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A Letter To Brett From Lolita San Miguel

A Letter To Brett From Lolita San Miguel In February, as you may remember, I had the pleasure of presenting my friend Bob Hannum’s interview with Mary Bowen.  In this excellent interview, Mary made a few comparisons between her own and Lolita’s teaching methods and styles.  Soon after publication, I received a letter from Lolita […]

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Spatial Awareness Becomes Part of a Pilates Practitioner’s Literacy Larkin Barnett B.A., M.A.

Spatial Awareness Becomes Part of a Pilates Practitioner’s Literacy Larkin Barnett B.A., M.A. Four decades ago, my college dance professor, Eija Celli, was beating on a drum while encouraging us to take up as much space as possible leaping across the floor. It was fun to push movement boundaries and I was hooked! Eija danced […]

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Pilates Breathing and “The Hundred” as Taught to Francene Perel By Mary Pilates

Pilates Breathing and “The Hundred” as Taught to Francene Perel By Mary Pilates I am so fortunate to have been taught by Mary Pilates, niece of Joseph Pilates. Mary was very emphatic about breathing as one of the fundamentals of the Pilates Method. I recorded Mary speaking and one of first things she said was, […]

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A Hybrid of Many Masters – by Jillian Hessel

Hybrid of Many Masters By Jillian Hessel If you are a teacher, or even an avid student of Pilates, you can trace your lineage back through a special mentor or formative teacher.  We each discovered Pilates traveling our own unique path, and this is how the living chain of lineage continues – our mentors change […]

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Bob Hannum Interviews Elder Mary Bowen – Part 1

Bob Hannum Interviews Elder Mary Bowen – Part 1 Mary Bowen, one of only 2 active Pilates Elders, sat down with me a couple months ago for a lengthy interview. Mary is my teacher and mentor of 40 years. We divided the interview into several parts, this being the first. At 87, Mary is not […]

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A Strong Woman – Carola Trier – by Eva Rincke

A Strong WomAn: Carola Strauss-Trier by Eva Rincke     Carola Strauss-Trier was the first person to open a Pilates studio – other than Joseph Pilates himself. She contributed significantly to establishing the Pilates method in the field of rehabilitation. The story of her life is just as interesting as the life of Joseph Pilates […]

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How Pilates Helped to Transform My Back Pain by Helen Behn

​​​​​​​Since my teenage years, I’ve continually suffered from some level of back pain. As an active person that loves biking, hiking and gardening, it’s been a constant struggle balancing these activities with pain and occasional subsequent inactivity. I have a hypermobile spine, which essentially leads to my body unwittingly overextending itself. The hypermobility, combined with […]

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Stepping Up And Standing Out by Jenna Zaffino

Stepping Up And Standing Out by Jenna Zaffino   As a long-time business owner and teacher, I am frequently asked for advice from teachers who are trying to determine where they “fit in” to the Pilates Industry.  Classical or contemporary? Specialist or enthusiast? What’s the next step in my career? Given the age of individuality […]

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Joe Pilates’ Childhhod In Poverty – by historian Eva Rincke (Part 2)

Source: Stadtarchiv Mönchengladbach Joe Pilates’ Childhhod In Poverty – by historian Eva Rincke (Part 2) “Perfecting the knee bend and many things to commend, his youth was gymnastic to the end.” – Joachim Ringelnatz, Setting up the Equipment (First Draft) Alongside his secret outings into the woods, the only other thing Joseph Pilates enjoyed doing was gymnastics. […]

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Embodying the Brilliance of our BioIntelligent Wisdom By Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle

Embodying the Brilliance of our BioIntelligent Wisdom By Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle As we transition into 2017, I’d love to build on the wonderful article that Kathy Corey recently wrote for Pilates Intel on “The Importance of Honoring our Heritage”. I couldn’t agree more!  Kathy begins her article with the quote “Heritage is the linking of the […]