Archive for the ‘Professional Development’ Category

May 2, 2013

Take your Shoulders out of your Pockets

By in Continuing Education, Pilates, Professional Development

A decade ago I had my first private session as a new Pilates student at the Kane School, and I was informed that I was depressing my shoulders and shouldn’t. I thought, but how else then will I stabilize them? I was at a loss after years of physicians, physical therapists, injections and Pilates instructors attempting to help me with my wonky shoulders that liked to do somersaults in their sockets and wing better than any chicken could. That began my journey of true dynamic shoulder stabilization.

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July 13, 2012

Choose your Words Wisely

By in Continuing Education, Pilates, Professional Development

When teaching a workshop in Spanish in Madrid last month, I become highly aware of the way we often use way too many words to give a command in English. When writing my instructor training manual for the Pilates for Buff Bones® training program, I became hyper-aware of the terminology I was using in my teaching. If awareness is the first step to change, then what better way to improve our teaching than to become aware of what we’re saying?

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April 9, 2012

Wild Horses may Run Past

By in Personal Expansion, Professional Development

Yesterday morning, the end of my transformative week of guest teaching at Rancho La Puerta, I hiked up the mesmerizing Mount Kuchumaa as I have the past three years at the resort. We suddenly noticed a pack of four wild horses on the mountain trail less than 50 feet in front of us. We stopped, spellbound and captivated by the sight.


March 9, 2012

Shout out to Women’s Health

By in Pilates, Professional Development

At the last Pilates Method Alliance conference, my colleague and friend Leah Stewart and I had some good laughs filming a joint video to tell you about our new DVDs. Whether you’re a new mother, an old mother or a non-mother — better yet, a WOMAN of any age — this video is for you!

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May 11, 2011

Return to Cadaver Camp

By in Mind-body Connection, Personal Expansion, Professional Development

I’m preparing for my fifth year at “Cadaver Camp, “ a term I coined last year during the annual dissection I participate in led by Gil Hedley, PhD. Who would have thought that a gross anatomy lab could be the seed of a spiritual awakening?

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April 29, 2011

What’s a mind-body experience when it’s not a mind-body experience?

By in Mind-body Connection, Personal Expansion, Professional Development

During a recent workshop at The Breathing Project, a fellow colleague told a story which caught me off-guard about a yoga teacher workshop he had led. He recalled how some of the instructors revealed that this was the first time they’d paid attention to what their bodies were doing. So what is a mind-body experience when it’s not about self-awareness?

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March 9, 2011

Finding the Pause in Pilates

By in Continuing Education, Pilates, Professional Development

I was struck that Pilates in itself is NOT about the pause but about the continuous movement. So I’ve been exploring where to insert or discover the pause in our work as Pilates instructors.

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