3 PMA CECs for “The Music of Pilates”!!!

October 13, 2013 at 2:32 pm 10 comments

The Music of Pilates

The Music of Pilates – 3 PMA CECs

I have wonderful news!!! The PMA has accepted “The Music of Pilates” for the full 3 PMA CECs!

It was a special process for this one because they have never accepted an aural workshop before. However, this one is special…extremely special. They have fully accepted it and I’m thrilled!

With that…please check it out at www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com
1 – Read the full information on “The Music of Pilates” and listen to the FREE Introduction track.
2 – Listen to a FREE track of “The Saw”.
3 – Order it for Mat and Reformer for 3 PMA CECs or Mat Only (no PMA CECs.)
How will you receive the PMA CECs? Simply email me requesting the evaluation:  info@TheVerticalWorkshop.com
I’ll send it to you.  You fill it out and send it back to me.  If your evaluations shows that you did, indeed, listen and absorb this workshop…I’ll send you your PMA CE certificate.

“The Music of Pilates” Information:

The Music of Pilates is a continuing education workshop that you listen to and both speak and workout to to practice.

It comes with 3 PMA CE credits if you take the evaluation.

Mr. Pilates created a rhythm for each exercise. These rhythms are different for each exercise. They highlight the action of the exercise to direct the specific purpose. When you work with Mr. Pilates actual rhythms…the exercises come to life!

This is a sincere workshop with learning and practice modules. You will certainly come away from this at-home/at-studio workshop with a new set of tools making your and your clients’ experiences easier.

Teaching should be fun and effective…
The keener your tools are…the stronger your teaching and the more your clients change for the better!

How does it work?

1 – You download it to your computer from http://www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com (go to “The Music of Pilates” tab).

2 – If you want, transfer it to your Smartphone, iPod, iPad/Tablet, etc.

2 – Play it on your computer, Smartphone, iPod, iPad/Tablet, etc. Just like you would music.

3 – Module 1 – Introduction
Module 2 – Learning –
You learn the purpose of each exercise in the mat and reformer order in the typical “Advanced” list of exercises.

You learn the rhythm and accents that Mr. Pilates created for each exercise.

You learn how to count each exercise and teach them in rhythm
You listen and can do the exercises in rhythm.

Module 3 – Practice –
Separated into 2 sections, Mat and Reformer, you can physically do each exercise to the rhythm, listen to or speak out loud each rhythm through the Advanced order. You can pause the workshop at any time to change springs on the reformer and then keep going.

This helps embody the rhythms.
Of course…not every exercise is for every person, so feel no pressure to do it all. However, learn the rhythms so you can teach them.

4 – Request an evaluation and receive 3 PMA CECs. Email info@TheVerticalWorkshop.com

If you have any questions…drop me a comment here!  Or email me at info@TheVerticalWorkshop.com however…comments are helpful to all…so drop a comment!  Thank you!


Now…here’s what else is going on:
The Vertical Workshop Pilates Teacher Intensives…
The Pilates Teacher Intensives begin in Boston: November 15-17 and New York City: January 31, February 1-2!

Please read all about them at www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com under “Teacher Intensives” tab.
Or check out the information packet here: The Vertical Workshop Pilates Teacher Intensives Information Packet (Boston and NYC)
The first seminar weekend (those dates listed) will be open to all and everyone.  If you are not able to do the full Intensives…come do the first 3-day seminar weekend.  It is 18 PMA CECs!  

Full Body Integration: Functional Anatomy and Pilates Applications Intensive with Shari Berkowitz
3-days:  $720 (Included in your tuition for participants of The Vertical Workshop Pilates Teacher Intensives)

You’ve had a lot of continuing education, but none of it…none of it is comprehensive.  I mean…you get a lot of information, but it’s all bits and pieces.  Are you able to apply it all?  Really?  While the entire Pilates Teacher Intensives is to rectify this missing an essential element in Pilates continuing education, this first 3-day seminar “Full Body Integration” must be the basis for all that we do.  What is your perspective on the human body?  How much does it align with how the human body really works?  How do you tie it all together with a true education and apply it to your actual teaching of Pilates?  How do you take your education and make it all make sense?

In “Full Body Integration” you will learn the modern biomechanics:  Biodynamics and Biotensegrity.  Biodynamics is my theory of human physical movement and dysfunction.  I am a biomechanics scientist and theorist in addition to being a Pilates teacher.  I spend the majority of my time, in fact, developing ways for people to really understand how the body works at it’s best and help people return to their most able states why dysfunction occurs.  Pilates is an exceptional method to return a body to health…but only if we understand how the body works and make sure what we’re doing in Pilates coordinates with that.

We will explore and study:
Biodynamics (by Shari Berkowitz) and Biotensegrity (by Dr. Stephen Levin)
Functional Anatomy of The Human Body with specific detail on:
The Spine
The Pelvis
The Shoulder Girdle
The Legs
we tie it all together…because we’re not just bits and pieces…we are organisms
Apply this  knowledge and actions to Pilates Teaching…no matter what style you teach.

Your perspective is everything.  Please let me guide your education and understanding with “Full Body Integration”.

Again…if you can’t do the entire Intensives…come do “Full Body Integration”!

Register for Boston and/or NYC  by emailing me at info@TheVerticalWorkshop

More Continuing Education Workshops:

Full info listed under “Workshop Calendar” at www.TheVerticalWorkshop.com

Fair Haven, NJ: October 20
Purchase (Westchester), NY: November 3
Birkerød (Near Copenhagen), DENMARK: November 8-10
Boston, MA:  November 15-17

Keep your eyes open for 2014 dates coming very soon!
January in NYC – January 31 and February 1-2
February in Austria near Vienna/Wien and Hamburg, Germany
March in Italy near Venice
May in Miami, FL, USA
and so much more!

The Vertical Workshop Pilates Teacher Intensives:
Boston begins: November 15-17, 2013
NYC begins: January 31, February 1-2, 2014
email info@TheVerticalWorkshop.com for information or here’s the info packet: \The Vertical Workshop Pilates Teacher Intensives Information Packet (Boston and NYC)

All the very best,

– Shari Berkowitz

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sharon  |  October 13, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Fabulous news, Shari, you are blazing the trail as always! I am really looking forward to listening to this workshop, and now you’ve given even more incentive. It’s on my list 😉

    • 2. theverticalworkshop  |  October 14, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you, Sharon…for your kind words and for purchasing The Music of Pilates. Ask me any questions at all!
      All the best,
      – Shari

  • 3. Karen Jones  |  October 15, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hi Shari,
    I’ve just downloaded this and I love the explanation of the individual rhythms of each exercise – it’s really beautiful and a wonderful learning and teaching tool. However the 18 minute practice for the full classical mat had me reaching for the pause button too many times for my liking – that is just too fast for me (not helped by the fact that I am tall and it takes longer for me to move my long limbs!). However even when we do a teachers full classical mat class here it takes us all at least 40 minutes (I know the mat was intended to be done in less time, but 18 minutes seems superhuman to me). It may be easier for a small light mega-strong person to move their limbs that quickly but is there any chance you could produce a slower version for those of us who cannot practice to that speed?
    I was a bit disappointed as I had hoped to use this as a practice tool with flow rather than having to constantly stop the audio. Feel free to tell me that I should be much stronger before attempting this at this pace or that I should learn the rhythm for my own body – I agree completely and I may have been a bit hasty in my excitement to hear your wise words, but the audio tool was meant to get me there. I’d love to see a video of somebody doing the mat to the pace that you speak it (in 18 minutes).
    Best wishes

    • 4. theverticalworkshop  |  October 15, 2013 at 9:45 am

      Karen, Hello! Thank you for purchasing “The Music of Pilates” and expressing your concern over an 18 minute mat…but…that’s exactly what it is. You were taught to do a mat in 40 minutes for something that was never intended: Mat Classes. And in Mat Class you spend time going slower and going for more precision at times and work to make it 40-55 minutes. Teaching takes time. However…

      However…at the Advanced Level, the Mat work ought to take 18 minutes or so. It’s meant to be part of your Pilates workout…not all. Granted, I do understand that people do it as all of their workout, but the intention of “The Music of Pilates” is to share the value of each exercises, share Mr. Pilates rhythms and desired tempos (at the most advanced level in the Practice Section – Module 3).

      I’ll suggest, with excitement, that over time you’ll find that you can accomplish the 18 minutes on the mat indeed. Remember, that you are likely learning something new. Perhaps you’ve known these rhythms, perhaps not. And Perhaps you are now learning the ideal and advanced tempos. Which means that over time you will embody them and they will not seem so fast to you. You will rise to the tempos and get the workout.

      Now, does everyone do those tempos? No. No. Can you? Yes. Over time.

      If you take a listen to the reformer Practice in Module 3, you’ll also hear that I do not leave time for much apparatus transition. Again, it’s not intended as workout-only recording. It is not a podcast. It is for you to learn and embody the rhythms and tempos.

      I suggest that you spend time listening to the Module 3. While you go about your daily life: driving, cleaning, walking, eating, sitting and listening. Be able to say these rhythms over and over again. Pause and say them slower then faster then back and forth…so you can use them for anyone and everyone. Practice them hitting pause and not over and over again physically. You can do it!

      I encourage the challenge to find ways to use this tool “The Music of Pilates” in ways other than you thought…and in line with my intention. I promise you…it works. If you give it a shot and don’t just do to it…but listen and speak and sing with it…as well as do to it…you will have something special in your teaching and practicing tool box.

      OK…I go on and on…but let me know how it goes.

      Thank you for expressing yourself!
      – Shari

      • 5. Karen Jones  |  October 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

        Hi Shari – thank you for your swift response and lovely encouragement (and optimism!). I will persist with this goal for myself – I already have your voice in my ears and rhythm in my body as I go about life (it is strangely soothing and invigorating), and hopefully, in time, my body will move to the tempo!! I will let you know how I get on – Karen

      • 6. theverticalworkshop  |  October 15, 2013 at 12:58 pm

        And I thank you, Karen…because you remain open to my suggestions.

        I am aware that my style of continuing education is extremely different than others’. My work and research on how people learn both physically and mentally…affects everything that I do or create. It’s different…and that can be uncomfortable or feel disconcerting…but I promise you it’s well conceived and works when we do the work together.

        Thank you, again, for staying open!

        All the best,
        – Shari

  • 7. Karin Krouse  |  October 23, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Hi Shari

    I ordered the Music of Pilates about a week ago, and did not get to download it on my computer, but left it in my inbox … and forgot that my emails are automatically erased after one week. Would you please email me the download again.

    So sorry for the inconvenience.



    • 8. theverticalworkshop  |  October 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Hi, Karin,

      Indeed, let’s get it for you. However, I do believe that when you purchased it you downloaded it already. Didn’t you? Have you checked your Downloads file?

      Or are you saying that the host-company sends you an email with download information? My experience is that you pick the download format, pay and then it downloads right to your computer. Again, you must find it in your downloads.

      Let me know if you can find it or need help finding it. What type of computer do you have PC or Apple/Mac?

      Fear not…we’ll get it for you!
      – Shari

  • 9. Tracy  |  January 2, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Why do I almost always laugh when I read your posts? 🙂 I think it’s refreshing – you are smart, honest and funny!

    Thanks again. Love you.


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Teacher Training/Bridge:
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June 7-9 Bilbao, SPAIN

July 19-21 Boston, MA

Aug 30 – Sept 1 Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Oct 4-6 Louisville, KY

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