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Can you “learn” Pilates?

What does it take to understand Pilates?

Jay Grimes (a long-time student and First Generation teacher of the Pilates method) says: “You can’t teach Pilates. You can only offer it to someone.”⁠

Perhaps along the same lines, Pilates can’t really be “learned” or “known”. It can only be experienced. Embodied. Attempted. Improved. And repeated. Joseph Pilates himself said: “No man, no machine, can correct or create vitality, power, or health for you; everything comes from within, you have to unfold it.”

Of course, there are things that can be learned – the exercises, the spring settings, the concepts, etc. (that’s why we’re here!). But the best and perhaps only way to truly understand Pilates… is to practice Pilates.


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