Sonjé Mayo on Joe Pilates – Part 2

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In Part 2 of our interview, Sonjé Mayo continues her stories of studying with Joe and Clara Pilates in the 1960s (here's Part 1 & Part 3). Hear about Joe's charisma and his way of using touch, how clients with injuries went to see Kathy Grant in the back of the studio, and how Romana still remembered Sonjé as the woman Joe spoke German with when Sonjé visited her many years later. Learn about the differences from the way the studio was run in Joe's day with independent workouts vs. how most lessons are taught one-on-one today, the names of famous dancers that Sonjé saw in the studio on a daily basis and more including priceless tidbits about specific exercises. Visit Sonjé at her website:

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  1. robertapilates 3 years ago

    Grazie Alisa!

  2. BoniCT 3 years ago

    This is the most fun of all interviews. She is so grounded and hearing her talk beings the passion for learning and teaching. Thank you so much Sonia for sharing your experience and being very positive and fun with it. Beautiful.

  3. Miriam 4 years ago

    I’m so thrilled to see my wonderful Master Instructor Sonje Mayo @ Pilatesology. I begin my studies in Pilates with her in 2007 after a neck issue from years of dancing. She gets the best out of you every time. I fell in love with the Pilates method because of her and I’m so thankful for all I have learned.

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    Ceto02 4 years ago

    I’m thrilled about this interview! So interesting and entertaining.. I could literally inhale the scent of those days… what a decent and honest personality! And finally there’s somebody who talks about leverage; I’m 6 feet tall (2 thirds are legs). I’ll keep all of it in mind. Thank you so much Alisa!

    • Alisa Wyatt

      You’re welcome! And we look forward to having Sonje teaching mat classes so I’ll be sure to have her cue those long legs ;).

  5. Alisa Wyatt

    Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you all know that we have booked a date for Sonje to visit us and film a workshop and mat classes! The dates are Thurs June 15 & Fri June 16th at our studio in Hermosa Beach. If you’re interested in attending the workshop, please send an email to: with Sonje Workshop in the subject. Thank you for your wonderful comments, we are thrilled to be able to bring you more Sonje!

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