Jillian Hessel has been teaching Pilates since 1981. She is a “Hy-brid of the Masters,” having studied and worked with many first generation teachers—the teachers trained directly by Joseph Pila-tes.
Her mentors are Kathy Grant, Carola Trier and Ron Fletcher, and she also had the good fortune to meet Eve Gentry, Romana Kryzanowa, Lolita San Miguel and Mary Bowen.
A retired danc-er, she was privileged to work with George Balanchine, and she also met Martha Graham. Jillian is a devotee of Iyengar style yoga, which helps inform the individualized adjustments she makes with her Pilates students.
In the Pilates community, she is known for her concise verbal instruction and crystal clear imagery. Jillian has written a book, “Pilates Basics,” and has published articles in Pilates Style Magazine and IDEA Pilates Today. She is featured in videos produced by Gaiam, International, has her own line of DVD’s and handbooks for Pilates teachers, and mentors Certified Pilates Teachers through Balanced Body’s “Passing the Torch” program.
You can take her online classes on YouTube, and Pilates Anytime.
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