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Symposium Workshops

Descriptions of the workshops to be given at the Learn from the Leaders symposium in June 2013

Rael Isacowitz


Form and function are symbiotically linked; one cannot exist without the other. In this workshop, we explore the specific form of certain movements and the impact of that form on everyday life and athletic activities. Rael will discuss his personal journey, which has included, among other things, two rotator cuff surgeries, and how his experiences led him to address nuances in certain Pilates movements and introduce changes. Those changes have become standard in the BASI Pilates approach.


The Pilates repertoire offers movements in all directions, ranges of motion and combinations. Yet Pilates is often regarded as - and criticized for - being linear. This workshop will demonstrate just how polyaxial and unlinear Pilates really is. Participants will be exposed to the three-dimensional quality that characterizes so many of the Pilates movements on all the apparatus and at every skill level. This is an exciting workshop, that at times verges on the “acrobatic” and allows participants to learn, experiment and have fun!

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Lolita San Miguel


Lolita shares her Pilates Method trajectory from its beginning in 1958, with Carola Trier, Kathy Grant, Romana Kryzanowska, Bob Seed and Clara and Joseph Pilates. For 54 years she has lived through the ups and downs of the Pilates Method, which she loves and practices daily.


Lolita covers all the barrels and arcs, including the Pilates Arc™. She offers the complete repertoire for the barrels, plus contemporary variations. Issues discussed include breathing, transitions, sequencing cues, safety tips and warm-up/cool down. As seen in her DVD.

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Alan Herdman


Are we, as teachers of Pilates, exercising our clients/pupils to their full and individual potential? This workshop will investigate the needs of different body types, ages, careers and backgrounds, and create programs that will be beneficial to their needs at a specific point in time. We will also take some of the classical repertoire and look at ways of introducing exercises to the less-able client in a safe and nonthreatening way.


Are We Wasting Our Time with the Pilates Footwork?

Using students in the workshop as case studies, Alan will present the footwork in depth and show how footwork can be used as an assessment tool to understand a clients movement patterns. Using the information gathered in the footwork, Alan will then progress the client through the relevant exercises to address the alignment, posture or movement limitations. 

Appropriate for Apparatus Instructors.

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Karen Clippinger


Low back pain is ubiquitous and the same Pilates exercise can aid one client but aggravate the condition of another. This workshop will focus on understanding the common low back conditions of lumbosacral strain, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis, as well as why specific movements tend to exacerbate these conditions. Participants will learn novel Pilates-based exercises and modifications to classical Pilates exercises, with the objective of building necessary core strength, stability, and muscle activation patterns to promote a healthy back, while avoiding movements that tend to worsen these conditions.


Kyphosis and loss of bone density are two common problems that accompany aging and can have dire health consequences. Pilates offers a promising modality to work with these conditions. This workshop will provide useful anatomical and physiological information about kyphosis and osteoporosis, as well as offer Pilates-based exercises designed to help with these conditions. Common recommendations for exercise modification or contraindication for osteoporosis will also be described.

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Brett Howard


Joseph Pilates referred to his method as the Art of Control. “Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit,” Joseph Pilates (1945). In this workshop, tools are given to foster ways of attaining greater consistent control in Pilates. Participants learn various approaches of scaffolding and deconstructing the Pilates exercises, as well as how to recognize the skills involved in the exercises to strengthen those skills.

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