Pilates on the Bay is excited to have Amy Taylor Alpers, co-owner of The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO, for a weekend of Pilates Continuing Education from September 30th to October 2nd.
Amy will be teaching lessons and classes on Friday, September 30th. These lessons are suitable for teachers, teacher trainees and the general public. Please contact the studio for times, pricing and to register. Schedule soon as these spaces will fill quickly!
Defy Gravity: The Intension of Suspension
Saturday, October 1st ~ 9:00am – 4:00pm (one hour break at 12pm for lunch)
Haven’t you ever dreamed of flying – of floating in air with that weightless feeling of freedom and release from gravity? Pilates can make that feeling possible. It is the anti-gravity system, designed very intentionally to organize your body so wisely and naturally that you literally feel lighter and truly do defy gravity longer. However, it’s often taught from a more careful, slightly fear-based approach of stabilizing or holding parts of the body to prevent movement, especially in the case of injury. Instead, we can learn to teach from the natural truth that enabling and supporting movement through the amazing suspension system we all have in our own bodies is actually what heals. Utilizing the profound natural laws of movement, we can learn to teach a client how to move – not stabilize – in a suspension field of amazing bones, cables and fluids to develop the strongest, lightest, most powerful body possible. The geometry of energy.
In this workshop we will discover how to teach the idea of suspension versus stabilization. Utilizing Pilates Mat and Reformer exercises we will explore ways of reconnecting to the innate ‘tensegrity’ in our bodies. Tensegrity, the term coined by Buckminster Fuller, means ‘tensional integrity,’ or “the use of internal forces to overcome external forces, as in a self-supporting sculpture,” which defines this universal truth – a way of following nature’s design to achieve more results with less effort. Just watch Baryshnikov leap impossibly high above the dance stage and seemingly float there for a moment – or Michael “Air” Jordan jump into the air and actually appear to fly across the basketball court to make a dunk – and you know it’s humanly possible. And we all can do it in our way – we just have to reconnect with our own unique personal suspension system.
One Size Does Not Fit All: or How to teach Pilates effectively to different body types
Sunday, October 2nd ~ 9:00am – 4:00pm (one hour break at 12pm for lunch)
Body types are often referred to in fruit metaphors – apple, banana or pear shaped. Or geometric forms such as rectangles, triangles and circles. Or odd scientific terms such as mesomorph, ectomorph and endomorph. However, the variations in the human body’s design are much more diverse and complicated than that. In Pilates our mission is to help ‘uniformly develop’ the body – to bring it into ideal balance and alignment so it can move with ultimate efficiency and effectiveness, enabling detoxification and re-oxygenation through unhindered circulation.
Regardless of both genetic programming and lifestyle issues, it is possible to enable any body to be more uniformly developed through Pilates. However, this doesn’t happen automatically simply by teaching them to do the exercises. It requires that the teacher truly acknowledge all the essential facts about the body in front of her/him, and realize that the Pilates exercises will need to be adapted in such a way that they will very purposefully accommodate all physical inconsistencies. Proportions of weight, height and length, as well as relative tightness and flexibility, as well as male/female differences in distribution of mass will all need to be taken in to consideration. It’s basically a physics problem. How do we make the Pilates exercises fit each person’s unique design to help achieve our ultimate goal – uniform development?
Register for one or both workshops.
Before September 9th: $275 for a single workshop OR $530 for both.
After September 9th: $300 for a single workshop OR $575 for both.
Click here to REGISTER. Click on the Workshops tab for details.
Amy Taylor Alpers co-founded The Pilates Center (TPC) and The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program (TPCTTP) over 20 years ago in Boulder, Colorado. When not traveling the world to teach both foundational and graduate level Pilates teacher education she remains part of the core faculty for TPCTTP, mentors advanced teachers, teaches classes and sees clients. In addition to teaching TPC sponsored workshops, Amy has presented numerous times at the Pilates Method Alliance Annual Meeting, Balanced Body’s Pilates on Tour and Passing the Torch. In 2013, Amy presented at the Shared Traditions Conference for Fletcher Pilates and will present at The Pilates Roundtable.
Amy was born in Youngstown, Ohio where she began classical ballet at age two. She attended The Juilliard School for Dance, danced with the Garden State Ballet in New Jersey, and received a B.A. in Dance and a M.A. in Dance History from New York University. In addition, Amy taught ballet at various dance schools in New York City for ten years before launching her Pilates career.
Both Amy and her sister Rachel studied Pilates under the direct tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska at the original Pilates Studio in New York City. They received their Pilates teaching certificate from there in July of 1989. In 1990, after moving to Boulder, Colorado, Amy and Rachel founded The Pilates Center. The sisters then created and established The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program in 1991. The school has since expanded to include an Intermediate Program, Advanced Program, Bridge Program, Master’s Program and a Mentorship Program. In addition, TPC now has “Licensed” and “Host” studios established all around the world.
Amy and her sister wrote The Everything Pilates Book, published in 2002. She was a founding board member of the PMA and sat on the board that created the PMA Certification Exam. Recently she has also had the honor of filming classes and workshops for online organizations such as Pilates Anytime and Pilates On Demand.
In 2011, Amy, her sister Rachel, and Ken Endelman of Balanced Body, developed CenterLine – a line of equipment designed for classical Pilates and based upon the specifications pioneered by Joseph Pilates.