The Studio Sampler Arrives in November…

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It’s been a very big year at Pilates Tonic. In July, we got a beautiful new website, and then in August the studio got a complete makeover.

It’s taken us a couple months to get completely grounded and re-settled into the new space, but we have finally arrived and with a giant exhale and big smiles all around.

On top of all the physical changes going on in the studio, behind the scenes we’ve been learning a ton!

Get the Benefit of Our Cutting-Edge Improvements

The discovery of Katy Bowman’s Restorative Exercise™ work over the last year has had a major, positive impact on the way we all teach at Pilates Tonic and it’s had a profound impact on the way I see the human body.

My approach to teaching has shifted and I’ve never been so excited about all the new possibilities we now have for helping you create better ways to move in your daily life.

And I know I’m not the only instructor at Pilates Tonic feeling inspired by what we’ve all been learning and about our work! We are all constantly learning and integrating new and fresh ideas and approaches.

Special Studio Sampler with FREE Classes Just for You

We’re so excited about everything new at the studio that we created a day of special free classes. You can come check everything out and learn about it firsthand.

Come in on Saturday, Nov. 14 and experience everything you might have missed, or not had time to learn about and see for yourself… all for free!

Studio Sampler – One Day Only – Saturday November 14 2015

The Studio Sampler happens on one day only on Saturday, Nov. 14 and you can attend as many classes as you want for free. If you want to come and spend the day trying out all the goodies, you can do it! But, if that’s the case you will want to register right away and get down here asap at 9 am sharp on Saturday!

Click here to go to the registration page for all Studio Sampler classes…
Studio Sampler Class Descriptions

Set Yourself Up for Mat Class Success – Mini-Private Sessions
(9:00 – 9:45 am)

Mini Mat SessionWhen you take a mat class, you want to be sure you’re aligned and moving in ways that will maximize your results. Sometimes we aren’t doing an exercise correctly, but we don’t realize it and so we can be puzzled by its apparent ease or the fact that it didn’t seem to DO anything for us.

Alignment is the key to getting everything you can out of your mat class and you have to meet your current alignment boundaries where they are and then work from there to change them.

Props allow you to work at your current boundaries and eventually surpass them in a way that lasts.

In these 15-minute personal mini-sessions, we’ll work with you to find your hidden alignment problems and help you create a personal prop recipe so you get everything you possibly can from every mat class you take.

We only have six spots available for the private mini-sessions, but may be able to add more if it turns out to be a popular item. In other words, register early if you want to be sure you get a spot.

Click here to register for Mat Class Success – Private Mini-Sessions (Please click search after clicking the link and then click the time you want to book.)


Restorative Movement & Hidden Kyphosis with Laurel
(10:00 – 11:00 am)

Laurel StrengthThis class will help you bring awareness to the the pattern of rounding your upper spine, a problem shared by 99% of the population.

Due to modern-day conveniences like cars and grocery stores, we no longer move in ways that allow us to realize our fullest physical potential. Combine that with chronic staring at phones and tablets and slumping at our desks, and most of us now have an excessive curvature in the upper spine that we mask through “good” posture.

You’ll find out if you’re secretly rounding your spine and learn exercises that will give you a new level of awareness, improve your alignment and correct patterns that may be causing you long-term pain, or creating future dysfunction.

We all unconsciously think we know what good posture and alignment is, but it turns out that we’re frequently over-correcting or improperly correcting our posture.This can have some pretty negative and painful long-term effects since improper alignment and correction can cause both compression and joint damage.

In this class you’ll learn corrective exercise to restore and improve your posture and overall alignment. And you’ll have fun doing it!

Click here to register for Restorative Movement & Hidden Kyphosis


Intro to the Monkey Gym with Will
(11:15 am – 12:15 pm)

Will DaughertyThe Monkey Gym class takes the safe spinal mechanics and fundamentals of Pilates and applies them to different strength building exercises using the rings, rope, chin-up bar and a variety of different mat exercises.

This class is for you if you want a higher-intensity class and want to feel like you got an good workout, but also a safe workout where form is of the utmost importance.

If you’ve heard of it already, but always been intimidated by the Monkey Gym, this is a great class for getting over your fear. You can try it with others who probably feel the same way you do.

You can get a great workout without the need for all the weights and props. Instead, you’ll use your own body weight alone to achieve powerful results. We can truly focus on your body’s weaknesses and strengthen them without being hampered by weights that can turn the wrong muscles on.

People are always feeling so terrible after workouts and that shouldn’t be the case. You should feel good in your mind, body, and soul after a great workout. You should be able to advance your physical abilities without eventually hurting yourself and taking an extended break that causes you to start back at square one.

In Monkey Gym, we can keep the higher intensity while zeroing in on why certain areas give you problems. We’ll work on fixing those problems for good.

This class is limited to 5 people to ensure individual attention.

Click here to register for Intro to the Monkey Gym with Will


Preparatory Movement with Ari
(12:30 – 1:30 pm)

Ari SanchezEnhance every physical activity with exercises that show you how to use fascia release and kinetic movements to prepare for and improve your daily activities and specialized exercise routines.

In this class, you’ll learn to find and correctly activate the key connections within your body to help you move and grow stronger.

By first preparing your body for movement, you’ll discover a deeper understanding and connection to how you move in general and how you can improve your results in other areas.

You’ll learn how to move in an integrated, neutral way combining balance, flexibility, and stability. Once you have the techniques and awareness this class will help you develop, you’ll be poised to rapidly and safely take any activity or practice to the next level.

Aligning the body through preparatory movement will not only help your personal practice, whether that’s Pilates, yoga, running or mountain climbing, it will carry over into every aspect of your daily life.

Click here to register for Preparatory Movement with Ari


Improve Your Balance Thru Active Alignment with Sydney
(1:45 – 2:45 pm)

Sydney CraigThis class will activate your glutes, give you better balance and improve knee, hip, pelvic floor and lower back health in order to restore your ease of movement and freedom in daily life and specialized activities.

First, we’ll help you find out if your glutes have gone to sleep! Don’t worry, most of us have sleepy, inactive glutes and lateral hip muscles and this class is the antidote to that. Plus, you’ll get better balance through major strengthening of the muscles related to the knee, hip, pelvic floor and lower back.

We will help you see the current state of alignment in your thigh bones and feet, and show you how these relate to your balance.

You have to learn how to be aware of your current patterns in order to improve your alignment and balance. We’ll help you develop this awareness and provide specific exercises which, when practiced consistently, have proven to improve balance and overall knee, hip, pelvic floor and lower back health.

Gravity is your body’s constant teacher. As you get older, so do the alignment faults you’ve unconsciously developed. Over time, these alignment faults make balance difficult and cause joints to wear out. This leads to inflammation, osteoporosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, joint dysfunction and, over time, more and more pain.

With awareness and these specialized exercises you will improve your balance and slow down, or even halt joint issues and, in some cases, potentially reverse them altogether.

This foundational class will help you improve the way you move through your daily life and help your specialized workouts and hobbies. Everything from putting on your pants without having to hold onto anything to enhancing intentional balance activities you practice like yoga, Pilates or Pure Barre.

Click here to register for Active Alignment with Sydney


But wait, that’s not all! Prizes and Giveaways and Such…

There will also be some fun prizes and giveaways throughout the day and you never know what you might discover just by making the choice to come into the studio on the 14th.

So, mark your calendar for Saturday, November 14th.

Click here to register for Studio Sampler classes…



Space is limited… Obviously we can’t have 50 people take one class and since these are all FREE and it’s an exciting day with lots going on, the classes may very well fill up REALLY fast.

So don’t dilly dally or dawdle! If you know you want to take one or more of these classes, sign up asap!

Click here to go to the registration page for all Studio Sampler classes…

New to the Studio? Very Important…

If you haven’t been to the studio before, remember, you must complete your Studio Foundation training before attending any classes we offer so schedule your Studio Foundation session ASAP and you can participate in the fun and festivities! (Click here to schedule a Studio Foundation session.)

Find out more about the Studio Foundation session…

Happy fall and I’ll see you in the studio!


P.S. – We can’t wait to show you all the great stuff we’re doing at Pilates Tonic. If you have any questions at all, please email me directly at .

Click here to go to the registration page for all Studio Sampler classes…

About the Author


Hi, I'm Sydney and I'm a Restorative Movement Specialist here at Pilates Tonic. My goal is to empower you with tools to connect and live in your body in new and better ways.I'm a passionate advocate for wellness through optimally aligned movement and I look forward to designing a customized alignment and movement program just for you! If you want to find out more, just give me a call at 423.702.5233, or email me at See you in the studio!

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