Teacher Training

Pilates teacher giving hands-on cue to a student during Pilates teacher training certification course in Astoria, New York City.

Become a Certified Pilates Teacher

Learn how to see, sense and help clients restore healthy function in their bodies.

Now Accepting Applications for our January 2024 Program.

Comprehensive Certification Program

Perfect Posture Pilates Teacher Training is a career-oriented program. Through our integrative approach to Pilates, you will learn both classical and contemporary exercises as well as evolved methods of Pilates therapeutic techniques supported by current movement science.

The program includes anatomy, biomechanics, Pilates Mat and Equipment exercises, postural strategies, key assessment skills, and essential hands-on techniques to give you confidence in your teaching and to meet the needs of your diverse clientele. 

Most programs are designed to teach students how to be either engaging group instructors or effective in a private instruction setting. Our program will prepare you to succeed in both. You will learn how to see, sense, and guide all clients to move better in all client situations.

Studio owner Varvara Kalinin has developed this 500-hour Comprehensive Pilates Certification Program to train new Pilates instructors to be competent and effective movement practitioners. Varvara draws on her 20 years of teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and movement exploration to create this multidisciplinary Pilates training system. Perfect Posture Pilates Teacher Training is the first comprehensive Pilates training in Astoria and all of Queens.

Program Includes

  • Anatomy and Core Dynamics
  • Essential Movement
  • Comprehensive Mat
  • Reformer Level 1 and 2
  • Cadillac Level 1 and 2
  • Chair
  • Ladder Barrel and small props
  • Postural Assessment
  • Common Injuries and Conditions
  • Therapeutics
  • Fascial release techniques
  • Programming
  • 65 observation hours
  • 80 hours of self-practice
  • 90 hours of practice teaching
  • 20 apprentice hours
  • A written and practical Final Exam

Total Hours for completion 500 hours

Accepting applications for our next Comprehensive Teacher Training Jan 6th of 2024

Submit Your Application for the Program

Teacher Training Application form – Short

Program Information

Certification Options

  • 500-hour Comprehensive Teacher Training 
  • 135-hour Anatomy + Mat - learn more


All lectures and practice sessions will take place in Astoria, New York.

Studio 1
Perfect Posture PilatesTM
23-08 30TH AVE 3RD FLOOR

Studio 2 Rooftop
3116 30th Ave 4th floor,
Astoria NY 11102
(entrance on 32nd st)


Minimum of 10 private sessions and 10 group classes at Perfect Posture Pilates. 

Required Books to Purchase

  • Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais – Germain
  • Trail Guide to the Body, 6th edition by Andrew Biel
  • Return to Life by Joseph Pilates 

Training Dates

Accepting applications for our next Comprehensive Teacher Training on Jan 6th of 2024

All lectures will take place on Saturdays and Sundays at both locations from 11 am/12 noon to 6 pm/6:30 pm. Times will vary slightly depending on the lecture.  

***Estimated time commitment to complete the program is 9 months to one year.

Course dates for the Anatomy + Mat Certification are the same as the Comprehensive but will end after the Mat course test out.

2024 Training Dates

Foundation Course


Weekend 1 | January 6th and 7th
Weekend 2 | January 13th and 14th

Essential Movement

Weekend 1 | January 20th and 21st
Weekend 2 | January 27th and 28th

Weekend Off | Feb 3rd and 4th

Comprehensive Mat

Weekend 1 | Feb 10th and 11th
Weekend 2 | Feb 17th and 18th

Weekend Off | Feb 24th and 25th

Anatomy Test

Weekend 1 | March 2nd or 3rd (Either Days)


Weekend 1 | March 9th and 10th
Weekend 2 | March 16th and 17th

Weekend Off | March 23rd and 24th
Weekend Off | March 30th and 31st (Easter)


Weekend 1 | April 6th and 7th
Weekend 2 | April 13th and 14th

Weekend 1 | April 20th and 21st
Mat test written and practical (ONLY for students that are going through our Mat certification)


Weekend 1 | April 27th and 28th

Ladder Barrel & Small Barrel

Weekend 1 | May 4th and 5th

Weekend Off | May 11th and May 12th

Postural Assessment

Weekend 1 | May 18th and 19th

Weekend Off | May 25th and 26th (Memorial Day Wknd)

Common Injuries & Conditions

Weekend 1 | June 1st and 2nd


Weekend 1 | June 15th and 16th

Fascial Release Techniques

Weekend 1 | June 22nd and 23rd

Weekend Off | June 29th and 30th


Weekend 1 | July 6th, 7th, and 13th (the following Saturday)


Comprehensive Training Program Cost:


Non-Refundable Deposit for Comprehensive Teacher Training Program:

$500 to secure your spot.
Spots are very limited.

(Payment plans are available )

To learn more, please email us at admin@perfectposturepilates.com

Teacher Feedback

Studio owner Varvara Kalinin has a a depth of knowledge in anatomy and movement that even as a seasoned instructor has myself found this workshop intriguing and informative. If anyone who wants to learn Pilates movement and make a life change to their bodies to study with her, I highly recommend Varvara as a top notch teacher and instructor. 

Georgette, Senior Pilates Instructor