For nearly a decade, after having shifted from a solid career in social work to a deep professional commitment to fitness training, Sonja has devoted herself to teaching classical Pilates and integrating it with her clients' fitness and athletic goals. Holding a variety of Pilates certifications, including the comprehensive classical intensive training completed in 2008, Sonja also is certified in TRX, and Kettlebell instruction. While she continues to cross-train regularly, herself, and loves to fuse teaching methods in order to meet the varying needs of each client, classical Pilates is where her instructing expertise and core commitment reside. Sonja's clients range from current and former athletes to people who strive simply to be fit in everyday life. She is also the founder/creator of Black Girl Pilates which is a platform highlighting/supporting Black/Afro Latina Pilates instructors and Black Girl Fit & Well - a platform designed to curate health/wellness events, workshops, conferences  representative of Black women and in 2020 co-founded Melanin Brothers of Pilates with 7 Black male identifying Pilates instructors to highlight Black men who teach or take Pilates. Sonja is committed to Black Female representation within fitness and improving the health/wellness in the Black community through writing, speaking and curating health/wellness events for Black women. She is also a very proud mom two adult children who are both competing athletes.

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