Contrary to popular belief Pilates can be done by virtually anyone and does not require experience in yoga, dance or any other movement technique. So yes, Pilates is great for beginners. Although this option can be less expensive I do NOT recommend starting in a group class, whether it be on the Reformer or the Mat. The best way to learn the technique is to start with 1-3 privates. An introductory Private will include work on both the Mat and the Reformer. Then if finances permit, move to a small group class preferably on the reformer. Once you feel proficient at that then a group mat class would be appropriate. When students jump into a Mat class without any previous Pilates experience they often miss the nuance of the method, and don’t get the same benefits. The initial investment is worth it. At Mongoose Bodyworks in Soho NYC we offer a 3 pack of privates at a discounted price for new clients. This encourages new clients to start our their Pilates training with a one-on-one expereince.