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Are You My People? by Mike Perry

April 12, 2017 Are You My People? By Mike Perry I’ve been lucky to recently start teaching one client in particular. Things were a little erratic in the beginning, because her back pain was such that she couldn’t make it to the studio, or was advised to wait by her osteopath. She would often arrive […]

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Romana Kryzanowska – Maintaining the Integrity and Spirit of Pilates – by Amy Taylor Alpers

Romana Kryzanowska (1923 – 2013) Maintaining the Integrity and Spirit of Pilates by Amy Taylor Alpers Romana Kryzanowska loved life, and she lived a full, rich, colorful, satisfying, adventurous one, always surrounded by family, friends and students. She was part “American Annie Oakley”, part “Russian prima ballerina”, part “Peruvian shepherdess”, and part “elegant European grande […]

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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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Teaching More Than Mass – Quantum Science Made Easy-er ~ James Crader

Teaching More Than Mass Quantum Science Made Easy-er ~ James Crader I remember sitting in a Humanities Class, day one, and the professor writing the words “Homo Religioso” on the board and stating that’s what we are. Comparative Religion was my college minor. He went on to say that the term is often misinterpreted as […]

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Pilates for the Military Drills That Get Results by Joakim Valsinger

Pilates for the Military – Drills That Get Results by Joakim Valsinger A Pilates studio is a long way from the military exercise ground and the daily tasks expected from military personnel seem very different than executing exercises on a Pilates mat or apparatus. But Pilates can improve the effectiveness of servicemen and women and there […]

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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 […]