I am currently travelling back home to Glasgow from Inverurie (just north of Aberdeen) because I was just delivering a Stress Management course and now I am assessing a Pilates Instructor Student this upcoming weekend. I have had the privilege of teaching this student on a 1 to 1 basis for her Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork and she is fantastic! In fact, when she is certified I am hoping to attend her classes as a student!

In honour of her assessment we are looking at Pilates books this week. The list is shorter than last week because this discipline is much newer and narrower than Yoga and, I believe, that these books are all you need to start your Pilates practice.

Pilates BibleI am beginning this week with the Pilates Bible by Lynn Robinson et al which I think is well-described! It is a comprehensive look at mat based and reformer Pilates as well as work with small equipment and even gym balls. There are also special sections on Pilates for new mothers and children, people with problems such as osteoarthritis, back pain and knee injuries, as well as Pilates at the gym and the workplace, and for the performing arts and sport. It is recommended reading on the Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Instructing Pilates Matwork but is accessible for even the casual exerciser.


Pilates AnatomyMy next choice is Pilates Anatomy by Rael Isacowitz. This guy is the real deal! He is the founder of BASI Pilates (Body Arts and Science International) and has been practising, teaching and lecturing on Pilates for years. This book is similar in layout to “Yoga Anatomy” that I mentioned last week. With full colour anatomical drawings and detailed instructions of over 45 exercises, you can target a particular body region and delve deeper to stretch, strengthen, and finely coordinate specific muscles. You’ll also find techniques for breathing, concentration, and self-awareness for a unique exercise experience that enhances your mind and your body.

Pilates alyceaToday’s final choice is over 10 years old but I still refer to it regularly. It is Pilates: Body in Motion by Alycea Ungaro. Alycea runs a very successful Pilates business in New York City and this book has a little bit of her NYC attitude! What I love is that she gives clear, detailed descriptions and pictures of the Pilates exercises and also shows you what NOT to do! She then puts these into beginner, intermediate and advanced routines so you can really use this book at home.


However, if you would prefer to learn Pilates with a teacher and you are in Glasgow then check out my Classes page and join me. If that doesn’t suit, feel free to contact me and I’ll give you details of the StretchBodyMind trained Pilates Instructors throughout Ireland and Scotland (including my latest student).

Now, what do you think about these book choices? Any other great suggestions for me? If so, let me know by return email or on my Facebook page.