I’ve been doing many live exams with Level 3 and 4 instructors lately and I have to say that I’m very impressed with your knowledge and passion for teaching this technique. One of the things I have been encouraging instructors to do, is to improve their adaptability and get outside of their comfort zones.
Many of us have encountered clients who are not totally convinced, initially, about the intelligence of the technique. After they try it, however, they are surprised at how challenging it is to keep up. They may not understand or care about the science of “why,” but they do know it works. This is all you can ask for in the beginning. Don’t expect them to care about the science behind the movements or why it works. Explain how this workout will complement other activities such as weightlifting, cycling or running. Let them know that Essentrics will increase their balance in yoga. We all enjoy doing an array of activities; explain how Essentrics helps us to safely maintain our bodies in order to continue to do the things that we love.
Remaining in the comfort of teaching small, controlled groups will not help you advance as an instructor. Try to take this program and let yourself open up and relax into a looser, freer expression of Essentrics. Let your soul fly as an instructor; don’t stay so close to the ground, but instead see what you can do with it. Use all the amazing knowledge you have as inspiration to give your clients the incredible freedom of movement. Take your Essentrics knowledge for a spin on hundreds of students, with hundreds of body types and hundreds of personal stories and see where it takes you.
With the holidays fast approaching, a great goal to have as an instructor is to spend your time learning a new PCW for the New Year!
We currently have a series of 9 unique PCWs to choose from, all of which have specific objectives such as posture, full-body toning, core strengthening and tension release. The Essentrics program can be compared to learning a new language, however this is a ‘language of the body.’ Like any other language—it takes time to truly understand what you are teaching. The PCWs are designed to mimic and repeat this ‘language’ until it becomes second nature. Once you’ve mastered the language of Essentrics, you’ll be able to properly ‘speak’ to your clients and guide them through a workout that stays true to the full body rebalancing mantra that encompasses each workout. Until you have completed your level 4 certification, you are required to teach these PCWs to ensure your clients are receiving a fully balanced workout!
We want to motivate you to dive into learning a new (or old) PCW over the holidays. With the introduction of two new Pre-Chos, some instructors are concerned that the old Pre-Cho’s are no longer up-to-date. We want to stress to all of you that this is not the case. The PCW’s have been evolving with the technique. Each one is different and offers a set of unique benefits that differ from one another. PCW 8, for example, is a lot more advanced—with the use of different techniques, than our other PCWs.
Choosing a PCW that is right for you is the most important part. You want to feel good about what you’re teaching your clients and be comfortable doing the routine yourself!
Please review our newly updated website with a complete breakdown of each PCW! Each one is broken down to describe every exercise, in order to help instructors find the PCW best suited for them and their clients.
Music is such an important part of any Essentrics workout. It sets the tone for your classes and allows you to introduce the speed and intensity of each exercise. Clients will move to the beat of your music, therefore it’s very important that you use it properly and as a way to execute each exercise at the correct pace, while still keeping your clients engaged.
We provide you with a diverse list of songs in your PCWs in order to get you excited to learn the exercises at the correct speed, as well as to allow you and your clients to become inspired to move freely and begin feeling great. Many instructors are torn with how to go about diverging from the music provided in your PCWs, towards choosing alternative music that still stays true to the pace and tempo of each exercise. Firstly, yes you are allowed to change the music of your PCWs. Your Essentrics playlist can be a great way to express your own personality! Have fun, experiment, and use it as an opportunity to explore a wide range of musical genres. It will soon become one of your favorite parts of being an instructor!
Below are some examples of songs, from many different genres (classic rock, top 40, classical, alternative, R&B), that may all be used to execute the same exercise.
When choosing new songs to add to your playlist, always refer back to the ones provided in your PCWs—they will act as a guide to determining the tempo of which songs work best, remembering that—part of the success of each song depends on how it is strung within the entire workout (ie: What song comes before? What follows after?) Mix it up!
Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revivals
Papoutai – Stromae
All About that Bass – Meghan Trainor
Good for You – Selena Gomez
Nice and Slow – Max frost
I Second that Emotion – Smokey Robinson
The Way You Make Me Feel – Michael Jackson
Locked Away – R. City
Cape Cod Kwassa – Vampire Weekend
Expression – Helen Jane Long
Ride – Lana Del Ray
Mercy – Peter Gabrielle
La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong
I Got You – Jack Johnson
Congratulations to all of our most recent Certified Teachers! We couldn’t be happier for you! Looking forward to more to come in the New Year. Keep up the great work.
Level 1: Lauren Mayhew, Gail Tassarotti, Michelle C. Drenick, Leah Becker, Susan Arrance, Elizabeth Goad, Zara Safarian, Lisa P. Surber, Arielle M Giordana, Elodie Nociti-Dubois
Level 2: Ellen Thompson
Level 3: Kristina Tzvetkova, Betty NG
Hey Essentrics team:
I am hoping someone can offer some advice! I have been teaching for 1 year and I am getting an increase in new students each time. I am so excited for my increase in class size, but I find myself having to stop and explain key positions such as the ‘neutral C’ during the workout to my newer students. I can’t seem to get people to understand the ‘neutral C’ position.
I feel as though when I stop to explain, I lose the vibe of the class and sometimes my music for an exercise will finish before I have even completed that portion of the workout. I know it’s important to teach everyone these positions, but is there a better way to do so without disrupting the flow? Any helpful suggestions would be very much appreciated!
L1 Essentrics Teacher.
Great question! Sometimes it can get a little overwhelming for you as a teacher to maintain the pace of the class for your regular students, while still offering those who are new to your class, more guidance. The ‘neutral C’ position is arguably one of the most import positions throughout the entire workout. You will need to properly teach your clients so that they are able to use it effectively and maximize the benefits of the workout. Take the time before your class starts, to properly explain this position. There are a number of ways you can effectively teach your clients a perfect pelvic tilt. Imagery works really well. We have the monkey tail analogy—pulling an imaginary tail between your legs; another that works well is the ‘checking the fly of your pants’ analogy, or ‘you got a soccer ball in the stomach.’ You can also remind your clients that their shoulders should always remain stacked over their hips. You will be cueing the ‘neutral C’ throughout the entire workout so it is important you take the time to explain it correctly. If you have a mirror in your class, get your clients to turn to the side and see their spine rounded in a ‘C’ shape. If you don’t have a mirror, turn to the side and show your clients what their spine should look like.
If someone truly struggles with this throughout the entire class, don’t spend the whole time correcting them as it will disrupt the flow of the class and they will feel tense from being called out so many times. Just tell them to remain relaxed while you are teaching and then take time to work with them afterwards. Remember that thousands of people who follow the DVDs at home are not doing the exercises properly, and we still receive thousands of testimonials about how this has changed their lives for the better.
Although music is a huge part of your workout—don’t get too hung up on the fact that a song has ended and you are not finished your sequence. Remember, you are teaching and your students are going to follow you. You will notice the song change, but your clients will be so focused on the workout that they will be none the wiser. Work on explaining while you teach; avoid stopping to explain. Let your students be little reminders for you—for example—if you see someone not tucking under enough, cue the entire class to re-adjust their neutral C. Don’t be afraid to offer individual corrections—people want to know that they are doing the exercises correctly and it’s your job as an instructor to guide them accordingly.
Essentrics Teacher Training Team
Tell me about yourself and what led you to discover Essentrics?
I started Ballet at 6 years of age and once I was 12, started a professional career training in some of the best dance schools like the Royal Academy of Dance in London, at L’École Superieur de Danse du Québec, and at the professional program of the National Ballet of Cuba under the direction of Alicia Alonso; I also became a soloist dancer in several important ballet companies in Europe, the US and South America.
After a long career in dance, I retired in NYC and studied martial arts for the next 15 yrs; I went to Concordia University doing a specialization in Recreational/Occupational Therapy focused on movement and dance. I then worked for the Montreal School Board—creating movement therapy programs for people with physical disabilities. After 8 years living in Montreal, a friend of mine who had followed Miranda for the past 20 years, insisted on me visiting the Essentrics Studio and lucky me—Miranda was teaching that day! After such an inspiring class and experiencing where Essentrics comes from, I finally felt a full circle was complete in my life.
Where are you teaching and which Essentrics Classes you offer?
I am currently teaching at my own space in Campinas, São Paulo where I opened a variety of classes that target specific needs. We have 3 classes a day every day: women, who are looking to tone and define their bodies, Essentrics ‘Classico’ which is based on the Aging Backwards program for a clientele with lower movement range and aches and pains; and an Essentrics class for men/athletes which has been a success in breaking through the way men see exercise in Latin America.
I also have a class specifically designed for dancers, to inspire change in the way they train due to the ruthless environment in which they have been programmed to excel. I understand dancers’ strengths and weaknesses and I am part of the Dance Health Alliance of Canada, a movement that tries to educate dancers in thinking and training smarter to reach their goals. Essentrics teaches dancers efficiency in movement at the same time preventing injuries, as Miranda intelligently systematized the stretching and strengthening exercises without interfering in the aesthetics of the artist.
What are your ambitions with Essentrics in 2016?
2016 is full of new opportunities for me in the dance world again: we will be part of the Youth American Grand Prix ballet summer school this January in Sao Paulo, Santa Catarina in February working with various dance, pilates and yoga instructors and we are finally on our way to work in São Paulo with the Anderson Couto Dance Company. We will also be in Lima working with one of the most talented dance schools in Peru for a summer bootcamp, and have been asked to be part of the training program for dancers at Passo de Arte in Brazil in July.
Essentrics has given me purpose and passion in my career again. Just now, I am strengthening my clientele base as they are the ones recommending Essentrics and my work—I have clients with arthritis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and am always amazed with all the success stories of each and every one of our practitioners: no more back and shoulder pain, people finally sleeping better, breathing better, no more knee pain and many of them talk about their new discovered agility.