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How to Teach a Pilates Beginner

I love hobbies (like gardening, painting, crocheting, and knitting) that calm the mind and turn us into more peaceful human beings. I find that any repetitive movement is meditative.

It’s tremendously rewarding to create something with our hands. Nowadays most of our work doesn’t show...

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A Pandemic Task Force for Pilates Teachers

If you're like most Pilates teachers, then you've had a different career or job prior to Pilates. Whether you switched from the corporate world, a career in education or any other field, you've made the decision to step into a more rewarding career. Or so you thought.

Yes, teaching Pilates is...

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Virtual Teaching Setup Tips for Pilates Teachers and Studio Owners

 

I hope you all are doing well despite the fact that we're all staying at home but we're making the best of it.

I have asked my good friends from The Pilates Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts here on a call with me today. They have a brick and mortar studio which they had to close during the...

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How To Teach Pilates Online During COVID-19

 

Many Pilates teachers and studio owners are finding themselves in a totally new arena right now. Instead of being with our students in the studio, we're trying to navigate a new world of teaching Pilates while social distancing. Naturally, a ton of questions are popping up.

I recently video...

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Pilates for Degenerative Disc Disease

If you or your student were diagnosed with degenerative disc disease, you are probably wondering if Pilates is safe for DDD. Which Pilates exercises are good for me? Which exercises are contraindicated?

When the discs of our spine are healthy, they act as cushions and shock absorbers between...

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How To Master the Pilates Boomerang One Step at a Time

Boomerang is an advanced Pilates mat exercise where the whole body gets to join in on the fun. When you look at it closely, it combines several famous Pilates positions, like The Hundred, Roll Over, Teaser, and a little bit of Double Leg Kicks.

With so much going on, it's easy to make...

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How To Cue Your Student's Posture in Standing Pilates Exercises

How do you make sure that you have good alignment in standing exercises? 

Maybe you’ve heard that you should stack the pelvis over the ankles, and the ribcage over the pelvis, and the head over the ribcage. Kind of like stacking Jenga pieces on top of each other to create a strong and...

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What Type of Cues Help Your Pilates Student the Most?

 

Watch me teach a few mat exercises to my student Bethany. We did 

  • Bridging
  • Pelvic Clocks 3-9 (1:45)
  • Oblique Bridging (2:48)
  • Chest Lift (3:55)
  • Table Top (5:55)
  • Dead Bugs/Arm Arcs (6:30)
  • Dead Bugs / Toe Taps / Heel Taps (7:00)
  • Swimming (8:05)

As you watch Bethany do the first couple of...

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The Most Important Pilates Teaching Skill to Accommodate All Levels

Imagine that your students have just shown up to your Pilates class. As you look around the room, you see people of all different abilities and experience. How are you going to teach a class that challenges each student effectively and keeps everyone safe?  

Layering is the single...

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How To Avoid a Belly Bulge in Roll Down on the Reformer

When you add Roll Down on the Reformer to your routine, you can enjoy the benefits of improved spinal flexion, lengthened hip flexors, and strong abdominals.

This exercise is all about scooping, hollowing, and drawing "navel to spine". All the classic Pilates cues can be used here....

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