This 60-hour Pilates Teacher Training is a detailed, movement-based core module that focuses on deepening students’ knowledge and skills of a functional movement practice centered on developing the deep stabilizing system of the torso. This training can work either as a stand-alone training or as a complementary modality for either a working yoga teacher or fitness professional.
Pilates is a transformational mind-body movement practice that combines concentration, awareness and efficiency with strength, range of motion and endurance. By practicing Pilates, the correct activation of the mid-section is cultivated, the range of movement of the spine and major joints are increased, posture is refined, the mechanics of movement are improved and muscle recruitment patterns are reeducated.
With a scope both deep and refined, this training program fosters the growth of both the student and teacher in you through ample exploration, integrated learning, and practice teaching.
In this training, you will learn to artfully create a sequence of balanced core work and learn to teach the movements of each exercise. Our mission is to prepare you to develop safe and sensible core classes for all levels of studentship. You will learn to accurately observe students’ bodies, assist them into muscle recruitment through verbal cues, basic hands-on assist, modifications of exercises and the use of props.
Anatomy and Physiology of the Core
Principles of Pilates
Pilates Exercises & Sequencing
Breathing & Pacing
The Yoga Sutras
We believe a deeper understanding of Pilates and how to teach it comes from a consistent commitment to your personal practice, and your practice will become a well-spring of resources and inspiration for you as a teacher. As such, proper execution of exercises, biomechanics and sequencing are at the core of this training. With exercise labs and practice teaching sessions every day, you will deepen your knowledge of the biomechanics of Pilates and develop communication skills to transmit this knowledge to your own students.
8:30 - 9:00 Opening, Sutras & Pranayama
9:00 - 10:30 Pilates & dynamic Vinyasa Practice
10:30 - 12:00 Anatomy & Physiology Lectures
12:00 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00 Philosophy discussion on the Yoga Sutras
14:00 - 15:30 Elements of Teaching & Exercise Lab
15:30 - 16:30 Practice Teaching
16:30 - 17:30 Restorative Closing Practice
This training and practice schedule requires participants to fully immerse themselves in a Pilates Core practice. Participants should be sincerely interested and ready to study intensively. You are expected to be healthy and able. As such, we recommend a regular yoga practice or fitness training of at least one year prior to this training. This training may be taken to deepen your own knowledge, with or without the intention to teach.
Please note that both the training and manual are solely in English. As such, a solid understanding and knowledge of English is a must.
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are one of the most well known spiritual scriptures in the history of Yoga. The text is a compilation of 196 aphorisms (sutras), which are short, concise phrases designed to be easy to memorize, that explain what yoga is and how it can be applied in our daily lives. The Yoga Sutras is an enormously influential body of work that is just as relevant today as it was when it was written and it will be the philosophical backbone of this training. Please bring a copy of any translation of the text in English or French.
Nico Luce has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 15 years and has trained in various lineages such as Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, Yin and Pilates. He is also a devoted student of eastern philosophy and spirituality that he weaves into the physical practice to create a profound transformational experience. Nico currently lives in Switzerland from where he travels internationally teaching workshops, retreats and Teacher Trainings and regularly produces instructional videos for GAIA.com.
Chloé Labelle has studied and taught yoga for over 16 years. Influenced by various lineages, such as Power Vinyasa, Anusara and Pilates, Chloe offers an accessible alignment-based practice with mindful sequencing and clear road maps into the body. In terms of style, classes are differentiated for all levels and include core connectivity, strengthening asana, slow-flowing transitions, and longer holds to dig into deeper openings, where hardening yields to a softening, and a new ease of being emerges. Chloé teaches in both French and English.
For graduates of any 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified training, the full extent of this program can be applied towards Luce Yoga 300 hour certification, and is eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Yoga Alliance.