Krista Loveless Lennartz and Jo McDonald are working tirelessly on bringing their experience and passion to new teachers here in Portland Oregon. Over the past year they have designed an excellent teacher training program for Mat Pilates and Equipment Pilates on the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels. The Cascadia studio also houses the most CoreAlign units in Portland and they have designed an in-depth and effective teacher program for this new and effective piece of Pilates Equipment. Email us today if you think becoming a teacher is the next step in your Pilates journey at contact@cascadiapilates.com


My teachers learned so much from the CoreAlign training conducted by JoMcDonald at Cascadia Pilates. The training manual is organized so well, and Jo's precise cueing, strong coaching, and great sense of humor gave everyone confidence to move forward teaching with the CoreAlign.  -- Holly Holland, PMA-certified Pilates teacher and owner of Pilates Village in Louisville

OBJECTIVES

The mission of this program is to educate movement teachers on the Pilates and CoreAlign Systems enabling them to teach those systems to individuals or in small group classes. All teachers who complete this program must adhere to the PMA Code of Ethics and the PMA Scope of Practice. Both can be found on pilatesmethodalliance.org.

It is the Cascadia Pilates and CoreAlign Teacher Training Program’s intent to graduate teachers who can effectively and safely provide clients with a movement experience on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Barrel, Chair, and CoreAlign Equipment. Our training program emphasizes comprehensive knowledge in:

  • Pilates and CoreAlign exercises and their variations 
  • Movements and Preparatory Exercises for larger Pilates actions
  • Modifications and Progressions for specific unique populations
  • Contraindications or safety precautions
  • Musculoskeletal, neurological, and biomechanics attributes of each exercise
  • Class and session planning
  • Motor learning theory and application to teacher scenarios
  • Critical thinking for effective teaching

THE SCHEDULE

All program classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays and run from 9am to 5pm. Self-practice, observation hours, assistant teaching, and apprenticeships can be schedule around the teacher trainees personal schedule and commitments. Cascadia try to make this program as accessible as possible for our busy modern lives. After completing the coursework each student can take up to 2 years to complete the entire program.

An example of our in-depth CoreAlign Manual

An example of our in-depth CoreAlign Manual

THE MANUALS

To help you master this material, we also provide each student with the Cascadia Pilates Teacher Training manuals for each module. With a total of 7 in-depth manuals, our teacher trainees will walk away with a Pilates library they will be able to reference for years to come. The manuals contain hundreds of pages of summaries and explorations covering the key teachings and also includes an extensive collection of fully annotated posture photographs. You'll add your own insights and realizations to these pages as the program progresses making it a journal of your own learning and teaching process.

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MODULE 1- PREREQUISITES

In order to fully comprehend the Pilates Method it is important to study basic anatomy and human movement systems. Prior to taking Mat or Equipment Modules, we require students complete the following two courses. If a new students is applying to the program with extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or biomechanics and has experience with viewing the body from the perspective of functional movement they can test out of these requirements

MODULE 2- MAT PILATES

Mat Section 1: Choreography (Implicit processes for choreography including Pilates fundamentals)

Mat Section 2: Choreography (Explicit processes for choreographic refinement and teaching application)

Additional Module 2 Requirements: Mat Class Practice (10 hrs), Self Practice (10hrs) and Practice Teaching (18hrs of individual teaching and small group instruction)

Test Out: Final exams include both written and practical format

MODULE 3- EQUIPMENT PILATES

Equipment Section 1: Choreography (Implicit processes for Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels): Dates TDA- 3 Weekends Total- $1890

Equipment Section 2: Equipment Choreography (Explicit processes for choreography modifications, advancements, diverse populations, and teaching application): Dates TBA- 2 Weekends Total- $1260

Equipment Section 3: Teaching (After completing all coursework for mat and equipment, Cascadia Teacher Trainees are required to complete 170 hours of practice and teaching in the following categories: Continuing Education Workshops, Observation of other teachers, Self-practice, Private Instruction, and class equipment instruction)

Equipment Section 4: Test-Out exams including both written and practical formats

Section 5: Apprenticeship Teaching (The final phase to becoming an pilates expert!)

MODULE 4- EQUIPMENT COREALIGN

CoreAlign Section 1: Choreography (Implicit processes for CoreAlign including fundamentals): Dates TDA- 2 Weekends Total- $1000

CoreAlign Section 2: Choreography (Explicit processes choreography modifications, advancements, diverse populations, and teaching application): Dates TDA- 1 Weekends Total- $500

CoreAlign Section 3: Teaching (After completing all coursework for mat and equipment, Cascadia Teacher Trainees are required to complete 170 hours of practice and teaching in the following categories: Continuing Education Workshops, Observation of other teachers, Self-practice, Private Instruction, and class equipment instruction)

CoreAlign Section 4: Test-Out exams including both written and practical formats

CoreAlign Section 5: Apprenticeship Teaching

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to our Pilates Teacher Training or wonder if it might be right for you, contact Krista at krista@cascadiapilates.com

In addition to submitting a written application, you'll be asked to take a class with Krista and/or Jo and also have a brief meeting to discuss your physical practice and any questions you may have about the program. It's so important to feel comfortable with the teachers, the curriculum, and to be clear in your motivations and interests for taking the program. We want you to have a meaningful experience!