(Past Event) Pilates in Paradise Classical Conference 2017



Welcome to Pilates in Paradise Classical Conference 2017 with presenters: Brett Howard and Saul Choza!

Event Update: Due to the wrath of IRMA, the conference has had to have some changes. The Islander Resort flooded and they are closed for 6 months to a year. We re-designed the Conference in order to be able to host at our Tavernier location (which now includes lunch). We are only able to host two presenters, Brett Howard and Saul Choza and no more than 25 attendees! If you have been considering the conference, I would encourage you to please come and support our local community that could use an economic boost.

10% Discount: Romana’s Pilates, USPA and APU
Email info@pilatesinparadise.net discount code.
12 hours of workshops!

Hotel Accommodations: Listed below are hotels in the close vicinity of the studio with rooms available. Please act fast, as all Ocean-Side properties have had damage and many hotel rooms are offline for sometime.

Event Information: www.pilatesinparadise.net/classicalconference

Download: Event Flyer



Date: December 15th - 17th, 2017

Event Location: Pilates in Paradise Tavernier

Phone:  (305) 453-0801

Email: info@pilatesinparadise.net

Website: www.pilatesinparadise.net

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PilatesInParadise



Workshop Descriptions

Hip Joints-The Other Powerhouses with Saul Choza
In this workshop, students will learn that hip joints not only serve as base joints for the attachment of the lower extremities, but they are also basilar joints for the pelvis, which is the foundation for the spine. A well-balanced hip-joint hosts a neutral pelvis, which is a vital structure for a healthy spine. We will discuss: over developed gluteus, hip-flexors, and hamstrings, and the effects on the spine. Students will also learn the proper muscle activation for the “wrap”, and why the cue to “squeeze the butt” does not allow freedom of the pelvis which is very important in many of the Pilates exercises.

Knee Abnormalities with Brett Howard
The knee abnormalities seminar gives participants the ability to classify different abnormalities of the knee, they will be able to recognize body systems of the human anatomy and they will be able to design and execute methods and protocols of working with specific populations of people with knee abnormalities by implementing exercises of the Pilates method of body conditioning. The Knee Abnormalities covered are Patella Femoral Knee tracking disorder, ACL and PCL injuries, Varus & Valgus knee structures and strains as well as hyper-extended knees.

Shoulder Joints-The Other Powerhouses with Saul Choza
In this workhsop, participants will learn the importance of mobility of the scapula, as well as exercises that help stretch and strengthen muscles in the shoulder complex. The cue, “shoulders down”, creates too much simplicity of the complex workings of the shoulder joint. One will learn how to look at this structure as a three-dimensional object. Students will discover that when creating a balanced muscle structure in the joint, especially in exercises with point of contact in the hands, will facilitate the connection of your “powerhouse”.

Pilates for Youth with Brett Howard
"First Educate the Child" a chapter in "Your Health" by Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates strongly believed that children should learn the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. The seminar focuses on appropriate methods of teaching the Pilates Method to the child learner. Learn cognitive, behavioral, physiological and anatomical considerations in teaching this population. Learn how to generate creative lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate as well. The seminar address how to implement a Pilates curriculum into a variety of settings.



Presenter Brett Howard

Brett Howard is the Director of Education of the United States Pilates Association™ and a Senior Teacher of Teacher of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program. The United States Pilates Association™ is a licensee of the Authentic Pilates™ Method of Body Conditioning, as well as the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program- the first and oldest Pilates professional training program in the world. He is a Guest Teacher Trainer for the Authentic Pilates Education Teacher Training Program Australia. He is a Co-Founder and is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Pilates Youth Organization. He is an Owner and Director of the Pilates Studio the Pilates Haus.

Brett Howard was certified by the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska in 1998, he has been a Teacher of Teachers for the program since 2003. He has trained extensively with Pilates Elders Mary Bowen, Jay Grimes and Lolita San Miguel, as well as Master Teachers Bob Liekens, Sari Mejia Santo, Kathy Corey, Carey Regan, Blossom Crawford, Deborah Lessen and Steve Giordano. He is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher. He is a co- author of the book Pilates for Children and Adolescents and a contributing essay author of the book Voices of Classical Pilates. He is featured in the Pilates book, The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning by Sean P. Gallagher and Romana Kryzanowska and has appeared and contributed Articles in Pilates Style Magazine. He is "Distinguished Instructor" and “Legacy Curator” on Pilates Anytime and is featured on Pilatesology, both are global online Pilates Studios, created for people all over the world to explore Pilates with highly skilled, well-trained instructors.

Brett Howard has taught workshops all around the United States as well as Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Spain. He is recognized in the Pilates industry as an expert in the Joseph Pilates Archival Exercises, and teaches them around the world. He has created a Pilates curriculum for children that can be implemented in schools as well as the private sector.

Brett Howard holds a M.A. in Dance Education from New York University Steinhardt School of Education, Culture and Human Development and a B.F.A. in Dance from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. He has done a large amount of coursework in Anatomy and Biomechanics, training under Irene Dowd, Lynn Martin and Sean P. Gallagher.

Brett Howard has danced for the Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Stephan Koplowitz, Tarin Chaplin, Hemiko Minota, Renata Celichowska, Susan Koff and the Faun Dance Troupe. He is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Dance Company Brett Howard and Company, which he founded in 2001.

Brett Howard
Pilates Teacher, PMA® – CPT
Co-Founder, Director of Education and Senior Teacher of Teachers, United States Pilates Association® LLC
Co-Founder and Board Vice President, Pilates Youth Organization
Founder and Director, The Pilates Haus

Brett Howard Pilates

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Presenter Saul Choza

Saul Choza has a passion for transforming bodies through the art and science of Pilates, demonstrating a commitment to the field that has gained accolades from clients and the media for producing exceptional results. His twenty year evolution as an instructor, combined with a desire to incorporate complementing fitness modalities, has attracted a loyal client roster that includes Hollywood's elite entertainers in film, music and fashion; along with powerhouse corporate executives who require a healthy dose of fitness to balance their busy careers.

Saul's career in Pilates began accidentally. A struggling dancer in search of improving his classical technique, Saul met and began training with Mari Winsor, Hollywood's premiere pilates instructor. Thus began a two-decade relationship, with Saul taking on a role as a Winsor senior instructor and appearing in numerous Winsor fitness videos. In 2016, their longstanding friendship resulted in Saul taking over the business with the launch of Winsor Choza, a boutique Pilates environment in Hollywood.

A teacher's teacher, Saul hosts a weekly workshop where trainers can reenergize their practice and deepen their understanding of Pilates. His personal development as a trainer includes certification by Romana Kryzanowska and workshops from top Pilates instructors such as Sari Mejia, Kathy Grant, Lolita San Miguel, Jay Grimes, Maria Jose' Blom, Cynthia Lochard, Brooke Siler, Kathy Ross Nash and more. Saul also holds a Fitness Instruction certificate from UCLA extension and first level certificate in Kettle-bells and Crosscore180. He is also a PMA certified Pilates teacher.

Saul sees clients at Winsor Choza Pilates; and also conducts house calls, where clients can work in the comfort of their own home.

Winsor Choza Pilates





Pilates in Paradise

About Pilates In Paradise

Pilates in Paradise is located in the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys are a long string of islands (spanning 120 miles) off the southern tip of Florida. There are over 80 islands connected by over 40 bridges. We have only 75,000 full time residents, but will entertain over 3 million visitors, including our seasonal residents.

Pilates in Paradise has 4 locations, Ocean Reef, Key Largo, Islamorada, and Marathon. The studios are 30-45 miles apart. Each studio has a completely different look and feel. The Ocean Reef studio is the most northern studio located in a private "member only", gated, self-sustaining community and 95% of the business is Nov-April. The Key Largo Studio is the largest of all the studios, and is considered the "Home Studio". The Key Largo studio is the original studio which started in 2002. Islamorada is the newest addition as of 2013. This studio was originally an art gallery that was converted to a studio. It has lots of "Keys Charm" and a water view. The Marathon location is the smallest studio, being able to see private clients only.

Technically, the birth of "Pilates In Paradise" happened organically. I didn't set out to open a Pilates Studio. No business plan. No long term goal. Just a girl thinking she would have a place to teach Mat classes. Circumstances presented themselves to where I needed to make rent on a lease term and coincidentally was studying the true classical pilates method in NYC. I fell in love with the Method. I have this drive to share what I love. I want to help people, help themselves. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and a "no fear of failing" attitude. So over time, I was able to purchase more and more Gratz apparatus. I operated only one studio for 9 years, growing to multiple teachers and becoming a training studio for Romana's Pilates, before expanding. The economic crash (and the BP Oil Spill) was the driving force for expansion (that and people do not like to drive outside a 5-10 miles radius). Too many teachers, too little clients. So, we expanded to Ocean Reef and Marathon in 2010. The clientele was anxious for a location in Islamorada, and the opportunity presented itself in 2013.

Pilates In Paradise

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