Join Blossom for her new workshop!
Blossom will share her techniques working the feet. Over the years she has curated many exercises that strengthen, re-align and stretch the feet. The movements come from her own teaching experience, from Kathy Grant and other Pilates teachers.
In this workshop you will see how the feet are the structural foundation for our knees and hips. We will use our eyes, hands, balls, towels and pads to connect to the feet. We will play and investigate their role in balance and strength.
We will also look at how the feet play a role in traditional Pilates exercises on equipment like the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac and Barrels. We will also explore how to better incorporate the feet into your everyday Pilates teaching.
*PMA credits will be offered.
"From the Feet" Workshop with Blossom Leilani Crawford at Bridge Pilates
Date: Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bridge Pilates, 53 Hudson Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11201
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Approved Teacher Training by the Pilates Method Alliance Registry of schools. The Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) is the international, not-for-profit, professional association and certifying agency dedicated to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates.
Romana Certified Teacher. Blossom Leilani Crawford is the owner and director of Bridge Pilates in Brooklyn, New York. She is known for her playful and powerful teaching methods, which she developed during the seventeen years she worked with Pilates Elder Kathleen Stanford Grant. Since then, Blossom has made it her mission to expose each one of her students to the joy and satisfaction that comes from intelligent exercise.Blossom had the good fortune to be introduced to Pilates by Kathy Grant in 1993, during her first year as a dance student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A venerated teacher, Kathy was one of only two people to personally receive her Pilates teaching certification from Joseph Pilates himself. Blossom was impressed by the effect that Kathy’s exacting and intuitive approach to Pilates had on maintaining and healing her body, and continued to study with her throughout her rigorous dance program.After three years of working with Kathy, Blossom became her Teaching Assistant at NYU, an honored position that she held for over a decade (1996-2007). With Kathy’s encouragement, Blossom went on to pursue private study with Pilates Elder Romana Kryzanoyska. She received her Pilates teaching certification 1999, after six hundred hours of practice and observation.Blossom’s current work is a blend of her own considerable experience, Romana’s more traditional set of training methods, and Kathy’s flexible and demanding style. She is known for her ability to seamlessly integrate Pilates lineages as the situation demands, and for her insight into Kathy’s work. The diverse stylistic approaches Blossom can access on the spot has made her a sought after Pilates instructor at conferences throughout the United States and abroad.In January of 2006, Blossom opened Bridge Pilates to ensure a space where all styles of Pilates are present and honored, as Kathy had always taught her. In addition to teaching private sessions, workshops, and conferences, Blossom is a faculty member at Mark Morris Dance Center in downtown Brooklyn, where her vigorous group mat classes are open to the community. Most importantly, Blossom is the fiercely proud mother of two children—which means balancing the career she loves with her desire to get dinner on the table in time! (Source)
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Located in the heart of Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn, Bridge Pilates has been moving the New York Pilates community since 2006. Bridge Pilates was founded by Blossom Leilani Crawford, the protege of Pilates Elder Kathy Grant. We are a collective of highly qualified teachers experienced in both traditional and contemporary Pilates methods.
We specialize in personalizing Pilates through our Private and Duet Sessions. Pilates is a safe way for people of all ages and abilities to exercise, and the close relationship between you and your instructor that we foster is the most effective way to address your unique needs. We will pair you with the instructor who best fits your physical history, and they will tailor the diverse library of Pilates movements to your body and goals. At Bridge Pilates, we are dedicated to vigorous, playful, and compassionate teaching.
Our Brooklyn studio houses a full line of Pilates equipment, from the latest Pilates tools, to vintage equipment that was personally designed by Mr. Pilates. In a typical session at Bridge Pilates, you will exercise on both the mat and on specialized equipment like the Reformer, the Cadillac, and the Wunda Chair. These machines all use springs, which provide resistance that challenges your body and balances it effectively.
After a Pilates session you will feel stronger, taller, flexible, balanced, and more aware of your body. Joseph Pilates said that his method of exercise "develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit."
Let us help you achieve your physical goals. Move with us!