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The Pilates Path to Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit 1st Edition

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I appreciate what Gary is doing for the Pilates community putting together Joseph Pilates vision in a cohesive and enlightened manner what we intuit as teachers and as spiritual beings in order for us to understand Pilates intentions better. In this way we can intelligently express it to the world. Gary, what an honor to be inspired by you! --Colleen Glenn, Director of Education Peak Pilates International and co-founder of the Pilates Method Alliance

Gary Calderone is one of the most passionate practitioners in the industry who brings a deep heart felt love for Joseph Pilates work. He adds to that an investigatory spirit, linking principles and ideals to modern day leaders in the field of Body- Mind-Spirit. Likewise Gary's writing and lecture style is exciting and touching. --Brent Anderson, PhD., P.T., O.C.S., President Polestar Pilates Education International

With the explosive growth of Pilates, we are in danger of losing the soul of Joseph Pilates vision. Gary Calderone's work carries a message whose time has come. He dives us deep into the heart of Joe's work, placing it at dead center in the resurgence of mind/body perspective...and shines a bright and clear light on the transformational pathway that it provides for realizing our fullest potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. --Wendy Leblanc-Arbuckle Director, Pilates Center of Austin

Because there is so much trendy hype about Pilates it is imperative that the real value of this work be spoken about loudly and creatively as Gary has done in this book. Pilates is transformative. --Rachel Taylor Segel With Amy Taylor Alpers Co-founder and Co-owner The Pilates Center Boulder, Colorado

Anyone who has had the opportunity to read this work will find themselves eagerly awaiting their next Pilates session. I myself feel more 'anchored into my bones, the earth, and my life' just having read the manuscript. --Zoe Stein Pierce, Director, Pilates at Dancescape Studio, The Premier Pilates Studio of Fort Worth,TX

There are many books on the market that describe the Pilates method in detail and precision. However, Pilates is not just another workout fad. Joseph Pilates' message is a profound commitment to the life well lived. Health is a balance of the body, mind and spirit. These are the essential elements for happiness and success. Gary Calderone has applied his study and life to the embodiment of the Pilates philosophy, reminding the reader that Pilates is more than an exercise regimen, it is a path of study and enlightenment. --Pat Guyton, PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, Pat Guyton Pilates, Inc. Pilates Conservatory

Gary asks the right questions, inviting us to think outside the box about living a balanced life through the practice of Pilates. He masterfully unlocks the essence of Pilates' greatest secret - why and how Pilates profoundly impacts both student and teacher, weaving threads from other disciplines to confirm their universal connection. He illuminates the truth about how choices for our inner health are mirrored in the manifestation of our outer experience, thereby strengthening global consciousness. Truly inspiring! ----Clare Dunphy, Peak Pilates Master Trainer, Director Progressive Bodyworks, Inc.

This book is relevant and necessary for our future and our evolutionary process. This is a service to humanity, a fertilizer for personal growth and ultimate utopian awakening. Gary's writing and his experience is authentic, he gives you a telescope glimpse of a better way to live. Gary outlines our human challenges and provides tools for rising above those inner conflicts with Pilates as the vehicle. He meets the paradox moments with compassion and strength. It is so simply sophisticated, honestly written with details and experiences that make you hungry to feel it in your body. --Maila Blossom Rider/Pilates, Yoga and Franklin Method Professional/Owner of the Pilates Yoga Company, Windsor, CO

The Pilates Path to Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit by Gary Calderone is a timely contribution to literature in the Health, Fitness and Wellness industry. Gary s ability to present the material in a reader-friendly format with compelling evidence intertwined should be applauded. Our industry is consistently seeking new models for the delivery of integrated and results-focused initiatives that provide for the healthy lifestyles and outcomes of our clients. The Pilates approach to health truly focuses on awareness, choice and results. As an industry leader I believe this book will add value to the industry understanding of Pilates and its multifaceted benefits. Gary's writing illustrates his passion for why he and others practice and teach Pilates. The Pilates Path to Health provides evidence of the restorative health benefits for those who consciously choose the Pilates Method. --Jeb Gorham, Ph.D., Wellness Director - Central Manager Miramont Lifestyle Fitness, Former Director of Education Peak Pilates

An inspiring guide to optimal human vitality and balanced living. Gary Calderone expands the definition of "fitness" in his quest to understand the mission of Joseph Pilates and the profound results of his work. --Matthew Zumann, CPT, Structural Therapist -Jennifer Golden Zumann, CPT, Medicinal Herbalist

This book is a wonderful support for individuals on a path of understanding themselves through the practice of the Pilates Method. Gary's writing illuminates aspects of these practices that transform body, mind, and spirit. In an age when Pilates mainstream popularity and easy access cause the loss of these vitals elements, it is necessary for strong voices, like this voice, to be heard, so that the depth of the Pilates Method and what it can offer the practitioner are not lost. --Melissa Macourek, Samsara Pilates

Finally a book on the Pilates Method that is a not a "how to" but a "why". Gary's book speaks to our common love of the work and the amazing power of change that we all see everyday in our practice. This book takes me back to before the copyright days when the creative differences were celebrated and there was an amazing unified feeling of how special Joseph Pilates' method was and how blessed we were to be a part of that vision. We know how cool this work is and how great it feels. Gary does a good job of attempting to define this nature of the work. ----Nan Feist, LMP, Pilates Instructor, Somatic Educator

With the explosive growth of Pilates, we are in danger of losing the soul of Joseph Pilates vision. Gary Calderone's work carries a message whose time has come. He dives us deep into the heart of Joe's work, placing it at dead center in the resurgence of mind/body perspective...and shines a bright and clear light on the transformational pathway that it provides for realizing our fullest potential, physically, emotionally and spiritually. --Wendy Leblanc-Arbuckle Director, Pilates Center of Austin

About the Author

Gary Calderone is one of the original graduates from The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado, studying under Rachel Segal, Amy Alpers, Steve Giordano, and Romana Kryzanowska (disciple of Joseph Pilates). Gary apprenticed for 18 months with Wendy LeBlanc-Arbuckle, creator of the Core Connections Pilates 3-dimensional Body Mapping Paradigm, and Program Director of the Core Connections at The Pilates Center of Austin (PCA). Both Boulder and Austin Teacher Training Programs are considered among the most rigorous and comprehensive in the country. As the founding director of the Pilates Center of Fort Collins, Colorado, Gary brought the classical teaching to the attention of the medical community, working and collaboration with MDs, NDs, PTs, D.C.s, CMTs, NMTs, Rolfers and acupuncturists illuminated the healing potential of the work - particularly around chronic and acute patient populations. In addition to his transformational training at The Pilates Center of Austin (PCA), Gary completed an Associate Directorship (2000-2002) of the Core Connections Pilates Training Program and was certified as a Teacher of Teachers for PCA. He has delivered PCA s Teacher Training Program to world class athletes in Austin and Chicago, and continues to travel nationally as a teacher of teachers for PCA.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Word Keepers; 1st edition (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979531586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979531583
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,622,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Why? Well, I am Pilates crazy (why else would I run this forum) and I am sometimes checking at Amazon (.de, .co.uk and .com) for new Pilates books. In November 2009 I found: "The Pilates Path To Health - Body, Mind, and Spirit", but it was not available at this time. Now finally, I hold it in my hands and I have read it in record time the first time. There are many Pilates books, but most deal "only" with the training itself. A book was missing that elaborated the other aspects of Pilates: Is it possible to actually cure with Pilates? Can Pilates help people to get mentally healthier? Can Pilates perhaps even unite us, with something more universal, something that is normally rather achieved through meditation? Or is Joseph Pilates' claim, quoted by Gary Calderone at the beginning of his book, true: "The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm, and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such so fortunate living among us today. However, it is ideal to strive for, and in our opinion it is only through Contrologoy that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained." - Joseph Pilates (1945)
Although Pilates trainer & enthusiasts repeatedly tell anecdotes how Pilates helped them in various ways, this is only done very cautiously. Often there is too much fear to be in conflict with the law, doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists or to be pushed into an esoteric corner, which then perhaps even repels customers.
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It's probably fair to say that most people who practice Pilates focus on the "how" of technique. Gary Calderone, a long-time Pilates practitioner, surely knows his way around the remarkable techniques developed by Joseph Pilates, but in this book he endeavors to fill a major gap in popular understanding of Joe's work. Gary cares passionately, as Joe did, about the WHY of Pilates, and here he makes the case that WHY is at least as important as, and should come before, HOW. Understanding WHY, with the help of numerous case studies and Gary's sensitive insights, imparts new appreciation for Joe's revolutionary approach to total health in mind, body and spirit. This book needed to be written. Thank you, Gary, for writing it.
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When I first read the synopses for The Pilates Path to Health, the first words out of my mouth were, "Well it's about time!" Gary opens up the conversation about all that Pilates is and how it often transforms peoples lives. Using evidence from Mr Pilates himself via the books he wrote, Gary manages to demonstrate how Pilates is more than exercise and that Joe Pilates was trying to make people responsible for their total well being through his work. As a Pilates teacher for over 20 years I am excited by this book. Gary is giving us all a common vocabulary and story to speak from when we share our love for this work. Great job Gary!
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"Gary Calderone and I fi rst met many years ago and realized that we had
a very strong connection in the aspect of Pilates embracing a philosophy of
whole being health, incorporating the spiritual and mental components of
Joseph Pilates' philosophy and lifestyle. Calderone has done an amazing
job of capturing the essence of Joe's work in his new book The Pilates
Path to Health: Body, Mind, and Spirit. This must read is a signifi cant
addition to the limited library of the work enjoyed my millions around the
globe. Calderone's insightful recount of `Contrology' brings awareness to
vital aspects of our health as individuals and as a society. By heightening
our awareness of self through Pilates, we heighten our awareness of our
infl uence of others, which can lead to a glimpse of reality and the hopeful
global shift towards peace one Pilates Enthusiast at a time.
It is minds like Calderone's mind that will help speed up the day, where
a critical mass will embrace a peaceful and balanced state between mind,
body, and spirit hastening the shift in our world's paradigm from one of
anger to one of love. The beauty of Calderone's book is his ability to make
it personal and write it so that everyone can enjoy the deeper benefi ts that
are associated with this great work that we all love and has changed our
lives as admirers, enthusiasts, and teachers of Pilates. Great work, Gary!!!"
--Brent D. Anderson, PT, Ph.D., OCS, President of Polestar Pilates
156 The Pilates Path to Health

"I have known Gary for twenty years; he is one of the fi rst graduates of
The Pilates Center Teacher Training Program and learned directly from
Romana, as well as Amy and myself.
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This book has re-inspired my teaching. As a Pilates instructor it is easy to focus on the body and the "how" of the movement. Being able to step back and see the changes in not only the body but the mind and spirit as well is wonderful! Gary's words brought the deeper meanings of Pilates back into focus. I would recommend this book to Pilates instructors, Pilates students or anyone looking to improve mind, body and spirit. Thank you for this book Gary!
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