I think most Pilates teachers today share the belief that our lineage has value because the connection back to Joe, either directly or through one of his students (our elders), helps keep the tradition alive. It wasn’t that long ago when that link meant we all had a fairly strong percentage of shared knowledge that came from Joe. After all, he was the creator of the method, and if we describe what we do as “Pilates”, then we should honor his work.
For me as a budding new teacher-in-training, what impacted me most was having the opportunity to see a master teacher at work. Romana let us see her up close and encouraged questions. What a gift to witness her genius in action; she frequently shared “Uncle Joe” stories and quoted him often. My early experience with Romana, plus the teachers who were around the studio, made a deep impression as we practiced and discussed day by day. We kept learning and learning and learning – it was a rich community.