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Simplicity is the Key to Brilliance

Westwood Pilates

By Mela Debiase

Have you ever lost your sunglasses and searched your entire house only to find that they were on top of your head the whole time?

That’s how I have felt studying Pilates with Jay Grimes.  

“Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots” - Rumi

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An Interview with Apprentice Dane Sorensen

Westwood Pilates

by Yuuki Yamagiwa

Dane Sorensen’s first experience with Pilates was at Crunch Fitness in 2007, and he’s been practicing ever since! He previously received his Pilates Mat certification from Equinox and is now a teaching apprentice with the REAL Pilates program at Westwood Pilates.

 Read on about Dane’s teacher training experience, as well as what he would want to hear if he were to sit at the dinner table with Joseph Pilates himself!

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Evolution of the Classical

Westwood Pilates

By Yuuki Yamagiwa

As a millennial, I find myself constantly surrounded by knowledge that tells me what is “trending” and “in-style.” As technology progresses and newfound changes take place at a fast pace, it can be difficult to narrow down Google searches or choose a Pilates class to take when there are so many Pilates studios and styles to choose from.

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How to Come and Feel Prepared for Pilates Group Classes

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By Yuuki Yamagiwa

In “Return to Life through Contrology,” Joseph Pilates mentions that if one practices Pilates four times a week, one will notice physical, mental, and spiritual evolution and progression.

If you are thinking of adding more Pilates to your schedule, then group classes can help tremendously in allowing you to not only fit in more Pilates at a more affordable rate, but to also obtain the opportunity to move and progress independently at your own pace.

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An Interview with Chanda Hinman

Westwood Pilates

By Yuuki Yamagiwa

Chanda’s first encounter with Pilates was in 2009. She immediately fell in love with it and has been practicing ever since. She was certified via the Equinox Pilates Institute and has since founded her own company, Inner Circle Pilates, along with her own jewelry line, Crescent Moon Jewelry.


Read on to learn about Chanda’s love for Pilates, her career transition, and her advice for aspiring Pilates instructors.

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8 Benefits of learning to be Independent in your Pilates Class

Westwood Pilates

By Pamela Debiase

Auto-correct scares me.  Not because I might send a message saying good duck! instead of good luck!, I think we all enjoy a good laugh sometimes. It scares me because I have become accustom to relying on it and my brain seems to have let go of my aptitude to spell.  Not so good. Technology has offered us conveniences, we can do things often quickly with minimal effort on our part, but some of them do dumb us down somewhat. This gets me thinking about where/how I do want to keep exercising my brain and why. 

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An Interview with Daniela Escobar

Westwood Pilates

By Yuuki Yamagiwa

     Daniela Escobar was first exposed to Pilates through one of her fellow dancers when she was in college. During her last year there, Daniela completed her final research project focusing on how Pilates instructors perceived their postures. In 2006, she received her certification from Power Pilates and has been teaching ever since. She recently finished the graduate program “The Work” at Vintage Pilates directed by Jay Grimes.

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An Interview with Lesley Logan

Westwood Pilates

By Yuuki Yamagiwa

 

     Lesley discovered Pilates in 2001 during a mat class in Orange County at Body Arts and Science. She has received her certification as an instructor with Power Pilates in Beverly Hills and is PMA certified. She also received her Masters Certification through the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. She is a Lead Teacher Trainer for The Equinox Pilates Institute and is a Lululemon Athletica Ambassador and Published Author of Profitable Pilates.

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How Many Times a Week Should I Do Pilates?

Westwood Pilates

by Pamela Debiase

 

      Let’s pretend you are a Pilates virgin.  

     You heard about Pilates and how it changed your friend’s life and he or she is moving around pain free and stronger at 40 than he/she was at 25.  You think gosh, I’m only in my early 30’s and my lower back is killing me perhaps I should to try this.  In this fast paced life we live in 2016, you do a Yelp search, it recommends a studio, the reviews look great and you book your first session and your off!

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An Interview with Pamela Debiase

Westwood Pilates

by Yuuki Yamagiwa

 

    In her early 20’s, when Pamela Debiase was offered a job as a dance instructor and was asked if she can teach a Pilates Mat class as well, she said, “No, but I can learn too.” After starting her Pilates training and realizing the complete scope of Pilates and its benefits for one’s health, she fell in love with Pilates and received her full comprehensive certification with Power Pilates in 2007. A graduate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in England, Pamela brings her choreography, dance, fitness, and Pilates background to all of her classes.

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But First Pilates

Westwood Pilates

by Lesley Logan

 

     Lets get rid of the word "resolution."  Seriously. Let’s not resolve to do anything for 2016. Instead, what if we started making daily, weekly changes that allowed Pilates to be in our regular life and not on our “to do” list?

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Men and Pilates

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An Interview with Eric Valdes, Pilates Teacher and Teacher Trainer   

by Pamela Debiase

 

     I first met Eric Valdes years ago when I was just an apprentice teacher, and he was one of the certified teachers I observed for my observation hours.  One day I was intrigued by some modifications he offered certain clients and when he had a break I asked him some questions about it.

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Do You Have the "Jan-Febs?"

Westwood Pilates

by Chanda Hinman

 

     My friend calls these times “the Jan-Febs.” And it’s not just the cold; after all, I’m in California. The Jan-Febs are a heavy, post-Holiday mood. And despite the “New Year, New You” platitudes and inspirational Facebook posts, it’s okay if it all just seems a little lackluster.

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