Shortly after the sun peeked over the horizon, Hoffman Auto Group employees rolled out yoga mats and filled their water bottles in preparation for the first-ever employee Pilates class. The Hoffman Audi of East Hartford showroom was the venue for a new health benefit for employees to enjoy two mornings each week. Healthy employees are productive and happy employees!
I. Bradley Hoffman, Co-Chairman of the Hoffman Auto Group, decided to offer something new, innovative and value-added to Hoffman employees after attending the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon in Hartford earlier this year. “The health benefits of yoga and Pilates was discussed in detail at the luncheon and I’m interested in continually finding ways to keep our company a leader in the industry, not only in our sales and service of vehicles but how we enrich the lives of our employees,” stated Hoffman. By providing Pilates classes to Hoffman employees, free of charge, they enjoy the health benefits as well as opportunities to get to know others from various departments.
Pilates Method created by Joseph Pilates, who believed many illnesses and pain could be relieved with an improvement in posture and breathing techniques, increases flexibility of the body’s extremities and creates long, loose, limber limbs. Starting on Wednesday, July 29, Kathryn Murphy, a Pilates instructor from Personal Euphoria & Fitness Classes, was brought in to begin sessions every Monday and Wednesday. The class is open free of charge to all Hoffman Auto Group employees and meets bright and early in the Hoffman Audi of East Hartford showroom at 6:45 a.m.
“It was a wonderful class! I really enjoyed the stretching and focused work on my core,” stated Brenda Scully, Marketing Events Specialist. She continued, “It is a great way to start the workday. It provided the benefits without being too intense.” Kathryn’s class offers modifications to each pose so everyone can get the most out of the class and go at their own pace. Hoffman encourages “our employees to live healthy lifestyles and we will provide opportunities to improve their well being.” He continued, “We will look into offering more classes as needed as well as holding them in different showrooms each week.”
Kathryn Murphy is a Pilates Instructor, Reiki Master and lover of dance. She has a B.A. in Art History from the College of Charleston and minored in dance. Kathryn’s seventeen years of dance experience includes performance, choreography and teaching. As a Reiki Master and dancer Kathryn loves the connection between movement and physical rehabilitation offered by Pilates. She received her Pilates training through Pilates Defined.