Interview with Disciple Educator of Lolita’s Legacy ™ by Ekaterina Smirnova
Ekaterina, in 2014 you received the status of the official Disciple Educators of Lolita’s Legacy ™. Ms. Lolita San Miguel has granted you the honorary right to teach and conduct certification in Eastern Europe for the Lolita’s Legacy training program. Many potential program participants are interested in the question, what path have you taken under the leadership of Elder Pilates to become the only second-generation teacher, Disciple Educator Lolita’s Legacy in Eastern Europe? How does it feel to be a student of the legendary Lolita?
Being a student of Lolita San Miguel is not only a great honor, but also a responsibility. When I went to study with her, I did not fully realize how global her impact on me would be. In addition to the knowledge gained (this was the main motive to learn from Lolita), I received a status that I must comply with because everything connected with the signature of Ms. Lolita San Miguel is a sign of the highest quality.
In order, I first took a two-year PMMP (Pilates Master Mentor Program) course. This is a training program for education professionals. Lolita does not teach Pilates here. Carefully selected program participants must already have a good command of the method, have a Diploma of the School recognized by it, and meet a number of criteria. This is a course in which Lolita introduces her view on Pilates teaching, this is her school, and in the process of studying it is required to erase all previous experience and become a blank sheet of paper in order to learn to clearly see the difference in the approaches of Schools and to experience the advantages of her system . She admits that she has chosen the best specialists already prepared and does not deny our past experience, but on her program we all become clay, from which an updated form will be created as a result of the work of the Master.
Having successfully completed the training course, I received the official status of Lolita’s Disciple, information on this is on the official website of Lolita San Miguel.
Further, RMMR graduates were invited to take a special course for Educators, after which Ms. Lolita San Miguel makes the final decision on whether she agrees to grant the right to teach one or another graduate of the above two programs according to her method. The selection criteria are clear only to her. Here, as they say, she just sees you in her educational system or not. I had a hard time, Lolita is a very demanding Teacher, especially in relation to those who seem promising to her. Ultimately, having completed all of the Master’s trials, I received permission from Ms. Lolita San Miguel, the right to teach her the Lolita’s Legacy Teacher Training Program in Eastern Europe and Canada.
Thus, the next status I received is Disciple Educator. Information on this is also on the official Lolita’s Legacy page. From that moment I got the right to gather a group of people who want to study with me under the Lolita’s Legacy program. While the group is not assembled, there is no question of any contract with Lolita San Miguel. It is offered to sign only when the potential Educator in fact has proved its viability.
In May 2016, the 4th group starts under my leadership, I can confidently say that I am a member of the teaching staff of Lolita’s Legacy International.
Often people confuse 2 programs – RMMP and Lolita’s Legacy. I explain: RMMR is a material preparation program, then from past RMMRs, Lolita prepares and selects her future teachers representing Lolita’s Legacy around the world.
This is the official part. In reality, in order to finally meet the requirements of Lolita, I had to travel around the world for her and listen to the material more than once or twice. And even having received all the statuses that nominally provide me with the right to teach her method in order to truly be Disciple, which means the Follower, I intend to continue to study. The next event in my curriculum is the repetition of the RMMR program in August 2016, which I look forward to, because now I will perceive information at a different level.
International Pilates University Fitness4you is unique in that it offers a training program for Pilates professionals using the experience of various Pilates schools worldwide (from the classic approach of Katie Corey (USA) to the modern areas of MK Pilates (Great Britain) led by Michael King, Malcolm Muirhead and Nula Coombs. Alan Herdman also made a significant contribution, and now the official Lolita’s Legacy program has added to the list of departments. Ekaterina, how to determine the choice of a training program?
You need to start somewhere! In fact, it doesn’t really matter from which school. For completeness, you still want to see several approaches. Choose your Teacher.
I recommend starting with what attracts the most attention, comparing it with your willingness to spend time and energy on your studies, and weighing your financial opportunities.