Classical Pilates: Through private instruction and small group classes, clients learn and apply the original principles and philosophy of Joseph Pilates. Movements activate the deep core muscles to elongate and lift the body into its center resulting in better posture, symmetrical muscle development and an internal sense of vitality and connection.
Positive Wellness: In addition to teaching and learning authentic movement through Pilates, another big part of our mission is to encourage and support clients toward applying their well-being outside of the Pilates studio. Many of our wellness recommendations are based in the scientific study of traits like resilience, optimism, grit and mindfulness. A field of study called positive psychology. These traits and many more have been proven to be the key to living a life that feels engaged, meaningful and valuable.
Thanks for checking us out! Please note that we are currently on temporary maternity leave and will be back in touch with pilates offerings in the spring of 2019.
In the meantime, we encourage you to continue seeking your most vibrant life, approached through a sense of curiosity and growth mindset. We proudly recommend any of the following resources and practitioners in the Athens Area:
Julie Philips - Classical Pilates, Yoga and Yamuna Body Rolling instructor; individual, duet and group classesChet Thomas - Iyengar Yoga; individual and group classes at Five Points YogaSPARC Athens - Offering functional movement and strength training.
Origin: from Greek philein to love or philos loving.
From our owner: The name Philo has been in my family since 1867. Beyond the meaning of “loving and a tendency towards” it holds a personal representation of the broader collective of heritage, wisdom, and perspective gained through five generations. It’s my sincere wish that by connecting to our physical bodies we are able to deepen our own unique understanding of what we love and have a tendency towards… creating a wellspring of awareness in order to build a flourishing life for our selves, our communities and the world at large.
Kimberly Philo Whatley, our owner, received her training and 700+ hour certification from Urban Body Studios with Patricia Russell, a long time instructor who trained directly under Joseph Pilates’ protégé Romana Kryzanowska. She continues to attend professional development and evolve her own practice as a student with various classically trained instructors in the Southeast region.
In her words, “For me, the Pilates discipline has brought a deeper level of awareness not only in the way I physically move, play and perform, but also how I show up to my relationships, goals and sense of possibility. I believe that the ability to connect to and empower our physical bodies is directly related to our ability to connect to the larger context of life.”