Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization according to Kolar (DNS)
A Developmental Kinesiology Approach

DNS Exercise Course for Pilates Instructors Part 1

December 16 - 19, 2019

3 - Day Course for Certified Pilates Instructors

3rd floor, 39, Seongsuil-ro 8-gil
Republic of Korea


Martina Jezkova, MPT

Chris Lavelle


Francis JH Ahn PT, MS, CPT

Course objectives:


  • Introduction to DNS principles and Developmental Kinesiology (DK) - relevance to Pilates.

  • Summary of philosophies of Joseph Pilates and similarities to DK - upright spine, importance of diaphragm and emphasis on full and correct breathing. 

  • Understand relationship between development during the first year of life and dysfunction of the locomotor system in adulthood, including common postural and breathing dysfunctions. 

  • Evaluate and correct poor respiratory patterns and importance of Sagittal Stabilization (SS). Perform and instruct correct respiration& SS in isolated and integrated Pilates and DNS exercises.

  • Assess the integrated stabilizing system of the spine (ISSS), both visually and utilizing dynamic functional tests. 

  • Integrate DNS tests into pre-Pilates exercises 

  • Integrate corrective exercises based on the DNS functional tests and developmental positions in supine, prone, low kneeling and quadruped global movements.

  • Explore basic support function in undifferentiated and differentiated (ipsilateral, contralateral) movement patterns.  Discuss similarities between ontogenetic and Pilates exercises and progressions.

  • Understand and practice the importance of maintaining joint centration through the entire kinetic chain, and with the addition of resistance and instability from Pilates apparatus.

  • Understand the influence of Pilates apparatus on kinetic chains

  • Review Pilates instruction and cueing from a DNS perspectiveNeuro-physiological principles in application to Pilates program design and cueing (verbal and tactile).


Only Pilates Instructors allowed
Please contact the local organizer, if you are part of a group that is not listed above.

Card payment

PS Registration Fee: 80 EUR

Prague School registration fee helps

to support DNS scientific activities,

to collect new video/photo material,

to develop the DNS handouts and publishing activities,

to present the DNS system at the scientific congresses, and

to present the DNS concept online.

It is not a payment for the course. Please contact the local organizer to secure your enrollment in the course and make sure that the course is not full, prior to paying Prague School registration fee. Once your PS fee is completed, your registration will automatically be sent to the course organizer. After that, payment of course fees can be made with the organizer. The organizer reserves the right to request proof of licensure.

The Prague School registration fee is non-refundable.

Without your online registration and PS fee payment you will not be permitted to attend any DNS course nor will you receive the Prague School Certificate of Attendance; thus you cannot take the DNS test and you will not be allowed to register for later advanced courses.

Upon you registration and payment, you will receive an automatic email with a link to download the course notes. This email goes to the email address you provide during your payment procedure. If you do not receive this email within one hour after a payment, please contact and request the course notes. Hard copies will not be available at the host location.

Thank you for your understanding

DNS Prague School Team