Sonjé Mayo, PT, PMA®-CPT was born in South Africa in 1945. At barely four years old, she went to her first classical ballet class and never looked back! After certifying as a physical therapist at the University of Cape Town, her career as a professional dancer took her to London, England, and then to the USA where she studied jazz dance initially with Luigi and then contemporary dance at the Martha Graham School in New York City. It was at the Graham School where Sonjé had the privilege of meeting Joseph Pilates. In 2003 Sonjé retired from the dance world and inevitably returned to Pilates on a full time basis. She obtained her mat qualification with Power Pilates in NYC in 2004. In 2006 she earned her equipment qualification with Peak Pilates. In 2007 she obtained the Peak Pilates Professional Qualification and then the Peak Comprehensive Qualification in June 2008. In 2010 Sonjé qualified as a Peak Master Instructor. She runs her own studio, The Pilates Atelier, in Nashville, where she has been teaching for 13 years. As a teacher trainer, she travels throughout the USA and also conducts training courses at the studio in Nashville. As a physical therapist and an experienced teacher and dancer of 45 years, Sonjé has become known for her rehabilitative expertise as a Pilates instructor. Dancers and athletes with injuries are recommended to her by the medical fraternity and other Pilates teachers in Tennessee. As a PT, Sonje obtained the Schroth Best Practice Certification in 2015 for the conservative treatment of Scoliosis.
Pilates teachers constantly need to be motivated and inspired. Dealing with a busy studio often leads to complacency and boring, repetitive teaching. Teachers also tend to neglect their personal practice due to lack of time or motivation. “In order to teach you have to feel it” is one of Joe’s many mantras. This course aims […]