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The Hatchery by Blue Sparrow Pilates, is a resource for inspiring and seasoned Pilates pros. Creator Holly Furgason launched the site to share with you her Pilates teaching experience. We hope you'll learn skills, strategize, and build a more successful Pilates career.

 
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Sharpen Your Skills with Anula Maiberg Workshops

April 17, 2016

Where Should I Be Feeling This? A Reformer class for uncertain times

1:00 – 3:00PM

This will be a workshop trouble shooting those moments where students might not understand what we are prepping for, may be feeling too much or too little and how we can keep a class or session moving though mild discomforts or lack of sensation and how both are totally acceptable.

Thoroughly Modern…

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Anatomy 101 Workshop with Holly Furgason

April 16, 2016

Join Holly Furgason for Anatomy 101
November 2
6:00-8:00pm

We think all Pilates instructors should have an understanding of anatomy. But learning anatomy can feel like your learning a foreign language (well, Latin mostly :). So we’ve put together this 2-hour interactive workshop to get you started.

Anatomy 101 will give you the foundational anatomy necessary to begin or expand your Pilates teacher training.

  • What is “Anatomical Neutral”
  • The planes of motion…

Business

Is it the End of the Community Pilates Studio?

February 25, 2016

For as long as I can remember, I have been working on becoming a better Pilates instructor. But I have to level with you. Lately I’ve been in a funk. Heavy with doubt and uncertainty about my chosen field. Why?

With all the competition in the San Francisco Bay Area fitness industry it has felt like I’ve had to move faster and faster just to not get left behind.…

New Teachers Teaching Skills

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance (Part 1)

February 1, 2016

In keeping with the title of “insanely easy” I want to keep this information short and sweet. And not overwhelm you with too much all at once.

Now let’s get to it.

There’s one goal every business has in common: to make a profit. A Pilates studio is no different. After all, money keeps the business afloat, pays the bills, allows you to take home a paycheck, and most importantly…

Business Teaching Skills

9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance (Part 2)

January 31, 2016

So, in a recent post “9 Insanely Easy Ways to Increase Your Pilates Class Attendance” we looked at how you could increase the attendance in your Pilates classes without much time and in ways that you could repeat for every single class. Now, let’s look at how your manager or mentor may be able to help you.

6 | Take a long, honest look

I truly believe that when…

Pilates Teaching Skills

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…

Teachers In Training

Lessons Learned From Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone (& Why You Should Take Your Pilates Certification Exam)

November 3, 2015

I just returned from a week of learning and testing at the STOTT PILATES® headquarters in Toronto, Canada. I was being tested on my knowledge of the Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels in order to increase my Instructor Trainer credential to include teaching instructors on these apparatus. It was a ton of work to prepare both physically and mentally, but now that it’s all said and done,…

Business

How I Created My Dream Job

August 29, 2015

Many Pilates instructors dream of owning their own studio. The dream is pretty common. However, looking back over the last 9 years of having my business, I realize that I had no idea what challenges were in store. I had no idea how much I would need to grow. I had no idea how hard and rewarding this path would be. And there’s no doubt I have made…

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