Pilates Hacks: Teaching the Elephant

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Join Alycea Ungaro for her series of Pilates Hacks or shortcuts for being a more effective teacher. In this episode, get tips for teaching the Elephant exercise on the Reformer. Filmed at Alycea Ungaro’s Real Pilates™, New York, NY.

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  1. Maigualida
    Maigualida 6 months ago

    Hola question in the Elephant I am 5’4 how far back do I put my feet all the way agains the shoulder res on I do have to align the hip bone with the ankle I am flexible by the way

  2. cripsilva@hotmail.com 4 years ago

    How about cueing the tell bone to curl and the heels to dig please? ????

    • Alycea Ungaro Author

      Great cues for sure! The point of these “hacks” was to give extra help for exercises where the standard great cues may not be working. Some students need a little extra help as we all know!

  3. DeniseK56
    DeniseK56 5 years ago

    I was struggling with a beginner client on her moving her upper body back and forth during elephant. This will help me immensely get her in proper position. Thanks

  4. Kccreighton 5 years ago

    Clean, simple, effective…I love it, can’t wait to use this technique. Thank you!

  5. Pt3pilates 5 years ago

    Ohhhhh could you please do this for Downstretch???????????

  6. Respirapilates 5 years ago

    Great tip! I’m going to use it with my clients.

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