Article by Jillian published in...
Pilates Style magazine
March/April 2010, pages 70-74.
"Pearls of Wisdom"
by Jillian Hessel
Few instructors are as fortunate as I was, studying with not one but two Pilates masters, first-generation teachers Kathy Grant and Carola Trier.
If you're an instructor or even an avid student of Pilates, you can probably trace your roots back to a special mentor or formative teacher. And because the work is so life-changing and so many teachers are so inspiring, quite a number of us end up becoming teachers ourselves. This is how the living chain of Pilates lineage goes: Our mentors change our lives in a significant way, and then we teach the next generation of students, inspiring them with the transformative magic of Pilates.
We are extremely fortunate that so many of our revered Pilates "elders," the first generation of master teachers who studied directly with Joseph Pilates, are still teaching today. Ron Fletcher, Jay Grimes, Lolita San Miguel, Romana Kryzanowska, Mary Bowen and Kathy Grant are in their 70s and 80s, but it is a testament to the vibrancy of our method that they are still very much alive, healthy and exemplarily fit. And what a blessing that they continue to teach and share their insights with us to this day....
Also in this issue:
Review of Jillian Hessel's
(NOTE: This DVD is no longer available commercially.)
Pilates Style, March/April 2010, page 95.
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Equipment: Mat, towel or blanket; 1- to 5-pound light hand weights or water or ketchup bottles; chair; small throw pillow.
Who: Second-generation teacher and Pilates Style advisory member Jillian Hessel is the owner of Jillian Hessel Pilates in Los Angeles.
What: Three segments fuse Pilates, dance and yoga to stretch the body, strengthen the core and improve posture.
Where: All over, but the standing dance warm-up specifically targets your arms and the mat workout helps define your hips and core.
How Intense: You'll squat, lunge and dip low — in other words, you'll be sore the next day. Beginners should start with one set of the segments and gradually increase to three.
Buy This Because: You'll get a dose of flowing Pilates exercises, but what really sets this DVD apart is Jillian's masterful cueing.
Special Features/Bonus: The bonus personal-trainer tutorial is great for beginners.