Initial Assessment »

The initial assessment is the first step on the rewarding journey of becoming a Romana’s Pilates Instructor. We recognize that each candidate comes to us with various levels of experience and knowledge in the method and so we assist each applicant to prepare for the assessment and enrollment according to their specific needs.

During the assessment, candidates are expected to demonstrate proficiency at the intermediate level on key pieces of apparatus and show a basic understanding of the principles of Pilates. Enrollment to the program is open to applicants who have been formally assessed and cleared by an authorized instructor.

Certification Stages 1, 2 and 3 »

The Program is structured as 3 stages – Basic, Intermediate and Advanced. Each student must accomplish the activities within each stage before progressing to the next level. Following completion of all three levels, newly certified Instructors are presented a Certificate of Achievement signed by Romana Kryzanowska’s daughter and level 1 instructor, Sari Meija Santo.

Basic Seminar »

This will teach the foundation principles of Joe Pilates basic system on all the equipment.

The breakdown of each exercise
Explanation of the purpose of each exercise
Teaching of verbal and tactile cueing skills
Spotting techniques
Explanation of the equipment, use and spring setting versatility

Intermediate Seminar »

This will build upon the foundation from the basic seminar with completely different exercises. The intermediate seminar increases in difficulty for both the instructor and client. It is considered the “bread and butter” of the work.

The breakdown of each exercise
Explanation of the purpose of each exercise
Teaching of verbal and tactile cueing skills
Spotting techniques

Advanced Seminar »

This seminar continues to build upon the work with exercises of greater difficulty. This will prepare the instructor with a higher skill set for the most experienced client.

The breakdown of each exercise
Explanation of the purpose of each exercise
Teaching of verbal and tactile cueing skills
Spotting techniques

Each stage consists of the following activities:

Group Seminar »
During the 3 day seminar, instructor trainers provide a detailed overview of all exercises associated with that stage. The focus is on learning, understanding, performing and teaching.

Independent Study »
Students are expected to complete 200-300 hours of observation (per stage) at an authorized studio and use this time to review, practice and reinforce what was learned during the seminar.

Private Lessons »
One-on-one sessions with our Certified Instructors are required for students to integrate the method into their own bodies with a focus on technique, precision and flow.

Stage Assessment »
Upon completion of the above activities for each stage, the student is evaluated through a practical assessment of competency at teaching and administering exercises, with an additional written element for stage 2 and 3.

Call Trish to Enroll: 818.385.0012

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Location: Garland Studio 13803 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423-3603

Phone: 818-385-0012

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About Michael Levy

Michael Levy has both a BFA and an MFA in Dance. He became a teacher with Romana 25 years ago. For 21 of those years, he owned and operated one of the first Romana’s Pilates studios in Southern California where he hosted Romana on numerous visits. He was her frequent demonstrator and assistant. He is one of only three men featured in the DVD: Romana on Pilates, the Legacy Edition

About Trish Garland

Trish Garland is a renowned studio director and certified Master Pilates instructor in Los Angeles, CA, and has been teaching the Pilates Method since 1983. As a professional dancer, Trish was in the original cast of Chorus Line, among numerous other productions. After she sustained an injury, Trish found recovery through the Pilates Method. She turned her rehab into her life’s work, teaching thousands – from beginners to those with advanced certification – in the authentic Method of Joseph Pilates.

Trish has received accolades and praise for her dedication and commitment to the work of Joseph Pilates. As she continues to share her knowledge with both clients and trainers in her Los Angeles studio, she appears as a guest instructor throughout the world at seminars, dance symposiums and personal studios.

Trish Garland | Garland Pilates

About Cynthia Lochard

Cynthia Lochard began learning the Pilates method in 1976 as a young dancer with the New York City Ballet. In 1994, she returned to New York from her home in Sydney, Australia to study as an instructor under the guidance of Romana. Cynthia returned to Sydney later that year as a certified instructor. She opened a studio there and became an Instructor Trainer in 1998.

Cynthia Lochard's Pilates Studio



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