SHAPES was started by Dr Paola Langella and is a leading Pilates and wellness boutique studio. Carrying her lived-experiences as a dancer and understanding the importance of treating the body as a temple to be cherished and diligently cared for. Every SHAPES class and programme is centred on a mission to make fitness, health and wellness an enjoyable part of everyday life that meets you where you are. So you can start feeling like you again.
HOW SHAPES DOES IT
Overall wellness that starts from within
We believe sustainable and long-term overall wellness and health begins from a loving, trusting and accepting relationship with the body. A mindset underpinned by the compounding power of simplicity and consistency. The key principle to forming daily habits and choices that facilitate the body’s natural abilities and fulfil its individual needs.
Dynamic Pilates & Fitness Fusion Exercises
Stemmed from our founder, Paola’s ballet background and expertise. SHAPES classes bind Pilates principles with functional fitness movement to provide a unique and complete body-mind enhancing practice.
Integrative Nutrition & Lifestyle Coaching
Imbalances in our day-to-day reflect in our diets. Wave hello to the 80/20 principle, that is advocated across all SHAPES nutrition and lifestyle concepts and frameworks: 80% wholesome and nutritional eating, 20% happy, indulgent cravings.
Mindfulness & Body Confidence
The language of our inner-world sculpts the reality of our outer-world. From practising SHAPES’ signature Beauty Diary, to deep breathing and other easy-to-follow mindfulness guides. Love your shape with a renewed sense of appreciation everyday.
Fun, approachable and easy-to follow guided instructions. SHAPES’ complete library of Pilates, nutrition and mindfulness classes and programmes provides something for everyone, no matter your focus for the day
I have been training with Paola for several months now and it took my body (and life) to the next level! I have recently turned 40 and I have been a little frustrated as I could not find a teacher that would have such a wide preparation to be able to integrate all the things that our body needs at this age and in a short class before rushing to work! I was also coming out from a bad back injury and was scared to go back to working out. After only a few classes, I already started to feel the difference. After a few weeks I also began to integrate with her SHAPES workouts. I choose the class that suits my needs depending on the amount of time I have. I travel a lot and being able to do all of this on my screen is just ideal. They are done very well and Paola gives it the same love that she gives to you as a private client. Believe me, even the 10 minutes boost classes are great! I highly recommend Paola and her SHAPES studio! She is one of the best trainers I have ever worked with as she knows how the body works and is also able to advise on your general wellbeing and nutrition. You totally feel you get a 360 degree workout from the inside out!
- Livia, Dubai
I can’t recommend Paola enough!!! Her SHAPES online platform offers you numerous exercise options from the comfort of your home without the need to travel or take too much time out. If you have a busy schedule this really is the best way to get exercise factored into your day. The platform provides all kinds of programs that focus on different muscle groups so you can choose what you want to focus on. Wonderful platform with a lot to choose from including information on nutrition and wellbeing. Being in the studio with Paola, you feel like you are working with a friend. That’s what I love most. She creates a warm, positive and fun atmosphere guiding you through exercises with passion and encouragement. She has such a great understanding of the body and tailors each class to your specific needs.I always look forward to our classes together and leave feeling energised, stronger and positive to face the day ahead.
- Yasmine Naghdi
What I really love about Paola’s approach is that it enables to personalise and adapt, allowing to pick out and create a routine that works best for each and every individual at a different stage of life. Free to choose however the intensity one may desire, whenever and wherever one is able, her workout is never imposing, yet complete. It helped me realise the importance of trusting my own body’s ability to heal. It has been just over a month since I joined the Shapes Studio, but the quality of my sleep has improved significantly – and I just simply feel so elevated.
- Hiroko, Munich
It took me 1 private session with Paola to try pilates and I can’t have a day without it! I absolutely love how she designed her web site, it is very easy to find what you want and add things as you need. Every video that I watched differs from others. Paola masterfully takes you to a journey that feels great for your body, mind and spirit. She is a pleasure to follow as she always look graceful and has a very uplifting personality. I like that I can choose certain pilates tools and how Paola mixes them to make things more exciting. There are choices ( site designed to choose by different criteria) that only you know what your body needs. To me it is not just a workout to feel and look great, it is a lifestyle.
- Natalia, Boston
Pilates became like water to me a while back and after moving to London in 2017 it was so hard to find a professional, dedicated, and creative instructor until i finally met Paola in one of london’s studios. I became even more excited after joining the shapes community. Paola is amazing; she has great tips and a personalized approach, and always includes new workouts! Her classes have kept me hooked during holidays, and a busy work life routine even during lockdown specially ! Thanks to her I haven’t stopped doing Pilates and her exercises challenge me and help me with my strength and mobility! Couldn’t but highly recommend her !
- Raya, London
Pilates with Paola is a beautiful way of nourishing your body where you’re working with it rather than against it. It’s so creative and dynamic so you never get bored – you never know what to expect and always learn something new. My body feels amazing for it, every time.The breath work and creative choreography also really help me to get out of my own head – it’s like moving meditation for me. I love it.
- Sally, London
There’s loads of stuff on there for the time poor that truly works and I believe in Paola’s method so much – she’s not only transformed my body but she’s got me back to walking (twice) in the face of serious back surgery. So whatever the reason for looking at what she does, I can’t recommend her highly enough
- FAY, London
I discovered Paola and Shapes Studio just over 2 months ago. My overall mindset to exercise and nutrition has changed as it is now sustainable since becoming a member. Paola’s holistic approach to improving your wellbeing is refreshing and the exercises which are very effective you can do at your own pace. My shape has changed and my muscles have become more toned. Overall, I feel better inside and out. Thank you Paola for your excellent coaching, motivation and advice. I would not have got this far without you
- Jacqui, London
Shapes has drastically improved my fitness as well as my enjoyment when exercising. Paola is an engaging, enthusiastic and clear Pilates teacher. I love her various routines which I can pick to match my energy levels. I would definitely recommend shapes to people of all Pilates abilities. There is something in it for everyone
- Poppy, London
I only started doing Pilates a few months ago at my gym and, when it closed, I discovered Shapes and have been doing those workouts daily. I can’t believe the changes I’ve seen in my body! I’m a lot more toned and strong and in control, but the best part is that it doesn’t bulk you like more conventional forms of exercise. Paola is amazing and is always there to guide you and answer your questions. I couldn’t be happier and I’m hooked for life!
- Jessica, South Africa
I had a great experience using SHAPES platform! I love the fact that the workouts are very specific, short and effective! I really enjoy doing them and actually looking forward to the next one. I feel like they are becoming part of my daily routine and I am very happy with results! I have tried many different workout styles but feel like this one is a perfect mix of exercises that my body needs.
- Inna, London
FROM OUR FOUNDER
I want to be able to do my own shoe laces until 85!
Health is a journey, and I would be honoured to walk this path by your side, helping you to fall in love with your shapes inside and out.