Foundation Pilates

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The mat is the foundation of Pilates and it was what Joe Pilates taught and created first. In this session, join Dorothee Vandewalle, one of the most highly regarded instructors in the world, as she takes her student Jed through the key exercises that establish a Pilates practice. These exercises are meant to be done every day to prepare the body for the demands of daily activity and they provide much more than a way to stay in shape—the basic Pilates mat is a prescription for lifelong vitality from childhood to old age. Without stopping the flow of the workout, Dorothee shares what the exercises are for and how to position your body for maximum benefit. Her hands on adjustments and specific cues bring a wealth of knowledge for both students and Pilates teachers to understand how these moves create the alignment, strength and control that Pilates is built on. Note that Dorothee uses a strap to stabilize Jed’s feet during several exercises, if you don’t have a strap at home, you can anchor your foot under a piece of furniture. This class was filmed at Dorothee Vandewalle’s studio and teacher training center, Metropolitain Pilates, in Seattle, WA.

What Others Are Saying


  1. AnnetteTigs 1 year ago

    Outstanding!! I just love pilatesology, thanks to all!

  2. tom oksner 2 years ago

    This is great teaching, great cues! Would love to see a basic reformer from Dorothee!
    Many thanks,

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    whitelions 3 years ago

    I cant seem to watch her video again as it is not even showing ……

  4. janie jennings 5 years ago

    Such good cues, and pleasant.

  5. lili.viola

    OMG I’ve just fallen in love with Dorothee’s teaching! She is amazing. Clear cues, fabulous progressions, fabulous energy. She kept her student flowing and moving and I even heard a little huffing and puffing from him through this short but challenging foundational workout.

  6. Caroline Berry 6 years ago

    Great explanations and lovely energy to her teaching. thanks a lot!

  7. healthyone 7 years ago

    Excellent! I love her explanations! More Dorothee, please!

  8. DianaMoore

    Thank you! I am hopeful that more will come.

  9. aubergine22 7 years ago

    Would love to see more from Dorothee, please. Thank you!

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  11. GAILE 7 years ago

    Great to see how much Jed has changed since we were in Seattle,I could listen and watch Dorothee all day,never fail to learn something from her

  12. joesmat 7 years ago

    I am a student of the mat, and enjoyed the opportunity of observing you teaching your foundation mat exercises.
    As a student I would like to ask you a few questions if I may please.
    The old videos I have had the privilege of seeing of Mr Pilates doing the mat or teaching it had no modifications.
    For example, you used bent knees in almost every exercise with the exception of Spine Stretch Forward, and it would be most interesting to learn your reasoning for doing so? Why were these modifications introduced into the Classical Methodology and who introduced them?
    Thanking you very much.

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