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April 18, 2023

77. Making Pilates Safe Again

Clients need to feel safe in the Pilates studio, and not worried that they may do something that will hurt them. That said, many clients also don't want to picked out for "special" modification due to their osteoporosis or di...

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April 13, 2023

76. Ayurveda for Chronic Disease with Simmi Chopra

I've been a huge fan of Ayurveda since my time at Parrot Cay, where I worked closely with our Ayurvedic doctor and experienced some profound positive change in my body as a result. In today's discussion with NYC-based Ayurved...

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April 11, 2023

75. Inclusive Cuing for Pilates Teachers

You never know who's going to walk into a Pilates class. And, you never know what's happening in their bodies or lives at that moment. Your Pilates teacher training taught you the exercises and how not to hurt people, but …

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April 6, 2023

74. Intuition, Care, & Trust with Susan King

As a very gifted intuitive, my friend and colleague Susan King is often privy to very delicate information about her high profile clients and their lives. Today we discuss how she discovered her gift, why her clients find her...

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April 4, 2023

73. Care & Compassion In the Studio

I'm very concerned about the state of Pilates, and how new teachers are being introduced to taking care of other humans. When people pay us and entrust us with the care of their precious bodies, that's a big deal. Pilates …

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March 30, 2023

72. Self-care for Pilates Teachers with Tela Anderson

Today I bring you a talk with my talented and brilliant colleague, Tela Anderson. We know that Pilates teachers don't take the best care of ourselves and that we have a hard time with boundaries, tending to always be availabl...

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March 28, 2023

71. Pilates Wall Workouts

If you've been following fitness influencers on IG and TikTok, you've seen a lot of Pilates Wall Workouts claiming to replace the reformer, as well as workouts using skateboards and other unsafe, unstable objects to mimic a r...

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March 23, 2023

70. Doing Pilates with Chronic Pain

If you have chronic pain, Pilates will definitely help you. But, sometimes if you're not modifying things properly, doing too much too soon, or are doing exercises that are contra-indicated for your specific issues, it can ma...

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March 21, 2023

69. Bridging to Classical Pilates

This episode is for you whether you are considering your first Pilates teacher training, or if you did a contemporary training and want to bridge to learning more Classical Pilates. I discuss how to evaluate and choose a prog...

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March 16, 2023

68. Chronic Inflammation

Like many Americans, I suffer from chronic inflammation. In my search for pain relief, I have discovered what is clinically proven to work to reduce inflammation. Here I share my story, and what's been working for me. Links:...

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March 14, 2023

67. Keep It Simple

I have spent much of my life overcomplicating the simple, and I see many other people doing the same thing, especially when it comes to personal health and fitness, as well as teaching Pilates or fitness. Today I discuss why …

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March 9, 2023

66. On Sacroiliac Joint Instability

Another issue that gets brought up often among Pilates teachers is Sacroiliac Joint Instability. The issue here is that what your clients with SI instability feel like they want is often very different from what they need, wh...

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March 7, 2023

65. About Tight Hip Flexors

I see tight hip flexors coming up in Pilates Teacher forums at least 2-3x every week. Even more concerning, I see people offering deep stretches and corrections that I know from experience can hurt more than help. Let's deep ...

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March 2, 2023

64. Fun with Fascia

Lately all we hear about is fascia - fascial movement, fascial exercise, fascial release, fascial adhesions, tensegrity.... But what is fascia, really? Can we release fascia, exercise our fascia, stretch our fascia? Does work...

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Feb. 28, 2023

63. Words Matter - The Language of Pilates

I recently had a client ask me about the "Superman" exercise on the reformer. This worried me, as there is no exercise by that name. There are a few things I thought of - swimming prep on the long box …

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Feb. 23, 2023

62. About That C-Curve

A quick overview of the bones of the spine, how our spines naturally curve in weight bearing, and where we have the most mobility in different directions. This leads into a discussion of the Pilates C-curve, and why *most* pe...

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Feb. 21, 2023

61. Pilates Is A System

I'm seeing some disturbing Pilates teacher training trends online. From what I see, it seems that many Pilates teachers aren't getting what they should out of their training. Pilates is not just the mat, the reformer, or the ...

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Feb. 16, 2023

60. Find Evidence-based Facts Online with Eric Olson

If you've noticed the proliferation of fake news and advertising over the past 7 years, you're not the only one! Part of the problem is that all "free" search engines and social media companies are, at heart, advertising plat...

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Feb. 14, 2023

59. Are You Really Teaching Pilates?

Today's episode is for all the Pilates teachers, apprentices, and anyone thinking about becoming a Pilates teacher. If you're not sure what Pilates is or what Joseph Pilates taught.... If you're not getting answers to your qu...

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Feb. 9, 2023

58. Dangers of Diet Culture with Hayley Perkins

I'm so happy to introduce you to another of my friends from across the pond, Hayley Perkins - The Food Therapist. We talk about diet culture, our own experiences growing up surrounded by shame regarding weight and food, and s...

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Feb. 7, 2023

57. Pilates for Lower Back Pain Class

Today's episode is a full body, audio Pilates class that focuses on easing lower back pain. So, get out your mat and take half an hour for yourself. Note that this is not modified for low bone density! And now …

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Feb. 2, 2023

56. Building Success from Trauma with Linda Steele

In today's episode I sit down for a deep, gritty, inspiring talk with fitness professional, model, and author Linda Steele. In her new book, Nerves of Steele , Linda outlines her traumatic childhood, which morphed into a trau...

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Jan. 31, 2023

55. Dangerous "Pilates" Trends

On the heels of last week's episode, let's discuss some truly dangerous "Pilates" trends - hot Pilates, large group reformer classes in the dark with loud music, and megaformers. Why do I have issues with these? Because they ...

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Jan. 26, 2023

54. Are You Really Doing Pilates?

Lately my social feeds have been inundated with ads for "Pilates equipment". Band & tubing systems, bars with wheels, and souped up "reformers". Conversely, I'm also seeing a lot of exercises done on mat & Pilates apparatus t...

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