Atlas Pilates Teacher Training


Atlas Pilates Teacher Training


Learn to Teach Pilates!

Interested in a career as a professional Pilates instructor? Consider our comprehensive training program.

Lori Coleman-Brown has been training successful new instructors continuously for decades. She’s developed a comprehensive program carefully refined for individuals in small classes. Training takes about a year and involves practical training, classroom time and tutoring in our knowledge rich and supportive Seattle studio.

Our immersive program is designed to produce Classical Pilates instructors of the highest caliber, who know the work in their own bodies and are fully prepared to teach professionally.

There are four main elements of our traditional Pilates teacher training: Seminars, Practicum, Academics, and Testing. Material is presented logically and progressively, and students can expect to work at least 600 hours including 150 Hours of Pilates workouts. Annual admissions are selective and there are prerequisites and a physical assessment required.

Atlas Pilates is the Seattle home for world class independent classical Pilates education and teacher training.

Lori Coleman-Brown, Director of Education, produces a range of authoritative Classical Pilates educational offerings in order to advance the work of Joseph Pilates as it was taught to her by Romana Kryzanowska. Lori is our primary resource and advocate of the Pilates Method. She provides global educational outreach to other Pilates studios and the public.



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Accommodations For Students With Disabilities

This school is licensed under Chapter 28C.10 RCW. Inquiries or complaints regarding this Private Vocational School may be made to Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, 128 – 10th Avenue Southwest, Olympia, Washington 98504. Phone: 360-709-4600.



Location: Atlas Pilates, 2612 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121

Phone:  (206) 283-2884





Intermediate Pilates Seminar

Presented by Lori Coleman-Brown

Join Lori Coleman-Brown in this two day Intermediate level training seminar. Expand your knowledge of Joseph Pilates’ Contrology and work on developing your ability to create effectual Pilates workouts using the Intermediate system exercises. We'll examine the principles and features of Pilates work ‐ including concentration, natural movement, leverage and rhythm ‐ and we'll explore the relevant exercise anatomy.

This is a kinetic event, so expect to move a lot. Be prepared to practice the exercises and perform them to the best of your ability.

Intermediate Pilates Seminar Information:


January 13th - 14th, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Student Price: $450.00
Teacher Price: $395.00.

Our independent educational seminars are open to students and Pilates teachers with diplomas from reputable schools (like Romana’s Pilates, M-A-T, Power Pilates, Stott, PMA etc.). Please ask if you have questions.


Advanced Pilates Seminar

Presented by Lori Coleman-Brown

Delve deep into the Advanced Pilates exercises in our two-day Advanced Seminar presented by Lori Coleman-Brown.

We’ll Explore how the Advanced material can be woven into complete programs for individuals. We’ll analyze the exercises, discuss the goals for each, and look closely at the relevant anatomy.

We’ll work on increased awareness, balance, and control. And you will learn techniques to develop power, endurance, and release in proportion to what the body needs.

Come prepared to perform all of the Advanced Pilates Exercises to the best of your ability.

Advanced Pilates Seminar Information:


April 7th - 8th, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Student Price: $450.00
Teacher Price: $395.00.

Our independent educational seminars are open to students and Pilates teachers with diplomas from reputable schools (like Romana’s Pilates, M-A-T, Power Pilates, Stott, PMA etc.). Please ask if you have questions.


CPE 2018 – Continuing Pilates Education with Cary Regan

Featuring Guest Instructor Cary Regan
Presenters Lori Coleman-Brown and Teresa Shupe

Save the Date for our biggest educational event of the year! We’re planning a big weekend packed with workshops, classes, and challenging Pilates workouts produced exclusively for professional instructors.

CPE 2018 – Continuing Pilates Education with Cary Regan:


June 16th - 18th, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Our independent educational seminars are open to students and Pilates teachers with diplomas from reputable schools (like Romana’s Pilates, M-A-T, Power Pilates, Stott, PMA etc.). Please ask if you have questions.


About Cary Regan

Cary began her training in the Pilates Method at S.U.N.Y. Purchase in 1975, under the direction of Master Pilates teacher Romana Kryzanowska while earning her BFA in Dance. She continued her Pilates training at the original Pilates Studio in New York City, and has been teaching the Pilates since 1981. She has worked in New York and Seattle with physical therapists, chiropractors, orthopedists and dance companies. She is currently a Master Instructor at Uptown Pilates in New York City. Before that, she was on the staff at re:AB Pilates for nine years where she worked in Brooke Siler’s Pilates teacher training program.


About Teresa Shupe

Teresa Shupe owns and operates Atlas Pilates. She maintains a busy weekday teaching schedule and manages client service. She was trained and tested by Joseph Pilates protegée Romana Kryzanowska and was certified by Pilates Inc. Teresa completed a 700 hour apprenticeship with Lori Coleman-Brown and Dorothee VandeWalle in Seattle WA, and studied with Sari Mejia-Santo and Romana Kryzanowska in New York. She has a BFA in Dance from Ohio University, where she was introduced to the study of anatomy and kinesiology (the science of human movement).

For over ten years prior to opening Atlas Pilates, Teresa was an instructor at Pilates Seattle International where she worked and studied with many the world’s best Classical Pilates instructors, including “Pilates Elders” who were taught by Joe and Clara Pilates. Throughout her Pilates career she’s been fortunate to work alongside great physical therapists, and she’s acquired a great deal of experience patients in post-rehabilitation. Teresa Shupe and Romana Kryzanowska.

A professional modern dancer, Teresa has performed with The Pat Graney Company and The Big Red Dance Company in Seattle. Throughout her childhood, she studied at the Academy of Dance Arts in Middletown, Ohio. Decades of lifting other dancers has made her very conscious of alignment and posture, and has helped her to develop efficient and effective means of communicating precise corrections.

Teresa Shupe Black BeltSince 1994, Teresa has studied and taught martial arts at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, and currently holds the rank of Black Belt in the Hawaiian street-fighting art of Kajukenbo. She also spends some time every week training in a local boxing gym. Her martial arts training helps Teresa remain calm under pressure, move from her core, direct energy (chi), and mentor others.

Pregnancy and post-partum fitness issues have interested Teresa since she had her own child. She’s guided several Pilates clients through pregnancy and childbirth and she’s developed several effective personalized Pilates fitness programs to help new mothers get back into great shape.



About Lori Coleman-Brown

Lori Coleman-Brown is our Master Instructor and our Director of Education. A licensed Physical Therapist, she is focused on teaching Pilates lessons, as well as training, testing and mentoring new Pilates instructors. She’s responsible for Atlas Pilates educational program development and management.

In the early 1980’s Lori was sent to Joseph Pilates protegeé Romana Kryzanowska by a dance instructor in order to deal with a knee injury. The knee healed completely, and Lori became captivated by The Pilates Method. By 1986 she was teaching Pilates and in 1999 was honored when Romana asked her to be a Pilates Teacher Trainer.

In 1993, Lori moved to the Pacific Northwest to co-found The Pilates Studio of Seattle (now known as Pilates Seattle International) where she served as a Director for 16 years and successfully trained more than a hundred new Pilates instructors. Lori ultimately reached Master Teacher Trainer status (Level II) in the Romana’s Pilates organization.

Lori has a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase, and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Temple University. She has worked as a professional dancer and as a staff physical therapist. She has worked as physical therapist for professional dance companies and backstage on Broadway shows in New York and Seattle.

Lori has been a presenter at Pilates Conferences around the world as well as American Physical Therapy Association Conventions. She tours and teaches Pilates and Anatomy in studios of all sizes in Austria, Australia, Canada, England, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Singapore, and across the United States. And she is regularly featured in Pilatesology instructional videos.

Lori stepped away from studio ownership in order to focus on her teaching and is now happily working at Atlas Pilates in Seattle. She learns something new every day while helping her clients get stronger, more flexible and happier by using the Pilates Method. She keeps up her own physical and mental conditioning by working with Yogi Eric Ovid, Pilates Instructor Teresa Shupe, and Shiatsu practitioner Yasuo Mori. She is grateful for all the wonderful teachers in the world.

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About Atlas Studio

Atlas Pilates is located on the ground floor of a high-rise in Seattle’s vibrant and densely populated Belltown neighborhood. Our calendar is filled with Pilates clients from all walks of life who work with our experienced staff instructors in our spacious purpose-built Pilates studio. We provide Private and Semi-Private Pilates Lessons, and popular Saturday morning Mat (Plus) classes. An independent physical therapy clinic on-site specializes in sports injury rehabilitation, and many patients progress into Pilates reconditioning.


We’re a destination frequented by local Pilates teachers seeking to work with our instructors, do fun Semi-Privates with their peers, and participate in our collaborative Instructors Workgroups. Professional Pilates instructors from around the world visit to participate in our Pilates educational programming, which includes three annual Pilates Systems Seminars and our popular CPE Weekend. The business maintains high standards, endeavors to provide great customer service, and strives to be a place where others discover the joy we find in this meaningful work.

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