Blossom’s Aloha Mat Breakdown

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Say aloha to your body with Blossom Leilani Crawford. In this slow paced breakdown class, you'll learn the details that she uses to build some of the most beautiful movers in the world of Pilates. Some sequences here originate from Blossom’s mentor, First Generation teacher Kathy Grant, such as Kathy’s ‘Beauty Legs,’ fundamentals and preparations for faster movement. Blossom's teaching is a blend of her many years as Kathy's assistant, along with what she learned from Romana Krzyanowska whom Kathy sent her to for certification. Practice this class whenever your body needs to tune in, tighten up, repair, or return to balance, you'll build deep strength that grows more powerful each time you return. Be sure to visit Blossom at Bridge Pilates near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Niedra Gabriel
    Niedra Gabriel 5 years ago

    I just got back from a long trip and needed some slow re orientation into my body after sitting in a plane for over 12 hours. I tried this class – absolutely wonderful!
    Every kink and knot has been worked out and all the tension released with good energy now open again – Thank you Blossom. Loved the angry turtle cue, very visual and funny, the best kind! and the basic prep for rocking was wonderful. Thank you Blossom.

  2. Helena Birecki
    Helena Birecki 7 years ago

    Second time taking this centering, inspiring class; thank you! I love the internal breathing preparations– they are so helpful in helping me support my “sinking spots.” I also really enjoyed the shoulder bridge series, and yes, have mentioned “angry turtle” to my students already.

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

      Thanks Helena! I am so glad you liked my virtual class! Especially since you have taken a class with me in person. Soon I am going to put a sign on my studio door that says, Bridge Pilates, home of the Angry Turtle.

  3. Davamadez
    Davamadez 7 years ago

    “Angry Turtle” my favourite new cue! Thank you Blossom!

  4. AHORRY 7 years ago

    loved it! love your work Blossom! I will be paying you a visit in Brooklyn if I’m ever up your way xx

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

      Thank you! This was my first online class. I am so glad you liked it. Please come to visit my tiny studio if you come to Brooklyn!

  5. Jon Hawkins

    Thank you Blossom. The cue to close your eyes so your neck does not crash the party in rotation was so effective and yes, angry turtle is going to catch on! Thanks for sharing.

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

      Jon, closing the eyes as a way to keep the head from leading is a trick I learned from Kathy Grant. It can be a great tool. “Angry Turtle” is one of my new favorites. I am glad you liked it!

  6. Tmaurstad
    Tmaurstad 7 years ago

    I have a new favorite mat class. “Angry Turtle” is a great cue and it’s as if Blossom could see me because she gave that cue just when I needed it. I particularly loved the prep for shoulder bridge (wowzers!) and the stretch portion of rocking. The class is full of little details like the parallel “standing” foot on leg circles that make all the difference. Blossom has been a favorite teacher of mine since she used me to demonstrate horrible roll up form at a conference (then fixed me with “paint the walls with your eyes”). Thank you for bringing her to Pilatesology! Looking forward to more classes with her.

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

      Thank you! I so glad you liked my “Angry Turtle”. I am still working on it, but it has been a great tool for me lately. The flexed standing foot is the way Kathy Grant taught the leg circles. The Shoulder Bridge prep came from a friend (Michele During). You can also do it on a yoga block!

  7. Ynowak 7 years ago

    I really loved the cueing as well. The foot circles as part of the leg circle series felt so good! Looking forward to more classes!

  8. Martin 7 years ago

    Blossom, this was amazing!!! I have never laughed so much while getting such a fantastic workout.You brought two of my favorite things together-Pilates and Manolo Blahnik’s 🙂
    Joesmat is right, your cues were phenomenal and I’ll definitely be taking them with me into my own practice. I also love how clear you are about which exercises come from Kathy, Romana, Joe and yourself, respectively. They’re all great and it’s lovely to know which is which. I hope to see more of you here! Thank you Alisa for taking such care to listen to the comments section and bring Blossom to all of us!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Martin thank you for affirming all that I love about Blossom! She was one of the first teachers I wanted for Pilatesology when we started this whole wheel rolling, not just because she saved me from Kathy Grant’s wrath during many a lesson but because she did so with humor, warmth and the most brilliant translations of Kathy’s cues. It was a whole new language of Pilates for me and it has opened many doors to understanding the work on a deeper level. I’m so glad to get to share her with you!

      • Martin 7 years ago

        Thank you so much for sharing her with us! I really hope to see more of her here. I can’t wait to see her own work as well–she sat down on her mat so beautifully, I can’t imagine what her actual practice looks like. I did have one question though–I found this class profoundly deep. However, Blossom said it was a beginner/intermediate workout, but it’s labeled advanced. I’m just curious as to the variance. I totally trust your judgment 🙂 Thank you!!!

        • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
          Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

          Martin, I have a hard time with levels. This class is similar to what I teach at my weekly class. I also like to work on that deep of a level all of the time no matter the level of the class. I hope that answers your question. If not I am happy to discus it more.

          • Martin 7 years ago

            It definitely does! Thank you! I was just curious. I loved the class and will definitely be returning to it! I had so much fun with it–laughed the whole time. I hope to see other advanced classes from you 🙂

          • Alisa Wyatt
            Alisa Wyatt 7 years ago

            Martin, we leveled this class as Advanced because there are Roll Overs in it. It’s often really hard for us to put ‘labels’ on classes since Joe didn’t use beginner, intermediate, advanced in his own teaching, and if you are working with someone in person you can see what they are capable of regardless of how long they’ve been practicing. It’s a conundrum for us in trying to make this work accessible to everyone but keep it safe for those who might not yet have knowledge of what’s right for them.

  9. Alisa Wyatt

    Wheee! This was so much fun for me to do at home, I smiled the whole time imagining myself home in New York and taking the train to DUMBO to visit your studio Blossom! I selfishly started Pilatesology for this reason alone–so I could move to a little beach town and still get to work out with the best teachers in the world. You rock!

  10. LKVB 7 years ago

    Great class! Loved the Kathy/Romana/Blossom energy. So nice to do the small stuff for us teachers who are always beating up our bodies. My body is always so happy to do all the powerful foundation work. Loved the breathing instruction too. So appreciated! Thanks, liesbeth robison

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

      Liesbeth, I am all about the foundation work. The only problem is that it takes time. Thank you for taking the time to do it “with” me!

      • LKVB 7 years ago

        I need this work sooo much. I hope you can do more deep classes like this on Pilatesology. (Hint, hint Alisa and Jack). It is very powerful work!!

  11. joesmat 7 years ago

    A unique experience for me to learn from this delightful Teacher.
    The first thing that strikes you is how she so actively throughout the session, empathized with her two excellent students.
    As I followed her Instructions on my mat, you would have thought she was doing, and feeling every bodily movement herself with you on the mat. She described exactly what she wanted you feel in the exercises. No repetitive text book cueing here.
    Very special attribute.
    A special thanks to Blossom Leilani Crawford for sharing her knowledge and skills, and thank you Pilatesology.

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 7 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback. You are right I don’t have many text book cues! Sometimes I am just doing my thing in the studio and I forget that my cues are a little different. So glad you enjoyed it.

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