My Pilates Education Fantasy is at Hand!

My Pilates Education Fantasy is at Hand!

My first Pilates Teacher training program was a gateway drug to explore all that Pilates Continuing Education has to offer. Thanks Excel Pilates.

I felt I'd just begun to scratch the surface on these fascinating Pilates exercises and I couldn't wait to learn more, more, MORE.

Dear Joe Pilates,

It's been 15 years since my first Pilates Education Fantasy…

In the early '00s I was constantly on the lookout for workshops to satisfy the requirements of my training program and keep my training certificate current.

Alas, there were few choices.

I tried to envision the wide world of my Pilates future…

(insert hazy dream music and movie announcer VO)

Imagine a world where I can attend amazing and diverse Pilates workshops and conferences, perhaps even in exotic locations…

ALL. YEAR. LONG.

Maybe some of the education would even be focused specifically on the classical Pilates system…

Wow. SO cool…

Let's Fast Forward.

Today my mind spins out of control, awash in the choices and locations for classical Pilates conferences.

Pisa, Istanbul, Fort Worth, Chicago, Windsor, Mexico City, Sydney, Costa Rica, Seattle, New York City, San Francisco, Valencia, Greenwich, Atlanta, Berlin and Santiago, Chile.

Wowza. And that's this year alone.

Even my beloved San Diego got in on the action.

Sponsors wanted

I love Pilates education events of all kinds.

I'm dearly in need of a special sponsor to enable me to attend every single one of the amazing conferences that my Pilates heart desires…

Pilates Education Option #1

Destination Pilates events around the globe.

My Pilates Education Fantasy is at Hand!

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Often with multiple presenters and spanning 2 to 4 days, Pilates conferences are busy and filled with masses of information coming at you.

You'll have the opportunity to experience presenters that are new to you.

You'll be in the company of like-minded passionate Pilates people such as yourselves. It's a great way to connect in person with online colleagues and companies.

Workshops can cover a wide range of topics, concepts, populations and apparatus.

We use the word ‘event' for a reason. They're awesome.

But education conferences are only one item on the Continuing Education menu.

Pilates Education Option #2

Enhance your education every week – nay every day – if you work private lessons into your education plan as well.

The Value of the Private Lesson

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Private lessons. Yum.

This is where you'll work on your body and then bring your A-game to Pilates conventions worldwide.

I love private lessons.

Back in the day, my first Pilates small group class of 3 was an amazing next step after my initial Mat class series. One fateful day both of my group partners were absent.

Resulting in my very first private Pilates lesson.

Wow.

I learned so much about my body. Clearly this was the way to go.

Education of Body and Mind

So that's 2 amazing education experiences working in tandem to educate the body and mind.

Conferences and workshops…

  • enhance your eye
  • allow you to see different bodies in the same exercises
  • contribute to your overall Pilates Intelligence (intelligence: just one part of your Pilates mind)
  • encourage us to learn predominately by observation and problem solving
  • may include some hands on corrections
  • may include working out and feeling the work in your own body
  • connect you with colleagues and companies

Private lessons…

  • train the body directly and create long term change
  • give you information about you and your specific body's needs
  • enable you to feel hands-on corrections in your body
  • enhance the experience of the exercise in your body – an amazing teaching tool
  • increase your repertoire of exercises
  • foster concepts and connections that aren't currently on your radar

“No excuses,” says the Internet

Technology makes private lessons all the more easier to obtain. Skype lessons can be extremely beneficial for Pilates teachers, nerd enthusiasts and clients.

Whether you live in a remote location or you fancy lessons with a teacher who's not in your area, Skype lessons (or FaceTime lessons) are a great option.

Cohesiveness in your Pilates education

Let's be honest. It's a wide, wide Pilates world out there.

One teacher's ‘rules for living' may be in conflict with your previous training.

Another Pilates Teacher of Teachers may tell you NEVER to do x, y or z, while still other trainings encourage you to do exactly what you've previously heard is verboten.

In your vast experience as a student of Pilates, look to your body for the answers.

Feel the work in your body.

What feels like the truth?

What resonates with you on a visceral level?

Don't over think it. Simplicity is your friend on this one.

And once you've found your particular Pilates path – a training or mentorship plus your own workouts – dive in deeply…

Patience and Persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment or any worthwhile endeavor.

Thanks, Joe.

Join us for the best of both worlds of Pilates Continuing Education this October 1-4, 2015

Andrea Maida and Karen Frischmann in the house!

 My Pilates Education Fantasy is at hand.I'll be presenting these epic posts LIVE as a workshop!

Share your thoughts in a comment below.

I'd love to hear from you!

Upcoming Workshop May 2014

Thank you so much dear readers and subscribers for your ongoing support and for your enthusiastic response to my most popular post:

7 Spot On Pilates Quotes to Keep you Honest

Get Ready Los Angeles…

Upcoming Workshop May 2014

On May 18, 2014 my most popular post will spring to life as a new workshop at Vintage Pilates. 

7 Spot On Quotes to Keep You Honest

Sunday May 18, 10am-2pm

“Vintage Pilates is proud to hold this workshop, taught by staff instructor Andrea Maida! In this four-hour workshop Andrea shares some shrewd Pilates advice that she's learned from many amazing instructors.”

I hope you'll join us. We'll address strategies for working on your least favorite exercises, find stamina and endurance, and track down other Pilates goodies like LENGTH! Dig Deeper into your workout and refine your teaching with these tidbits gleaned from around the globe.

Register!

Come to the Vintage Pilates studio in West L.A. and attend the workshop in-person.

Register to Attend Online!

For out-of-towners, attend the workshop live, through online streaming.

Which post would you like to see become a workshop? Share your thoughts in a comment below.

Just curious…

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda Chair

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda ChairIt's no secret that the very first exercises you learn on the Wunda Chair can be challenging. The small size of this apparatus can leave you and your clients mostly hanging out in space bereft of support.

Gone is the luxury of lying down on the Mat, Reformer or Cadillac.

The Wunda Chair is compact. Stylish, even.

You've still got a “mat” area, per se, but oh, it has gotten teenie tiny…and rarely do you perch on it…

Working on the Chair – and taking clients there as well – can definitely up your game.

The Wunda Chair has panache!

To the uninitiated, it looks so unlike the other larger apparatus. Your client is intrigued…

They can feel the excitement in the air…

What's going to happen here?

Wait until they find out they must lift up the pedal with their stomach. Whaaa?

The 4 Must-Have Exercises

  1. The Push Down
  2. The Pull Up
  3. Spine Stretch Forward
  4. Teaser on the Floor

2 great pairs that work oh-so-well together.

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda ChairThe 1st dynamic duo: The Push Down and the Pull Up

Joe Pilates' genius has given you The Push Down where the lower body is fixed and the upper body moves, and exactly the opposite scenario in The Pull Up, where the upper body is fixed and the lower body is mobile. My gosh, they make a great pair.

Oh, and what are they good for?

Remember you are here at the Chair to get better at the Mat.

What fun. Happy to help!

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda ChairGiven the shape of these two exercises what can they help your client achieve?

What other exercises do they remind you of?

I love The Push Down and The Pull Up to reinforce the Round shape. Use them to improve the Elephant and Knee Stretches on the Reformer as well as the lying-down-counterpart of The Push Down: the Roll Up on the Mat. Get help from the The Pull Up to work on the Snake/Twist on the Reformer.

It doesn't get any better than that.

 

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda ChairPair Deux: The Spine Stretch Forward and the Teaser on the Floor

Deep within so many of the Pilates exercises there exists The Spine Stretch Forward. In the midst of the Roll Up and the Neck Pull on the Mat, in all of the exercises done on the Short Box and the Rowing Series on the Reformer you'll create your own tug-of-war within yourself. You will scoop the stomach in and up as you reach your back further up and over your aforementioned stomach.

 

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda ChairThe Teaser on the Floor can give your client a great assist to strengthen their Teasers – on the Mat and beyond. Using what you have just cultivated in the Spine Stretch Forward will help your stomach to make the Round back of the Teaser and pull up that pedal. You will use your stomach to close the spring with control to create and strengthen the Round shape of the Teaser.

 

You will use the springs in the same manner as you do on the Reformer.

What???!!!!

How did we get here? We're talking about the Wunda Chair!

Wait.

What is Mantra #1? 

4 Must-Have Pilates Exercises on the Wunda Chair

Yes! So on the Reformer the one over-arching goal is to close the spring with control. By learning to control the springs as they close you are learning to control your stomach, your powerhouse, your center, your body.

On the Wunda Chair this means the pedal does not push you around. The pedal pushing you around is the equivalent of the Reformer springs pulling the carriage in with a big BANG, reputedly the worst sin you could commit in Joe Pilates' studio.

Control. You reign supreme.

Don't let that pedal push you around.

Use your 4 Must-Haves to improve oh-so-many other exercises:

  • Elephant
  • Knee Stretches
  • Snake/Twist
  • Neck Pull
  • Teaser 1,2,3
  • Hip Circles
  • Spine Stretch Forward on the Mat
  • Open Leg Rocker
  • Push Thru on the Cadillac
  • Going Up Front on the Wunda Chair
  • The Short Box
  • Teaser on the Long Box
  • The Mountain Climb on the Wunda Chair
  • The Rowing Series on the Reformer

And the list goes on and on…

Join me on November 16 @ Studio S Pilates, Temecula, CA

Must. Have. More. Wunda.

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Thank you so much for reading!