Pilates Teacher Training Program

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About the Training Program

The PRAJNA Pilates Teacher Training has teamed up PhysicalMind Insitute of New York to provide a solid foundation in Pilates. PRAJNA follows a program approved by The PhysicalMind Institute. 

The PhysicalMind Institute was founded in 1989 by Joan Briebart who continues to operate as its director and creator. The Institute was solely responsible for alerting and educating the public to the value of this work, organizing and standardizing the Pilates Method with the intent of maintaining its integrity.  The Institute, in its infancy, was governed by a board of directors, many of whom worked directly with Joseph and Clara Pilates and their protégés and who are responsible for developing the initial guidelines for educating and certifying the next generations of teachers. 

The goal of this program is to prepare participants on how to safely and successfully instruct individual clients and group classes. This is also for individuals wanting to have the knowledge to have a well-designed home practice. 

The program is set up in three modules. 

Module 1: Fundamentals, Principles, and Matwork (45 hours)

Dates: September 14-15, AND September 21-22, 2019

Participants must attend all lectures in order to take the exam.


Saturday, September 14 — 10:30am – 6pm (Lunch 1:30-2pm)

Sunday, September 15 — 10:30am – 6pm (Lunch 1:30-2pm)

Saturday, September 21 — 10:30am – 6pm (Lunch 1:30-2pm)

Sunday, September 22 — 10:30am – 6pm (Lunch 1:30-2pm) Exam: 3-6pm

Module 1 is the foundation and includes the Pilates fundamentals, principles, and matwork. This can be taken as a stand-alone program. The program starts with teachings on the core principles and the fundamentals that can be applied to all Pilates exercises. Participants will learn matwork exercises for beginners and intermediate students. 

After successfully completing Module 1, a PRAJNA Pilates Matwork Certificate is issued to instructors who attend all lectures, pass all assessments/exam (80% needed to pass), and submit the required logged hours. This qualifies the graduate to teach Pilates matwork classes. There are no prerequisites for Module 1, but previous exposure to Pilates is recommended.  Successful completion of Module 1 is a pre-requisite to taking Module 2.

Module 2: Apparatus Part 1 (300 hours)

Dates: Fridays, September 27, 2019 – January 3, 2020

No class on November 29 and December 27, 2019. Participants must attend all lectures.


Lecture every Friday from 12noon – 4pm.

Module 2 begins the Pilates apparatus training. Successful completion of Module 1 is mandatory prior to taking Module 2. Module 2 includes anatomy and training on the reformer, cadillac, and chair. Upon  successful completion of Module 2, a PRAJNA Pilates Apparatus Certificate is issued to instructors who attend all lectures, pass all assessments, and submit the required logged hours. They will have the qualifications to teach clients on the apparatus, but are not qualified to apply to take the Pilates Method Alliance exam. 

This comprehensive program is designed to build on the key concepts of Pilates that were introduced in Module 1. Participants will learn a full program for the Reformer, Cadillac (trapeze table), and Chair, along with why to choose one apparatus over another in various circumstances. Participants will learn how to utilize Pilates to work with modern-day people and the adjustments for different lifestyles and populations. This course will also discuss how to teach, not just what to teach. Participants who complete the program will have the tools to teach successfully.

For individuals wanting to learn how to use the apparatus for home use, but don’t want to teach others, this would also be a good fit. Anyone can purchase Pilates equipment, but just because one has the equipment doesn’t mean they are practicing Pilates. There is a difference between Pilates and just plain exercises. This program will point out how to turn exercise into Pilates.

Students are required to attend all scheduled lectures and make up any missed sessions through one-on-one mentoring with one of the faculty members at the student’s own expense. Observation, self-practice, and practice-teaching hours are scheduled separately each week during regular studio hours. Students are expected to start observation and self practice hours within the first two weeks of the start of the program. Practice teaching hours are to be started within 30 days of the start of the program. Students are required to put in observation, self-practice, and practice-teaching totaling at least 10 hours weekly. Students will be given logs to use to track hours and must have them initialed by the teacher. The teacher will check log sheets during the lecture meetings. The teacher will observe students practice teaching periodically throughout the program. Students will be given homework assignments at each lecture. Students are expected to complete the homework before the next lecture (Pass/Needs More Refinement).  All logged practical, observation, and practice teaching hours must be completed within 3 months of the completion of the final lecture (Complete/Incomplete).  (Additional fees will be charged for participants needing to utilize the studio beyond the scheduled time frame.)

Module 3: Apparatus Part 2 (105 hours)

Dates: March 28, April 18, May 23, June 13 – 10:15am – 3:15pm

Module 3 begins the internship, additional Pilates apparatus training including small props, Ladder Barrel, Pedi-Pole, and taking the final exam. Successful completion of Module 2 is mandatory prior to taking Module 3. Students are required to complete the logged teaching hours, lecture and homework portions of Module 3 of the training prior to taking the final exam. Students are responsible for finding a facility to complete the internship teaching portion of the training. Some studios pay interns to teach, some do not pay until intern is fully certified. If there are no studios in your community to intern at, another option is to purchase equipment for your home and teach family and friends. 

Upon successful completion of Module 3 which includes attending all lectures, passing all assessments, submitting the required logged hours, and passing the exam (80% needed to pass), a PRAJNA Pilates Apparatus Certificate will be issued to graduates. Plus, the graduate is qualified to apply to take the Pilates Method Alliance exam. 


Sheri Baemmert, E-RYT® 500, RCYT®, RPYT®, YACEP®, PMA®-CPT,
Certified Pilates Teacher PhysicalMind Institute

Sheri Baemmert is the owner and senior Pilates and yoga teacher at PRAJNA. She started teaching wellness classes in 1990, yoga in 1995, and Pilates since 2001. 

Sheri is a certified Pilates teacher through The PhysicalMind Institute and she is a Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher (NCPT) through the Pilates Method Alliance. Her Pilates training includes all of the apparatus, mat, and standing Pilates. She also has completed an advanced Pilates training for neurological conditions. Sheri wants to share the benefits of the Pilates Method to all of those interested. 

Besides her Pilates training, Sheri has trained with many world-renowned yoga teachers over the years. Since 2011, she has been studying under Andrey Lappa, founder of Universal Yoga. Sheri has been studying extensively with him to learn the full Universal Yoga system, which contains the authentic yoga teachings and is based on the mayakoshas. She has completed over 1000 hours of Universal Yoga trainings including multiple rounds of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3, and many workshops. Sheri now co-teaches Universal Yoga Teacher Training Programs with Andrey and is dedicated to spreading the wealth of knowledge contained in this authentic yoga system.  Sheri holds the highest qualification possible with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT® 500, RCYT®, RPYT®, YACEP®. 

Sheri is also trained in Thai Yoga Bodywork, but now reserves that practice for her children. Learn more about Sheri at www.loveprajna.com.


This course is suitable for all dedicated students, aspiring Pilates teachers, and current teachers seeking additional training. This program is very demanding, both emotionally and physically. Commitment, determination and good health are basic requisites. Students must be prepared to make personal sacrifices in order to achieve 100% course attendance.

Students seeking teacher certificate must:

  • Have a minimum of one year of pilates or similar experience.
  • A minimum of two months of Pilates apparatus experience (recommended).
  • Have a passion to learn and to explore the deeper dimensions of Pilates.
  • Be free of major injuries going into the program (students with minor but recurring injuries must inform the teacher of their condition).
  • Be fully committed to 100% attendance.


  • Application fee: $200 (due when applying, goes towards tuition)
  • Module 1: $750 (exam included)
  • Module 2: $3000 (group/private sessions additional)
  • Module 3: $500 (exam additional)
  • Module 3 Exam Fee for Certificate of Completion: $200
  • Module 2 Lectures Only: $1300
  • Full 450-Hour Program (Modules 1, 2, and 3) including Exam: $4450 (group/private sessions additional)
    (Full 450-Hour Program Discount: $4100 if paid in full by cash or check prior to September 7, 2019.)


Please email sheri@baemmert.com to apply. You will be notified by email within 5 days of approval along with payment procedures and further details.

Minimum Students

This program requires a minimum of 4 students.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

  • See catalog for full details.

The Teacher Training Program will be held at PRAJNA, 705 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire, WI 54701