New Sonoma spot for ‘mindful movement’

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Kinh O’Brien opened a new Pilates and yoga studio in Sonoma earlier this month, offering “movement for the mindfully athletic.” O’Brien formerly saw clients out of EA’s Crossfit on Eighth Street East. Her new 500-square-foot studio space is located at 1262 Broadway.

“Pilates and yoga has served as my foundational method of self-care for more than 15 years,” said O’Brien. “Whether that’s been strengthening for dance, unwinding after my former corporate job or rehabilitating after the births of my two sons, the mat and machines have always brought me back to my neutral and centered me.”

O’Brien has taught Pilates and yoga for close to a decade, most recently in the Pacific Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. She now lives in Sonoma with her husband and two young children.

She says she teaches in a “mindfully athletic” way because she believes that you don’t need to compromise staying safe with breaking a sweat. She specializes in private and duet (two-people) sessions. She has Pilates Reformer, Cadillac and Wundachair devices and lots of props and mat space.

She said that her clients see her between one and three times a week.

She uses the term “mindfully athletic” because she says she has a very athletic style of teaching to strengthen clients, but that she emphasizes alignment and the proper use of muscles with every exercise or pose.

She said her current clients include men with sacroiliac joint issues or knee pain, or stay-at-home moms still recovering from childbirth issues from years ago.

“I also have former CrossFit competitors or marathon runners, a teenager with scoliosis – it’s pretty varied,” she said. “I can keep you safe, help you heal what hurts and give you a great workout at the same time.”

KOB Pilates & Yoga Studio, open by appointment. Email

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