Discussion #320

History of Pilates with Lolita

1 hr 15 min - Discussion


Experience the unique opportunity of learning from a legend. First Generation teacher and Joseph Pilates apprentice, Lolita San Miguel, comes to Pilates Anytime in an event we called "An Afternoon with Lolita San Miguel."

In November, we invited 10 people (instructors and clients), to spend the day with Ms. San Miguel. It was a remarkable experience and one we at Pilates Anytime are happy to share with you. At Pilates Anytime, we believe that when you study Pilates, you must also study the history and the legacy of Pilates. Our history is rich and fortunately there are a few people that can still give us a first hand account of the evolution of Pilates and what it was like to work directly with Joe Pilates. Ms. San Miguel is one of those people.

In the series of classes here on Pilates Anytime, you will learn the history of Pilates as experienced by Ms. San Miguel. Watch all of Lolita's classes and learn what it was like to be in the studio with Joe and Clara, how Lolita discovered Pilates herself, and what Mr. Pilates' clients were like. You will also learn how you can help Ms. San Miguel in her effort to have Joseph Pilates recognized in his hometown of Monchengladbach. If that weren't enough, you can take class from Ms. San Miguel yourself. Lolita offers us a Postural Analysis Class, her classic Foot Work class, a short class on breathing, and wonderful Mat Class.

It is a distinct honor for us at Pilates Anytime to have Lolita San Miguel in the studio. Lolita has been teaching Pilates since 1958. She worked directly with Joseph Pilates and continues at the age of 76 to teach all around the world today. She is a brilliant teacher, a great storyteller, and a visionary that we can all benefit from learning from. Enjoy!

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Dec 07, 2010
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Wow. That was great. Thank you so much for posting it. I am glad to hear more about Joe, good to remember he was a real guy and had his own issues, yet obviously a genius when it came to movement and the human body.
I absolutely love the authenticity of your Afternoon with Lolita! I can't get enough of it. I love the memories Lolita shares, the compassion and love for Pilates she exudes. Triumphant!
Thanks for sharing. This was great. I am really looking forward to more of this.
Two more chapters added today!
I like how the Wunda chair was meant to be living room furniture and how he designed a bed for sleeping/exercising. Maybe due to being in New York and designing things for people in tiny apartments?
Wow..what an amazing story and beautiful memories she has of Joseph Pilates. Thanks for sharing!
Can we receive cec's for watching this workshop?
Thank you, Lolita, for sharing your experiences and insights. I am grateful to you and to Pilates Anytime for providing this resource to pilates instructors near and far. I moved to South America recently have been trying to visualize how my pilates teaching practice will evolve here. There are many studios but all Spanish speaking...I often imagine Joe in his broken English cueing exercises as I envision teaching here...I have been learning Spanish...quickly. This workshop really gives me food for thought and access to in-depth pilates topics. Access to this amazing community is a gift and I am thrilled to be a part of it! Thank you!!
We're glad you're all enjoying Lolita... She's coming back! She will film a workshop devoted to working with Seniors as well as a mat class and some attention to what she calls "Body Walk." Janet we hope to offer PMA CEC's for the upcoming workshop, but the History of Pilates Workshop does not offer CEC's. This lecture was purely for the fun of knowing what is might have been like. Just think, It was only 50 years ago that Lolita was working with Joe!
Thank you so much for offering this wonderful talk by Lolita. I have not had the opportunity to see her in person and it was such a treat to hear her speak! Very inspiring!
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