Classical Mat with a Modern Understanding


Description: Joseph Pilates was a movement genius. His philosophies of health and exercise are captured so beautifully in "Return to Life through Contrology," which was written in 1934. Today, with our modern lifestyle, the impact of our environment on our bodies is quite different than in his time. When teaching a group Pilates Mat Class this provides teachers with a great challenge. "How can we keep it Classical while also honoring the different levels in a class, keeping it safe, and maintaining the pace that is expected of a Pilates Mat Class?" In this workshop we take time to appreciate the sheer brilliance of Joe's philosophy and exercises, discuss the negative forces on our bodies today and pull it all together to keep it current, safe and Classical.

Instructor:   Jennifer DeLuca

Jennifer is a former professional dancer who began teaching Pilates in 1996. She was certified by one of the few rightful heirs to the work of Joseph H. Pilates, Romana Kryzanowska. She has taught Pilates classes and workshops throughout NYC and is the founder and owner of the esteemed BodyTonic Pilates Gymnasium (1999) located in Park Slope, Brooklyn where she teaches private clients and apprentices. Jennifer, BodyTonic, and her work have been featured in Allure, The Washington Post, Glamour, TimeOutNY, Self, Pilates Style, The New York Times, and Body Plus Magazine (Japan.) She is also the author of "Pilates for Wimps-Total Fitness for the Partially Motivated.", (Sterling, 2005) and has been a featured Health and Fitness expert for HGTV.
Jennifer enjoys empowering her clients by helping to demystify their bodies and by giving them the information for transformation. She believes that Pilates is one of the most intelligent, engaging, efficient and fun ways to exercise and a great vehicle for learning about the body while developing strength and agility.
A native New Yorker, Jennifer grew out of New York City's High School of the Performing Arts Dance Department and went on to New York University's, Gallatin Division. A home for highly motivated individual thinkers, Gallatin is known as NYU's "University Without Walls." Jennifer graduated in 1990 with a BA, cum laude combining studies in classic texts, dance education, psychology and sociology.