If you're looking for great education in an intimate environment, the Inner IDEA® Conference may be just what you're looking for. The event, which will take place October 6-9, 2011, at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel in La Jolla, California, welcomes a community of the most dedicated and visionary presenters, instructors and practitioners in the mind-body-spirit health arena. This year’s theme, “Wellness Within,” will take attendees through in-depth, groundbreaking education and training in Pilates, yoga and integrative wellness.
Now in its 6th year, Inner IDEA is known for its mindful learning environment designed to support all participants and paths to health and wellness. “We live in a world that can be highly competitive and crazy at times,” says Marcia Hayes, programming director for Inner IDEA. “This conference is a haven from all that, where we focus on the present moment and explore what it means to balance and integrate body, mind and spirit. It’s a personal journey as much as a professional one.”
This year’s event will feature Pilates pioneer Lolita San Miguel, one of only two practitioners known to have been officially certified by Joseph Pilates. San Miguel will share her experiences working with the Pilates founder. “I’m 76 years old, I practice daily, and I’m in excellent physical condition from head to toe, but the benefits are not just physical,” San Miguel says. “I feel very together mentally and spiritually. I’m clear, centered and mentally focused. I’m so thankful for what Pilates has done in my life and want to share those benefits with as many people as possible.”
Renew Your Spirit in the Fresh Ocean Air
This year’s conference will have a whole new feel as it moves from a desert environment to an oceanside setting surrounded by abundant natural beauty. The event will be held at the newly renovated Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel, which offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and overlooks the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course. The luxury hotel is just a short walk from the world-famous Torrey Pines State Reserve, known for its sandy beaches, golden cliffs, sweeping views and hiking trails through forests of torrey pines, the rarest native pines in the United States. The torrey pines woodland area overlooking the Pacific is one of Southern California’s truly unique and historic areas.
Special events during the conference include Friday night’s Welcome Party, where you’ll meet presenters and peers who share a passion for wellness; a lively Saturday night panel discussion on visions for the future of Pilates; and once-in-a-lifetime movement sessions. You can also shop for products, books, music, clothing, accessories, equipment and much more. Inner IDEA offers a broad selection of products from leading mind-body-spirit wellness providers.
Most of this year’s program is brand-new, with fresh faces and new ideas, sessions and experiences. Highlights include two new preconference workshops: “STOTT PILATES® Pilates With Props, Levels 1 &2” with PJ O’Clair, and “Smart Spine: Core Ability to Optimum Mobility” with Marie-Jose Blom. These 4-hour in-depth training sessions offer you an opportunity to expand your knowledge base, technical skills and client reach in a specialized area of your choice. Sign up early—preconference sessions are expected to sell out.
Here are just some of the hot topics on this year’s Pilates program:
- Panel Discussion: Visions of the Future of Pilates, With Lolita San Miguel, Rael Isacowitz, MA, Michael King, and PJ O’Clair, hosted by Kathy Corey
- Boomer Pilates
- Connecting the Feet to the Body
- Contemporary Integrative Movement With Pilates Equipment
- Flow Water Style Pilates
- Insights into Alignment, Anatomy, Cuing and Correcting
- Instructing a Multilevel Group Reformer Class
- Jumpboard Interval Training
- Mat and Small Equipment
- Osteoporosis Management
- Reformers for Dancers
- Reformers with STOTT PILATES and D&D Pilates
- Reformer Tower: Creative Programming for Older-Adult Clients
- Two-Point Touch Cuing for the Reformer