In this workshop, Jay shares what he learned working directly with Joe Pilates, on the subject of how the back of the body should connect through the work. Pilates is all about correct alignment and if you create a strong center with a 2 way stretch out of it, most every problem will fix itself. Jay’s first rule is to “trust the work”—Joe built everything you need as a teacher into the exercises. If you understand how to choose the right exercises, they will do the work realigning your client’s body for you. After a brief discussion, Jay takes students through exercises on several different apparatus to help them discover how their arms connect to their lower back. If you struggle as a teacher trying to get your students to pull their shoulders down, lengthen their necks and lift up tall, these exercises combined with the idea of connecting to your back will help you stop overcorrecting and start seeing results. Filmed at the Feb 2013 Arizona Classical Pilates Conference. For info on future conferences like this one, visit The Pilates Core.