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Intensity Reformer with Sonje

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Think you know what you’re doing on the Reformer? Get ready to feel it again like it’s your first time. In this brilliantly tough workout, you’ll learn what it was like to work out with Joseph Pilates himself. Your teacher, Sonje Mayo trained with him in her 20s, and while she is kicking your bottom, she relates wonderful stories and tidbits on proper alignment, transitions and so much more (don’t miss the story near the end on how Clara Pilates knew if you were cheating). Enjoy the sweat and post-workout flat stomach! For lessons, workshop requests, teacher training, and Schroth work, visit Sonjé Mayo at http://Sonjé

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  1. Kerry 5 months ago

    This was a brilliant class. Everyone is so sensitive these days, and yes speech changes with the times, but it was clear to me Sonje’s intention was never to belittle anyone.
    Sonje your cues are fantastic! I learn something with every class of yours. I also loved that you taught the transitions because with all the various training that I have done, this was something that was never emphasized. It certainly helps to know these to get the seamless flow. Thank you.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 5 months ago

      Thank you Kerry for your vote of confidence. I appreciate that!
      More important I am so pleased you now have the transitions to improve the flow, stamina and concentration!
      With the full package it starts looking and feeling so beautiful…….

  2. mariannawickman 5 months ago

    This is an excellent class, but I must be honest that I would be hesitant to take a class from this instructor again because of her focus on being “long and slim” belittling her students. Constantly referring to one student as “little one” and warning her about “thunder thighs” is just not OK in 2020. This instructor needs to educate herself about body positivity and feminism and refrain from belittling terms like “girls” as she speaks to grown adult women.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 5 months ago

      You are quite correct and I apologize for my inference which was not intended to belittle ot insult anyone.
      I only want the best for everyone that I teach and I am sorry that you construed this as negative.
      Of course I will change my manner of speech in future.

      • mariannawickman 5 months ago

        Thank you, Sonjé – I appreciate that you are open to the feedback. I think you are a very good pilates instructor with much to offer!

        • Sonjé Mayo Author
          Sonjé Mayo 5 months ago

          Thank you ……….I will strive to continue improving.

  3. Staavoni 6 months ago

    Excellent class! Love all the corrections and comments.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 6 months ago

      Thank you for your positive feedback. It is always good to hear new cues…..

  4. bodyinbalance 1 year ago

    Wonderful class, intelligently and diligently taught and corrected with an eye for
    exactly what makes the movement effective ????????

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 6 months ago

      Sorry I don’t know how I missed your comment.
      Thank you for your appreciative remarks and I am delighted that you gained new insight.

  5. jbm 2 years ago

    Brilliant! Thank you!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thank YOU for providing such positive feedback!

  6. darien
    darien 2 years ago

    Thank you, Sonje????

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Always happy to hear from you Darien……hopefully we will meet in person sometime!

  7. Teralinda1 2 years ago

    Nice class but could do without the comments to the younger girl about “thunder thighs” and constant reminders of “long lean muscles”. This is a recipe for encouraging an eating disorder.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Sorry but I think you misunderstood my intention here.
      Neither of these girls have ‘thunder thighs’ and I always encourage all clients to “drive the carriage from the center” so as not to power up the legs unneccessarily.
      As Joe aptly put it: “we strive for a balance between strength and elongation”
      You are correct in that I should change my terminology in case someone misconstrues my intention.

  8. RimaBorgogni 2 years ago

    Amazing!! Loved it! Thank you so much for sharing your teaching with us!! Love stick your booty out!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thanks! Not the most politically correct term, but it seems to work!!

  9. Kayfenton
    Kayfenton 2 years ago

    thank you for a beautifully executed reformer workout……class act

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thank you for appreciating that class act by those two strong girls!!

  10. Jon Hawkins

    Some lovely teaching points and great stories. Looking forward to meeting you in person in Florida next year!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      I am also looking forward to meeting you…..the stories will continue!

  11. Victoria Sommer 2 years ago

    Wow what a great workout, brings back everything you taught in Stuttgart. ..You are an amazing gifted teacher, thank you for sharing so much of your knowledge! Greetings from Vienna

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Liebe Victoria,
      Es freut mich von dir zu hören. Ich habe es genossen mit euch allen zusammen zu sein in Stuttgart.
      Ich hoffe wir sehen uns nächstes Jahr!

  12. Jolanta_S2018 2 years ago

    Dear Sonje
    Every class or workshop with you is like a boost of fresh knowledge and teaching skills. You are a real master!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thanks Jolanta for your enthusiastic response!

  13. knbshaffer 2 years ago

    I learn something every time. My roots! I love it. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Great class!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      I am so delighted that you have found this informative and inspiring!

  14. Madhavi Abuja 2 years ago

    Very informative – as usual

  15. Sonjé Mayo Author
    Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

    Thank you. Hopefully I will get to meet you one day!

  16. Task master! Loved this intermediate work out. Never met Sonje so this was a real treat.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thanks! Hope we get to meet one day!

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