Hi, I’m Susan Sommers. I’m a native New Yorker, living on the Upper West Side. I have been practicing and teaching Pilates for many years. Though I have helped many people improve their health through Pilates, I consider myself a student of the practice as well. I regularly take part in trainings and workshops to further my practice and deepen my understanding of fitness and movement.
While practicing Pilates as it is traditionally taught, I noticed that my body was feeling tense. This led me to study the Feldenkrais Method, which emphasizes natural movement. As I learned to move my body the way it was meant to move, I discovered a new way to approach Pilates as well—by feeling rather than doing, as I like to put it. I began to incorporate the principles of natural movement when teaching Pilates so I could lead my students to become their own inner teachers.
We often ignore our bodies for the sake of work, family, or home, but it’s crucial to take time for ourselves. I teach Pilates as a journey into your body and yourself that can help build strength while gaining focus and purpose.
I see a connection between having a strong body and an open mind that is calm and ready for the day’s challenges. Our health and performance suffer when we neglect this mind/body connection.
My mantra is fitness is achieved one thought, one step, and one day at a time. It is a commitment you make to yourself to treat yourself right and give your body what it needs as you age. I believe that Pilates is much more than exercise. I practice it as a way of life that brings strength, awareness, and mindfulness to everything I do. My wish is to help you experience the same.