Life Balance Pilates Studios, Blackrock May 25 – 26, 2019
Saturday 12.30 – 15.00 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
work. These exercises Brett has named ‘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 www.pilatesintel.com/brettteaching/pilatesbuildingblocks/)
Saturday 16.00 – 18.00 Advanced Mat Exercises
Here we apply what was learned in the first session to the more Advanced Pilates mat exercises, such as
Boomerang, Control Balance, Rocking, and the full version of Swan Dive. Exercises such as these are challenging
and invigorating. Encouragement to look for deeper connections in each exercise will bring participants to a
stronger technique. Brett provides valuable direction and cueing, reinforcing it with skilled tactile feedback.
Students often leave this workshop inspired and surprised by what they were able to achieve.
Sunday 10.00 – 11.00 Mat Class and Review From Day Before
Sunday 11:15 – 14:15 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 15:00 – 16:00 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
Brett Miller started his professional life in the world of ballet. The intelligent technique that Pilates is, and
the chance to continue to be physical, attracted Brett to Pilates after being so long in the dance world. Brett
became a Pilates instructor in 2006 after having received a full certification from Stott Pilates, but has also
made a serious study of the ‘Classical’ Pilates technique, for example by participating in Bob Liekens’ LEAP
program (though no completed as Bob passed away). Brett teaches at his home base in Stockholm and travels
to such cities as London, Paris, Oslo, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and now Dublin to give workshops.