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One of the most highly respected teachers in the world of Pilates, Blossom Leilani Crawford is known for her warm, engaging manner and for the beautiful movement she creates in her students. Join her as she takes her student Diana through a first time session on the Reformer. Whether you're a student or a Pilates pro, you'll learn heaps from Blossom's descriptive cues and the way she applies the exercises to Diana's needs. After the workout Blossom talks about what she was looking for in Diana's body and how she guided her to fix the issues she was noticing--specifically, a weaker left side. Visit Blossom at her studio in Brooklyn, NY at Bridge Pilates.

What Others Are Saying


  1. NCAS 2 years ago

    I have done a few reformer classes and no-one talks about neutral pelvis like when doing mat work? what is the correct position please.
    Thank you, this class was very informative.

  2. Progress 3 years ago

    That was very good thank you for your tips !

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  4. Elvy Perez Zorich

    Loved so many things about this class! The whistle was brilliant:) and the comments about overwhelming new clients with too many corrections is so important. Keep them safe but keep them coming!! I need a class with you Blossom ????

    MARYLYON 4 years ago

    I absolutely loved Blossom’s gentle way of instructing. Sometimes it’s easy to forget our first time on the reformer.
    It’s important to make the client feel they are doing a good job and have fun with the work.
    I will be using the whistle clue to help them get into their stomach.
    Thanks Blossom it was a great class. Hope to see more of you on Pilatesology.

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 4 years ago

      Hi Marylyon, I am filming more classes in November! Thanks for the comment. The whistle cue is such a great tool that can be so handy.

  6. Jennifer Allen

    This was such a great session for addressing little things that almost all new clients on the reformer seem to do (such as lifting the heals when you tell them to lift toes on elephant). I feel like the fact that she said “lift all ten toes” really helped with that! Fantastic session…even two years old! Thanks!!

    • Jennifer Allen

      heels not heals!

      • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
        Blossom Leilani Crawford 4 years ago

        Fitmom01 that is EXACTLY why I say, “all ten toes”! Thank you for noticing and thanks for the comment!

  7. choi
    choi 5 years ago

    thank you.

  8. Lynn Pringle 6 years ago

    Hi Blossom: great class as always, I too think it’s grest that you point out that as teachers we just need to stand back and watch what happens to help someone get better. As well chooosing just a few things so people keep moving, keep motivated and have fun. Yes fun! As teachers I think we need to remind ourselves of what it’s like to be the first time client, open to this new movement experience. We do want them to come back!
    Your the best.

  9. pilatesangel 6 years ago

    This is another wonderful session by Blossom! I love the attention to allowing the client to find the imbalance. And yes, while many have no clue if you ask, most will notice if attention is there. I am lucky that my weaker side is left and the correction worked wonderful in my body! I have a huge crush on all of Blossom’s flair and non-egotistical teaching. I think the conversation at the end where she states she has no idea what she will do is so important to remember with each client, new or repeat because we don’t know what the body will do that moment. Can there be a designation in the classes on the site (by category) for weaker left side, weak arm to back connection, etc….? I think there are some specific to body issues or ailments, but more ways to identify which classes are good for one’s body type/issues. Maybe a future project 🙂

    • Alisa Wyatt

      I just saw this note Angel–what a great idea! I will look at the possibility of adding a category for really specific stuff. It might be something more general in the menu like ‘Imbalances’ and then the class description would go into detail. So glad you’re enjoying Blossom’s classes!!

  10. pilates-powers.de

    Great beginner session. Enjoyed Blossom’s teaching a lot. She has such a natural positive and “comedial” style that uplifts the whole atmosphere. Which makes it for sure fun to work with her as a client. Unfortunately hard to copy 😉
    I fully agree with her head-rest comment at the end. I let all my clients with a forward head do a big part of the Reformer session without the headrest up. Clearly I like to give them a rest inbetween. I am always surprised how working with the head-rest down plus lengthening the head and pulling the chin a bit down, changes their head position in one class.

  11. Alisa Wyatt

    Arlene, Dawn and Kerry, thank you for your comments! I have to share with you guys that my friend Diana (the student for this video) surfs nearly every day and has had maybe 3 Pilates sessions before this one–only 1 of them on a reformer. She’s an awesome first timer but the rapport that Blossom brings to this lesson happens with every student I see her teach. It’s part of her genius and how she gets the fantastic connections and movement patterns that you notice in this video.

  12. arlene
    arlene 6 years ago

    Love this teachers personality, lot’s of Aloha, would be so fun to train with Blossom. And I have to say that Diana is an incredibly beautiful woman, her first session on the reformer and she already has a powerhouse- she was able to make a lot of connections with Blossom’s excellent teaching.

  13. Dawn Connellan 6 years ago

    Great relaxed way of teaching. Thanks for the teaching tips.

  14. Kerry 6 years ago

    If only all our beginner clients were like Diana! Love ya Blossom, thank you!

    • Blossom Leilani Crawford Author
      Blossom Leilani Crawford 6 years ago

      I agree Kerry. Love to you too!

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