Movement exploration of the joints, tissue and subtle body- yoga at ISW is the start of a fresh dialogue with your body. Due to the constant hubbub of daily life, the central nervous system, and subsequently our muscles, keep us in a tight, high-alert, protective mode. The more we dial in and connect, the more surrendering and relaxing can occur.
Meet the Instructor
Body Grace Movement™ Instructor
I received my M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport and am a movement educator grounded in yoga and Pilates. My training techniques incorporate the essential components of contrology, the method developed by Joseph Pilates, now simply termed "Pilates."
I found my "true" yoga practice in my first non-gym experience at Camarillo Yoga Center, and was tremendously affected by Audrey Walzer, who inspired in me the pursuit of yoga physiology and anatomy. In addition, I have gained invaluable insight from the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar and Mukunda Stiles into physical alignment for pain relief. I am most indebted for the shift in her practice toward a deeper exploration of the internal landscape of the body to yogini Kira Ryder of Lulu Bandha in Ojai, California. By helping my clients reestablish their intuitive form and posture, daily movement patterns, whether it is sitting, standing, walking, running, exercising, or playing sports, are improved.
I became a personal fitness trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine in 2007 and was selected to teach Pilates exercise for Bally Total Fitness, training with elite Polestar instructors to acquire an understanding of these new movement skills. I pursued further body movement education from Simone Schmidt, former dancer, celebrity fitness trainer, and owner of Roxbury Pilates Spa/ Beverly Hills, who helped stars including Madonna get into tip-top Pilates shape (those arms!).
In 2008, I became a trainer for the U.S. Navy at the Port Hueneme and Point Mugu bases to effect the cost of injuries within the Naval branch by teaching stretching, alignment, and appropriate muscle activaton to support form and movement, thereby reducing/preventing injury. After my work at the Naval Bases of Ventura County, I sought to deepen my understanding of functional movement and fascia. I assisted the doctors at Kang Physical Therapy Clinic in Ventura, California and worked with pre- and post-operative joint surgery patients. Dr. Kang now spearheads the physical therapy department at George Fox University in Oregon, and before he left in late 2013, encouraged me to open my own studio. Now, having watched thousands of bodies in motion, I have developed a keen eye for identifying injury risk and offers prevention options to improve sedentary and active lifestyles.
I continue to develop knowledge and expertise through seminars, research, workshops, and self-practice, emphasizing the areas that explore biomechanics and injury rehabilitation. Among my other interests are consciously crafted skincare products, nutrition for the aging brain and Ayurvedic/Traditional Eastern Medicine self-care rituals. I have practiced Qi Gong with third generation Eastern medical doctor, Joseph K. Kim, and taken Qi cultivation courses, including Self-Healing Qi Gong at Yosan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles.
In 2015, I received continuing education in scoliosis care from international Pilates expert, Marie-Jose Blom, and in 2016 became a licensed Yoga Tune Up® Teacher. I completed training in somatic therapies at the Kali Institute located in Ventura and am certified as a massage therapist. My innovative use of fascia release techniques and specific cueing language for optimal, pain-free movement has helped hundreds of people in Ventura continue to enjoy the activities they love daily and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share her insight doing what she truly loves- exploring the layers of our bodies.
I am currently studying neuroscience, herbology, and easy portion control strategies for weight loss. I incorporate sound healing and mindfulness meditation into my classes and sessions, as well as Reiki and Thai massage. I recently ran my first two half marathons in 2018 and 2019 to encourage my undertanding of the running body and used the Jeff Galloway training method.
Therapeutic Pilates at ISW is personal, active health care incorporating a variety of modalities and techniques such as Yoga Tune Up®. Discover the most efficient way to move and gain an invaluable self-care solution specific to your conditioning needs to live unconstrained and free of chronic pain. Learn movement you can take anywhere!
Private/Small Group Training