History/Instructor Certification

Who was Joseph Pilates?

Born in Germany in 1880, Joseph Pilates committed his life to the study of mind and body and is recognized as a pioneer in the field of physical therapy.  Frail as a child, through self study he became strong and physically agile.  He later grew to become an accomplished skier, diver, gymnast, boxer and instructor in self-defense.

Detained as a German citizen during World War I, Pilates worked rehabilitating injured soldiers.  He designed exercise apparatus for immobilized patients by attaching springs to hospital beds.  This system formed the foundation for his style of body conditioning which he brought to New York City in 1926.

Dancers such as George Balanchine and Martha Graham discovered his work and realized its benefits.  Joseph Pilates died in 1968 but passed his life's work onto his protege' Romana Kryzanowska, Romana's Pilates.

Who was Romana Kryzanowska?


Romana dedicated her life's work to carrying on the method that "Uncle Joe" left her.  Romana's Pilates, now led by her daughter, Sari Mejia Santo, and granddaughter, Daria Pace trains Pilates instructors around the world passing on Joe's legacy.  Romana is the mentor of our work at June Hines Pilates.  

Romana's Pilates




Instructor Certification through Romana's Pilates

June Hines Pilates is a satellite of the Romana's Pilates Certification program,  the finest certification program in the world. Romana picked June Hines to be a Level 3 Teacher Trainer in 2003.  June can accept students into the training program, observe their work,  and mentor them on their path to becoming a certified Pilates instructor. 

After being evaluated and accepted into the training program, the student is required to take 3 seminars, pass 3 tests, and complete an Independent Study under the guidance of a leveled Romana’s Pilates Teacher Trainer.

Firm yet Flexible:
Designed by Romana Kryzanowska herself, the program is firm in insisting upon a commitment from each apprentice, but flexible in allowing people to juggle work schedules and family obligations.

Whether you're considering Pilates instruction as a second career or a first passion, the Romana's Pilates certification program will meet your needs.

For more information, contact us or visit Romana's Pilates for a brief overview of the program.