Spring into Summer Series Day 6: Principle: Precision Sometimes I feel like being a Pilates Teacher is both a blessing and a curse. When I am walking down the street, on the subway, at the beach...

Spring into Summer Series Day 5: Pilates Principle: Control The Pilates principle of Control truly exists at the root of the Pilates Method. When Joseph Pilates created his method he didn't call it "Pilates," instead he referred to it as "Contrology." He described Contrology as "the...

Stand on the sky: Learn Pilates and Yoga tools for developing a strong handstand practice. Kevyn Zeller and Gabriel Heymann invite you to turn your world upside down! Join us Saturday August 24th from 4:00-7:30pm at Norma Jean Pilates in Sag Harbor, NY for an...

The other day when I was at dinner with a good friend I noticed her bracelet. It had at one end a black bead, and directly opposite the black bead, a white bead. The black and white beads were connected by a string of clear...

Spring into Summer Series Day 4: Pilates Principle: Centering Specific to Pilates, running and other types of physical exercise, "centering" is often referred to as moving from your center or "using your core." But what exactly is this so-called "core"? I remember walking into my Critical Thinking...

Spring into Summer Series Day 3: Pilates Principle: FLOW I try to remind my students often that the human body is made up of roughly 70% water and that, with this in mind, it makes sense to move as such with graceful fluidity. On our run on...

I really wanted to include Erika in this blog because after my brief experience in her presence I knew that she was a special teacher. Not just an educated, experienced and passionate teacher, but one of those special guides that "becomes one with the student,"...

Spring into Summer series Day 2 Principle: Breath In a blog I posted earlier I described the respiratory system as the most inefficient system in the human body. Essentially, we were designed to survive. This does serve us in times of need, when for whatever reason oxygen...

My friend Megan is a powerhouse! When I first met her about 5 years ago I was a little intimidated by her very strong presence, I must admit. I didn't know her well, but always remembered her being a very passionate and intelligent teacher. Once...

Spring into Summer series Day 1 Principle: Concentration: remaining present, able to focus on what your teacher is saying, able to focus on your surroundings and most importantly on your body. In classes I've taken, and during trainings for triathlons I've heard teachers say, when you feel...