After an initial six-week trial run, a unique exercise class called Align & Shine is coming to Belfast and Camden this November.

Align & Shine was developed by Mirja Pitkin, personal trainer and dynamic anatomy expert. Appropriate for all fitness levels, the only prerequisite is ability to lie on the floor for at least 15 minutes.

Lisa Lyons of Rockland is an enthusiastic class participant. “For 20 years, I've had shoulder pain that would often trigger tension headaches. I haven't had a single headache since I started taking Align & Shine. My shoulders feel so much better.”

Joyce Dodge of Belfast is also happy with class results. “My hip had been hurting for months, and it was getting worse. After my first Align & Shine class, the pain went away and hasn't come back. I'm so thrilled.”

Align & Shine was developed by Pitkin after a life change. “We had just moved to Maine from Brooklyn, N.Y., and I had a newborn and a 2-year-old. I had almost no time to myself, certainly not enough for my usual workout.”

She combined her expertise in anatomy and physiology with her knowledge of yoga and Pilates to develop this new method. Much to her surprise, although she was spending much less time working out, she kept getting stronger.

“Every few months I would make it to a yoga class, and each time I could do a pose or two that I had never been able to do before. I was stronger and more flexible.”

Pitkin's new method emphasizes core strengthening and stretching. Each Align & Shine class also includes upper and lower body strengthening in addition to a cardiovascular segment.

“I'm calling it the lovechild of yoga, Pilates, and aerobics.” Exercises for joint care, improving balance, and increasing range of motion are incorporated throughout the class. “The response has been beyond anything I hoped for. I still can't believe the results people are getting.”

In Camden, Align & Shine can be found at High Mountain Hall, 5 Mountain St., on Monday mornings at 10:15 a.m. In Belfast, Align & Shine will start on Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St., at 6 p.m.

For more information and costs, visit Pitkin's website