Our Training Philosophy
Vitality Teacher Training Academy offers trainees the intensive study and experience they need to tailor the Pilates Method to client’s individual needs. We integrate the Pilates Method with adaptive applications based on an evolving understanding of the human body.
Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training
Students spend one year training in the principles, repertoire, and pedagogy of the Pilates method on the full spectrum of Pilates equipment. Simultaneous study of anatomy, kinesiology, and common pathologies as they relate to Pilates sets our students up for real world success.
The program consists of 450 training hours, spread over two consecutive six month terms. Upon first term completion, students are eligible to test for and receive a 200 hour Pilates Mat certificate of training. Upon completion of the entire program, students are eligible to test for and receive a 450 hour Comprehensive Pilates certificate of training that meets all the standards of the Pilates Method Alliance.
Vera Bullen PMA - CPT ®
Vera Bullen has taught at Vitality since 2010. Her lifelong passion for movement richly informs her Pilates instruction. A dancer since childhood, Vera earned her BA in Dance and Drama from the University of Washington. She earned her MA in Dance Studies from Laban in London. Afterwards, she earned her MA in Creative and Performing Arts from the University of Auckland in New Zealand where she was hired as a Professor of Dance. After teaching three years, she returned to the state of Washington, teaching ballet to children a total of 13 years. In 2010, she graduated from the Teacher Training Academy at Vitality and has been an in-demand Instructor ever since. Vera is a regular presenter at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medicine Association symposiums, as well as an Instructor Trainer here at Vitality.
Autumn Needles PMA - CPT ®
Autumn Needles PMA-CPT® and Nutritious Movement™ certified Restorative Exercise Specialist began dancing and practicing yoga as a child and first encountered Pilates as a young dancer at Smith college. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification in 2006. To strengthen her eye for alignment details, she completed her Pilates mat training in 2009. She taught mat classes for two years before joining Vitality’s Teacher Training Academy in 2011, and subsequently Vitality’s instructor team in early 2012. In 2013 she joined the staff of the Teacher Training Academy as an Instructor Trainer. In 2016 she became a Nutritious Movement™ certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. Autumn loves finding ways for people of any shape, size, or ability to find strength and balance in their lives, and restore everyday movement and health.
Adena Atkins PMA - CPT ®
For Adena Atkins, a love for movement is closely tied to a passion for music. While studying opera, she turned to Pilates to improve posture and body awareness. She was hooked by the precision and accessibility of Pilates. Adena completed instructor training with Body Arts and Science International in her native California, under Kristi Cooper White, founder of Anytime Pilates. Along the way, Adena has worked with master teachers Bonnie Sessions, Lisa Johnson, and Kathy Van Patten. Adena has taught in a variety of settings, from a physical therapy office, to a converted wine cellar, all the way up to award winning studios like Modern Pilates and Vitality Pilates. As an instructor Adena is both patient and exacting. Adena holds her BM in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music.
Lecture Series Schedule
Final Exam Days
Sept 14–New Student Orientation