I had the good fortune to train at Dragos Gym in New York City in the late 1990's. My teacher was Romana Kryzanowska, who was a student of Joseph Pilates himself. When Joseph died, he gave the business to Romana. I loved listening to Romana's wonderful stories about Joseph. He was a boxer, a circus-performer, an Egyptologist and an inventor. He was always open to change and exploration. Within the framework of classical Pilates, I strive to bring that quality of openness and exploration to my Pilates classes. My goal is always to work with my clients to craft the most supportive workout for their particular body. There are so many aspects to Pilates: breath, precision, control, and flow. Each of these can be emphasized or adapted to help a client strengthen, lengthen, and develop a sense of well being.
If you would like to read about the life of Joseph Pilates, I recommend this article.