If more traditional Pilates is your passion, Garuda run a Comprehensive Pilates Training Course for potential instructors.
We develop confident, caring and innovative instructors who teach with a sound knowledge of the comprehensive contemporary Pilates repertoire. Our expertly trained teachers deliver classes with empathy, enthusiasm and commitment.
Course content covers contemporary matwork and apparatus syllabi, as well as anatomy, progressions and special population adaptations.
Our 160 hour, modular 10-weekend program, coupled with observation and practice hours, will prepare you to fulfil all the requirements of the internationally recognised PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) Pilates Certification Exam. You will receive a Garuda Pilates Comprehensive Certification on successful completion of the course.
“I joined the Garuda Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training course after researching briefly online my options in regards to attending an instructor course which would fit my lifestyle, and push me to my next level. What attracted me to Garuda initially was the welcoming tone in which anything I read seemed to embody. After contacting Ali, who was unbelievably supportive and open, I felt confident in selecting Garuda with high expectations of the level of coaching I would receive. From day one, I have felt completely at home – nothing is too much for the instructors, and each and every person I have met along the course has been supportive, professional, and focused. This has been massive in shaping my journey to become a Pilates instructor, which at first was a daunting yet exciting decision I made after countless thought. Never did I think my horizons could be expanded to the point that the Garuda CPTT instructor has pushed me to. I have had the opportunity to build my confidence, being coached to an unbelievable degree. The team have left nothing uncovered, leaving me with paramount knowledge of the body, mind, and of course the practical use including mat and reformer exercise. These foundations have been an amazing start to my new career path, and though my course is not yet finished, I have found myself receiving an enormous amount of praise from the classes I have been leading in my spare time, something I believe would not be given to me in such vast numbers, if I had selected another group or company to train under. I am so grateful for my classmates and instructor for shaping my journey in the way they have, the experience and progression from day one at Garuda have been astounding.” Nicola Rayson, 2018 Pilates Student
Course Module Dates
Module 1: Matwork I, 15th – 16 February 2020
Module 2: Matwork II, 14th – 15th March 2020
Module 3: Matwork III, 18th – 19th April 2020
Module 4: Matwork Review & Magic Circle, 16th – 17th May 2020
Module 5: Reformer I ~ Bridging Section, 20th – 21st June 2020
Module 6: Reformer II, 11th – 12th July 2020
Module 7: Chair, 5th -6th September 2020
Module 8: Cadillac/Trapeze I, 10th – 11th October 2020
Module 9: Barrel/Spine Corrector, 7th -8th November 2020
Module 10: Spine Corrector/Review Assessment, PMA Prep: 5th – 6th December 2020
The cost of the course is: £4,950.
Please contact Garuda (Interest-free payment plans are available)
1. Course prerequisites
First Aid Course Certificate: Any up to date certificate (not older than 2 years) will be accepted. However, should you need to take the one-day course, we recommend the one offered by the Pilates Foundation or St John’s Ambulance.
Basic Anatomy and Physiology Certificate: We will revise Pilates related Anatomy and Physiology during the course and apply relevant information to the exercises we practice. However to get the most out of the lessons we require students to complete a basic Anatomy and Physiology Certificate prior to the training. There are many online courses available, for example FutureFit Anatomy & Physiology Level 2. If you already hold an A&P qualification please check with Garuda whether it is acceptable.
Another fantastic Anatomy resource we are happy to recommend for your studies is KenHub. A basic version is free of charge to access:
Essential Pre-course Reading
● Joseph Pilates: Return to Life through Contrology
● Rael Isacovitz: Pilates Anatomy
We also recommend Lyn O’Neill’s The Pilates Companion, a beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched introduction to all things Pilates.
2. Course requirement
We welcome applicants from students of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. They should demonstrate a keen interest in movement, exercise and particularly the Pilates technique and a desire to teach with a high level of passion, empathy and commitment to both their clients and their personal development.
A background in movement or exercise techniques is desirable but not essential. All applicants should have some experience of the Pilates technique and an adequate level of personal fitness. Although Pilates is suitable for people with disabilities, the physical demands to teach exercises fully and to ensure client safety may make it impractical for some people to become instructors.
Students who have already completed a recognised matwork qualification may be admitted to join the apparatus modules to complete their comprehensive Pilates education
3. What students can expect from the course
- Develop a comprehensive knowledge of the progressive Pilates matwork and apparatus repertoire.
- Demonstrate a good working knowledge of basic anatomy and physiology and apply that knowledge in client assessment and teaching practise.
- Have the ability to work as a comprehensive Pilates instructor to the principles of Pilates and deliver them safely and competently to their clients.
- Use the full line of Pilates apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Barrels & Auxiliary Equipment).
- Assess posture and common physical conditions and effectively provide exercise solutions to clients.
- Develop exercise plans, modifications and progressions for individual and group exercise Pilates classes.
- The ability to analyse and understand the purpose of mat and apparatus exercises based on their anatomical principles.
- Develop teaching methods and skills as well as personal qualities to become a successful, empathetic, and confident Pilates instructor.
- After successful completion of the course, all comprehensive students will fulfil the minimum requirements to enter the internationally recognised Pilates Method Alliance Teaching Certification Exam.
4. Student commitment
By joining the Garuda Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Course each student commits to ensuring that they are available on the dates given to attend each module of the course, as well as ensuring that they dedicate at least the minimum time required to study, complete homework, case studies, self practise and teaching practise.
Course dates are subject to change and necessary amendments will be communicated to all students within sufficient time frames. If a student misses a course module it is their responsibility to catch up on all the course material taught in their own time and expense.
Students are not allowed to teach professional classes to paid clients on the Garuda premises or elsewhere until they complete the course and hold relevant qualifications and insurance.
5. Location and resources
Course venue is specified in the course details section.
Students will be provided with a printed course manual complying to the PMA standard and additional printed and visual materials, as well as a suggested reading list prior to the course. In addition to this, students will also be provided with access to a state-of-the-art online training manual.
The Garuda Studio is a popular and busy studio catering to private clients, group clients as well as offering a wide variety of regular courses and workshops aimed at professional teachers. All instructors at the studio are fully qualified advanced practitioners and we pride ourselves in both honouring contemporary Pilates and Gyrotonic techniques as well as being the birthplace of James D’Silva’s Garuda Method, which is now practised and taught worldwide with an ever-growing popularity.
Pilates Teacher Training students are invited to use the studio facilities outside busy client hours at the discretion of the Garuda management and instructors. However, as the course requires intensive self-practice and teaching experience students are expected to support their own personal practice.
All students should have access to their own exercise clothes and a computer for their personal study. Garuda will not be able to provide computer or printer access for students.