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Interview with our newest instructor Mika Shafir

Interview with our newest instructor Mika Shafir

What is your favorite Pilates exercise? On the mat I love to do inversion exercises like rollover and on the reformer my favorite is the semi-circle. How did you get hooked on Pilates? I was active and in motion since childhood with after school and weekend activities like swimming, roller skating, gymnastics, and more. During

Why walk when you can run? The Run-Walk-Run Method

Why walk when you can run? The Run-Walk-Run Method

Janet is training for her second marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon this coming winter. How does she train? It’s not how you think…. She walks during all of her runs. The magic is walking intervals. Janet strategically walks during her training runs and plans to walk regularly on race day. Janet is a huge

Running, Racing, and Pilates

Running, Racing, and Pilates

We’d love to congratulate Vanessa on her first season of marathon training and her great race time in Olympia. Here is her story about running, racing, and how Pilates helped as cross-training: My husband and I spent winter 2017 training for our first marathon. For twenty-one weeks, we followed a training schedule designed for a

Spring Resistance: The Pilates Secret Sauce

Spring Resistance: The Pilates Secret Sauce

How spring resistance differentiates Pilates from Yoga A lunge – with support from the Cadillac and Chair springs   If you didn’t read Part 1 of this series – Yoga and Pilates: Different Branches, Same Tree, check it out. At the core of both Pilates and yoga is a focus on the pelvic area. Pilates focuses on

Pilates and Yoga: Two Branches, Same Tree

Pilates and Yoga: Two Branches, Same Tree

“Aren’t yoga and Pilates basically the same?” Pilates instructors get this question frequently. As a student and teacher of Pilates and Yoga, I’ve had ample opportunity to consider this question. There are many similarities and differences between the two practices, a number of them stemming from individual teaching styles or ‘schools’. I’d like to discuss

Pilates Show-Offs

Pilates Show-Offs

Sport is about winning. Dance is about expressing beauty. Advanced Pilates is about showing off. Advanced Pilates is a demonstration of mastery. In order to execute these fancy moves, you must know and embody basic good movement principles*. You have to live and breathe Joe’s original principles. You have “internalized what it takes to make

The Low Bar for Fitness in 2017

The Low Bar for Fitness in 2017

We are nearing the end of the year. It’s almost January. People are talking about resolutions, the “new you” in 2017, losing the holiday weight, blah blah blah. But I want you to steer away from big goals for a second. Don’t worry we’ll circle back. General health and wellness can be easy. Seriously you

6 Unconventional Ways to Eat Better

6 Unconventional Ways to Eat Better

We all want to eat better so we can feel better and look better. There are a lot approaches to clean eating. There are foods to avoid, superfoods to add in, and even extreme diets you can try.  For some folks, big and drastic diets can be life-changing. I speak from experience. I was a strict gluten-free

NO EXCUSES

NO EXCUSES

Every week, I hear a lot of excuses… because I ask for them. As a Pilates instructor, I ask my clients how they are feeling at the start of every workout. It’s a good safety practice as a fitness professional to gauge your clients’ mindset and body before they move. And I also ask, “what have you

Welcome Nicole!

Welcome Nicole!

Say hello to Nicole. She’s just recently joined the team here at Soma Pilates. If you come in for weekend Pilates, you’ll see her every Saturday morning. Nicole is an author, yogi, and board game enthusiast in addition to a Pilates instructor. A woman of many talents if I ever met one! To learn more about Nicole,

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