NEWARK, N.J., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Each year on the first Saturday in May, the Pilates Method Alliance(R) (PMA)(R) celebrates Pilates Day(TM).
Pilates Day was created by the PMA to bring awareness to the many benefits that Pilates provides to every age group, and to promote healthy living. Pilates Day 2008 features the PMA's groundbreaking exercise initiative 'Pilates in the Schools' at St. Philip's Academy in Newark, New Jersey.
The 'Pilates in the Schools(TM)' program, aka 'PITS', consists of a special protocol of Pilates exercises appropriate for children, developed by the PMA after extensive research.
Marggi Vangeli, a member of the PMA Board of Directors, has been teaching the Pilates protocol to the fifth grade students at St. Philip's on a weekly basis since February. The program will culminate with a special celebration on Pilates Day at the school on Saturday, May 3, 2008 from 1 - 3PM, when students will demonstrate an abbreviated Pilates mat class for parents, friends, community members and invited dignitaries. Additionally, there will be a chance for attendees to take a FREE mat class taught by Vangeli and several other PMA Certified Pilates Teachers.
Vangeli, a PMA-CPT(TM) (Certified Pilates Teacher), is enthusiastic about the opportunity to teach Pilates in an urban environment. The PITS program is designed to 'educate and motivate students, teachers and families in developing physical, emotional and social skills to handle the challenges students' experience in their home, school and community environments,' said Vangeli, quoting an official PITS information sheet.
"We were delighted to be invited to participate in this initiative," said St. Philip's Head of School, Miguel Brito. "Health and wellness is central to our holistic teaching philosophy, and this is a wonderful opportunity for our students."
"I love Pilates! Some of the moves are difficult at first, but then you
learn and become stronger an
|SOURCE Pilates Method Alliance|
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