Coffee with Jay Part 4

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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. Topics Covered in Part 4 include: 00:30 min:  Do you feel there are students that have been passed on all the exercises you know to keep the true intricacies alive? 7:41 min: Vintage Pilates. 9:28 min: The importance of having a mentor. 10:39 min: What are your thoughts on the trademark lawsuit? 11:45 min:  What happened in the studio everyday? 13:05min:  Carola Trier clarifications. 14:10min:  Was there any first generation teacher that developed the method outside of dance? 17:20min:  What does Jay think about adding technology to teaching and does it take away the authenticity? 21:13min:  How much did a session cost? 22:50min:  Are archival exercises worth revisiting? 26:42min:  Do you remember any examples of Joe changing or evolving an exercise? 28:34min:  What about folks who say "Joe evolved the method we should too?"

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  1. joelcrosby

    Loved this interview. So informative. Thanks Jay and Thanks Alisa for taking the time to put this together and share it.

  2. marinayamy 7 years ago

    Great video! I always love hearing things about Joe firsthand… Alissa, going back to the question about technology, you and Jay were wondering what kinds of technology are being used in the pilates world, and there´s an interesting one you didn´t mention. I´m seeing that some people are now giving pilates lessons over skype, the client has a laptop with a camera set up wherever he or she is, and the teacher is on the other end giving instructions. What would your and Jay´s view of this be? Obviously you lose all hands on cue options, but maybe it would make the client have to think a bit differently than in a studio session? What other issues could this create?

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Ah, excellent question! We will be sure to answer it in our next taping, I know that Skype is being used in this way by Vintage Pilates as a tool to help teachers prepare for Jay’s program “The Work” but he doesn’t personally teach via Skype.

      • marinayamy 7 years ago

        Great, thanks! I will be looking forward to the next video in this series then. On a side note… is there a way to receive notifications via email when a question or comment on pilatesology is answered? I didn’t realise you had answered until I came across this video today for some reason… and your reply is already 10 days old.

    MARYLYON 7 years ago

    Hi Alisa and Jay, Thanks again for this great website. I love coffee with Jay classes.
    This is the best way to continue the education of Pilates on a daily basis at our convenience. Also, having a teacher like Mr. Grimes to guide us is a true gift. The best to both of you and keep up the good work.
    See you in Chicago Mary Lyon, Lagrange Il.

  4. presspaws
    presspaws 7 years ago

    Just found out from Sean Gallagher that he doesn’t have Clara’s journals – if indeed they ever existed!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Yes the mystery of the journals continues! We interviewed Sean yesterday so you’ll get to hear about what he does have. Coming soon…

  5. Martin 7 years ago

    So many shout-outs! Thanks Alisa and Jay for putting up with my countless questions. I’ve had way too much time to think about these things. You both gave such great answers! So informative! Also, the man in Canada who apprenticed with Joe is Lawrence Hayward. 🙂

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Gosh Martin, when do we get to meet you? You’re questions keep us going!

      • Martin 7 years ago

        I’d LOVE to meet you guys! If you’re ever in Chicago or New York City for some reason, please feel free to send me an email 🙂

        • Alisa Wyatt

          We’re coming to NYC on Monday!! We’re there from 10/28-11/4, let me know if you’ll be around. We are there 2-3x a year.

          • Martin 7 years ago

            Ugh, I wish I were going to be there! I’ll be there at the beginning of January for a few days. I’ll be in Chicago primarily for the next several months, but then I’ll be making a more permanent move to NYC. We’ll make it happen one way or another 🙂

  6. presspaws
    presspaws 7 years ago

    Hi Alisa, thanks for getting Jay to answer my questions! I cannot recall where I heard about Clara keeping a journal unfortunately, but will let you know if I remember!

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