Power is in your house

They say false power shouts but true power whispers. So, are you a shouter or a whisperer?

Up until now, expressing my thoughts has been pretty tame. These last blogs have focused mostly on the spiritual and psychological potential of the Pilates influence. Now it’s time to talk about another aspect of Pilates and a growing concern I have for the potential harm being inflicted on new students.

I believe that most instructors teaching the Pilates method feel honored to be able to pass on this brilliant work. Hopefully, they understand the awesome responsibility that goes along with being in a position of power and authority over the student. However, I’ve observed many Pilates poseurs who pass themselves off as legitimate teachers by saying, “I studied with someone who studied with someone who studied with” and dropping the names of first-generation teachers, such as Romana Kryzanowska or Jay Grimes. Year after year, students come to me for a lesson who have been taught by a “Pilates certified” instructor, and I find myself repeatedly saying, “What is that?” as some exercises are simply unrecognizable as classical Pilates movements. In addition, the technique they’ve been taught is not the Pilates technique which thereby denies the student a unique body conditioning experience.

Students who want to learn about the authentic Pilates method may not know the difference between an expert and a poseur. Just because an instructor uses the code word, “Romana”, doesn’t mean he or she has studied with Mr. Pilates’ principal disciple, as most second-generation teachers have. And when it comes to advertising, I would at least respect these poseurs if in their promotional materials they added the word, “inspired” after Pilates.

If you, the reader, are a sincere instructor and have not been trained in the original work, my message to you is to please continue your education, supplementing what you know with the original, classical teachings. When your powerhouse is engaged, it’s easier for you stay in shape and as your Pilates knowledge deepens, your body and your words will be your best advertisement.

If you, the reader, are wondering whether you are practicing the authentic method, a few questions to ask yourself. Does your teacher speak about your powerhouse? Is there a strong sense of discipline and focus in the lessons? Do you learn a specific order? Do you feel energized after your class? Btw, Mr. Pilates did not use music in his studio. He believed his exercises performed with rhythm and mindful breathing created their own music within his students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 replies
  1. Shelly
    Shelly says:

    THANK YOU for ‘whispering’ this out loud Darien. There are many instructors out there who claim they are teaching the classical work of Mr. Pilates and clearly, are not. I was certified by a 3rd generation teacher- and we never tapped into the specific rhythm, or how to enter and exit off of the machine, or connecting transitionally moves between exercises, etc… As you said, I feel many have been denied the exceptional body conditioning experience Mr. Pilates so intended. Why I wonder?? You’re an AH-MAZING teacher. Really. Thank you.
    From: Thought-I-knew-Pilates-until-I-met-Darien.

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  2. Shelly
    Shelly says:

    THANK YOU for ‘whispering’ this out loud Darien. There are many certified instructors saying that they are teaching the classical work of Mr. Pilates and clearly they are not. I was certified by a 3rd year generation teacher and we never tapped in to the specific rhythm, or how to enter and exit off the equipment, or the specific transitional movements in-between exercises, or even an order… As you stated, I feel many are denied the exceptional unique body conditioning experience Mr. Pilates so much intended. Why I wonder??? You teach it ALL! You’re such an Ah-Mazing teacher!!! Really. Thank you.
    From: Thought-I-knew-Pilates-until-I-met-Darien.

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