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WELCOME to Pilates in Paradise CLASSICAL CONFERENCE 2017 with presenters: Brett Howard and Saul Choza!
Due to the wrath of IRMA, the conference has had to have some changes. The Islander Resort flooded and they are closed for 6 months to a year. We re-designed the Conference in order to be able to host at our Tavernier location (which now includes lunch). We are only able to host two presenters, Brett Howard and Saul Choza and no more than 25 attendees! If you have been considering the conference, I would encourage you to please come and support our local community that could use an economic boost. Listed below are hotels in the close vicinity of the studio with rooms available. PLEASE act fast, as all Ocean-Side properties have had damage and MANY hotel rooms are offline for sometime.

Thank you all for your love and interest in our beautiful Florida Keys! We hope that you will join us for a fun filled weekend!




December 1517th 2017
at PILATES IN PARADISE (Tavernier location)
Conference Agenda:
Friday, the 15th:
10am Registration Opens
11am-3pm Private lessons
4-5pm *BONUS Presenters Showcase
6-8pm Meet and Greet $30/pp includes delicious food and drinks!
Saturday, the 16th:
7am Mat Class
8am: Registration opens
8am Privates/Duet lessons
9-12 Saul-Hips
12-1 Privates
2-5 Brett-Knee Abnormalities

Sunday, the 17th:
7am Mat Class
8am Private/Duet lessons
9-12 Brett-Youth
1-4pm Saul-Shoulders
4-5pm Q&A, Closing Champagne Toast


Romana’s Pilates, USPA and APU (Authentic Pilates Union) Discount: 10%
Contact for discount code.
12 hours of workshops!

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available but limited. You can book your private lessons at time of registration.

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      Workshop Descriptions

      Hip Joints-The Other Powerhouses (Saul Choza) In this workshop, students will learn that hip joints not only serve as base joints for the attachment of the lower extremities, but they are also basilar joints for the pelvis, which is the foundation for the spine. A well-balanced hip-joint hosts a neutral pelvis, which is a vital structure for a healthy spine. We will discuss: over developed gluteus, hip-flexors, and hamstrings, and the effects on the spine. Students will also learn the proper muscle activation for the “wrap”, and why the cue to “squeeze the butt” does not allow freedom of the pelvis which is very important in many of the Pilates exercises.

      Knee Abnormalities (Brett Howard) The knee abnormalities seminar gives participants the ability to classify different abnormalities of the knee, they will be able to recognize body systems of the human anatomy and they will be able to design and execute methods and protocols of working with specific populations of people with knee abnormalities by implementing exercises of the Pilates method of body conditioning. The Knee Abnormalities covered are Patella Femoral Knee tracking disorder, ACL and PCL injuries, Varus & Valgus knee structures and strains as well as hyper-extended knees.

      Shoulder Joints-The Other Powerhouses (Saul Choza) In this workhsop, participants will learn the importance of mobility of the scapula, as well as exercises that help stretch and strengthen muscles in the shoulder complex. The cue, “shoulders down”, creates too much simplicity of the complex workings of the shoulder joint. One will learn how to look at this structure as a three-dimensional object. Students will discover that when creating a balanced muscle structure in the joint, especially in exercises with point of contact in the hands, will facilitate the connection of your “powerhouse”.

      Pilates for Youth(Brett Howard) “First Educate the Child” a chapter in “Your Health” by Joseph Pilates. Joseph Pilates strongly believed that children should learn the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. The seminar focuses on appropriate methods of teaching the Pilates Method to the child learner. Learn cognitive, behavioral, physiological and anatomical considerations in teaching this population. Learn how to generate creative lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate as well. The seminar address how to implement a Pilates curriculum into a variety of settings.

        • Hotels: Lookout Lodge (one mile south)
          This hotel is located right next door to Marker 88 restaurant. FABULOUS views of sunset from both the hotel and the restaurant. Paddleboarding and kayaking available at the beach at Marker 88.

          3/2-bedroom suites that can sleep 4 people (One king or queen, 2 double beds and a queen sleeper sofa) $235/night
          4/one room suites that can sleep 2 people ranging from $135-$199/night
          Book directly at and rates are cheaper

          Conch On Inn motel (RIGHT NEXT DOOR)
          only has one double room avail (fridge and microwave only) $119-$139/night

          Atlantic Bay Resort (3 miles north)
          Range from $205-$281/night
          Cottages available too

          Island Bay Resort (3 miles north)
          Range from $189-$648/night
          (Fri-Sun available only)


          Key Largo:
          Bay Harbor Lodge (9 miles north)
          Range from $145-$235/night

          La Jolla Resort (7 miles south)
          Range from $139-$249/night

            Check out a few moments from last year Conference
Saul Choza

Saul Choza

Owner, Winsor Choza Pilates

Saul Choza has a passion for transforming bodies through the art and science of Pilates, demonstrating a commitment to the field that has gained accolades from clients and the media for producing exceptional results. His twenty year evolution as an instructor, combined with a desire to incorporate complementing fitness modalities, has attracted a loyal client roster that includes Hollywood’s elite entertainers in film, music and fashion; along with powerhouse corporate executives who require a healthy dose of fitness to balance their busy careers.
Saul’s career in Pilates began accidentally. A struggling dancer in search of improving his classical technique, Saul met and began training with Mari Winsor, Hollywood’s premiere pilates instructor. Thus began a two-decade relationship, with Saul taking on a role as a Winsor senior instructor and appearing in numerous Winsor fitness videos. In 2016, their longstanding friendship resulted in Saul taking over the business with the launch of Winsor Choza, a boutique Pilates environment in Hollywood.
A teacher’s teacher, Saul hosts a weekly workshop where trainers can reenergize their practice and deepen their understanding of Pilates. His personal development as a trainer includes certification by Romana Kryzanowska and workshops from top Pilates instructors such as Sari Mejia, Kathy Grant, Lolita San Miguel, Jay Grimes, Maria Jose’ Blom, Cynthia Lochard, Brooke Siler, Kathy Ross Nash and more. Saul also holds a Fitness Instruction certificate from UCLA extension and first level certificate in Kettle-bells and Crosscore180. He is also a PMA certified Pilates teacher.
Saul sees clients at Winsor Choza Pilates; and also conducts house calls, where clients can work in the comfort of their own home.

Brett Howard

Brett Howard

Director of Education of the United States Pilates Association™

Brett Howard is the Director of Education of the United States Pilates Association™ and a Senior Teacher of Teachers of the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program. The United States Pilates Association™ is a licensee of the Authentic Pilates™ Method of Body Conditioning, as well as the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, – the first Pilates professional training program in the world.

Brett holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the Conservatory of Dance at State University of New York at Purchase and a M.A. in Dance Education from the Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development at New York University . He has danced for the Saeko Ichinohe Dance Company, Mary Seidman and Dancers, Stephan Koplowitz, Tarin Chaplin, Hemiko Minota, Renata Celichowska, Susan Koff, and The Faun Dance Troupe; and he is the Artistic Director and Choreographer for the dance company Brett Howard and Company, which he founded in 2001. Brett was certified by the New York Pilates Studio® Teacher Certification Program, under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska in 1998, and has been a Teacher of Teachers for the program since 2003. He has trained extensively with Pilates Elders Mary Bowen, Jay Grimes, and Lolita San Miguel, as well as Master Teachers Bob Liekens, Sari Mejia Santo, and Steve Giordano. He also studied Anatomy and Biomechanics with Irene Dowd, Lynn Martin, and Sean P. Gallagher. He is a PMA Certified Pilates Teacher, a committee member of the PMA Pilates Youth Program, and a Co-Author of the PMA Pilates Youth Program Manual. He is featured in the Pilates book, Pilates Method of Body Conditioning: Introduction to the Core Exercises by Sean P. Gallagher and Romana Kryzanowska.

In 2004, Brett opened The Pilates Haus, a studio dedicated to Authentic Pilates™, located in historic downtown Jersey City, New Jersey. The mission of the Pilates Haus is to preserve and perpetuate Joseph Pilates original system of body conditioning. In addition, Brett Howard has taught workshops all around the United States as well as Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Spain. He is recognized in the Pilates industry as an expert in the Joseph Pilates Archival Exercise which he teaches at workshops and conferences around the world including Balanced Body: Pilates on Tour. He also specializes in continuing education courses focused around Authentic Pilates™, Anatomy and Biomechanics, and Special Needs Populations, and he has created a Pilates curriculum for children that can be implemented in schools as well as the private sector.