the power to heal. After completing my rehab program I still experienced back pain when training hard, it was evident I needed to improve my core strength and to work on balancing out my body. Katya has helped me achieve exactly this through her knowledge. She helped me to understand the value of precision in Pilates.  After adding her classes to my training schedule I no longer have pain and have been able to continue with, and improve my sport. Thank youKatya

Katya: Pilates was invented by German-born gymnast, Joseph Pilates who used to train the Police force.

So primarily it was designed for men. However, his technique is suitable for men and women alike. Doctors recommend it for the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Joseph Pilates used to call his system Contrology, many people now call it the Intelligent exercise. Men as well as women need postural awareness and strength to survive a long day at the computer.

Katya: Pilates is the best way to start your fitness regime.

When you attempt a vigorous gym or stretch programme you often find that you have to stop, because of various injuries that you accumulate as you go along.  This can make you more despondent. Pilates places intense concentration on deep abdominal and pelvic floor muscles, which is why Pilates has emerged as the most effective way to flatten your stomach.  Pilates has no impact on your joints and you get fit at your pace, progressively.    Small postural muscles work even when you are at rest, therefore you burn calories even when you sleep.   It really helps to control your weight.   Our instructors will make everyone feel welcome and accepted.

Katya: When you take your car for regular wheel alignment you prevent structural disruption to the car’s mechanics.

Like any mechanical structure, the human body needs good alignment and a proper relationship with gravity, to function normally.  Pilates teaches you how to utilize deep postural muscles and to deal with any deviation from your optimal posture. This helps to achieve muscular balance and to prevent repetitive strain injuries during any physical activity, including sitting and standing.   

Katya: Gym exercises mainly focus on cardiovascular fitness and improving muscle to fat ratio.

Pilates has a totally different philosophy. It focuses on achieving an optimal postural alignment and appropriate core strength first, which ensures a task of getting fit much safer and any workout more effective. Pilates prepares you to enjoy any sporting activity and minimizes the risk of an injury.

Katya: The classes with me are very personal and allow progression under proper supervision.

I get to know my client’s story, goals and inspirations and I have a full commitment to help each person to realize his/her full potential. Together with a client, we set the goals, based on individual needs in an environment which is positive and supportive. The atmosphere is tranquil at my studio. Everyone’s posture is different, it takes a well-trained eye to analyze any faulty movement patterns and advice on correcting them during the training.

Either I or one of my team members will expertly guide you or will implement recommendations from your medical practitioner whenever necessary.

Katya: Learning Pilates principles involves considerable concentration which takes your mind off the worries of the day.

The mental focus helps you to feel calmer and improves concentration. In contrast to some techniques which use momentum or mindless repetition, the Pilates method teaches conscious engagement.   By learning to focus on every movement and proper breathing you will develop a sense of integration, fluidity and balance.  The breathwork and release of endorphins will help you to feel better. Well-timed, specifically targeting stretches have a very positive effect on your wellbeing.  I don’t believe exercise must be serious, light humour provides great relief from stress.

Katya: Pilates is well recognized by physiotherapists, biokineticists and orthopedic specialists.

It is especially beneficial in the post-rehabilitation stages. Like with any other exercise, first of all, you need to have a proper diagnosis and written medical permission to start Pilates. The doctor’s recommendations regarding specific movement are also essential. You should start with private lessons. Keep in mind that not all certified Pilates instructors are skilled at providing help with the post-rehab. Our team however will be able to help you, depending on the severity of the injury. We will need to get some medical or radiological reports prior to your booking. Please contact me on katya@pilatescapetown.com  or Whatsapp on 0832356238.

Katya: 

Clothing: Please wear something stretchy and comfortable like yoga or gym clothes. Loose running shorts must be supplemented by cycling shorts. This is to regain dignity when doing leg work while lying on your back 🙂. Avoid zips at the back, belts, long jewellery, chewing gum.

Footwear: Please leave your shoes in the waiting room. Socks are considered more hygienic in public spaces, but if you prefer bare feet, please make clean and healthy foot skin a priority.

Perfume and body odour must be avoided, especially if you attend the group classes as many people are sensitive to some smells and may even develop an allergic reaction.

Hair must be tied up to prevent your tresses from getting caught in the Pilates apparatus or being left on the mat. Sweeping head motions associated with long hair getting in your face will interfere with the flow of movement and may cause neck discomfort the next day.

Mobile Phones: Kindly switch off your phone before entering the studio. In emergency circumstances, you may keep your cell phone next to you during your class on a vibrating mode, but please take it outside the room if you need to answer it.

Blog
Image by freepik

Can You Lose Weight by Practicing Pilates?

Pilates can definitely help you burn calories but its benefits far outweigh just being lighter on the scale. In fact, weight loss comes as a welcome side effect. Like any mechanical structure, the human body needs good alignment and a proper relationship with gravity to function normally…

Read More »