A Dancer Finds Strength: Emily Jones’ Path to Pilates

May 13, 2013

I love getting an opportunity to highlight teachers! And to find out more about what got them teaching Pilates and what makes them tick. Below is a conversation I had with Blue Sparrow Pilates instructor Emily Jones.

H: When and how did you first learn about Pilates?
E: My Pilates practice began somewhat on accident as a teenager. As part of ballet and modern dance classes, my teachers would incorporate some Pilates Matwork exercises for conditioning. At the time I didn’t know I was doing Pilates, but I did know that the exercises we did helped me feel stronger and more aware of my body while dancing.

H: What was it that made you realize you wanted to teach Pilates?
In 2009 I began taking equipment classes, which brought a whole new understanding to the Matwork exercises I previously knew. After just a few months of classes I decided I wanted to become a Pilates instructor.

H: Why did you choose STOTT PILATES? And where did you train?
E: After researching the various options I chose STOTT PILATES® because of the contemporary and comprehensive approach to the traditional Pilates method. I took the STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer courses at Pacific Northwest Pilates in Portland, Oregon.

H: What did you like most about your training?
E: I loved the nuanced anatomical approach to movement. Being able to apply the information I learned to my dancing helped me move with more ease and efficiency.

H: What brought you to San Francisco?

E: In 2010 I moved to San Francisco to study dance at the San Francisco Conservatory of dance. While in San Francisco I came across Blue Sparrow Pilates and became an apprentice instructor. In 2011 I certified in Level 1 STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer.

H: What is the best part about teaching Pilates?
E: Daily I am inspired to deepen my understanding of movement and broaden the way I articulate this information to clients. It’s exciting to watch clients gain a better understanding of their own body and feel more at ease while moving. Teaching Pilates to a wide range of people, from athletes to those recovering from injury, allows endless learning opportunity. I am continually excited about growing as an instructor.  I enjoy being able to share this passion with others. I look forward to continuing to watch familiar faces grow stronger and more confident in their bodies as well as introducing Pilates to new people.

H: What are your next goals?
E: Currently I am completely the STOTT PILATES® advanced level courses and I plan to become fully certified.

H: Do you still love Pilates?
E: YES! Pilates helps me maintain balance in my body and stay injury free. I am currently dancing with multiple San Francisco based dance companies and Pilates is an essential part of my training.

Check out Emily’s beautiful demonstration of the Pilates Reformer:

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