Walking into Imprint Pilates on Spadina Avenue is a stark contrast to the bustle of King and Spadina in Toronto. It provides a space where life seems quieter and you can focus your attention inwards.
This small-organized studio is run by Anita Ivic and her trusty zen dog Ellie (who looks like she’s got abs of steel and is the size of a shoebox). Cast aside your preconceptions about the sterile equipment, which seems like it could be from Fifty Shades of Grey. This is serious work.
Anita started taking Pilates when she was just 10 and began practicing yoga at 18. She has a skill for quickly assessing strengths and weaknesses, demonstrating exercises that would be simple were you able to overcompensate with your strong muscles. Being forced to work with your weakmuscles means every time you show up, you build a more functional body. Ass kicking: check.
Anita is available for private appointments, and her highly trained staff offer group classes either on the mat or the Reformer. An introductory one-on-one lesson is a reasonable $38 and yoga, acupuncture, massage, and holistic nutrition are also available. The Imprint Pilates crew is dedicated to the Stott method and they work with all types of bodies and ages.
Prepare to feel things shake that have never shook before. In a good way.