Pilates Teacher Training

Begin Your Pilates Career Today

Teaching Pilates offers you the ability to make permanent, positive impacts on the lives of your students. By entering Sophia’s Pilates Teacher Training, you will be able to refine your own practice and acquire the confidence and skills to teach your own unique style. This program and its teacher (Sophia) are internationally recognized.


General Program Overview

This program offers a dynamic, integrative approach to the art of teaching and practicing Pilates.

The prerequisite to beginning the intensive coursework below is a  Mat Fundamentals Training. This training is part of the overall 1500-hour Pilates Teacher Training program and it is included in the curriculum below; but note, it is separated out by price in the ‘Cost’ section below because of the need to complete it before moving on.

Curriculum is as follows:

  • Pilates apparatus and mat-work
    • Foundation exercises
    • Mat-work series (Beginner – Advanced)
    • Reformer (Beginner – Advanced)
    • Cadillac
    • Wunder chair
    • All other accessory equipment
  • Yoga fundamentals
  • Human anatomy, physiology and movement
  • Original and evolved exercises and principles of the Pilates Method
  • Fascia, somatics and current bio-mechanical thinking
  • Communication, listening, teaching and hands-on skills
  • First aid (as well as First Aid, CPR, and AED certification)
  • Applications for rehabilitation
  • Business and marketing skills
  • Liaising with other professionals

The course requires: 

  • Attendance of 10 Pilates classes (prior to sign up)
  • 40 education hours
  • 48 observation hours
  • 200 assisting hours
  • 200 self practice hours
  • 200 participant hours
  • Testing and certification – Physical Mind Institute (Date depends on when you complete your studies)

Education hours are split over up over several months of trainings. It is common to have meeting times on Friday evenings and on Saturdays and Sundays afternoons. Depending on the size of the classes, there is built-in flexibility in the schedule.

Observation hours are spent observing an approved certified Pilates instructor’s class or private/semi-private sessions.

Assisting teaching hours are spent assisting an approved certified Pilates instructor in class or private/semi-private sessions.

Self-practice hours are spent practicing techniques taught during the education, observation and assisting hours using the appropriate equipment and techniques.

Practice teaching hours include two mandatory case studies and solo instruction of classes or private/semi-private sessions. Student teachers may do more case studies before the required two, which will go towards practice teaching hours.


Sophia’s  Program Integration

Students will be required to develop a knowledge of all Sophia’s classes, including but not limited to:

  • Pilates (All must attend a minimum of 10 Pilates classes)
  • Gyrotonic
  • Yoga
  • Barre Pole
  • Feldenkrais Method
  • Homeopathy


Bermuda Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and AED Training (Padma staff only)

This course certifies in Adult and Pediatric CPR, Adult AED and Basic First Aid.

Cost: $155 per person (space is limited) – sometimes, this is offered for free on island.

Note: This course will be open for student teachers depending on available space.

Participants learn how to perform CPR and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies in adults, infants and children. Participants learn how to use an AED for Cardiac Emergencies in Adults. Participants also learn first aid skills for treating a variety of injuries, such as burns, wounds, head, neck and back injuries and heat and cold emergencies. First Aid includes how to manage sudden illnesses, such as stroke, seizures, and poisoning. This course is taught 1 full day or 1/2 days afternoon/evening a week for 2 consecutive weeks. CPR/AED/First Aid certification is valid for 2 years.


Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Workshop: Getting to Know Your Hips

Dates: TBD

Cost: $150 (Teacher Training Students price TBD)

Course: Do you know where your hip joints are?

It seems that we only have a vague idea about the location of these joints that are so fundamental for coordinating movements of the leg, pelvis and back. In this workshop we will explore the structure and function of the hip joints, and examine the relationship to other parts of ourselves, such as the feet, pelvis, lower back, chest, shoulders, etc. You will learn how to release the hip joints, keeping them open and more functional. In the process your alignment, balance and flexibility will improve and you will find greater awareness and ease for standing, walking, sitting as well as your favourite sports, such as golfing, cycling, skiing, etc.



Sophia’s Philosophy

“Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” 

One of founding principles at in this programme is that growth never ceases. As teachers, it is our duty to continue approaching the Pilates Method with a student’s sense of inquisitiveness and a renewed sense of dedication. This is one of the values we hope to instill in tomorrow’s teachers. When you finish the Sophia’s Pilates Teacher training, we encourage you to view this as the start (not the finish) to your a lifelong study of the physical, mental and spiritual practice of the Pilates Method. 


Your Teacher

Learn from the best to become the best.

Sophia Cannonier is the Founder and Director at Lotus Mind Body and Spirit Wellness Centre. She is a multi-certified and world class experienced Pilates teacher trainer. Sophia opened Bermuda’s first Pilates studio in 1998 and over the years she has become known as Bermuda’s “teacher’s teacher.”


Your Pilates Career

After you complete your Lotus Pilates Teacher certification exam, you are qualified to sit for the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) exam.

The PMA is the international, not-for-profit, professional association and certifying agency dedicated to the teachings of Joseph H. and Clara Pilates.



The cost for this course is $3,000.



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Of all the yoga and Pilates teachers I’ve had, with Sophia I finally felt like I “got it”. The language she used communicated effectively what she wanted me to do with my body, and when she gave me a correction it was just what I needed to hear to make the adjustment that made the move make sense. Within two months my body was stronger, longer, and more balanced. My confidence had increased and my wellbeing was flourishing. Simply put, my health had improved: Sophia had done for me what I wanted to do for others. Instead of going to Physiotherapy school like I had planned, I decided to take the teacher training course, because I knew I could learn more from her than anyone else.

Over the past 4 months of my apprenticeship with Sophia my own practice has improved dramatically. Through learning the Pilates Fundamentals, I understand the building blocks from which more complex moves are made. I’ve learnt deeply how each move is supposed to feel and its purpose. I understand the principles of Pilates and am able to incorporate them into my practice. I have a much deeper understanding of the body and how it all works together. By observing Sophia’s classes, I am learning to identify what adjustments a student must make to improve their practice. I am finding my own voice to communicate to my students what I want them to do with their body, and what to say so that they “get it”.  I am learning to fine-tune which instructions to give and to sense when more information is too much.

Pilates is a system of movement – a way of moving. Sophia embodies this in her life and passes it on to her students. I feel confident that I will be able to use what I am learning from Sophia to help others, whether it be through Pilates or any other method. I know that after her training I will not be the kind of teacher who just knows how to lead the class through a choreography – instead I will be passing onto my students something of real value.  I knew from the outset that learning in this way would take time, effort and patience. I am satisfied that I have already gotten immense value from Sophia’s training and I know that within the year I will be qualified to teach Pilates myself.

Anonymous, 2019

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