Michael Levy on Romana’s Legacy

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Join us for an inspiring and enlightening chat with Michael Levy, one of Romana’s closest students and friends, and current teacher trainer for Romana’s Pilates teacher program. After first meeting Romana in the 1980’s as a dance student, Michael opened and successfully ran his own studio for 21 years before he decided to devote himself fully to continuing Romana’s Pilates teacher program. As a friend of Romana’s, Michael had a chance to know her both as a teacher and a person, and observe how the two connected to define her style of teaching and approach to Pilates. In this interview Michael shares his and Romana's philosophies on your responsibilities as a Pilates instructor and secrets to successfully running a studio. He explains Romana's perception of her role and personal duty to the Pilates community, and her opinion on countless Pilates grey areas such as where to draw the line for making adjustments or completely developing new exercises, the pros and cons of private lessons, why it's important to also workout on your own, and more. In addition to some intimate Pilates history, Michael also shares how Romana's teacher training program was developed, what it looks like today, and what he likes to see in teachers. Visit Michael at: http://michaellevypilates.com/.

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19 Comments

  1. BoniCT 7 months ago

    What a great attitude. Grounded Person. Looking forward to learning from Michael at Trish Garlend’s Studio in February 2019. Its nice to know he had to work for a living. Under the normal conditions of running his business on a daily. Smart Man. He has not used celebrity to sensationalize himself. His unusual perspective there should be open studio time for clients once they are trained on equipment and specific exercises. So many people would love the opportunity to use Pilates as their main course of physical fitness as part of their daily regimen.
    It is debilitating that Joe developed such an amazing sequence in movement for the human body and it is darn near impossible to indulge in its benefits on a daily unless paying $100 a visit.
    ~ I am one that enjoys Mat but I love the community aspect of working out with like minded people. Feeling the equipment and finding the connections in my body without a drill sergeant at every rep done. I think there are so many people that would enjoy the benefit from the old school way.
    As a elite gymnast *in my day. I only got better by putting in the time on my own. Practicing, working out with consistency to find the movement in my body cohesively with the equipment I worked on.. My parents did pay a separate fee for open gym time.
    Adults deserve and need this type of opportunity with Joe’s Method of wellness.. Health is Wealth. It should be shared. It takes a Village.

  2. Stephmuir 2 years ago

    BRILLIANT!

  3. ewapilates
    ewapilates 2 years ago

    So lively! So informative! Such a fun! Michael has made me laugh so much and – to be honest – I have found so many similarities to my own ways of running my studio and my own attitude as a pilates teacher and a studio owner … goodness me … and this little thingy “to keep your clients happy” and fresh instead of making them performing High Bridge on the mat:) Beautiful dress, Alisa:)

  4. arlene
    arlene 2 years ago

    I so appreciate all of the practicality and humility in this interview. Thank you for sharing!

  5. joelcrosby

    This is on my top 10 favorite interviews list. I really enjoyed you sharing your stories of working with Romana. Also as a studio owner and teacher trainer, the experiences and advice you shared Michael was so valuable. So down to earth! Thank you both so much!

  6. vlada_kor 2 years ago

    How do I connect to Michael? The website link doesn’t work. Thank you

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Hi Vlada, Michael is working on his website. I’ll email you his contact info. If anyone else would like to contact Michael while his site is being built, just leave a note here.

  7. vlada_kor 2 years ago

    This is brilliant, and inspiring. I think the whole world should see this 🙂

  8. MindyTaylor
    MindyTaylor 2 years ago

    Thank you for preserving the history and essence of the Pilates method through these interviews Such an enjoyable and informative interview.

  9. Tallulah 2 years ago

    I loved listening to Michael talk about The Method. I’m classically trained in London and it’s so collective and comforting to feel a resonance between all those who love and trust it. Consistency was what Michael said and standing by always what you know is right. Thank you for this super cool interview.

  10. fersadir 2 years ago

    Great intreiview !!! I really enjoyed. Thanks Alisa and Michael

  11. blspilates 2 years ago

    My take-away is “let them have fun”. Thanks Michael and Alisa!

  12. Ynowak 2 years ago

    Great interview! Great case for making sure your clients are tied to the Pilates method.

  13. Martin 2 years ago

    I love this kind of content! More interviews, please! I know Michael said he didn’t take many lessons from the other first generation teachers he mentioned, but if he could expand on those experiences a bit I would love to learn more about them and how he would compare them to what he learned from Romana. Thank you!

    • Alisa Wyatt Author

      Thanks Martin, we have more coming up soon with other people and I will ask Michael if he has more to say about his other experiences, stay tuned!

  14. ladyjane 2 years ago

    Great interview Michael! As a studio owner what you said makes me feel good, as that is how I run my studio. I love your wisdom, your humor and your no nonsence attitude. I have learnt a lot from you over the years at Romana’s Conferences which has helped me tremendously in the 15 years that I have been in business. Cheers😘

  15. Mary
    Mary 2 years ago

    Very enjoyable interview – Michael has great advice for Pilates practitioners, teachers and studio owners (and anyone on a first date!)

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