(com)motion

4522 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218, USA

(971) 217-8240
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  • Reviewed by L L. Fri May 10 2019
    I have had the pleasure of trying out pilates in a special session with one of the teachers at (com)motion, Tyra Lovato, and she is dedicated to making fitness inclusive. Come take a pilates or cardio class with her! In addition to Tyra's dedication to welcoming all bodies, the space has explicit expectations posted about it being a body positive space. I felt completely supported and welcomed by Tyra as a superfat pilates novice, and not only that, she's funny, caring, and knows how to modify a routine for bigger bodies. I don't know much about (com)motion as a whole having only been there once, and as a white, cis-gender person without disabilities I have left those respective ratings blank but believe they are pretty much five stars. Here's some background from the website: "(com)motion is a community-led movement studio operated by Our 42nd Avenue, a local nonprofit, to develop a multicultural sharing space in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. In an effort to create something that serves underrepresented community members in Portland's fitness world, we want to offer various forms of movement from African Dance to Yoga and Tai Chi to Capoeira, and everything in between." Tyra is a POC. She introduced herself to me with her pronouns, and (com)motion lists its teachers with pronouns so they appear informed about trans-inclusivity. In terms of inclusiveness for those with disabilities, there is limited street parking in a fairly busy area. The space itself had no steps to enter. I did not use the restroom facilities but it appeared that navigation to and inside them is accessible with a chair.