Classy: PiLAtaste

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Ever since a pal of mine told me about the half-cooking-half-Pilates/yoga class that her neighbor started teaching, I’ve been trying to go. This kind of thing is right up my alley. (It’s amazing how eating for a living makes you understand the balance between food and fitness like never before—especially come beach season.) Unfortunately, excessive summer travels have forced me to miss every single class so far—including the next one on July 18—but I just couldn’t wait to spread the word.

PiLAtaste is the brain child of Meg—a personal chef and all-around food lover from Atwater Village—and Heather—a longtime Pilates and yoga instructor based here in L.A. The class is, as the name suggests, a cooking class mixed with some Pilates and yoga instruction. It sounds weird; it isn’t.

Each session begins with one hour of exercise, followed by an hour-long cooking class focused on dishes that are good for you and your taste buds. The grand finale is a sit-down meal where discussion topics range from nutrition and fitness to life, love, and the pursuit of deliciousness.

Why cooking and exercise together? From the PiLAtaste Website:

“With all the environmental, physical and emotional stressors in the world, our bodies need all the defense we can give them against disease and exhaustion. Exercise, meditation and nutrition is no longer a luxury, it is a total necessity. Balancing it all is what piLAtaste uses as a philosophy. …Through piLAtaste we teach people how to cook, eat, and exercise consciously and to enjoy it all from start to finish. It is not just about what you do but how you do it. Greens should be sniffed. Downward Facing Dog should be enjoyed. Tomatoes should be squeezed. Spine Stretch should be cherished. And meals should be shared with someone you love (or at least like). This is in turn nourishes one’s body as well as their relationships.”

The location of each class is sent to you when you sign up. The next one is this Saturday, July 18 at 2 p.m. They’re currently running a summer special for $37 a session, but I hear it’s filling up quick. Visit www.pilataste.com to sign up.

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