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Mat Pilates

April 3 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Date: Mondays, April 3rd – May 8th
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Sessions: 6
Instructor: Michelle Hirsch
Location: Dance Studio
Age: 16+
Fee: $30
Financial aid available below

Class Description

This 6-session series is designed for beginners as well as more experienced movement enthusiasts. We will begin with a warm-up that will familiarize you with proper breathing techniques, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and cervical placement.  The classes will help you build your core strength and stability in an efficient and safe manner and is a great complement to your other sports activities.

Esta serie de 6 sesiones está diseñada tanto para principiantes como para entusiastas del movimiento más experimentados. Comenzaremos con un calentamiento que lo familiarizará con las técnicas de respiración adecuadas, la ubicación pélvica, la ubicación de la caja torácica, el movimiento escapular y la ubicación cervical. Las clases lo ayudarán a desarrollar la fuerza y la estabilidad de su centro de una manera eficiente y segura, y son un gran complemento para sus otras actividades deportivas.

About the Instructor

Michelle Hirsch


Michelle is a recipient of the 2022 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) Artist Power Convenings Grant. Through this grant, she is sharing her passion for Pilates and mindful movement with members of the Sonoma community.  She has trained and completed the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat-Plus (IMP) program, a contemporary method, which blends traditional Pilates movement with recent scientific research and advancements. She believes in the method’s philosophy of “effective and responsible exercise as the foundation of a better life.”  

In addition, Michelle is a mixed media artist and was awarded an Art Surround grant by Creative Sonoma in 2022. Her most recent commission is exhibited at Pepperwood Preserve in Santa Rosa. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently lives in Penngrove.

Sliding Scale Guidance

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

Class Policies

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

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