The Polestar Experience

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Auckland September 2018 – Learn about the Polestar Life Essentials and the current paradigm shift in health with Dr. Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS, PMA®-CPT, founder of Polestar Pilates®, and Shelly Power, BS, PMA®-CPT

Joseph Pilates wrote that Whole Body Health could be achieved through exercise, proper diet, sufficient sleep, good hygiene, plenty of sunshine and fresh air, and a balance in life of work, recreation and relaxation. Pulling from Joseph’s important work, Dr. Brent Anderson, founder of POLESTAR®, has created the Polestar Life Essentials to measure how balanced our lives truly are.

THE POLESTAR EXPERIENCE is designed to introduce the exciting possibilities of viewing yourself in a new and vibrant paradigm of health and awareness. This experience will offer an environment conducive to healing, self-observation, personal discovery and experiential learning. It is an experience for the community, where we will come together and grow together, learning from each other.


Are you ready to reclaim your health and happiness? Walk away from these multiple interactive sessions with a fresh approach to work-life-movement balance that is Polestar Life Essentials. Gain deeper insight into Joseph Pilates’ original principles and how to incorporate them into your life today for maximum wellness.

Dr. Anderson will give you the chance to review current habits and patterns, while sharing simple steps you can take right now to feel better and more energised, while empowering others to do the same.

Both Dr. Brent Anderson and Shelly Power will be running numerous workshops – SCROLL DOWN for all workshop details.


There are no pre-requisites (other than for the Advanced Assessment Skills workshop), this event is open to Pilates and wellness practitioners, and anyone interested to discover a more holistic approach to their health and wellbeing. It’s the perfect mixture of science, movement and emotion!

Polestar Pilates has been on the cutting edge of health and movement science since its inception in 1992. Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS, PMA®-CPT, founder of Polestar Pilates®, will share his knowledge and experience in an intimate studio setting.


Register for the ENTIRE Polestar Experience event and receive an additional discount!

Join us for the Advanced Assessment Skills workshop on Thursday & Friday, the Master Mat Class, Reception and Lecture on Saturday, as well as all the workshops on Sunday and pay only $1,295 incl. GST.

Please note: you can either pay the amount in one go, OR pay a deposit of $465 followed by two payments of $465 each – these amounts of 2x $465 will be charged to your credit card, evenly spread out between now and 31 August 2018. To select this option choose “Payment Plan – VIP Bundle Deposit” at the time of your registration.




4.00 – 5.00pm

Masterclass Lecture – How to advance your teaching skills

Advancing your teaching skills; How to take yourself to the next level as a Polestar Practitioner.

In this 1-hour workshop Shelly Power will show you practical and easy-to-use skills to help you take your teaching skills to the next level. The skills will help you work with a broader range of clients and ensure that you are, and your clients, are getting the most out of your Pilates and movement workouts.

Join Shelly to explore the different ways that we can become even better teachers. Registration fee is $80 per person

Click here to register for the Masterclass Lecture

6.00 – 7.30pm

Master Mat Class

Mat Master class with.. the ‘Master’!

Come and join the wonderful Shelly Power for this 90 minute fulfilled Movement Experience!

Registration fee: $80 per person

Click here to register for the Master Mat class





2.00 – 3.00pm

Master Mat Class

Enjoy a fun-filled, energetic movement experience that caters to all levels of movers. Participate in Dr. Anderson’s unique interpretation of Pilates exercises and connect harmoniously with a large group like a flock of birds. Discover the positive energy associated with a successful movement experience that exceeds your expectations.

3.00 – 3.30pm


Join us as we mix and mingle and mingle and mix! Light refreshments will be served.

3.30pm – 5.30pm

Lecture – Polestar Life Essentials: Reclaim your Health

This experiential lecture is led by Dr. Brent Anderson, leader in active lifestyle education, motivation and activation to help those who are seeking a better quality of life. His simple and achievable tools make it accessible for everyone. The Polestar Experience is designed for ages 8 and above, with special emphasis on how we can make our lives healthier, happier and more peaceful. Discover what people around the world say is improving the quality of their life.


The fee for ALL of the above three activities equals $75 incl. GST.





8.00 – 10.00am

Workshop 1: Alignment, Load and Tempo – Group A

Dr. Brent Anderson

8.00 – 10.00am

Workshop 3: No Sitting Allowed! – Group B

Shelly Power

10.00am – 10.15am


10.15am – 12.15pm

Workshop 1: Alignment, Load and Tempo – Group B

Dr. Brent Anderson

10.15am – 12.15pm

Workshop 3: No Sitting Allowed! – Group A

Shelly Power

12.15pm – 1.15m


1.15pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 4: Beyond Mat Repertoire – Group B

Shelly Power

1.15pm – 3.15pm

Workshop 2: Core Control & Back Pain – Group A

Dr. Brent Anderson

3.15pm – 3.30pm


3.30pm – 5.30pm

Workshop 4: Beyond Mat Repertoire – Group A

Shelly Power

3.30pm – 5.30pm

Workshop 2: Core Control & Back Pain – Group B

Dr. Brent Anderson


Attendees will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B; the workshops are held in two seperate spaces and get repeated during the day with the groups swapping around.

The fee for ALL of the above activities on Sunday 16 Sept equals $490 incl. GST.

WORKSHOP 1: Alignment, Load and Tempo – Sunday 8.00 – 10.00am & 10.15am – 12.15pm

This practical workshop with Dr. Anderson will focus on using the tools of alignment, load and tempo to facilitate efficient motor learning experiences with clients. Brent will demonstrate how to manipulate alignment, load and tempo to create desired outcomes during instruction on the Pilates equipment.

Brent will also lead participants through a movement experience from mat-work to standing to create increased awareness of these three powerful tools when facilitating movement. Experience Polestar!


WORKSHOP 2: Core Control & Back Pain – What you need to know – Sunday 1.15 – 3.15pm & 3.30 – 5.30pm

Dr. Anderson will provide participants with an up to date review of the latest research investigating the difference between core control and movement based exercises for low back pain.

What do we really think happens when a client with low back pain participates in our Pilates classes and gets better? Is it the core control exercises or something else inherent to the Pilates philosophy or movement?

Brent’s studies and expertise in the field can bring new light and understanding to the field of movement science especially pertaining to its effect on low back pain. Let Anderson take you on a journey of discovery and experience “Contrology”, an amazing solution for low back pain.


WORKSHOP 3: No Sitting Allowed! – Sunday 8.00 – 10.00am & 10.15am – 12.15pm

Join Shelly Power for an exciting look at traditional and creative Chair exercises.

The Chair is the ideal piece of Pilates equipment to practice functional movements for day-to-day living, improving postural awareness and having fun. Learn how to improve your practice and teaching on the Chair and be able to apply the information and put it into practice immediately.


WORKSHOP 4: Beyond Mat Repertoire – Sunday 1.15 – 3.15pm & 3.30 – 5.30pm

Shelly brings a fresh approach and offers a new perspective to the traditional Pilates mat exercises. In this 2 -hour workshop we will work on movement to create the ultimate healthy body for ourselves and our clients plus explore how to integrate and progress the exercises for all abilities.

Each of the different movements will be used to prepare the body for more advanced movement on the Mat and on the apparatus.

Workshop Fees

Workshop fees include attendance at lectures, student handouts, morning and afternoon teas, as well as GST. Students are responsible for all personal extras, such as travel and accommodation and personal supplies and lunch during the course dates.






Registration Fee


Advanced Assessment Skills – 1


Saturday 15 September


Sunday 16 September




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Dr. Brent Anderson, PhD, PT, OCS, President and Polestar CEO, from Miami, Florida, U.S.A.

Brent has become one of the prevailing leaders in the Pilates world and currently one of the top presenters on Pilates Anytime. He had the privilege of training under many first-generation Pilates Elders. He received his degree in Physical Therapy at University of California, San Francisco in 1989 and his PhD in Physical Therapy at the University of Miami in 2005. His doctoral thesis explored the impact of Pilates rehabilitation on chronic low back pain using psycho-emotional wellness and quality of life measures.

With a formal education in Physical Therapy, Brent brings science and justification into the profession of Pilates. He founded Polestar Pilates with the vision of making Pilates available to anybody, increasing their positive movement experiences and way of life. He is seeing this dream come true every day. He also brings to the Polestar curriculum an investigation of the effects of psychology and energy systems on motor control and motor learning.

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Shelly Power, BS, PMA®-CPT, is the co-founder of Polestar Pilates Center Miami, a Pilates conditioning, rehabilitation and physical therapy studio in Miami, Florida. Shelly is a Polestar Principal Educator, has taught for Polestar Education since its inception in 1992 and currently coordinates the Curriculum Committee. In Dec 2012, Shelly was elected to the PMA Board of Directors, and currently serves as President.

Shelly is certified in GYROTONIC®, having trained with Angela Crowley and has completed the first year of Franklin-Method® training with Eric Franklin.