I have a confession to make.
I almost gave up teaching Pilates.
About 7 years into my teaching career, Contrology, which was once my passion and purpose and the one thing I could never live without, lost its aura.
At the time, I was teaching a lot–almost 40 hours a week and repeating the same cues over and over again. I was on auto pilot. I was burnt out. Stale . It got to a point where I could not stomach telling someone to do another Roll Up or Single Leg Circle or remind another person to lift their powerhouse in and up.
I was frustrated. I could state the obvious but I didn’t know how to challenge my clients beyond a certain level. I was bored and because I was bored I was certain that I was BORING. I took tons of workshops and continuing education courses to learn variations on exercises or different spins on Pilates workouts and that would fuel my teaching- but just for a very short time.
I thought about switching careers. I thought about going to culinary school or nursing school. I even thought about going back to school to become a physician’s assistant which would have taken me several years to complete. My very practical minded husband encouraged me to stick with Pilates . “After all this time you spent with Pilates you are going to give it up?,” he said. “That would be such a waste.”
About 3 years ago, just by chance or by fate I received an email from Shari Berkowitz. She was surveying Pilates instructors and asking what they needed and what they felt was lacking from their continuing education. I replied to her survey and after emailing back and forth a bit, I decided to schedule a private session with her at Real Pilates in NYC.
In that first hour with Shari, I learned more than i had in several years. There were no new exercises- we did a traditional intermediate reformer- but there was so much emphasis on what my spine was doing in each movement that the exercises felt completely different in my body.
I began to take lessons with Shari more regularly, attending her workshops, and following her blog . Since then, I have learned so much about biomechanics, the art of teaching, the purpose of each exercise, and most importantly how to think more critically on my own two feet. My clients are more challenged, they never get bored because they are constantly learning. And there is so much to learn for a lifetime of Pilates.
Shari Berkowitz will be presenting three workshops at The Pilates Project on October 20, 2013:
Spine Corrector Workout (9:30-10:30/ $40) Transform your Spine Corrector into one of the most useful pieces of apparatus in your studio! In this class you will do an entire flowing workout/session on the Spine Corrector. With over 40 exercises, there’s a lot to work on and discover.
Pilates with the Small Ball (10:45-1:45/ $135/ 3 PMA approved CECS) This is more than a bouncing toy. It is a valuable tool! No Reformer? No Cadillac? No Studio? No Problem! You can use the small ball in nearly any space that can fit a person. Its versatility is remarkable as a bio-feedback tool for your clients, working sometimes like a magic circle, other times like a small barrel and even like a teacher’s hand. Learn how to make this piece of equipment focus,, deepen and enlighten your practice. Too often our props are just that – toys, distraction, fluff. Learn how to bring your students to a new threshold in their practice using this light, portable and economical tool!
Secrets of the Apparatus (2:30-6:30/ $180/ 4 PMA Approved CECS) All day long you work with Reformers, Cadillacs, chairs, Springs, pulleys, levers. What are the mechanics that make the exercises work? How do they really work within our method of Pilates? Does it matter? Yes, yes it does! The more you understand the more effective a teacher you are…and the more positive changes your client makes. This workshop is absolutely accessible. No mumbo-jumbo that you don’t understand…you will leave understanding more than you can imagine! You will see each apparatus in an utterly new way!