Coffee With Jay Part 2

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In this ongoing series, Jay Grimes answers questions from Pilates Instructors and enthusiasts about his years as a student and teacher in Joe Pilates' original Studio for Body Contrology on 8th Avenue in New York City. You can visit Jay's own studio for his teaching and workshop schedule at: Vintage Pilates. CLICK the Chapters Menu (upper right corner of the video player) to click ahead to topics in this video. Topics covered in Part 2 include: 0:00 min: Have any of the names or essence of the exercises changed since Joe taught them? 3:23 min: Where did some of the exercises come from like neck roll, mermaid on the reformer? 5:47 min: Did Romana create the stomach series? What people called Joe. 11:25 min: What are the pictures of him dressed in greek outfits? 12:04 min: What are some of the most common things you see being taught differently than you were taught? 17:13 min: Joe encouraged the path of self discovery. 18:47 min: Story about the original Pilates studio. 21:00 min: Joe and Clara's relationship and what she was like. 24:18 min: Chuck Rappaport- his photography and Joe's demeanor during interviews.

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  1. ewapilates
    ewapilates 3 years ago

    Beside and behind every mam, there is a strong woman! …. here comes PArt III …..:)

  2. eugenia 6 years ago

    This is priceless. Jay Grimes makes it clear that Joe Pilates was a teacher in the truest meaning of the word ‘educate’. If a person explores the etymology of the word ‘educate’ you will find ‘to lead out’, to ‘draw out’ and ‘to bring forth. This is so wonderful to find out that Joe Pilates was this type of educator. It sounds like he was a guide to the process of a person discovering what is within their being instead of being instructed, just mimicking and being corrected constantly. This is wonderful to know about Joe Pilates. Thank you! PS I believe that it is possible for anyone interesting to be this type of teacher can do it. It is instinctive.

  3. tanyapaty 7 years ago

    Am LOVING this interview with Jay. I have learned so much about how to become a better teacher. Unfortunately, I can’t get the 3rd interview to load. An error message keeps coming up (I also can’t get Jennifer Kries mat video to load).

    Tremendous gratitude for what your website is doing for me as a student & teacher!

  4. soul_eil
    soul_eil 8 years ago

    Loved the stories about Clara!! I have decided that I would like to become more of a Pilates Guide. I like the idea of talking less, letting people just move and FIND IT themselves. Jay is right, you aren’t going to change them in an hour anyway. Nice Alisa :)) This is so needed, these stories are such a breath of fresh air.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks Sunni! We are lucky to get to share Jay’s stories and perspective and I’m with you, it’s not easy to stop talking so much but it really can allow your students to learn to hear themselves better.

  5. ladyjane 8 years ago

    Love listening to your stories of Joe and Clara Jay. you tell them so well . i know what you mean about ‘just move” Romana instilled that in me…… “keep them moving,they will get it eventually” and keep it fun… Romana always said “did you have fun?” and ‘what did you learn today?’
    Looking forward to more in stories Jay.

  6. joesmat 8 years ago

    Noticed an interesting red book lying on the coffee table?

  7. joesmat 8 years ago

    A revelation and many questions answered.Thank you both very much.

  8. presspaws
    presspaws 8 years ago

    Just watched this with a big cup of coffee 🙂 Looking forward to part 3!

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