“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

–Mahatma Ghandi

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Sophia is a world-renowned master in Pilates, Aerial Arts, Pole Fitness, and Diastasis Recti prevention and treatment. Use the form below to send questions to Sophia regarding her qualifications above and she will respond as quickly as possible.

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Sophia is the Owner, Founder and Director of the island’s first Pilates Studio, The Bermuda Integrated Health Co-operative Ltd and Lotus Mind Body Spirit  Wellness and Birth Center. She is an excellent role model for living simply, fully and dancing to the beat of her own drum. Born and raised in Bermuda, Sophia was classically trained in the Russian Style of Ballet by Madam Patricia Gray, MBE. Upon relocating to New York City at age 16, Sophia joined Arthur Mitchell’s Dance Theatre of Harlem and toured the world, dancing many roles and learning from many cultures. She has performed for the HRH the Queen of England and has danced as a backup ballerina for the ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin.

Sophia opened the island’s first Pilates Studio in 1998 and she continues to train many Bermudians and residents alike to teach the Method. She is the Owner, Founder and Director of The Bermuda Integrative Health Co-operative Ltd and LOTUS Mind Body Spirit Wellness Centre. She has served as the Chairperson for the Bermuda Arts Council and as a Board Member of the National Dance Foundation of Bermuda.

Sophia is probably best known in Bermuda a the fierce advocate for change and choices in childbirth. She has birthed all three of her children at home in Bermuda and continues support women and families both at home and the hospital. She is also an ‘Unschooling’ supporter (natural learning without school curriculum) and extremely proud of her son , Ravi, who has recently earned a place at the prestigious Royal Ballet School at age 11.

 

Sophia’s many qualifications include:

  • Certified Massage Therapist
  • Certified Pilates Teacher Trainer
  • Certified Beginner to Advanced Pole Fitness Instructor
  • American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher
  • Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner
  • Certified Advanced Midwife Assistant
  • Certified DONA and ToLabour trained Birth and Postpartum Doula.

A sample list of Sophia’s trainings over the past 30 years include:

 

  • Graduated from The Dance Theatre of Harlem School and Danced Professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company 1987-1998
  • Advanced Teacher Trainer Certifications in Pilates (Teacher of Teachers) 1987 – Present
  • Bermuda School of Russian Ballet – Teacher and Assistant to the Directors since 2000
  • American Ballet Theatre Teaching Certification Course 2013-2015
  • 1200 Hour Swedish, Sports and Shiatsun Massage Certification – Swedish Institute, NY
  • 400 Hour Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Training – New York
  • 800 Hour (4years) Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner – BaltimoreMD
  • 200+ Hour Grounded Yoga and Aerial Yoga certifications
  • 200+ Hour Pregnancy Yoga certification
  • F.I.G. Gymnastic and Coach Training – Bermuda, 2015
  • Pole Moves and Aerial Training- Beginner, Intermediate-Advanced – Bermuda, 2015
    • (Organized by Sophia)
  • Lotus Fitness studio – Orlando, Florida, 2016
    • 7 weeks of training in Intermediate and Advanced levels of Aerial Silks, Lyra and Pole Fitness
  • Flying Fantastic –  London, U.K., 2017
    • 12 hours of Silks , Lyra and Aerial Hammocks Training and Coaching
  • Pole and Aerial Expo – Las Vegas NV, USA, 2014, 2015, 2016
    • *International Pole and Aerial Sports  Federation Rigging and Safety Training
  • Athena Aerials –  Kent, U.K., 2017
    • 10 hours of Advanced Pole Fitness , Aerial Silks and Lyra
  • Ecole de Pole – Singapore
  • Continuing Education and advanced teacher trainings include: (8 hours each)
    • Brandon Grimm– Aerial Silks and Pole Fitness training – Bermuda, 2017
    • Phoenix Kazrae – Advanced Pole Fitness Training
    • Maisie Whitehead – Flying Fantastic Head Trainer – Bermuda, 2016, 2017
      • Aerial Silks and Lyra Youth Training and Safety
    • Jamilla Deville – Advanced Pole Fitness Training – Bermuda, 2017
    • Suwasit Rithpothoon – Advanced Silks ,Lyra and Pole Fitness Training – Bermuda, 2017
    • SinoBritish Pilates Conference – Shanghai, China
      • Guest Presenter along side world renown Pilates and Fascia Experts Alan Herdman, Michael King, Pat Guyton and Michael Watson
  • SoulDancing – Shanghai, China
    • 11 hours of Advanced Pole Fitness training (in Mandarin)
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  • Neonatal Resuscitation Certified
  • CPR Certified
  • S.C.A.R.S. Certified
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