Our Training Philosophy

Our curriculum integrates the original workings of Joseph H. Pilates with adaptive applications based on the most current research and understanding of the human body. Students are trained in the full spectrum of Pilates equipment including the Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Mat, Ladder Barrel, Ped-O-Pull and props such as foam rollers, magic circles and resistance bands.

We train our instructors to use language, visual and tactile cues to empower their clients, resulting in proper muscle sequencing, building strength, aligning joints and lengthening muscles. Detailed instruction is also given to anatomy, kinesiology and pathology as they relate to Pilates.

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Handbook

Instructor Certification Handbook (PDF)

Programs of Study


Level 1

Level 1 students spend six months focusing on the foundational principles of Pilates and study the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. The curriculum includes the full spectrum of Pilates equipment and props as well as anatomy, kinesiology and pathology as they relate to Pilates. Level 1 students can choose to test for and receive a Mat Certification.

Level 1 Certification runs for 6 months, for a total of 200 required hours.

Level 2

Level 2 students spend one year training in the foundational principles of Pilates and study the original work of Joseph H. Pilates. The curriculum includes the full spectrum of Pilates equipment and Props as well as anatomy, kinesiology and pathology as they relate to Pilates. Through the Level 2 program, students are eligible to test for and receive a Comprehensive Certification.

Level 2 Certification runs for 12 months, for a total of 550 required hours.

Fast Track - Level 2

The Fast Track program is for students who have extensive Pilates experience and some anatomy or teaching experience and wish to receive a Level 2 certificate in a six month time frame. The curriculum includes the full spectrum of Pilates equipment as well as anatomy, kinesiology and pathology as they relate to Pilates. Through the Fast Track program, students are eligible to test for and receive a Comprehensive Certification.

Fast Track Level 2 Certification runs for 6 months, for a total of 460 required hours.

Level 3 - Instructor Trainer Apprenticeship

The level 3 apprentice program is for instructors who have at least 500 hours of professional teaching experience and wish to learn how to train teachers. The program is one year in length and includes, assistant teaching within the certification program, grading quizzes, coaching aspiring teachers and more. Through the Level 3 program, students are eligible to receive a Level 3 Instructor Training Certification.



Get started today! Email education@vitalitypilates.com for more information,
or to schedule a meeting with our Program Director.

Facilitators

Vera Bullen

Vera Bullen’s lifelong passion for movement richly informs her Pilates instruction. A dancer since childhood, Vera earned her BA in Dance and Drama from the University of Washington. She earned her MA in Dance Studies from Laban in London. Afterwards, she earned her MA in Creative and Performing Arts from the University of Auckland in New Zealand where she was hired as a Professor of Dance. After teaching three years, she returned to the state of Washington, teaching ballet to children a total of 13 years. In 2010, she certified with Vitality and has been an in-demand Instructor ever since. Vera is a regular presenter at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medicine Association symposiums, as well as an Instructor Trainer here at Vitality.

Autumn Needles

Autumn Needles began dancing and practicing yoga as a child and first encountered Pilates as a young dancer at Smith college. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2006. As a yoga teacher, Autumn developed an even deeper appreciation for the precision and discipline of Pilates and what it added to her teaching. She received her Pilates mat certification in 2009, and taught mat classes for two years before joining Vitality’s Instructor Certification program in 2011, receiving her Comprehensive Certification and joining Vitality’s team in early 2012. She then interned with the Instructor Certification program for a year and began training new instructors in summer 2013. When teaching Autumn asks herself, “How can I best help people find comfort, ease and pleasure in their bodies?” She loves finding ways for people of any shape, size, or ability to find strength and balance.

Adena Atkins

For Adena Atkins, a love for movement is closely tied to a passion for music. While studying opera, she turned to Pilates to improve posture and body awareness. She was hooked by the precision and accessibility of Pilates. Adena certified with Body Arts and Science International in her native California, training directly under Kristi Cooper White, founder of Anytime Pilates. Along the way, Adena has worked with master teachers Bonnie Sessions, Lisa Johnson, and Kathy Van Patten. Adena has taught in a variety of settings, from a physical therapy office, to a converted wine cellar, all the way up to award winning studios like Modern Pilates and Vitality Pilates. As an instructor Adena is both patient and exacting. Adena holds her BM in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music.

Lecture Series Schedule

Spring 2015 Lecture sessions and study days will held at the Mount Baker studio. Fall 2015 Lecture sessions and study days will held at the Ravenna studio. Practice hours may be taken at any of our three studios.


Spring 2015

Lecture Series

Saturdays 11am-6pm

Feb 21
March 7
March 21
April 11
April 25
May 9
May 30
June 13
June 27
July 11
July 18
July 25–Midterm


Final Exam Days

Sat/Sun Noon-3pm

May 16
Aug 1 & 2

Supplemental Sessions

Wednesdays 7:30-9pm

Feb 18–New Student Orientation

Anatomy

March 4
March 18
April 8
April 22
May 7
May 27
July 22–Make-up Day

Teaching Practice

Feb 25
March 11
March 25
April 15
April 29
May 13
June 3
June 17
July 1
July 15–Make-up Day

Fall 2015

Lecture Series

Saturdays 11am-6pm

Sept 19
Oct 3
Oct 17
Oct 31
Nov 14
Dec 5
Dec 19
Jan 9
Jan 23
Jan 30
Feb 6
Feb 14–Midterm


Final Exam Days

Sat/Sun Noon-3pm

Feb 27 & 28
Dec 12 & 13

Supplemental Sessions

Wednesdays 7:30-9pm

Sept 16–New Student Orientation

Anatomy

Sept 30
Oct 14
Oct 28
Nov 11
Dec 2
Dec 16
Feb 10–Make-up Day

Teaching Practice

Sept 23
Oct 7
Oct 21
Nov 4
Nov 18
Dec 9
Jan 6
Jan 13
Jan 27
Feb 3–Make-up Day