BBU Mat Pilates Mat- Change your life and become a Pilates Teacher

A testimonial about

Good Morning BBU!!

I am proud to say that I passed the BBU PilatesTeacher Comprehensive Exam on Friday night at Movements Afoot!!

I am writing to thank you and everyone at Balanced Body University.  The program is excellent.  The information is written wonderfully and organized beautifully!  I received great support from you, and everyone at BBU whom I contacted, as well as the Customer Service Representatives that I spoke with to order my equipment, DVDs, etc..

So, again, THANK YOU!

I also want everyone at BBU to know what a tremedous asset you have in  Lesley Powell as your New York, New York  BBU Educator.  She is truly a gem.  Her knowledge is unparalleled and her feedback is essential.  She ran the BBU program seamlessly!!

I am the mother of three small children, I teach classes/train clients in the mornings/evenings/on weekends and care for my family when I’m not “working”.  Having the ability to take the modules at Movements Afoot once a month allowed me the time to do everything I needed for BBU, for my family, for my profession and for myself.  I love the way Lesley set up the program!

She made me a better teacher AND a better student!  During my observations at other studios, I found my appreciation and admiration for Lesley grow.  Most Pilates Teachers, while good in their own right, do not have the extensive biomechanic/body-mind knowledge that I have gained from doing my training with Lesley!  It takes an incredible teacher to make great teachers and BBU has that in Lesley Powell!

I look forward to doing my continuing education as a Teacher and Student with Lesley and BBU!”   With gratitude, and, Kindest regards,  Cheri Wild

Mat I        11/13-14/2010, 9/10-11/2011
Mat II        1/8-9/2011, 11/12-13/2011
Reformer I     2/25-27/2011  Friday 6-9  Saturday & Sunday 9-6
Reformer II     3/26-27/1/2011
Reformer III    4/30-5/1/2011
Apparatus I    6/4-5/2011
Apparatus II    7/23-24/2011
Apparatus III     8/27-28/2011

To register, go to http://www.bbupilates.com 
or call 877-PILATES (745-2837).

Balanced Body’s Mat & Toys in May

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Balanced Body’s Mat & Toys in May -Inspiring Ideas to challenge all w/o breaking the bank

Dates: Sun   5/2/2010
Time:  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM with Lesley Powell $249 per day (6 hours of training).
Workshops include props and manuals.
To register: 877-PILATES (745-2837).

Learn how to use a variety of small props in your Pilates Mat classes with this four part workshop including the resistance bands, and small balls. New moves, new choreography and a lot of fun will be had as you learn how to play with your new toys! Choreography, prop safety and creativity will be covered.

Here is an affordable way to challenge yourself and your students without the equipment. Balanced Body has come up with some unique ideas with the bands that it will feel like you are on the reformer.

BBU – Resist and Reform with Elastic Bands This workshop includes a heavy and extra heavy Thera-bands and a set of Thera-Band Exercise handles ($22 value) and a BBU Mat & Tubes Manual ($25 value) mat

BBU – Small Ball Magic
Make boredom disappear and health and vitality return using 2″, 5″ and 13″ balls for classes that stimulate, educate, strengthen and release. Whether you want to loosen a tight spot, strengthen a weak one or add energy to the whole body, small balls can speed you on your way.  This workshop includes a Togu ball, “Pinky” ball and a Red Playground ball, 5″ ($35 value) and a BBU Mat & Small Balls Manual ($25 value)
Each workshop comes with a manual and a set of Mat props.

The balls are amazing tools.  It teaches you deep connections and where you are weak.  If one side of your torso is weaker, the ball will reflect it right away. It is an affordable tool and a very demanding workout.

Pilates Mat & Arc BBU PILATES ARC ON THE ROAD

Pilates Mat & Arc

BBU PILATES ARC ON THE ROAD

Date:   Fri   4/23/2010 with Lesley Powell
Time:  2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$299 (education and equipment purchase)
To register: 877-PILATES (745-2837).

Create exciting new Pilates workouts with the Pilates Arc. It’s a lightweight Pilates Step Barrel and a whole lot more!  Workshop includes 6 hour workshop, DVD workout, instructor manual and a Pilates Arc.

JOIN us for exciting new development of the step barrel, the Pilates Arc.  With the Pilates Arc, there are new possibilities of working with balance and even putting it on the reformer.  Up the ante of your practice and your clients.

49 W. 27th St. Mezzanine B, New York City 212-904-1399

BBU Reformer I 3/5-7 at Movements Afoot

“Good Morning BBU!!

I am proud to say that I passed the BBU Pilates Teacher Comprehensive Exam on Friday night at Movements Afoot!!

I am writing to thank you and everyone at Balanced Body University. The program is excellent.  The information is written wonderfully and organized beautifully!  I received great support from you, and everyone at BBU whom I contacted, as well as the Customer Service Representatives that I spoke with to order my equipment, DVDs, etc..

So, again, THANK YOU!

I also want everyone at BBU to know what a tremedous asset you have in  Lesley Powell as your New York, New York  BBU Educator.  She is truly a gem.  Her knowledge is unparalleled and her feedback is essential.  She ran the BBU program seamlessly!!

I am the mother of three small children, I teach classes/train clients in the mornings/evenings/on weekends and care for my family when I’m not “working”.  Having the ability to take the modules at Movements Afoot once a month allowed me the time to do everything I needed for BBU, for my family, for my profession and for myself.  I love the way Lesley set up the program!

She made me a better teacher AND a better student!  During my observations at other studios, I found my appreciation and admiration for Lesley grow.  Most Pilates Teachers, while good in their own right, do not have the extensive biomechanic/body-mind knowledge that I have gained from doing my training with Lesley!

It takes an incredible teacher to make great teachers and BBU has that in Lesley Powell!

I look forward to doing my continuing education as a Teacher and Student with Lesley and BBU!”   With gratitude, and, Kindest regards,  Cheri Wild

To register

Pilates Mat & Toys

magiccircleI have renamed our classes from

Pilates/Mat & Springs
to

Pilates Mat & Toys.

Come experience how Pilates toys such as the Magic circle, foam rolls, bands, different size balls and springs can change your fitness.

This fall I have been teaching a series of workshops for teachers
through Balanced Body: Mat & Toys.

Each workshop was exploring the Pilates Mat using a Toy: Magic Circle, Bands, foam rolls, balls and the Pilates arc. In preparing to teach each workshop, each prop brought a new physicality to my practice.

Many with the rollup use momentum to get up. A rollup is a full body action with needed strength in the core and legs. At the same time great articulation of the spine is required.
PILATES ROLLUP

The magic circle and the bands on my feet emphazied
how much I need to use my legs.

Pilates Mat & Arc-4The Pilates arc and small ball enhanced
how I sequenced through my spine.

With the props I really had to discover deeper use of my body to initiate the movement.  My spine felt great with this new information and physicality.  This is a small example of how the props can be used.

The toys are a affordable way to experience what the machines help with.  If new,  your first class is free.  Reservation is necessary.

Call Movements Afoot: 212-904-1399.

More Toys to BALANCED BODY’s MAT workshops- MAKE AN AFFORDABLE MAT CLASS feel like a equipment class.

bbuThis November I teach two more BALANCED BODY’s MAT & toys. There are exciting innovative ideas using the toys.

MAKE AN AFFORDABLE MAT CLASS W. BALLS & Magic Circle!

Last month I taught a Mat class with bands.  Some of the exercises are even better w. Bands such as the Hundred. How many of you see your clients using the pecs to beat the Hundred. The Hundred w. BBU’s unique use of the band makes you use your triceps. Other unique ways of the bands can simulate the leg springs.  There were some fun partnering exercises that makes you use your whole body.
BBU – Ring Around the World 11/6/2009    
Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm     The Pilates Ring brings you the perfect isometric training and toning device to create a strong core, toned legs and perfect flexibility. Take a trip around the body with the Ring for an exercise journey you won’t soon forget.

This workshop includes an Ultra-Fit Circle ($34 value) and a BBU Mat & Ring Manual ($25 value)
bands

BBU – Small Ball Magic 11/13/2009     
Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm Make boredom disappear and health and vitality return using 2″, 5″ and 13″ balls for classes that stimulate, educate, strengthen and release. Whether you want to loosen a tight spot, strengthen a weak one or add energy to the whole body, small balls can speed you on your way.

This workshop includes a Togu ball, “Pinky” ball and a Red Playground ball, 5″ ($35 value) and a BBU Mat & Small Balls Manual ($25 value)
circle

Each workshop comes with a manual and a set of Mat props.

To  register: 877-PILATES (745-2837).

PILATES MAT THAT FEELS LIKE AN EQUIPMENT CLASS

bbuLast week I got the manual for BALANCED BODY’s MAT & BANDS. There are exciting innovative ideas using the bands.

MAKE AN AFFORDABLE MAT CLASS W. BANDS!

Some of the exercises are even better w. Bands such as the Hundred. How many of you see your clients using the pecs to beat the Hundred. The Hundred w. BBU’s unique use of the band makes you use your triceps. Other unique ways of the bands can simulate the leg springs.

Join us at Movements Afoot October 23 5-8 PM for this exciting new workshop!

Call Cost: $149.00 per course
Please join us for our third ‘On the Road’ program
New moves, new choreography and a lot of fun will be had as you learn how to play with your new toys! Choreography, prop safety and creativity will be covered.

BBU – Resist and Reform with Elastic Bands
10/23/2009       Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm
This workshop includes a heavy and extra heavy Thera-bands and a set of Thera-Band Exercise handles ($22 value) and a BBU Mat & Tubes Manual ($25 value)
mat

To  register: 877-PILATES (745-2837). Balanced Body

PILATES ROLLUP

PILATES ON TOUR CHICACO- Wow!!

by Lesley Powell

bbuIt was so exciting to be at Balanced Body’s PILATES ON TOUR. Balanced Body is truely commited in created community and a source for Pilates teachers to continue their education with many styles represented.

Saturday

I took an Exo Chair class with Arlene Bass.  I bought a new Exo chair.  I have been so busy that I haven’t had enough time to play on it.  It was great to have Arlene give me ideas of how to use the chair and a full chair class.

In the morning I took a workshop with Lolita San Miquel. She had worked with Carola Trier first and then continue with Joe and Clara Pilates. It was fascinating to hear about Pilates history. She talked a lot about Clara and her teaching.

I taught 3- D spine. I brought together Laban’s Space Harmony and his theories how the body moves is space, how the spine moves and then bringing it into Pilates repertory.

Sunday

Elizabeth Larkam taught a great Pilates Arc class that really opened my spine.  She is so creative.  She does a lot with challenging balance on all levels, supine, prone, standing and plank poses.

I took a workshop with Karen Clippinger on Sacroiliac problems. Karen wrote a fabulous book Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology. I highly recommend this book even if you are not a dancer. It is a thorough anatomy book with examples of Pilates exercises.  Even though most of our clients are not dancers, there is great information and examples that can be adapted to the lay public.  Especially addressing potential weakness of abductors, iliopsoas, rotators, quadratus loborum and stretches, my SI felt fabulous.

With Arlene Bass and Sharon Gawin, MPT, I took their workshop on Unlocking Thoracic Mobility. Especially with so many of us in flexion with being at the computers, getting back mobility is essential in the upper spine for health and better posture.

This is just a taste of What I had time to do.  I highly recommend new teachers going to a Pilates on Tour event.  Here you will see and experience the top of the field.  You also will discover the exciting community of Pilates professionals.

Questions about Teaching and One’s Practice

by Lesley Powell
Here are some great questions from a teacher and my thoughts to share:

1)  In Double Leg Pumps on the Chair, most clients are unable to sit up in neutral.  I’ve been lightening the spring tension and shortening the ROM.  Is this the right way to remedy this?
The chair requires a lot of core support especially the back.  Yes, I would lighten the springs until the client knows how to maintain a quiet spine.  When a client is able to maintain neutral in leg pumps, they will correctly use their quadriceps and core.  Without neutral, they are using their hip flexors and back in not a healthy way.
 
2)  Mat Roll Up – the Balanced Body book talks about “Optimum Form” being the ability to keep your hips grounded and your legs from moving.  How is that possible?  I know my roll up is pretty good but try as I may, when I go into posterior tilt to roll down; my legs ankles drift toward me.
 A roll up is a full body action.  It requires you to use your hamstrings as well as your core.  Most do not understand how much the legs need to work.   Your legs will change in their placement on the floor.  The legs will adapt to the roll up.  The goal is not to lift the legs up.  The original mat with mat box has a strap to put around the ankles to assist in the roll up.
 
3)  Diastis Recti – I have a client who has this.  Her Dr. has not contraindicated her from any exercise, and has even recommended Pilates.  How would you attack this?
Here is great info about this from Caroline Creager.  She also wrote a book about post pregnancy.  Great info about many issues arising from pregnancy.
 
4)  My personal practice:  I started taking a Yoga class once a week (ALL my kids are in school on Mon/Weds so I’m trying to have 1 hour a week for ME).  There is no talk about unleveling the pelvis, hiking hips, hamstring engagement, etc..  So, my question is:  Do I “let it go” while in Yoga and surrender to the relaxation aspect abandoning my Pilates Principles for 1 hour OR do I go into the poses using what I know and maintain good form (so to speak)?
Use the class as your own review of the movement principles.  Part of the challenge is: can you apply the movement principles to a different style of movement.  I deepen my concentration when I pay attention to my form.  This way I have a great workout even if I am not crazy about the teaching.