• About the Owner of WK Pilates, Sonia Kang


    Sonia Kang's interest in body movement started early, while taking dance classes as a young child. It was the foundation for her to seek out different modalities of movement science. She continued to take ballet and modern dance classes while pursing her Bachelor's of Science degree in Business. In 1998, Sonia graduated from Arizona State University (ASU) with a B.S. in Marketing. While she had a full time job in public relations, she dedicated the rest of her time to learn Iygengar yoga at the B.K.S. Iyengar Center founded by Patricia Walden. Sonia became Yoga certified through the Yoga Institute in July 2000, a program approved by the Yoga Alliance. Thereafter, she made a shift to teach full time.


    Over the years, Sonia began to cultivate her skills and enhance her learning and understanding of the human body. In 2001, she spearheaded the first prenatal yoga program at Healthworks Fitness Center for Women in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sonia continued to develop a style that catered to various physical fitness levels and ages by teachingto children, college students, professional athletes and women over 55 years of age. She added the Pilates method to her teaching because the concepts and exercises Joseph Pilates created proved to be effective not only for herself but also for her clients. She received her Pilates Method Alliance Certification in 2006.In addition, Soniareceived further education by taking development courses in anatomy and body reading through Anatomy Trains™. Sonia Kang served as a Faculty Associate in the School of Community Resources and Development, and the College of Human Services at ASU from 2004 to 2009. The courses she taught included; Fitness Fundamentals, Core and Agility training, Introduction to Nutrition, Pilates and Yoga.


    When Sonia relocated her home studio to commercial property, she had a desire to bring three important elements together: education, empowerment and community. Going along with this goal, she decided to name her health center after her Korean name Weon Keyong (One Kee-ong);which means a person who brings people together. Sonia's experience in teaching kids yoga and ballet classes as well as children's program at the Boston Aquarium, helped her to launch a pro bono Pilates for Kids program. In the fall of 2010, she partnered with S.H.A.R.P. elementary school in Mesa, Arizona, an alternative public school for children with learning disabilities and behavioral issues. Sonia's experience teaching to special needs childrenwas very rewarding. Teachers at S.H.A.R.P. elementary school as well as the principal Greg Baumgartner saw significant behavioral improvements. In the April 2011 issue of Phoenix Magazine, an article was written about the success of the Pilates for Kids program. Sonia learned that all children respond well when they are given the opportunity to be creative, think independently, practice empathy and empowerment. Today, Pilates for Kidsis a program offered both at her Pilates studio and offsite.


    Sonia Kang saw the need to educate the public on how beneficial the Pilates concepts are for everyday life. Thus, she embarked on another endeavor of starting a magazine for Pilates professionals called the Pilates Advocate, an application available on smart phones and iPads. In 2012, her magazine offered readers in-depth articles from professionals in Pilates and the movement science field. Sonia condensed her magazine articles into a coffee tablebook, Pilates Teaches Longevity, about the inspirational elements of Pilates. In it, she shares her own personal ups and downs learning the Pilates method and debuts beautiful photography of her clients.


    Sonia continues to practice the principles of longevity at the Weon Keyong Health Center, known as WK Pilates. It exemplifies a community based educational fitness center that gives people the tools to move intelligently. Sonia Kang has built WK Pilates to be focused on core strengthening, post-rehabilitationand well-being. She has developed effective programs to strengthen the spine, hips and knees, and shoulders. She teaches the effectiveness of the method instead of reliance on equipment. Her long time clients are a testament of her work. WK Pilates clients are empowered individuals with a sound body, mind and spirit!


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