Pilates Movement Teacher Training


Pilates Yoga Movement (PYM) Teacher Training is a unique programme delivering an unparalleled standard and quality of tuition to student Pilates teachers in the UK.
The course includes an apprenticeship that aims to create fully rounded teachers who not only possess a deep understanding of anatomy; physiology; biomechanics and movement, but who are equipped to adapt their teaching to the individual according to his or her needs.
PYM Teacher Training instills in its teachers a love of learning, of enquiry, and integrity, whilst remaining firmly committed to the principles of the Joseph Pilates method.

Course Directors
Anne-Marie H. Zulkahari, Mariela Panero and Sarah Doherty.

Main Tutors
Anne-Marie and senior teachers at Pilates Movement: Sarah Doherty, Mariela Panero, Mei Clarke; Kara Dressel and Monica Argenton. Guest teacher: Janet Briggs (Physiotherapist at the Royal Ballet lower school)


  • Full Teaching training course for comprehensive and bridging students wanting to learn the apparatus.
  • ‘Beyond “Pilates” – Moving Deeper Into The Body – Continuing professional development
  • Intro course – ‘Preparing To Move. Preparing To Teach?’

Course Objectives

The full teacher training prepares you for the Pilates Foundation certification exam. The depth of our course content is considerable and incorporates other disciplines besides the PF syllabus. This includes Body-Mind Centering® principles, Anti-Gymnastique and meditation.

Our approach at Pilates Yoga Movement (PYM Training), is a holistic one: learning how to look at each client’s alignment, exploring how they move, using the Pilates Repertoire and principles to re-pattern existing non-functional movement. Developing an awareness and empathy to the different needs of the client that you will be working with – mind state such as stress, anxiety, depression.

There is no set formula for teaching the repertoire because each individual is unique. This requires knowledge of anatomy, physiology and an understanding of developmental movement all of which is taught during the course. The anatomy and physiology is mostly taught through movement and hands on work. Course trainees are encouraged to develop their own style of teaching and interpretation of the Pilates Method. Emphasis is also placed on the teacher trainee’s own growth and development in their own self-practise and teaching style. The trainee’s own self-practise builds the foundation for teaching others therefore regular self-practise is a must. There are lectures on communication skills, managing clients’ differing needs, avoiding burn-out.

Unique amongst other non Pilates Foundation teacher training courses, a large proportion of our training is through apprenticeship which provides an opportunity to integrate what has been taught in the workshops into a working studio. Each trainee assists an experienced teacher in the studio.

We have a wide pool of teachers to call on for this, which allows us to offer trainees the benefit of a breadth of teaching styles to observe and assist; the teachers collectively make up an integrated team, all working towards helping trainees achieve their potential.

At the end of the course, trainees are expected to:

  • have a general understanding of the origins of movement and body systems
  • A cellular understanding of Pilates and movement in your own body
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the Pilates method (matwork and apparatus)
  • Teach and demonstrate exercises effectively
  • Adapt the Pilates repertoire to meet a client’s physical needs
  • Understand and recognise other complementary health and fitness disciplines and their interaction with Pilates
  • Remedial applications and conditions
  • Communication skills and teaching methodology to aid in assisting a client’s learning process and development.


Full comprehensive teacher training: Comprehensive students: £5404.00

Bridging students: £4960.00 – minus Fridays in module 3.

Inclusive of all three modules (see below).

What is included:

  • Weekend workshops and lectures
  • Studio assisting and observation
  • Homework marking
  • Pilates Foundation manuals (mat work and apparatus)
  • First Aid – one day course
  • Internal practical assessment
  • Tutorials
  • Administration costs

What is not included:

  • Studio sessions (£28.50 per class)
  • Pilates Foundation teacher trainee membership (module 3 only – currently £126.00)
  • Pilates Foundation exam fee (currently £340.00)
  • Balens student insurance for studio teaching practise

Course dates:

The next comprehensive PYM Teacher Training Course starts in January 2019 and ends with the Pilates Foundation exams. Exam sessions take place in November 2020 and June 2021, and sitting the exam depends on successful completion of the required 1200 hours. All three modules need to be completed plus all assignments (both Pilates Foundation and studio).

There are no workshops or lectures in August and they are spaced around Christmas and Easter. As much as possible the school half-terms are avoided.

Course lectures take place one weekend each month with timings varying slightly for each module. There is time at the end of this period to complete teaching practice requirements and written work.

Weekly time commitments for Modules 2 and 3: Approx 12 hours per week, not including lecture weekends.

This typically comprises:

  • 1 mat class and/or 2 studio classes (one of these can be self-practise)
  • 4-6 hours teaching observation (later, teaching practice)
  • approx 3 hours unsupervised teaching (on the apparatus) and self-practice.
  • 3 hours private study, homework and assignments

Course Structure

The course is divided into three modules. For those that do not want to do the Comprehensive teacher training, it is possible to do modules one and two separately.

  1. Introduction course: ‘Preparing To Move. Preparing To Teach’
  2. Beyond “Pilates” – Moving Deeper Into The Body
  3. ‘Movement Through Pilates’

Module 1/Introductory course: ‘Preparing To Move. Preparing To Teach’ January-March 2019. One Sunday a month, 10-5pm. Total – 3 days.

Pre-course requirements: At least 6 months previous Pilates experience, preferably in a fully-equipped studio.

Who would benefit:

  • If you are thinking of becoming a Pilates teacher and wondering if we’re the right fit for you
  • if you have done a lot of Pilates and are just interested in understanding more about the method and bodies
  • if you have already decided you want to teach, but have no previous experience, this is the place to start! If you are interested in doing the full training then you must start with this module.


  • History of Pilates, evolution to current-day styles.
  • Principles of Pilates taught through movement, some Pilates mat and equipment
  • Basic anatomy – bones, joints, introduction to muscles.
  • Introduction to Biomechanics and somatic movement.

Cost: £480.00

Module 2: Beyond “Pilates” – Moving Deeper Into The Body

May-July 2019. One weekend a month, Saturday and Sunday, 10-5pm each day.

Pre-course requirements: Completion of Module 1 and/or qualification in Pilates Mat or Equipment. If you’ve done Module 1 and you’re still hungry for more, this is your next step. If you’re already a qualified Mat or Equipment teacher but you feel like there are gaps in your knowledge and unanswered questions, things you’ve wondered about, this will give you a whole new way of looking at your clients’ bodies and the skills to teach movement in a much more profound way.


  • Reflexes
  • Developmental movement
  • Continuation of Pilates principles, especially breath, grounding and biomechanics
  • Overview of Fluids, endocrine systems, organs. This will be taught using Body-Mind Centering® principles and will be embodied through movement and touch.
  • Pilates repertoire, both mat and apparatus (Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair and accessory equipment), exploring assistance/resistance.
  • Teaching skills and communication. Exploring senses and perception and how this can affect how we view our clients.
  • Self-reflection and mindfulness. Looking after ourselves.

Cost: £960.00

(Completing Module 1 & 2 doesn’t give you a matwork qualification)

Module 3: Movement Through Pilates

September 2019 – July 2020.

One weekend a month, Saturday 10-5pm, and Sunday 10-4pm plus Friday 4-7pm for those not already qualified in Mat work Pilates.

Pre-course requirements:

Comprehensive students: Completion of Modules 1 and 2 and interview for suitability (Completion of module 1 and 2 does not necessarily guarantee a place onto module).

Bridging students: Completion of module 2, mat work qualification and interview. Completion of a one-day First Aid course. (The Pilates Foundation runs First Aid courses through the year).

This is the final module that leads to accreditation by the Pilates Foundation as a fully comprehensive Matwork and Equipment teacher.


  • Continuation of Pilates repertoire (classical and evolved)
  • Rehabilitation, and remedial conditions and injuries most commonly seen in the Pilates studio and how we address these within a studio setting.
  • Pre- and post-natal Pilates
  • Ageing
  • Medical conditions and other special populations
  • Hypermobility
  • Application of anatomy into movement
  • Application of the body systems – nervous system, bones, ligaments and connective tissue,
  • Teaching skills and communication. Exploring senses and perception continued
  • Pregnancy, conditions and ageing modules are mandatory and if missed need to be made up by the student with a tutor at additional cost.
  • *The pregnancy module does not qualify you to teach specialist antenatal Pilates classes.

Cost: Comprehensive students: £4404.00

Bridging students:           £4000.00

For a detailed breakdown of fees and payment plans please contact management@pilatesyoga.com

Pilates Foundation exam requirements:

Two case studies of 10 sessions. The first case study is a fit client with no injuries, the second a remedial client.

Self-assessment form with an outline of hours completed, both halfway through the course, and again at the end of the course.

Written assessed homeworks – four Pilates Foundation assessed homeworks.

FINAL EXAMINATION & EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT will be provided by the Pilates Foundation.

The Examination:

  • A three hour theory paper
  • A practical exam