Refresh your Pilates Practice: 5 Tips for the Teacher + Student

by Tamara Newell

Every moment of our life can be the beginning of great things. – Joseph Pilates




A few weeks ago my toddler and I rushed to the park.  His little legs ran across an open empty basketball court.   He lifted his smiling face and soaked in sunshine after a long, grey NYC winter.


Our mind, body and spirit is renewed and refreshed.

We can begin again.

Start fresh.

Learn something new.

Eight years ago, I began my Pilates apprenticeship.  I had practiced Pilates since I was a teenager and thought I knew Pilates.  If I was in class and didn’t feel it, I figured those muscles must already be strong. Right?

Not so much.

In the studio, light bulbs went off.  My mind and muscles achieved a level strength and understanding I didn’t know I was capable of.

As I studied to become a teacher, I had to be a student first.

There is a popular saying “Those who can’t do – teach”.  This doesn’t apply to the world of Pilates.  In order to be an effective teacher, a Pilates instructor must do.  Our personal practice and commitment to learning increases our capacity to be an effective teacher.

Maybe you don’t want to teach?  I hear you.  We all aren’t meant to wake up at 5am to motivate sleepy people through an Ab Series.

Do you feel lackluster in your Pilates practice?

This spring, it’s time to refresh your routine.

5 Ways to Refresh Your Pilates Practice


1. Try a new class and/ or teacher.

You don’t need to leave the one you love, but there are many variations and approaches to the method.  A new teacher may explain Spine Stretch Forward that makes it all click.


2. Swap your Classical class for a Contemporary one.

I’ve had the opportunity to learn from both approaches and it’s made me better for it.  You and your students will benefit with an opened viewpoint and broader understanding.


3. Add a twist.

Can you balance a small ball on your naval during Frogs and Leg Circles on the Reformer?  How about taking the Mat to the Chair?  Get creative!  Experiment!  Have fun!


4. Talk it out.

Ask your Pilates buddies what they love best about the method.  How did they get started? Let someone else’s story inspire you.


5. Give thanks.

Why do you love the method?  How has it changed your life?  Spend some time thinking about how your life is better for it.  Thank those that have been with you along the way.


In a few weeks, I’ll fly to Costa Mesa for the BASI Pilates Mentor Program.  I’m very honored to be awarded the Kathy Grant Memorial Scholarship and study with Rael Isacowitz.

I invite you to share the experience with me.   You can join me via FacebookTwitterYouTube, Instagram and here on the blog.

Most of all, I’m excited to bring this fresh knowledge and inspiration to my classes this summer!



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