a common language for the pilates profession and beyond! Our groundbreaking curriculum offers validation, support, and community to advance your movement practice career!
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At this time, we are accepting Comprehensively-trained Pilates Professionals with a minimum of 5 years work experience. To Apply, please see the Application/Enrollment FAQ below.
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Pilates By AIM Level 1 Online Curriculum
At Bodies Mind® Academy (BMA), we are committed to advancing the pilates profession and personal movement practice through Gratitude, Reciprocity, and Technique!
The focus of this BMA Curriculum is on movement analysis, mental conditioning, verbal communication, and professional camaraderie. Our leading-edge human movement analysis model, AIM (The Amend Integrative Model), has produced an unprecedented, in-depth analysis of spinal cueing in pilates; 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 manual 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!
Content (Click here for Descriptions)
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 experienced through empathetic, embodied conversation. The BMA Forum offers ongoing, in-depth discussions and resources to support colleague connection beyond the meetings. Follow along at your own pace; the group meets every few weeks in Zoom Meetings. This unique Course Format repeats in cycles to deepen your process and develop our community of dialogue. While the Course Content stays the same...the AIM Conversation continues!
Consistent practice of the integrated, dynamic body-mind skillsets prepares you to meet the challenge of the Test Out, which earns a Bodies Mind® Level 1 Certificate (in person, at a BMA Host site).
Check your Time Zone.
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!
Get the Workbook.
You’ll receive the Workbook once you register and submit payment. Please allow ample time for snail mail delivery.
Join the Zoom Meetings.
• You'll receive an invitation by email with a link to join the Zoom Meeting.
• Access the meetings through computer or tablet with working microphone and speaker. Desktop or Laptop computer is recommended.
• You’ll need to create an easily-accessible Mat Space, as movement observation will be part of the Meetings.
• To participate, you will need to allow us to audio and video record the Meeting. Our Teachable.com platform houses a growing body of zoom meeting, instructional, and practice videos as well as supplemental reading and homework assignments,
Zoom Meeting Dates
Intro and Course 1: Sept 22, Oct 6, 20
Course 2: Nov 3, 17
Course 3: Dec 8, Jan 5
Course 4: Jan 9, Feb 2
Course Start and Investment
We are now accepting applications! Group 3 begins September 22, 2019 will run 16 weeks (and beyond).
The investment for the Level 1 Online Curriculum is $575 in total (that’s $500 plus $75 for course materials and transaction fees; price subject to increase, so apply asap!)
When payment has been received and Workbook 1 has been mailed, you will be enrolled in the curriculum and welcomed as a member of the BMA Forum.
Please NOTE: When the Course "ends", you will be automatically enrolled, at no further cost, in every subsequent Group of this Level 1 Online Curriculum.
Can I join after a Group has began?
Yes! As a new Level 1 Online member, you may join a group before the third Zoom meeting begins. After that, newcomers need to wait until the next group begins.
Deadline to join Group 3: October 19.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel your spot in the course up until 14 days prior, or before the Workbook has been mailed, to receive a full refund. If you join after a Group has begun, there will be no refunds.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course (and the BMA Forum) for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
At this time, only Comprehensively-trained Pilates Professionals with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience may apply for entry into this Continuing Education Course.
1 Subscribe to Bodies Mind® Academy
2 Send Info
To get started, send your contact information (phone, email, website url) and a bit about yourself to email@example.com. Carole will contact you to schedule a complimentary Consultation Call to discuss your pilates career path and how our groundbreaking curriculum and community of dialogue can support You! Please note: There is no obligation to Apply!
Once accepted, you'll receive the link to pay the course fee for enrollment. Once payment is received, you’ll be notified of enrollment in our Online Platform and you’ll also become a member of the BMA Forum!
Be safe, sound, and spontaneous! Contact Us today!
• The Bodies Mind® Academy Pilates by AIM Workbook 1
• 9 2-hr recorded Zoom Meetings:
• 1 Online tutorial with Carole
• Video Library
• Additional articles
• Ongoing Online Forum for BMA students and graduates
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 2 Online Curriculum offers study in the Bodies Mind® Somatic Correctives, and Level 3 offers the PilatesbyAIM approach to the Apparatus. Our Onsite Courses, at Host sites, focus on precision in pilates physical conditioning, hands-on assistance, the use of our signature Pilates by AIM teaching tools, and observation as well as an experience of ~the reason why BMA exists~ - the teacher-client relationship.
Further Advancement Opportunities:
After Level 1 completion, you can begin your journey towards 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).
Carole Amend, Somatic Movement Educator & Pilates Specialist, and AIM originator, 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.