During this year of study I started writing and developing a business model for a ‘Yoga and Pilates School’. My research showed that classes being taught at the local Gym or Sports Centre were often too advanced and complicated for the average person. Beginners would go along with great expectations and come away feeling inadequate and unhappy.
My concept therefore was to simplify Yoga and Pilates by creating a course structure which would introduce and nurture complete beginners. The programme would guide people through a series of progressive courses, with step by step homework worksheets and ongoing support. These courses lead to a continuing and progressive class programme.
I have now been delivering courses for over 12 months. I could not have anticipated or dreamed of the phenomenal success this teaching model has been. The courses have grown month on month and continue to be fully subscribed.
After an amazing year, I have fine-tuned the content and launched the ‘Instructors Start-up Package’ making courses available for newly qualified Yoga and Pilates teachers to deliver.
In autumn 2015 Annie Vincent, YMCAfit Senior Tutor came along to join some of my courses. Annie immediately understood the concept.
Here is what Annie had to say:
"I have attended the ‘Introduction to Pilates’ course, and I have enjoyed it immensely. As a tutor delivering fitness qualifications and a practicing teacher with over 32 years of experience, I am always interested in new concepts.
Pauline has a wonderful gift, making everyone feel at ease with themselves and the exercises given. Her innovative ideas of constructing this brilliant series of courses, aimed at supporting and guiding very new teachers of Yoga and Pilates, is truly inspiring. The programme of courses is also relevant to experienced teachers who may want to revitalise their classes to take a different format.
Pauline has trialled the courses herself as a business model, and they are proving to be a phenomenal success. I myself have now seen the absolute sense of such a structure and layered format first hand. It is abundantly clear, having listened to participants’ comments, how much they are reaping the benefits and very much wanting to continue their progression.
It is a fabulous concept, and if I was a teacher starting again from scratch or just needing that spark of encouragement and structure, I would look no further. Thank you Pauline for a wonderful course". October 2015
Here is what some of my clients have to say:
Julie Lewington says:
"The structure of the course was great, with new moves being taught in an easy progressive way, with a further practice at the next session. The way Pauline corrected our postures when necessary and explained about the moves and the muscles used, sets her classes apart from others". November 2015
Lucy Fraser says:
"I have been to a lot of different Pilates courses and this is by far the best one!" September 2015
Jacqui Goold says:
"I think this course gives a good grounding for yoga. I found it very relaxing and I can't wait to start the next course!" September 2015
Sarah Metcalf says:
"A well-structured and presented course by a professional who understands the needs of the client. Great value for money and an excellent way to stay fit and healthy safely". February 2015
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