As a BASI Master trainer Mario travels around the world sharing his Pilates knowledge and experience with aspiring Pilates teachers.  Now, with years of experience in practice, teaching and teacher training, he has developed several of his own courses.

This spring in Amsterdam, Mario will teach a 3 –day weekend featuring two workshops, an intensive mat class and individual training sessions.

Mobility of the Lower Spine

Mobility of the Lower Spine

Learn to handle and appreciate your weaknesses…
“Your limitations are your friends.”

Based on Mario’s personal experience with lower spinal injury and limitation, the workshop offers original repertoire that he has developed to gain deep strength and flexibility of the lower spine.

His goal is not the regurgitation of exercise, however, but equally focuses on an approach to how we think and analyse movement. So equal attention is given to understanding our own body and honing our eyes as tools for ‘body – scanning’.

In addition to learning repertoires on Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair, the workshop participants come away with ideas of how, why and when we adjust our approach to movement.

Letting the Springs Breathe

Letting the Springs Breath

In this workshop we will make deeper research into understanding how the Pilates equipment works, with breath as a tool and metaphor for creating a relationship between the springs and breathing.

How are you using the springs on the Reformer, Wunda Chair and Cadillac? Are you pushing? Pulling? How much resistance do you use in a given exercise? Can you find a quality of resistance and level of connection in each exercise where the springs can just breath?

In the workshop we will analyse 12 to 15 different exercises, addressing all planes of movement. Following the topic, there will be a lot of time spent on practice, process and analysis, so that learning from and with others, understanding your own habits, understanding individual needs  and understanding how the equipment works will be critical.

Discussion Group

Discussion group

This interactive discussion group is for asking questions, sharing knowledge and processing all of the information accumulated over the weekend.

This part of the weekend is only available to students who attend the whole weekend.

Private Sessions

Private Sessions

For those students following the mentor weekend, attending a private session with Mario is included and is a chance to go deeper into evaluating your movement strengths and limitations.

The sessions are open for other students to observe as part of a learning process and larger discussion.

*Length of the private may vary according to the number of participants.

Pilates Mat Intensive

Pilates Mat Intensive

Attend an intensive open level mat class with Mario Alfonso, a charismatic master teacher trainer known for his detailed and precise approach to Pilates, and also his ability to make you laugh while you’re working hard.


Friday, 31 March 2017
9:00 – 13:00 Private Sessions
14:00 – 18:00 Mobility of the Lower Spine

Saturday, 1 April 2017
9:00 – 13:00 Private Sessions
14:00 – 18:00 Let the Springs Breathe

Sunday, 2 April 2017
10:30 – 12:00 Mat Intensive
14:00 – 16:00 Interactive Discussion Group


Full 3 day course | Package Deal 400 euro
Including: 2 workshops, 1 private teaching, 1 intensive mat class and the Sunday discussion group.

Mobility of the Lower Spine  |  180 euro
4 hour workshop at TMP

Let the Springs Breath  | 180 euro
4 hour workshop at TMP

Private teaching  |  85 euro
Private session with Mario at TMP – only for students who follow the Package Deal

Intensive Mat Class  |  25 euro
1,5 hour mat work-out at Chassé Studio’s

Interactive Discussion Group
only for students who follow the Package Deal


Location: The Movement Practice, Korte Schimmelstraat 18, Amsterdam

Location Intensive Mat Class: Chassé, Chasséstraat 64, Amsterdam

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