The Future of Pilates: Interview with Cynthia Lochard Part 1

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We had the opportunity to talk about the future and past of Pilates with one of Romana Kryzanowska's chosen protégés, Cynthia Lochard. Cynthia came to Pilates in 1976 as a young dancer with the New York City Ballet (she was also in the movie Fame) and remains at the center of the Romana's Pilates organization traveling worldwide as a Teacher Trainer. In Part 1 our interview, Cynthia touches on many topics, including: why she hated Pilates at first and why she returned to it later; the life and business lessons she learned from Romana; what qualities she sees in a great teacher; what she feels is the greatest shame about the way the Pilates method is taught today; how to discover the depth of the Pilates in your own body, and more. Stay tuned for the next Part of our discussion soon.

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  1. Kerry 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview. I agree there is too much information, and that we need to make sure we do the work. Wish she wasn’t so far away!

  2. joelcrosby

    Thanks Cynthia for sharing your wonderful incite and experience. Thanks again Alisa for all of your efforts putting these great interviews together. I always learn so much.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks Joel we are so happy to be able to share these incredible teachers and the stories that bring the history of Pilates to life.

  3. Jean Goulet 7 years ago

    great interview, who are the other level I teachers?

  4. joesmat 7 years ago

    Now wouldn’t it be super so see this famous Teacher demonstrate the Matwork! She is unique in her experience somewhat going back to circa 1976.
    Delightful lady and very interesting.
    Thank you Alisa.

  5. Ynowak 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! I was particularly intrigued by her comment about how we almost have too much information too soon, and how we don’t often take the time to assimilate what we innately know. Very beautifully expressed.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Yes that reminded me of being an apprentice and wanting to know all of the answers at once but you really never do, it’s a lifetime of learning.

  6. Thanks Alisa! Great interview with Cynthia. Pilatesology is going to be such a powerful resource for years to come!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      We are beyond honored to have the opportunity to be doing this, thank you!!
      Love your profile pic Juliet!!

  7. Martin 7 years ago

    Great interview, Alisa! Thank you for continuing to bring us such wonderful personal stories that give us more perspective on the work.

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