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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…

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,…

Teachers In Training Teaching Skills

Learn to Teach through Observation

September 18, 2013

One of the most important and effective ways you can learn to be a better instructor is through observing other teachers. But what should you look for when you are observing?

Here are a few observation ideas that will help you not only pass your examination, but also become a fantastic, sought-after instructor.

1. Write Down the Exercises

Writing down the exercises the instructor selected may give you insight into how…

New Teachers

8 Rules for Successful Sessions

September 9, 2013

You have just been hired by a studio to teach Pilates as an Apprentice Pilates Instructor. Yay!

You know your stuff. You have studied the exercises, know the goals of each exercise, and have practiced cuing them over and over. You studied your anatomy and can tell a client what muscle is working when. But what exactly should be your general goals for your first session with a client?

Here…

Teaching Skills

Take Your Teaching to the Next Level

September 4, 2013

Many teachers hit a bit of a plateau after they have passed their certification exam and have been teaching for about a year. Here are a few tips on how to keep take your teaching to the next level and avoid a plateau.

Be Part of a Community of Teachers

Working in isolation can lead to burn-out. I think every teacher has felt it. When you just seem to…