Winter 2022 Level 1 Pilates

This is the SECRET PAGE for Level 1 students in Winter semester 2022; please don’t share the page or the links with other people. I’ll update it each week, after class has occurred.

How to get to the Zoom class (same info for all classes for the entire semester!)

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Joe and Clara sitting on a Devana — this was a cover that went over a reformer to make it more of a chaise lounge in your home. The barrel at the end was functional!

Class videos are available for 2 weeks.

Week 9

CLICK HERE for the week 9 video

Week 10

CLICK HERE for the week 10 video

Pilates Christmas cards! I love the one where Clara is telling Joe to hinge more and reach those arms up and back.

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I hear this was taken at a big birthday party for Joe. They clean up nice!


Did Joe come up with the Book Exercises first…or the version that’s done on his fabulous Wunda Chair? Either way, we use this “candy cane” position again and again!

My sleuth-friend, Elaine Ewing found more archival Pilates pics and articles! The focus of her posts today was using Pilates apparatus to increase vocal endurance and projection. While we were talking about it on Facebook, one of our Pilates teacher friends said, “oh yes, when I was 14 and singing in The Sound of Music, Roberta Peters taught me Mr Herman’s breathing techniques AND Mr Pilates’ breathing techniques.” (for the Opera fans in the house, this is SO cool — Roberta Peters is a legend!)

Click here for some fab articles about famous voice coach William Herman with pics of Pilates equipment

Click here for fab articles about actress Mary Martin with pics of Pilates equipment


My newly organized fridge! Game changer items: lazy susans and stackable glass containers from Rubbermaid that all use the same size lid.

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Internationally acclaimed opera singer Elaine Malbec using leg springs at Joe Pilates’ studio in NYC.
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Elaine Malbin working on Spread Eagle on the Cadillac. Where else do we see this position in Pilates?
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Oh, cool — things we don’t often see in Pilates studios these days! See that fab hand-grab bar that Elaine is using while Joe gets her foot position just right? Who wants to make some of these for my studio???