GROUP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS
SOMA's classes are divided into two price categories; tier one and tier two. Tier one classes tend to be introductory classes, mat-based classes, and shorter equipment-based classes. Tier two classes tend to be hour long classes on specialized equipment or other specialty fitness training.
Intensity levels are noted at the end of each class title
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Do you want to move fluidly, effortlessly, and be tension free? Hanna Somatic Education® is a rapidly effective form of neuromuscular (mind-body training) movement re-education that goes directly to the root cause of most chronic muscular tension: the brain and the way in which it senses and organizes the muscles and movement. These micromovement exercises are slow and gentle, yet challenge the way you experience and sense your body. They look a bit like Tai Chi performed as a floor exercise. These classes teach students to incorporate the unique concepts and techniques of Hanna Somatics into daily, functional movement.
The word "Somatics" stems from the Greek word "soma," which means "body." The Somatic Explorations class builds on the patterns learned in the Hanna Somatic Movement class with more challenging pandiculations, cross body patterns, as well as increased focus on the way you sense and control your center of gravity.
Instructor permission is required for this workshop-style class as you will get the most out of this class if you have a basic knowledge of Hanna Somatic Movement.
Pilates is a systematic method of exercise where one exercise builds off another. Much like building a house, where one brick is laid on top of another.
Pilates techniques classes are designed to help a client gain the tools needed to properly perform the exercises, not in terms of choreography, but rather in terms of reaching the purpose of each exercise. We go over the fundamental principles of Pilates like breathing, muscle activation patterns, how to use your "Pilates core" as well as how to adjust the equipment including the Reformer to your height and level of fitness.
This class is limited to five people. This class combines classic matwork with Pilates apparatuses like the Reformer and Cadillac and includes an equipment orientation. There is no prerequisite or minimum fitness level requirement.
A great starting point for beginners or people who are recovering from an injury or prefer a slower pace. The Essential Matwork class teaches the basic principles of the Pilates method. This mat-based workout is designed to help participants develop leaner, longer-looking muscles, establish core strength and stability, and heighten mind-body awareness. Props may be incorporated to add variety.
This beginner level, 50 minute workout incorporates both mat exercises and exercises on the arc barrel, the gentlest of the barrels that Joe Pilates designed for his method of exercise. The exercises on the barrel will help to open up the chest, shoulders, and work the abdominals and hips in a way that only the barrel can. The barrel will support and assist your body as well as to open and stretch your spine long. Leave class feeling more balanced, open, and flexible!
Intermediate classes are designed for students who have a working knowledge of the Pilates fundamentals and who want to step up their workout. This is an excellent class for those who have taken private lessons and are ready for a challenging group class. The class is also good for those who have taken many beginner classes and are ready for some new variety in their mat workout.
A 45 minute class that takes principles of Barre, namely balance, coordination, strength, and posture, and translates them into a format to improve balance and gait for people of all ages. Chair modifications are available for people as they develop more leg strength. Improve your relationship with GRAVITY!!
High-energy and dynamic, Total Barre integrates elements of Pilates, dance, cardio & strength training. Total Barre was designed to to emphasize the correct biomechanics of movement combined with the power of music to increase strength, flexibility, stamina and dynamic stability. The class combines cardio, stretching, and strengthening for a complete workout....and you will have fun doing it!
The 55-minute class starts with a standing warmup on the floor. Then we move to a leg warm up at the barre with a series of pliés and relevés. Next will do an arm sequence with light weights. It's here that we target the biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest and back. Then we move into a series of barre or floor exercises that focus on the thighs and seat! We transition to standing abs and/or move to the floor for a series of planks, hip lifts and ab work. Stretching and back extensions round out your total body workout. This is a program geared for everyone—no dance experience required!. The choreography is very easy to learn, and in no time you will be a pro and feeling the burn.
More energy. More reps. Deeper pliés and relevés. This 55 min class takes level 1 Total Barre and steps it up a notch with longer exercise sequences, less instruction, and more flow. A whole body workout that leaves you feeling longer, leaner, and energized.
Gentle Yoga is a deliberate-paced class that will introduce you to the principles of yoga practice. Emphasis is on awareness of breath, movement, and alignment to help reduce stress, increase relaxation, and improve flexibility.
Gentle Yoga allows you to practice yoga at your own personal level, beginning with simple warm up movements. Gentle Yoga is a nurturing practice intended to calm the mind and nourish the body and spirit in a safe, non competitive environment. Come and experience the benefits of this gentle practice as you begin your yoga journey uniting mind, body and spirit.
All Levels Yoga is designed to be accessible to people of all levels of fitness. During this class, classic yoga poses are practiced with an emphasis on alignment and are taught with options for modifications both to add and reduce the amount of challenge. This class is appropriate for people brand new to yoga as well as folks who have been practicing for some time.
Like all classes at SOMA Movement Studio, this class is tailored to the people who come to the class that day.
The word “vinyasa” can literally be translated as “arranging something in a special way.” In Yoga, Vinyasa refers to coordinating sequences of poses with breath so that one pose flows seamlessly into the next. This creates a graceful and energizing practice which cultivates strength, flexibility, balance, focus and endurance. This 60 minute class is open to all levels of experience and is taught at a deliberate pace to emphasize understanding. Beginners are encouraged and welcome in this class :-)
Foam rolling is a form of self-massage and self-myofascial (muscle and connective tissue) release. Athletes and non-athletes alike who experience muscle tightness, imbalances and "trigger points" or just looking for a way to recover from exercise can reap the benefits of this restorative practice. Pliable muscles are healthy muscles, so it's important to take steps to loosen up those knots. Those who enjoy deep tissue massage especially love this practice. Get some serious muscle work done without the expense of a personal masseuse!
Yin Yoga is a restorative practice infused with intension and energy to allow energy to freely flow from within and without your body. In Yin yoga, poses gently stretch the connective tissues of the body—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. A more meditative approach to yoga, poses, at times supported by props, are held for 45 seconds to two minutes. Yin aims at cultivating awareness of inner silence, and bringing to light a universal, interconnecting quality.
Embark on a journey of relaxation with a unique restorative yoga class by candlelight. Restorative yoga is designed to restore the nervous system and help release deeply held tensions from the body and mind. Using props to support the postures, we will gently stretch and strengthen the body and relax the mind. The atmosphere will be enhanced by soft candlelight and Himalayan salt lamps. Props provided. All levels welcome.
Explore the patterns of spine movement and breathing. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM is characterized by three dimensional, undulating, wave-like movements to improve flexibility, grace, and a create a sense of openness throughout the body. You will learn the basics of the Gyrokinesis method to strengthen and mobilize your body as a whole.
The class starts with a sequence of chair based movements to align and mobilize your spine while gently open your shoulders and hips. The second half of the class continues with floor work to move through fluid postures that strengthen your core and develop your range of motion. The series will also focus on the role of breathing support posture and movement.
Zumba Gold Description coming soon!
Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. Take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.
Are you concerned about your balance & the risk of falling? We are co-sponsoring special exercise classes with the Farmington Senior Center and Farmington Valley Physical Therapy. Digital balance assessments will be performed and exercises will focus on different aspects of strengthening, flexibility, balance training & posture.
This beginner's class introduces the Reformer, the most popular piece of Pilates' equipment. This class reviews the Essential Reformer repertoire. Start getting a great work out and all the benefits that come with working on the legendary Reformers from your first session. Like the Essential Matwork classes, this class is a a slower pace. Participants will learn how to set up the Reformer and get an energizing total-body workout. Participants are welcome to stay in the Essential classes until they feel confident enough to enter the Essential / Intermediate class. Capacity is five participants.
This class moves! Both Beginner and Intermediate Pilates students will be challenged with the flow oriented Reformer class. This class is introduces the beginner to more intermediate exercise sequences and progresses an intermediate client with more precise cuing and transitions.
Reformer/Cadillac flow is a moderate to fast paced class where one exercise blends into the next. Class begins on the Cadillac with a relaxing and centering warm up which builds into a challenging and fun core work series. Balance out with some leg work, spine articulation, and gentle inversions. Halfway through, transition to reformer for awesome squats/pliés, arm movement, and, well, more abs. Finish with some standing work on the carriage to improve balance and coordination.
This class assumes that clients are familiar with navigating the Cadillac and Reformer as well as comfort in modified plank position and standing on the Reformer. Its recommended you attend at least a couple of each essential Cadillac and Reformer classes. This class moves!
The Pilates Trapeze Table, also known as “the Cadillac”, is a horizontal table surrounded by a metal frame with an assortment of bars, springs and straps attached. Joe Pilates felt that the Trapeze Table, like the car it’s named after, had all the bells and whistles you could possibly want in an apparatus. There are so many elements to the machine: leg springs, arm springs, fuzzy loops to hang from, a push-through bar to stretch you out, and even a trapeze.
You can isolate almost every muscle group on this apparatus - it is an excellent tool for breaking down motion into small pieces to restore correct motion patterns. Add more than 200 exercises to your Pilates repertoire and challenge your body in different planes of motion.
This class utilizes full Cadillacs (not half Cadillacs or Tower Units). Experience with the Cadillac in the form of Pre-Pilates classes, Private sessions, or Instructor permission is required to sign up for this class. Capacity is three participants.
The stability chair adds a new challenge to your Pilates workout. The chair has a smaller base of support and many exercises require you to support some of your body weight with your upper body. This intermediate class is great for building functional core strength, athletic conditioning, and improving balance and coordination. Capacity is five participants. Instructor permission is required for this intermediate class.
This intermediate level equipment class places an emphasis on effort and focus. You should be comfortable with the Reformer and familiar with the classic, essential level reformer exercises. This class is faster paced with less explanation and more movement. The combination of more intricate exercises and increased intensity is what makes this class so fun and challenging. Capacity is five participants. Instructor permission is required for this intermediate class.
The Jumpboard is a fun way to incorporate some cardio and plyometrics into your Pilates routine. The Jumpboard is an attachment that converts a Reformer into a horizontal jumping machine. It attaches to the front of the Reformer where the foot bar is. While lying with your back on the carriage you can adjust the spring tension and jump on the board as if it were the floor. The spring tension takes gravity out of the equation, so it feels like you’re jumping on the moon. Jumping on a Refomer is fun, weightless, and graceful. What's not to love? Jumping takes an incredible amount of core strength and is also a great way to get your body accustomed to plyometrics without having to jump on hard surfaces. The American Council on Exercise advises that forces sustained from jumping onto hard surfaces might equal up to seven times your body weight. In contrast, the jumping on the Jumpboard is done from a horizontal position, which allows you to perform the movements with minimal joint stress.
The Intermediate/Advanced Cadillac class builds on the repertoire begun in the Essential Cadillac class. Exercises begin to become more choreographed while less of our body is in contact with the mat. You learn to balance and support your weight with the assistance of springs until finally you are airborne, hanging from the upper poles or trapeze bar of the Cadillac.
This class utilizes full Cadillacs (not half Cadillacs or Tower Units). Experience with the Cadillac in the form of Pre-Pilates classes, Private sessions, or Instructor permission is required to sign up for this class. Limit three students per class.