Mat based Pilates with Clarissa

Pilates requires concentration and focus, because you move your body through precise ranges of motion.

About Pilates

Joseph Pilates (founder of Pilates) originally called his work “Contrology.” He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. Pilates was first created to help injured athletes and dancers safely return to exercise and maintain their fitness. Since then, Pilates has been adapted to suit people in the general community.

Pilates can be an aerobic and non-aerobic form of exercise. It requires concentration and focus, because you move your body through precise ranges of motion. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in your body in a balanced fashion. It requires concentration in finding a centre point to control your body through movement. Each exercise has a prescribed placement, rhythm and breathing pattern.

According to Better Health Australia, some of the benefits of Pilates include:

  • improved flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone, particularly of your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks (the ‘core muscles’ of your body)
  • balanced muscular strength on both sides of your body
  • enhanced muscular control of your back and limbs
  • improved stabilisation of your spine
  • improved posture
  • rehabilitation or prevention of injuries related to muscle imbalances
  • improved physical coordination and balance
  • relaxation of your shoulders, neck and upper back
  • safe rehabilitation of joint and spinal injuries
  • prevention of musculoskeletal injuries
  • increased lung capacity and circulation through deep breathing
  • improved concentration
  • increased body awareness
  • stress management and relaxation.

Wednesdays 11am

Dates: 21 April | 28 April | 5th May


Nadi Wellness Queenstown


Clarissa Benke



About Clarissa

Clarissa’s life in Queenstown began around 10 years ago, with a Working Holiday visa in New Zealand eventually unfolding to be a life changing experience.
Clarissa originates from Santiago, Chile. Coming from a background studying in dramatic arts and movement. Seeking a new challenge and direction in life, it brought her to the shores of Aotearoa. It was here she discovered her calling, developing a serious passion and vocation for yoga.
About 9 years ago, invited by a friend, Clarissa attended her first Bikram class. From that moment on, she found herself practicing that particular style, 6 classes a week, for over a year. With this, her curiosity expanded to other styles of yoga practice, developing and experiencing a love for Hatha and
Dynamic Hatha.
2 years into practice, the call from within to become a Yoga instructor arrived, to this day, never forgetting the moment she found her purpose in life. With the decision made, the travel to India to undertake 200hrs Hatha Yoga Teaching Training was locked in. Clarissa became a facilitator for internal understanding, and external change in the world. She found the need to share the knowledge of Yoga, and help anyone who could benefit from the practice just like the practice had helped her.
This was her way to give back what she had received from her practice.
Helping to cultivate this ancient knowledge, that can be the key to becoming a better human, connecting with others, and to care for our world.
Clarissa has been teaching Yoga since 2014. Beginning as a part-time job, developing through time, to become her full-time career path. Gaining further experience through 100 hours Yin teaching training, Trauma based Yoga Workshops, Meditation and various other courses.
Attending Clarissa’s classes, you will find that she is very lighthearted and never shy to enjoy a laugh. Feeling that want to connect with everyone like equals. Who will always invite you to honor your body, and your practice, every time you step on the mat.