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
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

Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy: Shoulders Arms, and Neck- Saturday September 16th 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy: Hips, Legs, and Feet.- Sunday September 17th 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy: Spine and Pelvis- Saturday September 23rd 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy: Abdominals and Soft Tissue: Sunday September 24th 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Pilates Principles, Breathing, and Movement: Sunday October 1st 12:00pm to 4:00pm

THE SCHEDULE

All program classes are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays and run from 10:30am to 4:30pm. 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.

MODULE 2- MAT PILATES $615

Mat Section 1: Choreography (Implicit processes for choreography including Pilates fundamentals). OCTOBER 14TH AND 15TH

Mat Section 2: Choreography (Explicit processes for choreographic refinement and teaching application). OCTOBER 21ST AND 22ND

Mat Section 3: Mat Class Practice, Self Practice, and Practice Teaching (30 hours of individual teaching and small group instruction).

Test Out: 2 Hours for final exams including both written and practical formats.

MODULE 3- EQUIPMENT PILATES- REFORMER $1200

Reformer Section 1: Choreography (Implicit processes for fundamentals and beginning Reformer): January 13th and 14th

Reformer Section 2: Choreography (Implicit processes for Advanced Reformer): January 20th and 21st

Reformer Section 3: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving the Body, and Explicit Processes: Equipment Modifications, Advancements, and Variations as they pertain to the movement and equipment. February 3rd and 4th. Use of small props and tools on the reformer (roller, ball, band, ring, and theraband). February 10th

Reformer Section 4: Self practice, active teaching, observation, and continuing education. Total of 85 self-managed hours.

Reformer Section 5: Three hours for final exams including both written and practical formats.

MODULE 4- EQUIPMENT PILATES- CADILLAC, BARRELS, AND CHAIR $1200

Equipment Section 1: Choreography (Implicit processes for fundamentals and beginning Cadillac, Barrels and Chair): March 3rd and 4th

Equipment Section 2: Choreography (Implicit processes for Advanced Cadillac, Barrels, and Chair): March 10th and 11th

Equipment Section 3: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving the Body, and Explicit Processes: Equipment Modifications, Advancements, and Variations as they pertain to the movement and equipment. March 24th and 25th. Use of small props and tools on the reformer (roller, ball, band, ring, and theraband). March 31st

Equipment Section 4: Self practice, active teaching, observation, and continuing education. Total of 85 self-managed hours.

Equipment Section 5: Three hours for final exams including both written and practical formats.

MODULE 4- EQUIPMENT COREALIGN $850

CoreAlign Section 1: (Implicit processes for fundamentals and beginning CoreAlign): November 4th and 5th

CoreAlign Section 2: Choreography (Implicit processes for Advanced CoreAlign): November 11th and 12th

CoreAlign Section 3: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving the Body, and Explicit Processes: Equipment Modifications, Advancements, and Variations as they pertain to the movement and equipment. Additional use of small props and tools on the reformer (roller, ball, band, ring, and theraband). November 18th.

CoreAlign Section 4: Self practice, active teaching, observation, and continuing education. Total of 85 self-managed hours.

CoreAlign Section 5: Three hours for final exams including both written and practical formats.

MODULE 5- Advanced Teaching and the Pilates Method

The following workshops will be schedule for April, May, and June of 2018. Visit our website for scheduling updates.

  • Advanced Biomechanics and Anatomy
  • Pilates for Special Populations: Working with the PMA contraindicated conditions
  • Advanced Teaching Techniques for Group Classes
  • Advanced Teaching Techniques for Private Clients
  • Sensory learning: Working with auditory cuing, visual/demonstration cueing, and verbal cueing
  • Touch Cueing: Utilizing your hands to sense movement

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!