Our belief is that Pilates is more than just a great workout - it is a way of life. We strive to create a welcoming and empowering environment where the mind and the body are equally challenged to move towards increased awareness and vitality.
Excellent training and experience are the foundation of our teaching philosophy.
We believe that each client is unique in their fitness journey and we strive to honour that by offering a variety of mind body modalities.
Bonni is passionate about movement and what the human body can achieve. She is continually investing in learning and acquiring the latest knowledge to be able to apply it in her teachings.
Bonni feels very strongly about treating each client as an individual and encourages each person to become the best version of themselves
Bonni taught ballet and classical greek for many years both in her own studios and at Hoer Skool Die Kruin. She examined the Classical Greek Matriculation Exams and tested for N.S.D.T and adjudicated at many competitions.
Through her years of experience in the world of dance and through running her own ballet and now pilates studios, Bonni understands how important it is to be able to connect with one’s own body to be able to see its potential; but at the same time being realistic about one’s own limitations.
Having worked with all kinds of bodies over many years one acquires an understanding of so many aspects of the human body and movement, and this experience cannot be under-estimated.
Specific areas of expertise also include pre and post pregnancy communities where one size does not fit all. With the Basi Pilates Through Pregnancy and Beyond Certification qualification that Bonni holds, each pregnant client is handled with care and integrity
Mel has always been passionate about movement and the understanding of the functional movement and anatomy of the physical body.
From young age, Mel enjoyed participating in ballet classes and had a love for music where she played the piano and the guitar.
Mel studied towards a Biological BSc degree in Microbiology and Zoology. She also completed a diploma in Public Relations, a certification from the American Council of Exercise and taught aerobic classes for a decade. Eight years ago she graduated from the BASI Comprehensive Teachers Training Course and has taught Pilates full time since then. She has obtained further qualifications in Pilates for Pregnancy and Beyond, Movement Anatomy and has recently become a Low Pressure Fitness, Level 1 trainer.
Mel loves the detail of working with clients to improve their posture, general flexibility, spinal flexibility and muscle strength. She's passionate about guiding people to improve their physical and mental well-being in a nurturing, challenging and focused environment.
Dani’s passion is watching her students’ progress as they discover how pilates changes the shape and length of their bodies and how it teaches them to move and wear their bodies efficiently and ultimately live healthier.
Dani’s career started out in digital marketing and after many years of being a pilates student - whilst feeling healthy and seeing the positive changes in her body - she knew she had found her passion. Her focus then shifted to studying and teaching Pilates.
In 2016, Dani completed the BASI Comprehensive Course as well as the BASI Pilates Through Pregnancy & Beyond certification. In 2017, she completed the Booty Barre Course which is an international course developed by Tracey Mallet, who is also BASI trained.
Pilatesjoburg is situated in a recently refurbished bright and secure studio in Sydenham - Johannesburg. Its warm and friendly atmosphere is most inviting and is fully equipped with large and small apparatus including Reformers, Cadillac and Wall Unit, Wunda Chairs, Spine Correctors and Core-Fitness Rollers. Bonita ( Bonni) Behr – a Basi Comprehensive qualified Pilates trainer heads the studio and is ably assisted by a team of experienced professional trainers who offer a high and excellent standard of training
The studio is equipped with a wide array of high quality equipment.
In addition to all the small equipment like balls, resistance bands, hedge hogs etc, there is the following medium and large equipment:
Take a look at what a reformer is and how it works and then explore the benefits a reformer might have for your body. The Reformer was invented by Joseph Pilates.
It is a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it called the carriage, which moves backwards and forwards. The springs provide different levels of resistance as the carriage moves and is propelled by either the arms or legs being in straps.
A wide variety of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility and balance. The reformer can train many parts of the body in many different ways which lead to daily life improvements like better posture, efficient movement and for many, relief from pain associated with physical imbalances.
This piece of pilates equipment has all the bells and whistles that you could want: leg springs, arm springs, fuzzy loops to hang from, a push through bar to stretch you out and even a trapeze.
You can isolate every muscle group on this piece of equipment. It is an excellent tool for breaking down motion into small pices to restore correct motion patterns. Using the leg springs is one of the best ways for runners to use their hamstrings properly.
The Pilates/Wunda chair is another of Joseph Pilates resistance exercise machines. The pilates chair is basically a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs like a large pedal.
There are a myriad of exercises that can be performed on the pilates chair. It is excellent for strengthening the core muscles and also arms and legs.
Core Fitness Rollers
Core Fitness Rollers
This piece of equipment is way more than just an ordinary roller and is very effective for rehabilitation.
It challenges balance, core strength, upper body, lower body, agility and cardio work.
It is extremely versatile and provides an unlimited amount of different exercises.
Spine Corrector/Arc Barrel
These are used to help decompress and lengthen the spine and improve posture.
The spine corrector is an essential Pilates tool that can be used to perform exercises lengthening and stretching the torso, shoulders, back and legs while correcting or restoring the spine’s natural curvature.
The ladder barrel has many uses and is one of the best ways to strengthen the back muscles through back extension exercises.
It allows for relatively safe experimentation with a range of flexion and extension exercises for the back. It can be used as an overall strengthener and is a very good tool for stretching exercises.
This piece of equipment, designed by Joseph Pilates, challenges core stability in a functional standing position.
It can also be used for a postural assessment to look and see what is happening with the spine up against the pole.