Darien Gold’s ALL THINGS PILATES

Darien Gold’s ALL THINGS PILATES

Darien Gold, producer, writer, editor and host of the podcast, ALL THINGS PILATES brings her style and interviewing skills she developed as a radio show host. Her intention is to reach a larger audience and give greater exposure to guests who knew or worked with Joseph Pilates. In addition, First, Second and Third Generation instructors are also featured who are passionate about the Pilates philosophy, tradition and principles. Listeners can also hear those in complementary health fields such as Gyrotonic, yoga, podiatry and chiropractic. Considered now to be a global phenomenon, the Pilates method is profoundly changing both the wellness and fitness landscapes and with the ALL THINGS PILATES podcast, many of these professionals helping to make those changes possible will have their contributions preserved. Darien was the first Second Generation Classical Pilates instructor to present the traditional Intermediate Mat repertoire in an app, "Studio Darien Pilates." It was also selected by Pilates Style Magazine in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Best DVDs of the Year. Two years later, Pilates Style Magazine selected her second app, "Studio Darien Advanced Pilates" for the same honor. These two apps can be purchased on the App Store and Google Play.

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May 17, 2022 47 min

When we think about people practicing the Pilates method or Contrology, most likely we imagine heathy bodies engaging their musculature and employing their minds to get the most out of each class. But what happens if the brain is impaired by disease or injury, is it possible for the body to still get the benefits of Pilates? 

With us today to answer this question is Professor Mair Culbreth. She is the Director of the Pilates certifi...

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The  Pilates book list is growing and in case you don’t have Eva Rincke’s biography on Joseph Pilates, I highly recommend it. 

Born in 1981, Eva Rincke grew up in Leonberg near Stuttgart, Germany. She studied history and philosophy at Humboldt University in Berlin. From 2007-2010 she worked at Buchenwald Memorial, doing research for an exhibition about Forced Labor during World War II. She is a freelance historian for several histor...

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Today we have with us a very accomplished Pilates educator. His name is Rael Isacowitz and his Pilates certification program, BASI - Body Arts and Science International is dedicated to remaining true to art, science, and, most importantly, to the teachings of Joseph Pilates. With a reputation for innovation and academic excellence, BASI™ strives to provide the most comprehensive Pilates education experience and educational resource...

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By now, many of you have watched the various archival footage online showing Joe Pilates and a handful of his students practicing his method. There is one very notable film clip of a young Anna Shaffer demonstrating ballet movements using an invention Joe developed he called the "Headdress." 

Anna was in NYC studying ballet at the School of American Ballet and was told she had a weak back. Anna contacted her ballet mentor, D...

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December 28, 2021 29 min

Welcome to the ALL THINGS PILATES Season Three highlight show.

This Season was a fun one for me and I hope you thought so also. As with Season one and two, there were many opinions expressed about the Pilates method, but this time around there were also insights shared about the Pilates history in photos and magazine articles. There were complimentary modalities presented and how they fit in to the Pilates landscape. Many episodes ...

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You know, maybe there is something to this idea of six degrees of separation. My guest today, Roberta Kirschenbaum and I and Joe Pilates walked the same streets in New York City and actually, climbed the same stairs in the now famed building, 939 8th Avenue. Without being aware of each other, Roberta and I both took dance classes on the second floor at Clark Center not knowing that on the same floor Joe Pilates once had his first a...

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November 30, 2021 36 min

Injuries are sometimes unavoidable. Though I’ve always contended that an injury can be one of our greatest teachers, it’s comforting to know if surgery is necessary, having an experienced and caring surgeon can ease some of the anxiety produced by going under the knife. With us on this episode is one of those caring physicians, his name is Dr. Spencer Stein. 

Dr. Stein is a Sports Medicine surgeon who specializes in repairing should...

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The Feet. Ugh, love ‘em or hate ‘em, we’re stuck with them. Many people experience foot pain and may not know what to do about it, but Joe Pilates understood what to do, in fact, he invented two small devices to help correct the feet. The foot corrector and the Toe exerciser or sometimes referred to as the Toe Gizmo, were designed to strengthen and make supple the very foundation of our skeleton.

I’ve asked our guest today, Karen M...

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We are so lucky to have with us today, Lolita San Miguel. Known in the Pilates community as one of our Pilates elders, Lolita has been practicing the Pilates method for sixty-two years and teaching for over fifty-four. There is so much to Lolita’s story from an illustrious ballet career, meeting and learning from Jospeh Pilates to her own Pilates programs that she imparts to students across the globe. Lolita shares stories and thou...

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Photojournalist Chuck Rapoport, the man  hired by Sports Illustrated for a one day assignment to photograph Joseph Pilates, is here to share a part of that story and others including his time at the White House photographing President Kennedy.

For more information about Chuck Rapoport  - http://icrapoport.com/

Music credits:

Guitar player - Eduardo Christian
"Good Pace" - Thomas Gresen

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When a Pilates conversation happens especially with those who have only heard bits and pieces about the method, usually there is nervous laughter about bodies contorting on torturous contraptions. But all that changes when someone begins a Pilates program and is introduced to this brilliant system. They get to work on fun apparatus like the reformer, the different chairs and barrels and even the Cadillac.

There are a number of Pila...

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On this episode we have with us Judith Green.  Judith has quite a story to tell beginning with how she met and became a student of Naja Cori, a disciple of Joe Pilates. Unless you’re a Facebook follower of Jonathan Grubb, the Pilates historian, you may not have heard of Naja Cori and neither had Judith. 

Special thanks: Hot Coffee by Ghostrifter Official https://soundcloud.com/ghostrifter-of... Creative Commons — Attribution-ShareAl...

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Our guest is Full professor, Dr. Nic Butowski, a neuro-oncologist who researches brain disease at UCSF in the Neuro-oncologist department. He also is a Pilates devotee. Though his specialty is researching and studying brain cancer, today we’re focusing on brain health and, if the Pilates method is a key factor in maintaining a healthy brain. 

Dr. Nic says we hold psychological and physical tension in our fascia and in the way we mov...

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I’m sure most of you have used an encyclopedia at some point in your life, but did you know there is now an encyclopedia dedicated to the Pilates method?

Our guest today is Mara Sievers and she’s created an online educational platform for Pilates instructors especially those just entering this field. Mara, a former actress and dancer had a career in musical theatre and it offered her the chance to travel and express her stage talen...

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Joe Pilates’ life’s work is incredibly versatile. On one end of the spectrum his exercise program attracts people interested in mainly becoming fit, but at the other end, people seek out Pilates because it can help heal the body. Our guest today is Linda Burquez, a certified Pilates instructor and master teacher in Qigong, also a healing modality. Linda explains beautifully the healing possibilities of combining Qigong and Pilates.

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July 28, 2021 42 min

Liz Koch is the creator of Core Awareness, an educational website dedicated to understanding the psoas through enhanced somatic awareness. She’s had 45 years of experience and her unique approach to movement has garnered a large following both nationally and internationally. She’s authored a number books that focus on kinesthetic intelligence and somatic awareness for developing our human potential. According to Liz, the psoas is m...

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July 3, 2021 34 min

Unless you’re a Pilates geek, you may not know the history of Joe Pilates, especially the time period when he was  interned on the Isle of Man during WW1.  In this episode, Jonathan Grubb, a Pilates instructor, practitioner and Pilates historian has lived on this Isle almost his entire life. Situated between Northern Ireland and Great Britain, Jonathan originally began his research into the life of Joe Pilates after discovering his...

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As promised, I’m excited to share with you a very special guest. Her name is Mary Bowen and she is the eldest of the Pilates Elders still going strong after sixty-one years of practicing and teaching Pilates. Since 1975, Mary's taught Joe's method and for the last twenty-six years has folded in to Joe's teachings her own Pilates Plus Psyche. According to Mary, Joe addressed the whole body in each move, but she's add...

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June 4, 2021 11 min

It's  been over six months since ALL THINGS PILATES has aired a new episode and I wanted to share with you the reason why. So in today’s episode, I’m turning the mic on myself and for the first time speaking out about my life-changing experience. It won’t be the entire story, but enough for you to understand my absence. For those of you who don’t know me personally or aren’t one of my students, I was exposed to Covid-19 in Nove...

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December 2, 2020 23 min

As Season Two comes to a close and we say good-bye 2020, we wanted to share four of our outstanding podcast and radio show interviews. We begin with John Steel, author of the hotly debated book, Caged Lion...

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