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Becoming a Pilates Teacher: A Review by Yuuki Yamagiwa

Westwood Pilates

by Yuuki Yamagiwa


The biggest takeaway I learned from my mentorship with Daniela Escobar and Pamela Debiase was that Joseph Pilates was a true genius who was WAY ahead of his time, and that there is so much more to the Classical Pilates Method than meets the eye. It takes years of hard work, sweat, and tears to truly understand how this system works and why these exercises are created and ordered in the way that they are. And after 4 years of practice, 11 months of teacher training, and 800+ mentorship hours, I’ve realized that I’m still only scratching the surface of a Method that will take even more years and hard work to dive deep. 

Pilates has helped me realize the importance of self-discovery, and this program has helped to develop my confidence in my knowledge and teaching. My teachers helped me understand why Joseph Pilates worked in the way that he did, why every transition is significant to the entire System, why the practice needs to be independent and in the hands of the client, and why the work itself cannot be tweaked or changed if we are to fully understand Joe’s intentions. 

If you ever find yourself thinking that Pilates is the “same thing every time,” or that the “exercises start to seem too easy and boring,” I challenge you to be more open to curiosity during your workouts, have patience with your practice, and challenge yourself to go even deeper to discover the “how” and “why” of not just every exercise, but the entire System as a whole. Self-discoveries sometimes don’t happen often, but when they do, they open up doors that you never knew existed within your practice. 

I am so grateful for Pamela Debiase and Daniela Escobar. Thank you for teaching me the importance of always remaining a student, and for helping me with my journey to become the teacher and practitioner I am today.