Leaving a Legacy

On October 25, 2018, Houston lost a pillar in the Pilates community when John Gossett passed away after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. The Texas Pilates Association had the honor of visiting his studio, Pilates Concepts of Houston, met with fellow instructors and devoted clients, and we learned the number of people who were touched by his life's work is incalculable. As a Pilates Instructor with the Houston Ballet, through his studio ownership in Houston, John's friendships and professional relationships grew and blossomed in the same way his plants did - organically.

John's studio was founded on the principles of open-concept. Independent (and those learning to be independent) clients worked out along-side private clients, inspiring and motivating each other over the many years. In addition to John’s - and other instructor’s - private work schedules of 8-10 clients, the studio saw 10-20 open studio clients daily, cultivating the community that inevitably blossoms through shared time and space. When Oprah mentioned Pilates in the early 2000s, John's studio had a three-month wait. His drive and commitment to his craft helped build a studio that was in operation for nearly 30 years, seeing clients as old at 103! He was a Registered Massage Therapist and studied Pilates with Alan Herdman, Fran Lehen, Eve Gentry, Romana Kryzanowska, and Ron Fletcher, later becoming a certifying studio for the Physicalmind Institute and helped to shape the training syllabus for their Teacher Training Program.

Colleague Sarah Mifsud shared with us this personal story:

"I used to tease him that he could do 'drive-by' teaching...a client is sitting on the reformer or the mat ready for the next exercise... John could breeze by and clearly enunciate four detailed instructions for body placement, movement sequence and cogent qualities in about 3 seconds. He could also stop and correct someone who was in the middle of doing something incorrectly until they found their way to the proper movement. He had a good eye, and he did not expect everyone to move perfectly or the same way."

When we met with Sarah and other instructors and clients in the studio, we were deeply touched by the devoted community that John had cultivated, and the plants surrounding the studio were a visual reminder of John's approach to life. Recently we came across this insight from writer Joan Moran that resonated with us:

"The idea of leaving a legacy is the need or the desire to be remembered for what you have contributed to the world. In some cases, that contribution can be so special that the universe is unalterably changed. However, for most mere mortals walking this earth, most will leave a more modest legacy that doesn't necessarily change the world but does leave a lasting footprint that will be remembered by those whose lives you touched. “ 

It was very clear to us that John touched many lives, and his legacy lives on through those that had the pleasure of knowing him, his sense of humor, and his personal style of Pilates. In that respect, we wish to recognize John Gossett for his impact on helping to plant the seed of Pilates in Houston and tending to its steady growth for three decades - leaving a lasting footprint that undoubtedly changed this world. It is our honor to announce that the first Texas Pilates Association Bi-annual Scholarship is given in John’s name. 

And the winner is...

The Texas Pilates Association is proud to announce the first TPA Scholarship has been awarded to Houston resident, Jennifer Jaramillo. Jennifer is currently enrolled in the Pure Body Teacher Training program and is a mom to two small children. We were impressed with Jennifer's passion for Pilates, her desire to deepen her understanding of The Method, and her enthusiasm for supporting the Texas Pilates Community. Congratulations, Jennifer!

When sometimes will is not enough...

Wow! I cannot believe that two months have FLOWN by so quickly! When we relaunched the Texas Pilates Association on June 1, we received a huge influx of new members and our volunteer team has been tirelessly reaching out to every single one of you! It has been a pleasure meeting with everyone that we have had a chance to connect with, and if you haven't heard from us yet, please send us a note to txpilatesassociation@gmail.com to make sure we have accurate contact information. 

As part of your membership, workshops and events will be published here on our site, and we will also share your studio happenings on our social media channels. Drop us all the details on everything going on through our email at txpilatesassociation@gmail.com or our Instagram page @texaspilatesassoc - we would LOVE to come and support you whenever the TPA can be present in person, and we always love promoting your Pilates events on our social media channels! 

Our desire to support the upcoming Pilates teachers in our community has never been stronger, and we are pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the TPA Scholarship. The TPA Scholarship Fund was established to improve access to quality Pilates teacher training and continuing education program for teachers with financial need in Houston and the greater Houston area. Bi-annually we will award two (2) scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to recipients meeting the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be at least 20 years of age.
  • Applicants must be a resident of Houston or greater Houston.
  • Applications must be received at least 30 days prior to course.
  • Applicants must submit an application and provide and explanation of desired service and financial need.

The application can be found at the following link. This year, application review will begin on October 1st and will close on close on December 1st. Award recipients will be notified on December 15th. The second application review will open on June 1st, close August 1st, and applicants will be notified on August 15th. Send us applications at anytime, but please note the submission deadlines of December 1st, 2018 and August 1st, 2019. Please send us an email if you have any questions! 

In Health,

Alicia Malouff

Co-Chair, Board of Directors Member

It is easier to follow a path that has been forged by others than it is to blaze a trail ourselves…

Hello, hello! It has been quite a year here in Houston, and we have some exciting changes to share with you. We were (and continue to be) inspired by the rally of the people of Houston during the crisis of Hurricane Harvey, and how quickly everyone came together during a time of need. We banded together to help one another to safety above the rising floodwaters. We shared what we had with those who needed it, without asking for anything in return. Strangers opened up their doors to offer shelter to those trapped in the rain, and neighbors made meals for those without power. Compassion was the unifying language, with kindness, bravery, and selflessness, being the song. The mantra #HoustonStrong became a unifying statement of strength - the resiliency of the community, and the power of weathering the storm together - sharing umbrellas when there were not enough to go around.

We would like to extend an invitation for YOU to join us in a unifying campaign within the Pilates world. One of inclusivity and shared goals. A movement that supports a growing community that inspires hope and spreads positivity. One that starts with blazing a trail off the beaten path…

Our first exciting change is the announcement of the restructuring the Board of Directors into three Co-Chair positions. Jessie Zamer, Jessica Sowyrda, and Alicia Malouff represent your new board for Texas Pilates Association, and we are so excited to get to know each of you! We are proud to live in a city that celebrates community, and we want you to know: you are always welcome to stand under our umbrellas!

Our next change is the introduction of a new tier to Texas Pilates Association memberships. A “Student Membership” level is now available for individuals in Teacher Training Programs, or simply students (and supporters!) of Pilates. The $40 membership is open to anyone looking to be more involved in the local Pilates community and will grant members access to educational workshops and social events including Pilates Day, held the first Saturday of May each year.

As always, the Texas Pilates Association is a non-profit professional organization. Our mission is to provide community, support and education to Pilates professionals in the state of Texas and beyond. By providing networking and educational opportunities our organization hopes to reach each and every Pilates teacher and studio owner. We invite you to help share your love of Pilates and movement with the rest of our community, so come on in and join the party!

We can’t wait to meet and connect with each of you! When the rain comes pouring down, it's nice to know you can always #sharemyumbrella!

In Health,

Alicia Malouff

Co-Chair, Board of Directors Member