Pilates Story

Our aim is to offer sessions from the best teachers, all our pilates teachers ar Romanas certified.

Romanas Pilates

The rich and rigorous training guarantees, the high quality and professionalism of its instructors. This certificate of achievement is a world renowned reference and used by many pilates studios.

Romana Kryzanowska

Romana was the trusted protégé of Joseph Pilates, she worked under the direct supervision of her mentor and continued to operate pilates original studio after his death with the help of her daughter Sari Majta Santo.

Both Romana and Sari are considered guardians of the original method. Romana sadly passed away in 2013 after almost 60 years of teaching pilates. Now Sari strives to keep the method pure, and pass it on as Joseph Pilates would have wanted. She cames once a year to Phillipe Taupin's studio pilates de Paris.

Joseph Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Mönchengladbach (Germany) on december 9th 1883. At five years of age, he lost the sight of his left eye. Family members alive today state that this was due to a stone wield by one or more bullies. This explains maybe why he took up a strong interest in self-defence.

He studied both eastern and western forms of exercise including yoga, and ancient Greek and Roman regimens. By the time ha was 14, he had developed his body to the point that he was modeling for anatomy charts.

Growing up Germany, and working at the local brewery, he achieved some success as a boxer and gymnast in addition to being a skilled skier and diver. In 1912 he went to England for further training as a boxer. He found employment there as a circus performer.

In 1914 after the first world war broke out he was interned along with German nationals in a "camp" for enemy aliens in Lancaster. There he taught wrestling and self-defense , it was there that he began teaching his minimal equipment system of mat exercises that after became "contrology".

He was subsequently transferred to another camp on The Isle of Man where he became a nurse and worked with many internees suffering from illness. He help the patients in the infirmary with exercise. He took the springs from the beds and rigged them up to the bed posts as exercise apparatus for the bedridden ! That's how the trapezium table was born.

He moved to America at age 42, on the ship he met Clara, his future long term partner. Upon arriving at New York City Joseph took over a boxing gym at 939 Eight Ave, alongside several dance studios. He was a friend and teacher to many renowned dancers, socialites, plumbers and doctors.

Clara continued to teach after his death. Hollywood celebrities discovered pilates, Joseph called his style of fitness "contrology" but the public call it simply "Pilates".

Phillipe Taupin

Romanas Pilates certified in 1995, he first reached in New York with Romana, then in Stuggart (Germany), and then in Vienna teaching dancers and in the Banburry Hospital in England. In 1997 he imports the pilates method to France. Opening the studio Pilates de Paris. 

He has taught celebrities like Patrick Swayze, Martina Navra Tilova, Jodie Foster, Christin Scott Thomas, Carole Bouquet, etc...

Pilates Method

Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, muscular power and control.

Regardless of age, gender or physical limitations, pilates practitioners feel the difference in how they walk, play, work and most importantly how they live.

Pilates originally called "contrology" is a unique system of stretching and strength hening exercises designed to coordinate the body, mind and spirit. This proven method "develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit".

Pilates Benefits

Snake & Twist practices the original method as Joseph Pilates developed it to produce strong, supple bodies with long lean muscles.

Improved posture, muscular balance, flexibility and control.

Improved mental concentration and decreased stress.

Enhanced energy and increased endurance.

Injury prevention and strengthened and toned muscles.

Improved and more efficient breathing.


Gives a strong core.

Long and lean muscles.

Nice allure when waking and moving.

Yoga Story

The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions; it is mentioned in the Rigveda ,but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India's ascetic and śramaṇa movements. The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads.

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins in tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise; it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.

Yoga Method

Snake & Twist offers a wide range of teaching styles, some classes are healed to as degrees, it's not Bikram yoga temperatures (40°C), but it's going to be hot and sweaty.

Yoga Benefits of infrared hot yoga

Increase flexibility

Infrared heat directly warms muscles, allowing for a greater range of motion.

Increase circulation

Infrared heat has shown to stimulate blood flow. It can help lower blood pressure, help oxygenate organs and rid the body of toxins.

Detoxifying sweat

Infrared heat will make you sweat, which is a good thing because it's your natural way of flushing toxins, creating a deep, detoxifying cleanse on the cellular level.

Weight loss

Infrared heat also increases metabolism between the blood and tissue, which also burns calories.

Pain relief

Infrared heat directly penetrates tissues, muscles and joints, allowing them to heal and regenerate thanks to the increased circulation, oxygenation and detoxification.