Everyday I teach Pilates.

In the wake of recent events, I’m taking stock. Everyday I teach Pilates. Yes, it’s “just” exercise. But in these uncertain times, I’m realizing it goes beyond fitness. Let me start with a little background. About ten years ago I set out to open a Pilates studio in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. […]



Communication is Key

Good communication is the foundation for any successful relationship. As teachers, we train not only in the Pilates method but also in communication. We need to be able to read nonverbal cues from clients and we also need to be able to communicate the intricacies of an exercise effectively. However, sometimes we just can’t read […]


Getting Back On The Horse

Hey, how do you like my blackeye? You should see the other guy! Just kidding. I actually crashed my bike hitting a patch of gravel halfway through a ride in Marin. All and all, I was lucky. Now I’m very sore and have this shiner as a badge of honor. Pilates teachers hurt themselves from […]


Holly & Melissa’s Adventure in Toronto

Holly and Melissa, our two in house Certified Senior Instructors and STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers, are off to Toronto this week for more STOTT PILATES training. Holly and Melissa are two of only 19 STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainers in the whole of California (and Blue Sparrow Pilates is one of five training centers in California). […]


Motion is Lotion

When I first began teaching Pilates in the late 1990’s, everyone talked about it as “mind-body” exercise. That idea is no longer as prevalent in marketing Pilates, however the concept is still at the heart of what Pilates is and does for a practitioner. I asked orthopedic surgeon and author Barry Rose his thoughts on […]


A Globetrotter’s Workout

‘Tis the season to travel. I’ve had many clients ask in the past few weeks how to keep up their Pilates practice while they’re on the road for vacation or work. People, especially here in San Francisco, travel frequently either for the weekend or for extended periods of time, which can make it difficult to […]


Jumping Back Into Life: Recovery after Joint Replacement

For many of our clients, and millions of Americans, joint replacements can mean the difference between an active life and a life of chronic pain. Thankfully joint replacement surgery has become a feasible option for more people than ever. With shorter recovery times and longer life spans of the replaced joint, this surgery can give […]


Managing Back Pain

From a small ache to debilitating pain, 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes. For some, an episode will occur once but for others, pain will become chronic. It can compromise an individual’s quality of life: keep a parent from enjoying time with their young children, affect daily routines, cause an athlete […]


The Hype About Stabilizing

Pilates is founded on the idea of stabilizing. Our teachers are always talking to their clients about muscles that either mobilize or stabilize. Teachers learn through their certification what these terms mean and which muscles fall into each category. In turn, they want to pass that on to their clients. But, I realized that our […]