Introductory Pilates & Yoga Workshop for Charity a Huge Success!

SOMA Movement Studio and the Central Connecticut Ladies Meetup co-hosted an Intro to Pilates & Yoga Workshop. In exchange for a non-perishable food item donation, participants were welcomed to SOMA and experienced a 90 minute workshop on the Pilates Method and Hatha Yoga. The workshop was co-taught by Mary, the studio director, as well as Cara and Jackie who are both certified Yoga instructors. 

The workshop included nuanced Pilates movements that emphasize coordination, breath, and controlled engagement of the core muscles. It then transition into a Yoga practice where asana (postures) elongate, center, and ground you for the evening ahead. The class closed by setting intentions with mindful mediation. SOMA Movement Studio is especially appreciative to all the workshop participants who donated over a hundred non-perishable food items for the Farmington Food Pantry.

Equipment Highlight: Pilates Reformer

There is probably no piece of Pilates equipment more famous than the Pilates reformer. The Reformer evolved after the Cadillac, utilizing spring resistance like in the Cadillac, but also incorporating a moving base to increase the range and variety of exercises available.

Invented by Pilates founder Joseph Pilates, the reformer is a bed-like frame with a flat, padded platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs that provide resistance for exercises. The carriage is moved against the resistance of the springs either by pushing on a footbar at the end of the carriage, or pulling on ropes emanating from the head of the reformer. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof.

SOMA Movement studio has contemporary reformers, meaning that these reformers have been updated from Pilates' original designs to accommodate modern style exercises and accessories. Click on the interactive, 3-D picture on the left for a closer look at one of our Reformers with Vertical frame. For example, many contemporary reformers are longer than Pilates' original design in part due to the invention of the Jumpboard, an attachment that goes onto the foot of the reformer that allows the user to perform plyometric exercises, with much less impact on the user's body. Click and drag on the interactive 3-D photograph to the left of this text to get a closer look at one of our Reformers with Vertical Frame.

SOMA Movement Studio's reformers are all equiped with vertical frames, the large frame at the head of the reformer that springs, ropes, and bars can be suspended from. The vertical frames serve to vary the type and difficulty of exercises. Reformers are large pieces of equipment; the reformers at Soma Movement Studio are about 8 feet long, over 2 feet wide, and the vertical frames stand about 7 feet tall.

Like us on Facebook AND Win FREE REFORMER CLASSES!

Our facebook page is now up. You can view it by clicking here!

We've posted some new pictures of our studio and plan on making announcements when we schedule new classes, new instructors join our team, we have special workshops or events at the studio, or when the SOMA Movement team is out and about in the community. Like our page and be entered to win a 5 Reformer Class Pack Plus Pre-Pilates Orientation session! Winner will be announced as soon as we have our first 50 Likes.

Two Week Anniversary!

It's been two weeks since we've opened and operations are getting smoother now! Word is getting out and the phone has been ringing. Every client we've met has been so enthusiastic about exercise and learning smart movement. The first newsletter should come out soon and we just received our business cards so we are all official now!

We are still in the "nesting" phase of setting up  the studio. The equipment is all up and running, walls are painted, and furniture is in place. We are still organizing and reorganizing, making our studio as beautiful, serene, and functional as possible. It's so much fun to open a business; like a home away from home. 

This is our first blog post. I envision this blog as being a little bit about each of Pilates, Smart Movement, starting a small business, community, and maybe a couple DIY projects along the way.