450 Hour Pilates Teacher Training

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Welcome to the Cascadia Pilates Teacher Training program where Krista Loveless Lennartz and Jo McDonald bring their experience and passion to new teachers here in Portland Oregon. Pilates is a remarkable system that has changed lives all over the world. It is our mission to bring more skilled teachers to the field so we can make a greater impact in our local and global communities. The more teachers out there helping students means that there are more people living healthy, happy, and mobile lives!

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


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 sequences

  • 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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The Schedule

All program modules will run for three and half weeks with a two week break. In-house coursework will be held on

  • Saturdays 10:30am to 5:30pm

  • Tuesday mornings 6am to 8:30am

  • Friday evenings 5:30pm to 9pm

Self-practice, observation hours, practice teaching, and apprenticeships can be schedule around the teacher trainees personal schedule and commitments. Cascadia has designed this program to be as accessible as possible for our busy modern lives.

MODULE 1- Anatomy, Fundamentals, and Mat Choreography

September 7th through September 28th 2019

In order to fully comprehend the Pilates Method, it is important to study basic anatomy and human movement systems. Along side learning the essential fundamental exercises and mat work, students will get in-depth lessons in how our bodies relate to the Pilates practice. This module is an essential stepping stone to the rest of the Pilates equipment.

MODULE 2- Reformer Choreography and Teaching Basics

October 19th through and November 9th 2019

The reformer is the most commonly found piece of studio equipment. The second module emphasizes a strong knowledge of reformer choreography and the execution of teaching this choreography to private clients and group classes. The curriculum in this module focuses on applying anatomy and biomechanic principles to the reformer, identifying student level and appropriate choreography for that individual, and will provide students with opportunities to start teaching one another!

MODULE 3- Studio Equipment

November 30th through December 21st 2019

The third module is choreography heavy with manuals focused on the Chair, Barrel, Cadillac, Spine Correctors and more! The final choreography module provides teachers with an endless toolbox of exercises that can be resourced for years to come! The curriculum in this module focuses on meeting your private clients’ individual needs, flowing through a session resourcing multiple pieces of equipment, and personalizing the choreography with modifications and progressions.

MODULE 4- Advanced Teaching

January 11th through February 1st 2020

The final module ties it all together with in depth study of advanced biomechanics and anatomy, specific study of unique populations (working with the PMA contraindicated conditions), teaching techniques for group classes, teaching techniques for private clients, sensory learning (working with auditory cueing, linguistic cuing, visual demonstration, and touch cueing). This module will also begin the conversation about the profession of Pilates and how to run your own business.


Full tuition is $5200. The cost of this program covers all in-house coursework, 12 private sessions with expert instructors, 4 mentorship hours, class attendance to Cascadia's reformer and equipment classes, and all necessary materials. Space is limited to 6 participants and a $500 non-refundable deposit is due by August 15th, 2019 to reserve your spot. Tuition is paid in four installments throughout the program. If students wish to pay in full by the start of the program (September 8th, 2019) they will receive a discount of $500.

Applying to the program

If you are interested in applying send the written application to krista@cascadiapilates.com and we will contact you to schedule your first class. After that class we will have a brief meeting to discuss your physical practice and any questions you may have about the program. It's 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!

Click here for the written application

Good Luck!