Teaching Pilates, or teaching anything for that matter, can mean different things to different people. A key development in my own teaching has been to explore how to guide students toward a more independent Pilates practice.
This target toward autonomy echoes the manner in which Joseph Pilates imparted his method upon his own clientele. It is also the teaching style we embrace at Vintage Pilates. Here’s a glance at independence and how it can unleash “the power within”—for the teacher as well as the client.
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In the photo above, Jay Grimes helps a client feel the two-way-stretch.
Fellow Pilates lovers, I’ve noticed some recent discussions about the two-way-stretch on social media, and wanted to throw in my understanding of this simple, yet difficult and often misunderstood concept. What is the two-way-stretch? How can you apply it to your practice? Read on.
The Two-Way-Stretch a la Jay Grimes
The term originates from Jay Grimes and can be summarized as follows: a consistent reach in at least two directions away from a strong center. The two-way-stretch is the cornerstone of Contrology—it is the secret ingredient that makes the exercises challenging and transformative.… Read More
For almost a decade, we have filmed workshops taught both at our Los Angeles Pilates studio and at studios around the world. With the goal of sharing Jay’s teachings with as many people as possible, we are happy to now present our past workshops in easily digestible, 30 – 45 minute video highlights.
The videos will be available at scheduled times throughout the year, and we will offer them on our new Online Workshops site here >>
Our very first presentation is up for purchase today and will be available for viewing for a full week!
Monday, January 8, 2018, 8am
~ Sunday, January 14, 2018, 8pm
The topics are: Joe’s Accessories, and The Wunda Chair: Joe’s Home Workout.… Read More
We are thrilled to introduce the first installment of a regular newsletter column by Keion Moradi Means (she’s a Vintage Pilates staff instructor, and a professional writer). In this article, Keion gives some tips on how to keep your Pilates practice alive during the Holidays. Enjoy!
‘Tis the season to celebrate with family and friends. It’s a time to come together, partake in all kinds of social gatherings, indulge in a variety of delectable goodies and enjoy lots of good cheer. Shiny things sparkle, jingle bells ring, gifts, goodwill and gravy abound. You might even say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!… Read More
We are delighted to share this interview with Joel Crosby, a graduate of THE WORK. Joel was a corporate artist before he transitioned into Pilates. For over a decade, he has grown his business in Duluth, Georgia, while simultaneously growing and supporting a family of 6! His studio, Vitality Method, is a family affair — his wife Ruby runs the administration and scheduling, and his oldest daughter is an instructor.
Joel is an artist and a Pilates instructor. But he also has a way with words, as you will see below. He says “I love art and fitness. I use this love to sculpt and shape real live bodies now.”
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Gloria Gasperi was in the 2012 Class of THE WORK, and has been a fixture in the Vintage Pilates community ever since. She has organized workshops and conventions in Italy (where she is based), and has come back to L.A. to take part in Teaching the Work, and other events.
We were thrilled to pick her brain about how THE WORK effected her business and Pilates practice. Here is a little essay from Gloria about her experience:
I started doing Pilates in 1999. In 2012, I started THE WORK with Vintage Pilates. In the 13 years in between, I went through many teacher training programs, looking for answers.… Read More
We are happy to share this entertaining and heartfelt Q & A we recently did with Wade Edwell. Wade hails from Australia, where he runs a Pilates Studio (Proper Pilates). We have been privileged to be part of Wade’s Pilates journey since 2016, when he came to our studio for a week of independent study.
As you’ll read in his writing, he is witty and fun — and clearly brings passion and discipline to his practice. Thanks, Wade, for this interview! We especially like what you say about learning how to work from the inside out.
How did you discover Pilates:
I began with Pilates in the early 2000s when I was working for a health club and Mat classes became all the rage.… Read More