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Miranda Bass Workshop

Reformer Workshop

Miranda Bass will be at Posture Perfect Pilates

on Saturday 11th May 2019 10.00am – 5.00pm

‘It ain’t what you do it’s the way that you do it!’


‘I think we will all agree that at first we thought we were doing it right and after a small adjustment, a different cue, a new expression of imagery or a bit of physical help from our teacher we suddenly discover how it makes sense and feels right. My thirty-year career has been sprinkled with these moments and still is.

This one-day workshop focuses on how to use and move the piece of apparatus called the Universal reformer.   In the Pilates world the word ‘machine’ is avoided as it carries with it some connotation of force or drive apart from the human body.

The idea behind the exercises and how they connect to each other and other apparatus and mat exercises will make up part of the content. The students will work in rotation; one group working on the reformer, the other working simultaneously on the mats sometimes using hand weights. This will allow each student to find where the work is under resistance and be able to transpose it to the mat where possible. This will help provide the teacher with alternate repertoire within the authentic Pilates system.

The rest of the content will be on spring and gear variations, box and foot bar set-up, and ways of building a movement towards its’ goal.

I hope this workshop will be useful for reformer and mat teachers, providing tools for a deeper understanding of control and emphasis of the movement, resistance, opposition variety for a mat class.

I plan to cover the advanced reformer repertoire which, of course, includes the basic and intermediate work so this workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced students’  Miranda Bass.



Please contact Carina Bayley by email to book - £185.

Closing date of enrolment April 18th 2019.

Brett Miller 2 Day Workshop Jan.2019


                               Going Deeper into the Richness of Pilates – with Brett Miller   

                                               26th & 27th January, 2019/ 2 Days £300, £165/1day  

                             Workshops accessible for mat and equipment trained instructors.

Location: Posture Perfect Pilates Studio, Hollyhocks Place, Cranleigh, GU6 8PA

Booking:  07712 187355


Saturday 9.30 – 12:15 The Building Blocks of Pilates

In this workshop, Brett teaches a series of simple, but by no means trivial exercises, which demonstrate different dynamics that are necessary to understand in order to be sensitive to the deeper aspects of the works.  These exercises Brett has names ‘Building Block’ exercises.  You will then, together with Brett, begin to apply these ‘Building Blocks’ to more advanced exercises – even ‘very’ advanced.  You will find that you are able to do much more than you thought possible…while deepening your sensitivity to the more profound aspects of Pilates. (See


Saturday 12:30 – 1:30 Mat class with Brett

Here we apply what was learned in the first session to a Pilates class.  Brett’s classes are flowing, challenging and invigorating. He encourages each class member to always look for a deeper meaning in each exercise while also developing a stronger technique.  Brett provides valuable direction and cueing, reinforcing it with skilled tactile feedback.  Student’s often leave Brett’s class inspired and eager to learn more.


Saturday 2:30 – 5:00 Dynamic Reformer

One of the unique aspects of Pilates when compared to other exercise forms, is the required attention to detail and the development of inner dynamic.  We will go through well-known Pilates exercises, and a few of their variations, with the aim to find deeper aspects of the work, and in turn a greater sensitivity to the wisdom of the body where we can, in all situations, move from the strength of the centre, giving way to more freedom and well-being.


Sunday 9.30 – 10.30 Mat Class and Review From Saturday


Sunday 10.45 –12:30 Reformer – Long Long Long Short

One of the unique aspects of Pilates when compared to other exercise forms, is the required attention to detail and the development of inner dynamic.  We will go through both well-known AND archival Pilates exercises in the following series.


Long Box Series 1

Long Stretch Series

Long Box Series 2

Short Box Series


This workshop aims to build on your knowledge on how to more intelligently support yourself from the center, which in turn facilitates your capacity to move in a more dynamic and challenging way, taking you further than you thought you could. We aim for a good time AND a greater sensitivity to the wisdom of the body where we can, in all situations, move from the strength of the centre, giving way to more freedom and well-being.


Sunday 1.30-3.00 Get Your Chair On 

We go through a series of chair exercises, known and not so well known, with the aim of finding more depth in them. Gaining knowledge

About support from the centre of the body whilst stretching the outer limbs away. Length, strength, balance and ease will be the result.

Sunday 3:00 – 4:00 Garuda

We will end the weekend with an inspiring movement technique known as Garuda.  This flowing technique includes the principles of Pilates, yoga and dance and was developed by James D’Silva in London.  The class will give a chance to take all of the technique from the weekend and apply it to a fun and expressive manner of movement.


Brett Miller

Brett started his professional life in the world of ballet, working with various companies in the US.  Later on he moved to New York and branched out into modern along with the ballet. Since then, he has lived in Finland and now in Stockholm Sweden.

Brett became a Pilates instructor in 2006 after having received a full certification from Stott Pilates, and has been teaching ever since at his home base in Stockholm.  His classes are known to be challenging and inspiring, with a strong emphasis on working the intellect.  Brett challenges his students to go beyond the physical exercise to develop a deeper wisdom of the whole being. 

Brett travels as a guest teacher in such cities as London, Paris, Oslo, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and Gothenburg.

In March 2013, Brett founded Pilates Intel (, the weekly Pilates magazine that has become highly popular with thousands of Pilates professionals and enthusiasts worldwide.  The intelligent technique that Pilates is, and the chance to continue to be physical, attracted Brett to this Pilates after being so long in the dance world.  Along with teaching Pilates, Brett also works on a consultant basis as a software developer.











                                                              Going Deeper into the Richness of Pilates – with Brett Miller   

                                               26th & 27th January, 2019/ 2 Days £300* 

                             Workshops accessible for mat and equipment trained instructors.


Location: Posture Perfect Pilates Studio, Hollyhocks Place, Cranleigh, GU6 8PA


Booking:  07712 187355   *By 10th Dec./ £320 if later.

5 Core Principles

The 5 Core Principles of Pilates: Centering/Concentration/Control/Precision/Breath. Always good to remind ourselves of these principles.

I found these drawings below and thought they are a really good visual to help us to remember what we are doing when we work through our Pilates exercises.

When Planning a class I consider how best to work the body through the different movement planes incorporating full range of movement as much as possible.

Within each category of movement, there’s attention to precise alignment and placement of the body in space. This specificity requires the Pilates student to exert control over the entire musculature of the body, increasing awareness of everyday functioning and promoting balanced movements. Enjoy working through these at home and in the studio. Keeping in mind you need to include the 4 areas of movement whenever you decide to work on.

We are what we repeatedly do.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Mindfulness is a buzzword these days having meaning for many people in different situations. People in pain often use mindfulness techniques to help cope with their situation. Generally speaking it is advisable to take more notice of the world around us – use our senses and live in the moment.

This is not new but the current approach is different. We are advised to slow everything down whether eating food, drinking, or exercising.

Mindful Movement
Here at Posture Perfect Pilates I have always promoted Mindful Movement. This is a helpful cue when instructing The Pilates Method. The body will not get the full benefit from exercise without the full co-operation of the mind in my opinion.

Here are some of my tips:

  • Breathing, stay focused, feel the breath moving in and out. Notice if the inhale or exhale is longer? Notice how the ribs move with the breath.
  • Use the floor. Feel grounded when standing upright and feel the connections from the feet right through the body. This will help with balance.
  • Symmetry and asymmetry are both crucial clues as to how the body is working. Use the floor to give you feedback when lying down and sitting upright.
  • Feel where you move from – where is your centre line? Work from the inside out and feel the energy right down to the fingers/toes/head.
  • One of the principles of Pilates is Concentration. Without this you will find it very hard to achieve the ‘essence’ of the movement.
  • Enjoy the moment. Do not rush through thinking ahead all the time.

  • “Movement is the song of the body”
    Vanda Scaravelli

Happy and Healthy You

Continuing the theme of the Seasons and exercise.

March – growth and expansion. Spring cleaning the house and the body, setting three new goals to enhance your life. Try resting the eyes for 10 minutes a day work on face and eye exercises.

The liver loves early morning exercise and fresh air, try early morning walks to harness nature’s energy. Perhaps try a one day detox or just ‘clean’ eating regularly. Hot water and lemon in the morning, minimising wheat etc. Eat lots of green vegetables if you can, in fact encourage more colour in your foods for healthy diet.

April – Joy and pleasure. Make sure you are putting into action the plans made in the previous months. Try to incorporate more laughter in your days. Speak from the heart being affectionate, enthusiastic and humorous.

Throw out clothes you have not worn for a year! Eat spring greens and stir/steam fries. Enjoy good food and company and relaxation.

Twenty Minutes A Day

Aim for 20 minutes of exercise every day to keep the body functioning well. No need to overdo it and exhaust yourself but do something every day.

Not sure if you should exercise?

Sometimes we are not on top form and wonder whether we should take a class/run/swim.

We have all heard conflicting reports on how exercise can make a cold worse or help us to ‘sweat it out’. It is hard to know what to believe.

Add to this the recent research claiming both men and women are pushing themselves to achieve marathons/triathlons/Iron men/Iron Women challenges. All this makes it hard to know which direction to head in.

Exercise should be something you enjoy doing. Without enjoyment it is difficult to maintain a regular schedule of activity. We all like a challenge and I think it is helpful to include a variety of activities each week in your exercise portfolio so your mind/body connection is involved on more than one level. Perhaps add a brisk walk/swim/dancing to your weekly activity as well as Pilates.

Adults should get at least 30 - 60 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week (American College of Sports Medicine). Some people prefer to take 3 one hour sessions a week and add in shorter sessions on the in between days. It is your call.

Simple questions can help you decide what might suit you best, do you like being in a group or prefer to be alone? Indoors or outdoors?

Exercise or Rest Days?
Generally the advice is to assess how you feel – do you just have a sniffle, then light exercise could be beneficial. However if you are struggling with a really bad cold then a rest would make sense. Fever is an indication to rest up.

Prevention – Germs!
Be meticulous about cleaning your hands thoroughly with hot water and soap before eating, cooking, after touching pets or blowing your nose and using the loo. Cold and flu viruses can linger on doorknobs and other surfaces so don’t touch your eyes or nose until you have washed your hands.

Carry an antibacterial gel in your hand bag; sometimes it is easier than finding a sink!

Final word
If you feel unwell leave the exercise that day – listen to your body. But remember it is important to keep mobile so if the problem is more an ache rather than an illness then movement will usually help you. Maintaining the full range of motion is so important throughout our lives.

Exercise To Help Relieve Anxiety and Depression.

Anxiety and depression, both mood disorders, are the two most widespread

mental health concerns and are increasing worldwide (NIMH2014a).

It is interesting to look at the science and see some of the ways exercise can help improve mental health.

1. Physical activity can help reduce the risk factors - inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease. The increase in blood flow is beneficial delivering additional nutrients and energy.
2. Exercise is stressful so regular exercise can increase a person’s resilience toward other forms of physical and emotional stress.
3. Improves self esteem when we master a new skill.
4. Social contact in classes can boost moods.
5. Being outdoors can be beneficial – sunlight and green environments.
6. Exercise helps people divert negative thinking – it can help people get out of the negative thought cycles.

Physical activity can cause chemical changes in the body which affect our moods. Medication can target neurochemicals to normalise levels but research shows that exercise can also increase the levels. So whilst exercise may not replace all medication there is evidence it can be a valuable adjunctive therapy.

It is important to choose the exercise programme to suit you so you enjoy it and the results will be better than being forced into a programme. Running, walking, yoga, Pilates, weight training, swimming, dancing, netball, football, tennis etc.

Try This…….
Rate your mood immediately before and after exercise. This way you will appreciate whether the exercise has made you feel better immediately.

“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well”

The 5 Parts Of The Mind

The 5 Parts Of The Mind
“You can say what Pilates is in three words. Stretch with Strength and Control. And the control part is the most important because that makes you use your mind”

Quote: Romana Kryzanowska (June 30, 1923 - August 30, 2013) Pilates instructor who started as a student of Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara at their studio on Eighth Avenue in New York. After the death of Joseph Pilates in 1968, Clara Pilates continued the studio, in 1970 Romana Kryzanowska became the director of what was by that time called "The Pilates Studio."

Today we all talk about Pilates as a mind/body exercise but how often do we really consider what this means as we work through the Pilates repertoire?

Current research suggests we can improve our genes through exercise so surely we really should be looking more deeply into our exercise routines?

Pilates and the mind……
“Intelligence guided by the will using memory and imagination assisted by intuition” (Romana Kryzanowska).

Frequently we talk about Pilates being an intelligent form of exercise, we have to work hard to achieve the correct form for 100’s and it is only through constantly striving to learn the repertoire and perform it regularly that we will gain the benefits rather than just do the choreography.

The more we achieve, the more we love Pilates so our will makes us keep striving for greater challenges.

Without our memory we cannot keep going but somehow we can get ‘lost’ in the movement and have to call our mind back to move to the next exercise. Keep moving and it will come to you.

Imagination is vital as we perform our workout, our mind will help us move in different ways and keep surprising us.

Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. Joseph Pilates used to talk about moving like an animal and I guess this is what he meant. The body is thinking and leading the mind.