Julia Nichole Lopez attended her first Pilates Mat class in search of a way to actively ease back pain while attending college. She was smitten with the practice, signed up for private reformer lessons, and so began her Pilates journey. Explains Ms. Lopez, “Years spent in extreme spinal extension in dance, gymnastics and figure skating amplified a lorodotic curve in my lumbar spine. [Through Pilates} I learned how to use my body correctly! Joseph Pilates’ words have become part of the fabric of my life: ‘Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.’” Eventually, Julia left a successful entertainment/media industry career to follow her “passion and true professional calling” and began teaching Pilates. She studied several Pilates lineages – East Coast Classical, therapeutic, Stott and Contemporary. She credits Kathy Demac and Tawny Solorzano...

Meet Adriano Bittar, the face of Fletcher Pilates in Brazil and organizer/featured presenter at the fifth Fletcher Pilates Biennial Conference, Every Body is Beautiful! to be held in Niterói, Brazil June 7-9, 2019. A former professional volleyball player, Adriano Bittar is a Pilates Teacher, university professor, researcher, Physiotherapist and a contemporary dancer. He first discovered Pilates at the Laban Centre, in London, in 1996 and became enchanted with the method. Adriano practiced Pilates throughout his career as a dancer in the following years. In 1999, Adriano became one of the first physiotherapists in South America to earn a Pilates certification through Polestar Pilates. He created the first post-graduate course in Pilates of the central-western region of Brazil at CEAFI and continues to serve as the program’s coordinator and faculty. Adriano became a Fletcher Pilates® Qualified Teacher...

Divinely Inspired

March 2019 / Kyria Sabin Waugaman

Every body is divinely inspired, superbly designed, awesome in the complex way it’s put together and simple in the simple, economical way it works. Every body can be vital, strong and flexible, moving through life with grace and assurance, totally healthy – not just some of the time, but most of the time. Every body can be improved, inside and outside, because the body potential is hardly ever realized. – Ron Fletcher I’ve often heard the misconception that Ron Fletcher only wanted to work with dancers or others who moved with beauty and ease when he first encountered them. This couldn’t have been further from the truth. Ron whole heartedly believed that every single body has the potential to move with grace and beauty. Not just those with perceived “perfect” physiques and full ranges of...

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