Wunder Stuhl Workout

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When Sonje worked with Joseph Pilates as a young dancer, the chair was called the Wunder Stuhl meaning wonder chair. And when she teaches it, you cannot stop thinking that Joe would be happy with the results. Even the most familiar exercise is a revelation with Sonje behind the Wunda! For lessons, workshop requests, teacher training, and Schroth work, visit Sonjé Mayo at http://Sonjémayo.com/.

What Others Are Saying


  1. Staavoni 4 months ago

    Excellent instructions!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 4 months ago

      Thank you! It is always gratifying to hear that you got something out of it!

  2. TracyWCorvo 5 months ago

    The Wunda chair is sweet torture! Thank you so much for your detailed instructions. Very challenging but I love that it requires so much of my concentration and focus. I am tall and long – but no excuses right? 🙂

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonjé Mayo 5 months ago

      ‘Tall and long ‘ does have its challenges, particularly on the Wunda Chair. With long limbs or a very long torso, there is so much hanging over the chair that it does not provide adequate support. However, concentrate on the exs that you can manage and omit the ones that make you feel unsafe.
      Thanks for your appreciative comments!

  3. Jennifer Allen

    This class is just so fantastic!! I’m glad I finally found this class. All of the cues for the ribs lifting in every exercise on the Wunda Chair will help me to improve the Overhead, Jack Knife, Control Balance, etc. Thank you so much for your excellent teaching, Sonje and thank you Pilatesology!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 8 months ago

      Great! Thank you for watching!

  4. jackafit
    jackafit 1 year ago

    I have watched this workout several times and each time I pick up another piece of the exercise and it seems to get better and better. I learn so much from you. You have helped me grow and expand!!!

    Table, however gives me grief. I don’t quite understand how to initiate the movement without using the legs. Please give me your advice. I’m looking forward to tackling this particular exercise.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      I am delighted that this has helped you!
      As for ‘Table’, the best way is to start with the pedal completely up on a higher spring setting (1 high, 1 middle) if necessary for a more stable pedal. Then think of pulling the peddle towards the buttocks with your toes and then try and lift into the Table. That will prevent you from pressing down on the pedal. Just practice lifting and lowering the buttocks at first.
      When you have mastered that, you can restore the spring setting and do the rest of the exercise. Hope that helps!

  5. sghughes 1 year ago

    i feel so tall and long! i liked the short # of reps with complete focus on where the movement come from. thank you sonje!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Isn’t it great when one feels so elongated? Thank you for doing the workout!
      Once you have felt it, there is no return…….

  6. MATMAN76 1 year ago

    So nice to have an Instructor who always personally responds to each individuals comments.
    So respectful of others, and wonderful good manners.
    The Lady has a remarkable understanding of the Pilates Matwork. Quite special.
    Hopefully she will visit England soon.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 1 year ago

      Thank you for your wonderful comments! I would love to come and teach in England and hopefully our paths will cross.

  7. enerysantos 2 years ago

    such a wonderful class. I watched it many times. Some of them I couldn’t do by myself but still a very nice workout… I learn so much when I watch your classes Sonje, thank you!!!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thank YOU for your feedback! It is very important for you to have someone ‘spot’ you with the Wunder Chair….that will give you more confidence and soon you will be doing it on your own!

  8. Avishag 2 years ago

    I just love your cueing. Gives me a whole new insight into the exercise. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thank you….I love it when another door opens for you!

  9. KJ-Pilates 2 years ago

    What a fantastic class! I’ll be coming back and repeat this one. Just wonderful! I learned so much and enjoyed every single movement. Thank you Sonje!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thank you…..and every time you do it, you will learn something new! That is the genius of Joe’s work….

  10. jbm 2 years ago

    Love this class.Brilliant! Thank you!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Wonderful! Delighted that you found it inspiring.

  11. McLachlan 2 years ago

    A pleasure to watch and watch two strong healthy bodies move with grace and strength.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Yes they are indeed strong and it is always a pleasure to pull the best out of them!

  12. AHORRY 2 years ago

    Sonje this is so much what I needed today. Fell in love with you in Vegas… Need more!!! Thank you and thank you Alisa for such quality xxx

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      That makes me very happy!! Thank you!

  13. MonicaTaylorPilates 2 years ago

    Great teaching as always dear Sonje! I feel so honored to have met you.
    See you in a couple of weeks. 🙂

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      I look forward to seeing you again!!

  14. mirandabass 2 years ago

    Great cues and slight variations on the work that really bring it home! The side pull-up seemed much harder with the feet in third position. Also, enjoyed not having to faff around changing the springs! Thanks Sonje.

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Pleased that you got some inspiring tips!

  15. Carolyne_Ergin

    It’s like you slip totally into the energy of Mr. Pilates!
    It’s so touching and authentic for me!
    Thanks Sonje!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      That is a great compliment…thank you Carolyne!

  16. loremiller
    loremiller 2 years ago

    Yes, it is a much harder workout then it looks. Fabulous class Sonje.
    My back feels so long and strong now. !!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      I am delighted that you appreciated the subtlety of this difficult workout!

  17. Eddie83
    Eddie83 2 years ago

    Great lesson Sonje! Looking forward for your workshops in Tel -aviv

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thank you Eddie! I am also looking forward to teaching in Tel Aviv!

  18. Dolores Coeck 2 years ago

    Great class! Thank you !

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Thanks for your positive feedback!

  19. ewapilates
    ewapilates 2 years ago

    And what a challenge! Magnificent!! Even Alisa feels it so deeply; so it shows:)

  20. Mary
    Mary 2 years ago

    Great class, Sonje.
    Nicely done Alisa and Tom!

    • Sonjé Mayo Author
      Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

      Yes I don’t think that viewers realize how difficult this Chair workout is with those detailed demands! Thanks for your appreciation.

    • Alisa Wyatt

      Thanks Mary, it was haaard right?!

  21. Sonjé Mayo Author
    Sonje Mayo 2 years ago

    Thank you Madhavi…..it is always good to see your enthusiastic comments!

  22. Madhavi Abuja 2 years ago

    Love. Love love your classes . Always learn so much .

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