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Teaching Tip of the Week: Arabesque and Single Leg Elephant Progression

Ruth Ruttan is the Education Coordinator for Retrofit Pilates in Toronto, Canada, a Master Instructor specializing in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and a Birth & Postpartum Doula. Each week Ruth shares tips, tools and reminders for Pilates instructors and students with the intention of keeping us inspired, asking questions and always seeking to improve our teaching and our Pilates practice.

Arabesque and Single Leg Elephant Progression

When does the leg go up and when does the leg go down?! It almost always happens when teaching this in class. To help avoid confusion start from plank and pike- you could even start from Kneeling Abs facing front to Knee Stretch then Pike and Plank as a really great progression. On another note, some clients feel a lot of quad work in these exercises. You may need to give more spring tension to help them out at first. If a client is moving from the shoulders more than the hips, try putting your hands on their shoulders to remind them where they are in space.

Ruth Ruttan Doula & Pilates Specialist, Education Coordinator and Master Instructor

Ruth Ruttan Doula & Pilates Specialist, Education Coordinator and Master Instructor

Ruth Ruttan is the Education Coordinator for Retrofit Pilates in Toronto, Canada, a Master Instructor specializing in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and a Birth & Postpartum Doula. Each week Ruth shares tips, tools and reminders for Pilates instructors and students with the intention of keeping us inspired, asking questions and always seeking to improve our teaching and our Pilates practice. 

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