a common language for the pilates profession and beyond! Our groundbreaking curriculum offers validation, support, and community to advance your movement practice career!
At this time, we are accepting pilates professionals with a minimum of 5 years work experience. To Apply, please see the APPLICATION/ENROLLMENT FAQ below.
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The focus of this Bodies Mind® Academy (BMA) Curriculum is on movement analysis, mental conditioning, verbal communication, and professional camaraderie. Our unprecedented, in-depth analysis of spinal cueing in pilates is a major focus; our theory has rendered current discussions perpetuating the flat back vs. neutral controversy obsolete. Our novel terms and definitions set your mind on a new path, distinguishing pilates and somatic movement practice in relation to other movement and bodywork disciplines. You will come away with a complete guide to new tools for integrating safe, sound, and spontaneous mental conditioning concepts and cues towards excellence in your physical conditioning practice and teaching of the original pilates mat exercises and beyond!
• The Bodies Mind® Academy Pilates by AIM Workbook 1
• 9 2-hr recorded Zoom Meetings:
(8 trainings sessions and 1 debrief)
• 1 Online tutorial with Carole
• Video Library
• Additional articles
• Ongoing Online Forum for BMA students and graduates
Four Courses comprise this 50-hr Online Curriculum over a 16 week period.
• From Anchor to Endpoint
• Timing and Rhythm
• Tension and Relaxation
• Theory and Practice Review
You will receive weekly videos and written assignments. During the nine meetings, the Workbook will be explored, explained, and discussed through embodied conversation.
The BMA Forum offers ongoing, in-depth discussions and resources to support colleague connection beyond the meetings.
Level 1 Online is pre-requisite for Level 1 Onsite (115 hrs in total).
Completion of both the BMA Online & Onsite Curricula earns a Bodies Mind® Level1 Associate Title.
18 hours Zoom Meetings*
15 hours practice (Self & Online Mat classes)
15 hours practice teaching
1-hr Tutorial with Carole
1-hr Online Test-out w/ Carole
[Expect 3-4 hrs/week commitment total, with written assignments]
*Attendance at all meetings is required to Test-out; you can make up missed meetings when a new group begins.
Level 1 Online…prepares you for…Level 1 Onsite
Consistent practice of the integrated, dynamic body-mind skillsets prepares you to meet the challenge of the Level 1 Onsite Curriculum, which focuses in on precision in pilates physical conditioning, hands-on assistance, the use of our signature Pilates by AIM teaching tools, and finally ~the reason why BMA exists~ the teacher-client relationship.
Then on to Level 2…
Completion of Levels 1 & 2(Apparatus) earns a Bodies Mind® Level2 Associate Title.
Further Advancement Opportunities...
After Level 1 completion, join the Bodies Mind® Tutor team!
And for those who want to go the distance, enroll in the Bodies Mind® Somatic Movement Educator Curriculum (open to multidisciplinary movement practice professionals).
Get the Workbook.
You’ll receive the Workbook once you register and submit payment. Please allow ample time for snail mail delivery.
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Zoom Meetings are, at this time, scheduled for 9-11am PST (12pm EST, 5pm CET, 7pm SAST, etc.). Please let us know if this does not work for you!
Join the Zoom meetings.
• You'll receive an invitation by email with a link to join the Zoom Meeting.
• To participate, you will need to allow us to audio and video record the session; however, you may choose to remain on audio only during the session, if you prefer.
• Access the meetings through computer, laptop, or tablet with working microphone and speaker. Desktop or Laptop is recommended.
Carole Amend, Somatic Movement Educator & Pilates Specialist, began her pilates journey in 1981 with Carola Trier in New York City. A graduate of the Juilliard Dance Division, she has owned and operated her own studio in Marin County, CA, since 1992, and is now more excited about the method than ever. Well-versed in hands-on somatic techniques, her credo is “the best bodywork is your own balanced dynamic movement.” She enjoys focusing in on exactly what the individual needs in the moment to create lasting body-mind balance and the “spontaneous zest and pleasure” that a commitment to pilates practice brings. Carole is pleased to present this time-tested curriculum and to invite you to join the AIM Conversation and the Bodies Mind® Academy community of dialogue. For more information on Carole’s background, please visit the Bodies Mind® website.