Jillian Hessel

Primary Teacher Training: Jillian Hessel Pilates

Jillian Hessel has been teaching Pilates since 1981. She is a “Hybrid of the Masters,” having studied and worked with many of the first generation teachers who trained directly under Joseph Pilates. Her mentors were Kathy Grant, Carola Trier, and Ron Fletcher. She also had the good fortune to meet Eve Gentry, Romana Kryzanowska, Lolita San Miguel, and Mary Bowen.

A retired ballet dancer, she was privileged to work with George Balanchine, and she took classes with modern dance pioneer Martha Graham. Jillian is a devotee of Iyengar Yoga, which informs the individualized adjustments she employs with her Pilates students. In the Pilates community, she is known for her concise verbal instruction and crystal clear imagery.

Her book Pilates Basics, went into its’ second printing in 2017, and is often used as a teaching manual for Pilates trainings. Jillian has written many articles for Pilates Style Magazine, IDEA Pilates Today, and various online publications. She mentors Certified Pilates Teachers through her "Keeping the Flame" program and has her own line of instructional DVD's, available on her website. You can take her online classes on YouTube and Pilates Anytime.

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