Workshops + Private Lessons
We all know that online learning is only part of the process of becoming a skilled mover or movement teacher. Meet me in any of these locations for some precious face-to-face time.
Choose among a list of workshops topics which inspire and educate your students as well as your teachers.
"I realized that I was really focused on the exhalation and need to be more focused on the inhalation."
"The workshop was presented with thoroughness, combining physiology with the technique of breathing."
"I took the class to learn how to improve or “maximize” the benefits of my Pilates practice. One of the most important take-aways for me was the reminder of the importance of remaining mindful throughout my practice, i.e. listening to the communication between my mind and body, as well as the importance of lengthening the whole body."
"I took the class to continue to develop my understanding of, and appreciation for, the practice of Pilates. I finally caught on to the concept of lengthening and opposition, and was able to bring that to class practice. It also reaffirmed my understanding of the myriad of “little” things that add up to a “perfect practice,” and that those things are not the same for all people. Mara’s enthusiasm was outstanding. I always appreciate opportunities to fine-tune my Pilates practice, and I’m glad Mara continues to offer her insights that have been developed over time. Different things “click” at different times, and having the opportunity to have more in-depth discussions with her is always a pleasure."
This workshop will lead you to greater clarity about the unique way the Pilates method can offer more lasting benefits to your body, mind, and spirit.
Through the words of Joseph Pilates himself and a review of the Pilates movement principles, Mara will engage you in a dialogue between these concepts and your own body.
What can be fine-tuned in your current practice to take you to the next level in regards to power, balance, and ease?
In Pilates, the way we breathe is not just part of the choreography of movement. Rather, it is a specific technique for gaining core strength and stability. Correct breathing triggers the muscles surrounding the ribcage and abdominal area: when we use breath well, we help our abdominals engage even more. This is why breathing is such an important part of Pilates.
Join us as we explore three-dimensional breathing, the breathing technique that is integral to Pilates. Learn how to use the breath to grow stronger and more comfortable in your own body. Like everything in Pilates, correct breathing techniques vary based on each person’s individual breathing pattern and movement goals. You will leave with an understanding of what works best for you.
The Ladder Barrel can serve the most variety of people, making it one of the most accessible pieces of equipment in the Pilates Method. No matter what age or fitness level, you can get a full body workout on the High Barrel.
There might not be as many exercises in the Ladder Barrel Repertoire as on the Reformer or mat, but each exercise has regressions for weak, deconditioned or older practitioners and progressions for dancers or other high level athletes. Learn 8 exercises with regressions and progressions challenging the body on all planes of movement. Plus, with such a small footprint it can easily fit in every studio or home.
Well-trained Pilates teachers are in high demand. It’s wonderful to receive referrals from your students, but sooner - rather than later - a small studio owner will get to the point where she can not add any more teaching hours to her schedule. Nobody wants to turn potential students away but there are only so many hours in a day. Further, Pilates attracts students with physical limitations for whom mat or group Reformer classes might not be the best option. What is a small studio owner to do?
What if there was a way for you to teach fewer hours while at the same time serving more students and each of those students received a workout that’s personalized to their physical situation, at a fraction of the cost of a private session. No way? Way.
I will tell you the story of how she went from a six-month waist list and having to turn students away to teaching more students each week in fewer hours with more revenue. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to begin implementing this new system in your studio immediately.
Most of us are to some degree asymmetrical or imbalanced. We have a dominant hand, a dominant leg, a twisted pelvis, or a rib cage that’s shifted to the side. Unconscious movement or exercise can make these imbalances more significant and contribute to strain or pain.
For better or worse, our nervous system registers our habitual posture as normal, so we are often not aware of our asymmetries which makes it impossible to correct them. By intentionally challenging our body in an asymmetrical way we can first become aware of our imbalances and can consequently stop the compensation of our stronger side over the weaker one.
Did you know that cueing through touch can improve your student's movement 10x times faster than verbal cueing? When words don't achieve the desired change in your student's movement, knowing a few ways to use skilled touch will help your students progress much more quickly. Especially kinesthetic learners will benefit from this type of correction. Once they feel what you want them to feel, they'll remember it better. You'll leave feeling confident to touch your students in an effective way to improve their movement.
Options: 3 hours for mat only, 3 hours for Reformer only, 3 hours for all other apparatus (Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, Trapeze Table/Tower)
"I learned wonderful new hands-on cueing skills and methods that I can use in my classes."
"I learned clear and precise hands-on techniques. I also learned that short and precise language is often enough. Less is more."
"Many helpful hands-on skills. Mara's workshop included very relevant applications for my day-to-day teaching. "
Are you struggling with a tight neck and tense shoulders? In this workshop, you'll learn effective exercises for your cervical spine, your shoulder girdle and your upper back which will help free your upper body from discomfort or pain. Learn a step-by-step process to find relief for your stiff neck and shoulders.
3 hours. Materials: mats, foam rollers, 1 and 2 lbs. hand weights; additionally useful but not necessary: magic circles, neck stretcher.
"At the end of the workshop, I felt how free my neck and shoulders can be! I will definitely practice the exercises we learned. "
"Mara teaches with much caring and humor. It's terrific! All of the exercises were very helpful."
"I learned that we need to give our brains new stimuli so we can escape our old movement patterns. "
"I learned to slow down, to give myself more time."
"I learned practical exercises for my work day."