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The Privilege of Teaching Teachers

26th Marh 2018

The privilege of teaching teachers In 2012/13 Joakim followed up on a crazy dream to train under Pilates elder Lolita San Miguel. He had attended one of her workshops in London 10 years prior and loved her way of teaching and the warmth with which she presented herself. When he built the ‘New Bälans’ in […]

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What does it mean to be a traveling Pilates Instructor? By Laura Cordle, USA

15th March 2018

What does it mean to be a traveling Pilates Instructor? Teaching a system of Lolita’s Legacy at Bälans Pilates Studio was my first experience teaching overseas as a traveling Pilates Instructor. I have taught in many different environments: boutique studios, fitness centers, assisted living senior centers, and even a small office building. I have taught […]

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My Pilates Journey Day 25 – Goodbyes

26th January 2018

January 2018– Day 25 At the start of My Pilates Journey, I had no idea what to expect. Now, I’m at the end, the best words I can find to describe my experience are pleasantly surprised. I’ve been surprised by how lovely everyone, staff and clients, have been to me, how much I’ve learned as […]

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Andrew Naughton Becomes the First Man to Graduate From Lolita’s Legacy in the UK

19th January 2018

Andrew Naughton has today graduated from Lolita’s Legacy Teacher Training course! Andy and Joakim go way back from when they were both in the military. On Joakim’s suggestion, he began learning and teaching Pilates only 2 years ago, and thanks to his hard work, he has become the first man to graduate from the course […]

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My Pilates Journey Day 18 – Pilates, All Around the World!

17th January 2018

Since last October, I’d been looking forward to the weekend just past. My best friend in university has been doing her year abroad in Strasbourg, and this weekend, I got to go over and spend four fantastic days with her! Since I started working at Balans, I’ve talked about the trip. I love travelling, and […]

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My Pilates Journey Day 11 – Exercising Mentally

10th January 2018

My Pilates Journey Day 11 – Exercising Mentally 10th January 2018 – Day 4 Today, I joined a group apparatus class with Lolita’s Legacy Pilates teacher training course students. They’re halfway through an intensive week-long course, taught by Laura, a Lolita’s Legacy instructor from Florida. St Andrews being such an international university, having an American […]

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My Pilates Journey Day 4 – My Goals at Balans

3rd January 2018

My Pilates Journey Day 4 – My Goals at Balans 3rd January 2018 – Day 4 I’ve spent some time thinking about how I can best benefit from my time here at Balans. When my university sent me the job description and role, the focus was on marketing, it being a marketing internship. As a […]

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My Pilates Journey Day 1 – Expecting the Unexpected!

22nd December 2017

My Pilates Journey Day 1 – Expecting the Unexpected! 22nd December 2017 – Day 1 Coming into the Balans Pilates studio for the first time as the new intern, I had no idea what to expect. I had never taken a Pilates lesson before, I’d never been an intern, I was a complete novice! My […]

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Dancing your way through Pilates

23rd November 2017

Ale’s Perspective: At times, dancing can be very pleasant to the eye, but ultimately painful to the performer. In many professional dance spaces- companies, conservatories and schools- Pilates is integrated as part of training programs or as treatment and prevention for injuries that might result as a result of overuse. “Contrology”, as Joseph Pilates called […]

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Prader Willi Syndrome a rare genetic disorder that has touched Bälans

12th November 2017

Prader Willi Syndrome a rare genetic disorder that has touched Bälans A year ago Joakim’s wife Louise had a baby boy by emergency C-section. He was 2 months premature and it was found rather quickly in the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit at Ninewells Hospital that he was not thriving, so tests were run and […]

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