Stretch Yoga and Pilates

Gayle Boissonnault Stefanelli- E-RYT 200,  Pilates Mat 1 and Mat 2- (Pilates Institute of America)- Adaptive yoga (Yoga of the Heart)

Gayle is now teaching yoga and pilates in Charlotte NC. She has relocated with her best friend and partner David Hebert, who was transferred to Atlas Copco in Rock Hill SC.  Feel free to view her schedule.

She is currently teaching at NC Yoga (www.ncyogacharlotte.com) Synergy Yoga Wellness in Steele Creek NC and Rock Hill SC, Vanguard Investments LLC and The Four Season At Gold Hill in Fort Mill SC.

***Now offering yoga and/or pilates classes to corporate facilities in the Charlotte NC and Fort Mill SC area. We can design a specialized program for your business on site.  Feel free to call Gayle @ 413-552-8199 for any information you may need to offer this exciting program to your employees.  

If you or anyone that you know is not comfortable in a group setting or just want some one on one private sessions to build strength and personal confidence, I am the one to help. If you are struggling with heart disease or cancer related illness, adaptive yoga can help. We will concentrate on meditation, breath work, imagery and slow movement.

Gayle is trained and certified through Yoga Alliance and a member of the International Journal of Yoga Therapy to teach Hatha/Iyengar classes, and adaptive yoga which focus on proper alignment, mind/body connection and learning the true path to yoga. Learning the asanas/poses is very helpful for beginners and people that want to tap into their own strength and flexibility, as well as learning breathing practices and meditation. Modifications and props are used if needed. She is very aware of limited motion that some people experience, and is always there to help. Those that are strong are encouraged to take their practice deeper. Her classes can be very gentle and very strong depending on the energy one wants to apply to their own practice. She also teaches a signature strong flow class.

Gayle’s pilates classes are strong but fun; focusing on core and upper body strength. See class descriptions.

If you are interested in building strength her Total Body/Core classes are for you!

Valley Advocate Best Pilates

Stretch Yoga and Pilates Center was voted “BEST OF” in the Valley Advocate Reader’s Poll for Pilates for 2011.  Third Place for Yoga!  In 2007 (the first year of operation) the studio was number 2 in the valley for yoga and pilates. Read the article in the Valley Advocate.

Pilates and Yoga enthusiasts understand body alignment, and they are less likely to suffer an injury. Athletes, actors, businessmen/women, and dancers all over the world have practiced yoga and pilates for decades!

Are you longing for strength, flexibility, relaxation, and health? Or do you need a challenge to your exercise regimen? Try yoga and pilates. There is a misconception about yoga. It is not “twisting into a pretzel”. It is self discovery, self healing and self transforming. It is an addition to your life that you will notice after your first class. If you are already an athlete, you will notice how much better you will be at your game. There is a level for everyone.

There is also a misconception that pilates is for women.  This is farther from the truth!  Joseph Pilates developed his exercises for men.  In addition to developing strength and flexibility, it increases the awareness of the core muscles, and how important they are to any sport or activity that we do.  Good posture brings great energy!  I encourage men to add it to their exercise regimen and feel the difference. Grab a group of friends and reserve a private class!

Recently, Gayle appeared on MassAppeal to discuss the benefits of Pilates: