Garuda Academy
Garuda Academy

Garuda Training

Garuda is a holistic, organic approach to movement which concentrates on flow and rhythm. It has the clarity and mindfulness of Pilates as its core,  the economy of form of Alexander Technique, the self-perception of Feldenkrais, the spirituality of yoga and the joy of dance.

We believe that training at Garuda is a lifelong commitment. What starts as a training course ends up as a journey of investigation, thus training our teachers to think “outside the box” We educate, nourish, and instigate a sense of learning and confidence. Our repertoire is vast and concentrates on functionality, rejuvenation and healing. We have devised modules to take our participants, through different levels to create a sense of expertise and care. We pride our teachers on who they become, as they are our ambassadors.

All our courses are recognised by the Pilates Method Alliance for Continuing Education Credits. Before you start a Garuda course with us, you will be requested to fill in a student confidentiality agreement, which can be found here.

ONLINE Foundation Matwork Course

Join our online courses to train in the Garuda method from the comfort of your home! Please visit the Master Trainers page to see courses for non-English speakers. The Foundation Matwork course will comprise of… read more

ONLINE Bootcamp

The Bootcamp is a wonderful way to experience all that Garuda Matwork, Barre, Chakra (Foam Roller), Graha (Brick), Dhara (Chair) and Mala (Bands) offer: a showcase of work that will introduce and inspire you to… read more

ONLINE Dhara (Chair) Course

Join our online courses to train in the Garuda method from the comfort of your home! Please visit the Master Trainers page to see courses for non-English speakers. Dhara is the cosmic flow which interlinks… read more

ONLINE Graha (Brick) Course

Join our online courses to train in the Garuda method from the comfort of your home! Please visit the Master Trainers page to see courses for non-English speakers. The Garuda Graha, or brick, workshop is… read more

ONLINE International Bootcamp

This online workshop with Garuda founder James D’Silva and international Master Trainers is open to instructors, movement professionals, dancers and dance teachers and Garuda clients as an introduction to the Garuda technique. Mat, functional training,… read more

ONLINE Chakra (Foam Roller) Course

Join our online courses to train in the Garuda method from the comfort of your home! Please visit the Master Trainers page to see courses for non-English speakers. Chakra or wheel is the defining word… read more

Inspiration Day

At Garuda we pride ourselves on our extensive repertoire on Apparatus, Matwork, Barre, and other auxiliary equipment. We use Pilates, yoga and functional training as our base. Our trainings are innovative and we constantly encourage… read more

Bootcamp

These workshops are open to instructors, movement professionals, dancers and dance teachers and Garuda clients as an introduction workshop to the Garuda technique. Mat, functional training, barre and prop classes are included in curriculum where… read more

Foundation Apparatus A

The Garuda Apparatus A Foundation concentrates on basic movement repertoire, taking you through a syllabus that prepares you for teaching movement at an elementary, and intermediate level. Here the practitioner is trained in the philosophy… read more

Foundation Apparatus B

Extensively working out of the repertoire of Garuda Apparatus A, Garuda Apparatus B concludes with comprehensive chair work. The arm band series are also introduced into this section. More importantly teachers are coached and assessed… read more

Apparatus Series 1

Following on from Garuda Apparatus A and Garuda Apparatus B, Garuda Apparatus Series 1 brings in box-work, coupled in with spring and strap work. The client is challenged with long lever and complex movement patterns. This series works… read more

Foundation Matwork

Encompassing the principles of Pilates, the breath work and asana practices of yoga, and the athleticism of dance, Garuda is heralded as the face of 21st century fitness. Holistic, organic, dynamic – Garuda is the… read more

Seated & Standing Matwork

A carefully crafted blend of yoga, Pilates and dance, Garuda matwork has been developed and perfected by James D’Silva over many years, during his own dedicated practice as well as his inspiring teaching of these… read more

Garuda Foundation Barre

This contemporary barre workout incorporates the physicality and grace of dance. Rhythm and flow are paramount, adagio and allegro are two aspects of movement quality that are constantly introduced and this change of pace makes… read more

Garuda Barre Advanced

Following on from the Garuda Barre, Garuda Barre Advanced will build on the original repertoire of Garuda Barre, adding deeper levels of complexity and variety to complete the Garuda Barre training. Please note to enrol… read more

Dhara (Chair)

Dhara is the cosmic flow which interlinks us to everything around and within us. This seated workout simplifies the Seated and Standing Garuda Matwork and makes the more advanced repertoire easily available to the remedial… read more

Chakra (Foam Roller)

Chakra or wheel is the defining word that aligns our newly produced foam rollers with the workouts we have created in opening, lengthening and strengthening our form. The word, aptly described as the energetic wheel,… read more

Mala (Bands)

Band work or Mala has become an integral tributary of the Garuda repertoire. The bands are used for resistance, defining spirals and creating space and length out of movement. They especially work on a coil… read more

Tara (Sling)

Tara, or Sling, is an integral part of the Garuda Apparatus. The Sling is cutting edge, daring and challenging and the training has been cleverly put together to strengthen, stabilise and challenge the practitioner. Tara supports… read more

Graha (Brick)

The Garuda Graha, or brick, workshop is an innovative and functional workout, using the Pilates principles and repertoire to instigate bilateral symmetry and stability of the pelvis, whist creating lower limb strength and functionality. Special… read more

Garuda Kriya

Using the yogic tradition of breath control, this workshop informs the participants on different breathing techniques. One learns about the marriage between breath and movement and works specifically on using this union in a meditative… read more

Garuda on Reformer

Using the reformer as an apparatus of movement expression, Garuda explores a profound practice that is challenging in strength, endurance, flexibility and coordination. Keeping to the Pilates principles Garuda presents innovative movement possibilities through its vast… read more

Masterclasses

Experience the power and grace of Garuda with Masterclasses guided by the Garuda method founder James D’Silva.

Garuda Reviews

We feel this is an essential integral part of your training to return, renew and refresh your relationship with Garuda. Garuda reviews have been organized to review the Garuda principles, dissect the repertoire, revisit hands-on… read more

“My flexibility and strength and overall well-being are much better and I would highly recommend Garuda Studios to anyone who wishes to improve their health.”Junaid Peracha