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Why Pilates instructors are more like Narwhals than Unicorns

December 21, 2015

Ah yes, the magical unicorn stands as a fabulous yet distant symbol of our modern obsession with a magic pill that will “fix” you. The lore around unicorns stretches way back to the ancient Greeks. Nowadays we see it everywhere with double rainbows coming out of its eyeballs. If you find your magical unicorn and possess the mystical candy canes, its special healing powers will heal its rider.

We…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Just Ask Questions.

November 24, 2015

This week I’m flying to New York City to spend a few days with my mom. I’m pretty excited to spend a few days just wandering and enjoying her company. While I’m there my mom and I are taking a session from Anula Maiberg at Sixth Street Pilates in the East Village Manhattan. Yay, Pilates!

Before I head off I wanted to share a…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Refine Your Cueing for More Success

August 5, 2015

Clients often tell me my sessions are really challenging. Yesterday I taught a reformer class all essential reformer. The basics, nothing fancy. After class, I asked if the students had enjoyed what I perceived to be my more gentle class. One of the students said, “It was really hard.” I was shocked because I had tried to tone down the challenge a bit. The student added, “You correct…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

Nervous About Teaching Pilates Group Class? Read this.

July 5, 2014

Teaching is nerve-racking no doubt about it! You’re putting yourself out there with the hopes of helping others learn. So of course you will be nervous teaching a group class! Being nervous just means you care about what you are teaching.

Let’s play worst-case scenario here to hopefully dispel some teaching fears and make teaching a Pilates class a little less scary.

1- Generally the students in your class are…

Teachers In Training Teaching Skills

How to Create Programs for Individual Alignment

May 24, 2014

 

Your ability to program for an individual’s alignment is essential. It’s hugely important for determining goals and meeting them, as well as for safety and client retention.

It begins with assessment of each individual’s unique posture and alignment.

Begin by performing a postural analysis on your client (See Part 2: Your ability to assess alignment and “Using Postural Assessment Everyday”). Once the postural analysis is in…

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How to Teach Group Classes in Small Spaces

March 19, 2014

A common dilemma I see when teachers select exercises for their classes is that they do not plan so that the students have room to move fully. Over the past 10+ years of working in San Francisco where space is always limited, I’ve taught in the tiniest spaces. Having spatial limitations just means that you need to consider the room and think strategically while planning for your class.

My…

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How to Use Everyday Items to Modify Exercises

February 27, 2014

At one time or another most teachers will show up to teach a class and realize they need a prop to modify an exercise that the facility does not have. At such a moment, you have a choice: ignore the client’s clear discomfort or get creative. Of course, I recommend getting creative. As Tim Gunn would say: “It’s let’s make it work time!”

Everyday items that students bring to class can…

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Using Postural Assessment Every Day

February 18, 2014

Today, we have a contribution from Kristi Milner Quinn, STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and co-founder of Body Center Studio in Seattle, Washington.

Most Pilates instructors learn how to perform a postural assessment during their certification training, but many discontinue using this skill once they have completed their exam.  If you are one of these teachers, take a few minutes here to consider the…