A couple of months ago we wrapped up our first ever Mat and Reformer Pilates Teacher Training program. As we prepare and open up registration for the 2017-2018 360 Hour program (kicking off this Fall), we sat down with three of the students from our inaugural session. We hope that as they share their personal experiences with the program and feelings of starting to teach, it might provide some insight and answer questions for those considering diving into our Pilates Teacher Training program themselves.
The following is part two of two of this question and answer session with our students. Stay tuned for a chat with studio director Julia Wyncoll coming soon.
We will be holding an information session on September 8th at 5:30pm. Please contact us to attend.
How have you enjoyed your experience in teaching Pilates and observing classes at Inhabit?
Sheri Kimura: It’s fun! I love teaching. But I’ve always loved teaching. Teaching dance for so many years, obviously helps with the transition into Pilates, but it’s more focused. The movement is more thoughtful. I really like that.
Sarah Fregeau: I mean it’s great to practice if you’re going to be a teacher. It’s nerve wracking at first for sure, and it brings up a lot of questions. Going into the practice teaching I realized both that I knew more than I thought I did but also it raises so many more questions because you see people do things that you weren’t expecting, or they have questions themselves that you hadn’t asked yourself about a particular exercise. It’s a huge learning experience, but a good one.
Julia Alpin: What I’ve been learning through my experience with this training is more fundamental. So the fundamentals of movement that I learn, I apply to my own work as a dancer, to my dance teaching, to my work as a mitzvah teacher. So, it’s not just here that it works. But what’s interesting here is because the exercises are so very specific, and so very clear, the way Joe developed the programs to create the different spinal movements, it’s very clear. So it’s very interesting to see how people can work with that and develop and create more movement for themselves.
How would you describe the faculty of this program (Julia Wyncoll and Cindy Willems)?
SK: I would say that they are a crazy, crazy wealth of information. There is too much information, in Cindy and Julia as Pilates entities, to take in, even in the course. It’s almost like, you absorb as much as you can, and then over time other things start to drop in. I’m guessing things are going to start to drop in for me, years down the road. I would say, of the two of them, they are just an incredible fountain of information. When it comes to Pilates, and movement, and also seeing the potential in people and what they are able to do can surprise you.
SF: I would say that the faculty of the teacher training program have been exceptionally well trained themselves as Pilates teachers, and that’s evident in the way that they pass information on. They’re very specific, and they have quite a deep understanding of the work.
Why did you choose to do your Teacher Training at Inhabit Pilates?
SK: Again, through people that I knew. I’ve always been the type of person who I navigate around based more on relationships then on anything else and I had mutual friends and people that I knew who came to this studio, and taught at this studio so that’s why I came.
SF: I chose to do the program at Inhabit for a couple of reasons. I was already a client here myself, practicing Pilates at the studio, but it was also the fact that Julia Wyncoll comes from the Diane Miller lineage of Pilates training. All of the Pilates teachers that I had trained with until coming here had trained with Diane Miller, who I’ve never met myself but I could tell that her expertise was something I wanted in my own training as a teacher. Seeing how it’s influenced people who I have trained with and made them such specific viewers of the body.