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Workshop #1615

Defy Gravity

2 hr 30 min - Workshop


Join Amy Taylor Alpers and discover how to teach the idea of suspension versus stabilization. Utilizing Pilates Mat and Reformer exercises you will explore ways of reconnecting to the innate tensegrity in your body. Finding the tensegrity in your body will help you create an internal shower which makes you healthier and stronger.


- Learn the meaning of tensegrity and how it applies to your body and Pilates

- Learn ways to move that put the tensegrity back in your body

- Learn words and cues that will help facilitate tensegrity with your clients

What You'll Need: Mixed Equipment, Reformer w/Box, Mat

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May 23, 2014
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Continuing Education Credits

If you complete this workshop, you will earn:

3.0 credits from National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP)

The National Pilates Certification Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA)


3 people like this.
Thanks for making this available Amy! It makes seeing you in a couple months that much more exciting!
Judy J
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Great workshop Amy. You and Rachael are an inspiration to me, just as you were in 2007 when I went through the Pilates Center training program. You are both brilliant teachers. Thank you.
Thanks you guys. Miss you both. Come to our Summer Conf. If you can. It's going to be awesome!
This workshop was amazingly helpful! Thank you for explaining the concept of tensegrity in a way that makes sense and is so very applicable to teaching Pilates as it was originally created. I have attended workshops about fascia research before, but really hadn't quite figured out how to communicate this concept and until very recently had no idea how it completely changes our ideas on how the body should move. Many thanks!
I really enjoyed this video, and I've found that your imagery actually makes the work much more intuitive for me. However, I'm having difficulty finding the 'tensegrity suspension' with open-chain spinal extension. For example, with swan on the barrel, I have no problem maintaining a sense of lift, but can't find it at all on pulling straps (long box) or swimming. I am sure this is at least in part due to the fact that I am still working to open my chest and re-mobilize my thoracic spine, but do you have any suggestions/imagery that might help? 
Shelley M
I just bought this program, Amy. I didn't know you had something like this on Pilatesanytime. I have the same little tensegrity model as you do and I love the way you explain it. So glad I found this workshop.
Shelley M
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Amy , are there handouts for this workshop like the ones you show the students in the video?

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Hi Amy. That was so useful I actually did a light amazing Teaser..... I don’t like teaser but I’m now working with tensegrity to make it a movement I enjoy! Love that workshop thanks from the uk! 🙏🙏 
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I attended this workshop when it was filmed. I thought it was brilliant then as i do today ( I just rewatched it)... as you say.. the Goldilocks principle... you'll know when it's right. This is how this workshop feels... just right. 
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Thank you Amy!! My mind is totally blown. Super helpful workshop. So much to delve into and explore.

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