Amy's love of movement began at an early age, dancing at a local studio in Danville. In high school, she was introduced to Sports Medicine, which really piqued her interest in health, functional training, and rehabilitation. This encouraged her to go on to graduate from CSU Chico with a degree in Exercise Physiology. After college, Amy came across Pilates and instantly fell in love. She knew she was meant to teach Pilates, and encourage and lead others to live a healthy life through fitness. She is so happy to be able to share her love of Pilates with all her clients. Amy completed her Pilates instructor training through Balanced Body (comprehensive) and IM=X Pilates. She is also licensed to teach TRX and Spin.
Danica found Pilates after a high school injury and fell in love with the results she saw inside and out from the mind-body connection. After graduating from UCLA and working in the pharmaceutical industry, she decided to pursue a fulfilling full time career helping others find similar ease and comfort in their own bodies. She completed her Balanced Body Comprehensive Pilates Instructor Training with Tom McCook at Center of Balance in Mountain View and has taken specialized continuing education workshops from Naomi Leiserson, Elizabeth Larkam, Karen Clippinger, Alan Herdman, and others. Danica is also a student of Ayurveda, a lover of Yoga and her dogs, a life-long dancer and former marathon runner. She hopes to spend a lifetime helping others enjoy life’s every move.
Alex is a reformed couch potato, who discovered movement over 14 years ago and has been moving ever since. After losing a lot of weight in 2007, Alex starting practicing Pilates and he has not looked back. Two years ago, he began his journey as a Pilates Instructor and has completed his entire instructor training at the Absolute Center in Lafayette. Alex’s passion for wellness and movement, combined with his expanding knowledge, enthusiasm and energy are reflexed in his private and group sessions. Alex has a Ph.D. in Biochemical Pharmacology and he worked in the Biotech R&D world for many years before redefining himself a few years ago. Fun Fact: Alex owns two Shiba Inu dogs and a Bengal cat, but if his wife didn’t stop him, their house would more like a zoo, with lots of exotic creatures.
Lisa has loved exercise since she was a young girl blazing trails in the Moraga hills. After two decades in business and environmental proposal writing, Lisa chose to change paths and pursue a career in exercise science and nutritional health. She achieved several national certifications and has been an instructor at various locations throughout the Bay Area for over 18 years. After developing chronic pain from injuries and circulatory issues, Lisa turned to Pilates. She began with the basics of mat Pilates and transitioned into work on the reformer. She noticed immediate improvement. The chronic pain subsided and did not return. She dove headlong into studying and practicing Pilates. Lisa began her Balanced Body Pilates training at Absolute Center in Lafayette, CA and completed her training at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. She believes that Pilates is an evolutionary journey. Lisa loves working with clients both in groups and individually and seeing the light go on when they connect to their body on a deeper level.
Lisa holds national certifications for personal training, water fitness and cycling and is nationally certified with the American Council on Exercise. She maintains balance with lots of outdoor cardio exercise and enjoys developing new recipes for healthy cooking and baking. Without animals her life would be lackluster and if people would sign their dogs up for puppy Pilates, Lisa would teach that too.
Jenna is a Pilates instructor and a personal trainer. She has a BA in psychology from San Diego State University. She fell in love with Pilates after discovering how energized and pain free it made her body feel. Growing up an athlete she suffered knee injuries and felt working out was "suffering." She has been Pilates certified for 8+ years now and knows there's a balance in how we care for a bodies and Pilates allows us to do anything else we want. She teaches mat, reformer, Cadillac, chair, ladder, TRX and strength and conditioning.
Along with Colleen's passion for Pilates, her primary background is in dance. She began dancing at the age of 7 in her parents living room, putting on little shows for them constantly. After convincing them to send her to dance classes she continued to do so until she graduated high school. She then attended San Diego and San Francisco State University as a dance major with a minor in Dance Medicine. In 2004, she became a principal dancer with a world touring dance company and toured seven months out of the year for over 12 years. Within those years she performed and taught workshops in over 20 countries. After falling in love with Pilates over 9 years ago, and due to her love and extensive experience in exercise, movement, and kinesiology, Colleen completed her Pilates instructor training at " Pilates Monterey," in Monterey, C.A. She is PMA certified which allows her to lead instruction on all the Pilates apparatuses'. Colleen is a kind and patient instructor with the motivation to help others reach their health and fitness goals.
Chinami discovered Pilates when she was looking for a good stretching method, while working out with heavy weights at the gym. One of her Pilates instructors showed her how to stretch and strengthen her body without using weights. She had an old shoulder injury and lower back pain, made worse by having kids. Working with Pilates method helped her to rehabilitate from those injures.
This experience motivated her to study Pilates and she was certified as an instructor in 2009 by Body Art and Science International (BASI). Prior to this, she worked as a personal trainer and also holds a certification in nutrition. Chinami is an active and busy mother of two college students. For her, the enjoyment of Pilates is working with a variety of people and sharing the joy of living with a healthy body and mind.
If you need inspiration, look no further than Dean Woerner. Dean changed his lifestyle 16 years ago and became one the most consistent triathletes in the Bay Area. He has been an All-American in the sport for more than 10 years, competing in close to 200 endurance race events, 3 full Ironman Triathlons, and over 40 Half-Ironmans. Biking is his true passion and he has participated in 9 Death Rides in the Sierra Mountains.

After a back injury, Dean discovered Pilates as a means to strengthen and balance his back muscles. Pilates helped him learn the importance of core strength and stability training and how essential it is for any athlete for the longevity of their career and for injury prevention.

 

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