Passion for learning is what sets apart great Pilates teachers from the mediocre ones. The more we learn the thirstier we get for new information, deeper understanding and more specialized approach to teaching different populations of students.
Talking to Leah Stewart was a blast because she is definitely one of those awesome Pilates instructors.
Her personal prenatal journey (which she shared on the BASI blog) has motivated her to specialize in pre/postnatal teaching and create her certification course. She is the author of Pilates for New Mothers DVD and the creator of as LiveLife Pilates Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates Specialization Course for Pilates professionals. She gladly shared some of her favorite Pilates moves for prenatal and postnatal clients as well as the overall focus of any prenatal workout.
Leah is a former BASI faculty member so I asked her to share her experience with BASI and offer some insider’s tips on what distinguishes BASI training from other Pilates schools (make sure to listen to her tips if you are considering a Bridge program or are just looking to start your Pilates training.)
She also holds several fitness-related certifications and offered valuable insights into how you can grow your Pilates expertise through pursuing training in other fields.
Questions discussed in the interview
- What sets BASI apart from other Pilates teaching schools?
- How did your pregnancy change your teaching style and your focus of interests?
- Why is Pilates a perfect workout for pre/postnatal clients?
- What is the main focus of a prenatal workout?
- What are your favorite Pilates exercises for any prenatal and postnatal client?
- Is it important for Pilates instructors to search certifications/training in other fields? Are some of them more beneficial than others?
- What are your favorite resources (books, websites, DVDs etc) that would be helpful to other instructors?
- What is your personal definition of Pilates?