1844 Echo Park Avenue | Los Angeles, CA, 90026 | (323) 913-9460
Pilates & Arts FAQ




We have 2 restrooms that can function as changing rooms.

We provide everything needed for your classes and sessions: mats, water, Pilates props.

There is unmetered free street parking available.

We require 10-hour cancellation notice for Pilates group classes or you will be charged in full for missed appointments.  We require 12 hours cancellation notice for reserved Private or Partner sessions or you will be charged in full for missed appointments.  Waiving of the policy will be considered depending upon extenuating EMERGENCIES AND ILLNESSES.  Please note the online scheduler cancellation is only available from 7AM to 10PM.  If you need to cancel between 10PM and 7AM email info@pilatesandarts.com or leave a message at 323-913-9460, and if it is within the allowed cancellation time you will not be charged a fee.

We have a monthly group reformer class membership, and unlimited monthly plans available for the dance group-exercise classes.

Our Pilates session and dance group-exercise series packages do not expire. 

We have introductory offers available.   

To schedule your first private or partner Pilates session please contact us info@pilatesandarts.com

We offer fun and often FREE arts and lifestyle events, check them out here.

The art is for sale by artists exhibiting.   Contact the studio info@pilatesandarts.com, to connect with the artist.




What’s the difference between Pilates on the mat and Pilates on and machines?

Spring loaded Pilates machines help assist you when you are exercising on them.  When you take a Pilaetes Mat class you must use your own core strength while performing the movements, and this can be more challenging in some ways than performing movements on the machines.   It is ideal to do both the matwork and Pilates on the machines.

If I’ve never been on a Pilates machine is it required that I take privates sessions?

Private sessions are recommended but not required.   We have a great 3 private introductory available.

What’s a jump board class?

A platform is placed at the base of the reformer, and during class you will do cardio-jumping exercises while lying on your back.  Pilates machines are spring loaded which lessens the impact when you are jumping.  Jump board classes are NOT recommended for beginners or those with certain injuries and conditions.,   If you have questions please contact the studio prior to signing up for a jump-board class. 

What should I wear when I do Pilates?

Dress as you would for a yoga class or gym workout. 

Can I do Pilates when I’m pregnant?

Done with modifications Pilates is a safe, strengthening exercise program appropriate to practice during pregnancy.   Our instructors are their to guide you through all phases of your pregnancy.

Can I do Pilates as physical therapy?

Pilates can be used for rehabilitation.   A number of our instructors have worked in Physical Therapy facilities and can help with recovery, and construct therapeutic preventative programs for clients, but there is no licensed Physical Therapist at Pilates & Arts Echo Park, and we do not take insurance.  

Will I lose weight doing Pilates?

Pilates exercises tone and sculpt the body, but you may not lose weight.  You may actually gain a couple of pounds because muscle is denser and therefore heavier in weight than fat,. 

Is Pilates a cardio exercise?

The only truly cardio Pilates workout is a jump board class.

Does Pilates build bone density?

Yes, the exercises are weight baring and do build bone density. 

Does Pilates help with back and joint pain?

Yes Pilates helps with both of these by mobilizing the spine and all the joints.   Also resulting improved all over alignment and core strength helps alleviate spine and joint issues.



How are the Pilates mat classes different from each other?

Classes vary according to the teacher’s approach to the matwork.  All fitness levels are welcome in all the mat classes.  Pilates props may be used in class both to assist and to add challenges.   

What level are the ballet classes?

Beginners to professional dancers take our ballet classes.  We offer beginning to intermediate/advanced ballet as well as ballet pointe classes.   Class levels are noted on the schedule.

What is the style of Tai Chi that’s taught?

Wu style Tai Chi On the outside the moves are slow and deliberate and sometimes microscopic.  But on the inside, powerful energy flows and huge movements are taking place.

What is Gyrokinesis?

The Gyrokinesis method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance.