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As a clumsy child, Allie never participated in sports and never viewed herself as an "athletic" person. It wasn’t until her early twenties that she decided she wanted to become more active and stronger. She practiced Muay Thai for six years and loved the intensity and adrenaline it offered her but the impact it caused her body was not sustainable. She then found her way to her yoga mat in 2012. In 2016, she completed her 200-hour yoga certification through Yoga Alliance and has been teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga since. In early 2017, she was introduced to Pilates through the Pilates V internship program and started teaching in May 2017. She is extremely passionate about wellness and fitness and approaches both with a holistic approach. When designing her classes, Allie likes to draw inspiration from both Yoga and Pilates and believes they are great complements to each other. She loves connecting with her students by creating fun and intelligently-sequenced classes that cultivate empowerment, confidence, and self-awareness.
Although now a teacher, Allie is first and foremost a student. After completing her Pilates Certification, she has plans to pursue her 500-hour yoga certification, as well as TRX and Barre down the line. She also enjoys attending workshops on a regular basis to keep her knowledge-base up to date.
When she’s not on a reformer or a yoga mat, you can find her in her kitchen baking vegan goods and brewing Kombucha. She is a big fan of the outdoors and enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and camping. She also loves traveling and attending concerts.
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Angelynn Sawyer is a personal trainer because she wants to change peoples lives by helping them move and feel better. Inspired by her mother who passed away at the young age of 50 from Fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Angelynn is motivated to help her clients grow stronger while doing their best with what they have. Her philosophy is about over coming challenges, making progress, and celebrating accomplishments. For Angelynn, Personal Training isn't about the "appearance" of fitness, its about the "feeling" of fitness. If you're looking for a passionate trainer who will focus on your wants, needs and goals then Angelynn is the trainer for you.
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Annie has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years promoting wellness to her clients in a variety of settings including studio, fitness, corporate and clinical. She is a practitioner of the contemporary Stott Pilates method and holds certifications in Comprehensive Mat/Apparatus, Injuries and Special Populations, Total Barre and is an Instructor Trainer at Mindful Movement Collective LLC in Newark. In addition she is an ACE certified personal trainer and Registered Dietitian since 1988.
After a low back injury from distance running and with the birth of her third child, Annie was introduced to Pilates and immediately experienced the rehabilitative benefits in both body and mind. In 2002 she started. her certification training. She enjoys designing individualized programs as well as creative group class formats that make Pilates accessible to all ages and fitness levels. Annie's mindfulness practice also includes spending quality time with friends and her three children; John, Juliana and Jocelyn. She also enjoys exploring nature with her two canine companions.
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Belen has always enjoyed dance and movement since a very early age. While attending UCLA in the early 2000s, she started taking yoga classes at the campus gym. She quickly fell in love with the movement and centering aspect of yoga. This love eventually led her to becoming a certified yoga instructor through Yogafit in 2009. She thoroughly enjoyed being a yoga instructor but often times developed ongoing chronic joint pain while teaching and during her own practice. Her physical therapists urged her to let go of her yoga practice in favor of teaching pilates. Due to this, in 2014 she took a leap of faith and did a one-on-one comprehensive 75 hour Classical Pilates mat certification with the owner of Total Body Wellness in Albuquerque, NM. Her mat training was the beginning of her passion of Pilates and specifically the reformer apparatus.
“The reformer has helped my body to feel like it did in my twenties. My freedom of movement greatly improved and allowed me to continue the other activities I loved.” -Belen
Belen has taught yoga and mat pilates in different cities in the US and the United Kingdom. Her goals are:
To help her students develop a mind-body connection.
Improve her clients' efficiency of movement in their daily life.
A focus on alignment and accuracy of movement.
Her teaching approach is about helping others find a mind body connection with an emphasis on proper alignment. She enjoys learning as much as she can about Pilates and hopes to share her positive energy with her clients! In her free time she enjoys doing outdoor activities with her family and their dog.
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Cecilia Pulido has been in the natural health & fitness industry since the early 1990’s. Originally raised as a California farmer’s daughter, she experienced endurance, strength, & power training exercises by helping harvest the family's apricot & walnut orchards, as well as doing general chores on the farm. She moved to Los Angeles, California in the late 1980’s to attend UCLA, and there in Los Angeles she got very involved in the fitness “scene” …from step aerobics, martial arts, fencing, to yoga, she loved staying fit and moving her body. Eventually, she came across a television ad which depicted a young Mari Winsor showing her Pilates exercises, and that truly impressed her. Mari Winsor was her first exposure to the Pilates Method. From there she continued working in the fitness industry as a hobby, while maintaining a full time career in sales and marketing, mostly in the natural products industry.
Towards the end of 2003, she relocated herself and 3 year old daughter to Puerto Rico for a sales and marketing project. When the project came to completion, she decided to remain in Puerto Rico but pursue a different career path. Her long time study and commitment to PaKua, an Ancient Chinese knowledge, lead her back to the fitness industry, and she began teaching fusing PaKua with her basic Pilates knowledge into all her classes. One day a student asked her if she had studied at Pilates Y Mas (the Pilates school of Lolita San Miguel). The school was unknown to her, but this discovery immediately lead to classes at Pilates y Mas (part of Ballet Concierto) and with San Miguel herself, and eventually the Polestar Program in 2010.
In 2015 she entered the Lolita Legacy Program and travels every 8 weeks to West Palm Beach, Florida where she continues her advancement in the Pilates Method with Danielle Armstrong (a former student of the late Romana Kryzanowska), and now the head instructor of the Lolita Legacy program. Beginning 2017 she will graduate from the Legacy program, and begin the bridge program in August with Daria Pace (grand daughter of Romana Kryzanowska) with whom she is currently taking private lessons.
In addition to being a long time instructor of fitness, she has earned significant ranks as a Kettlebell Master Trainer specializing in large group Kettlebell classes, is a TRX Black and Yellow instructor, and is 3rd degree black belted in PaKua Chinese Martial Arts, Sintonia Chinese Yoga and Ritmo - Martial Arts Dance.
Her firm belief in teaching the importance of proper kinematics before anything else, continue to define her teaching style and work. She has worked with special populations including those suffering from Alzheimer’s, Obesity, Severe Diabetes, Cancer, and Parkinson’s.
Recently, she relocated back to California, in the San Jose area where she resides with her daughter, now 16. She is extremely excited to learn more about the Pilates Method from other instructors and amplify her teaching capability and personal practice.
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My name is Grecia Gutierrez, I decided to start practicing Yoga and Pilates approximately 6 years ago through a community college for PE credits and I decided to try Yoga and Pilates and I fell completely in love with it. It has not only helped me physically but mentally as well.
I became an instructor because like everyone else, I too have my own story to share and hope it helps someone out with their own journey. I have my personal experience with what it’s like to want to work out and pursue a healthier lifestyle but not having the correct guidance and full support team. I’ve had my share of struggles and low moments to a point where I had given up on myself but something inside me pushed me and helped me get to where I am at right now. Since I know what it’s like to take on a journey by oneself I want to be that support system for someone and help them and allow them the encouragement they not only want but need and deserve. I have received my Comprehensive Pilates Certification and Yoga Certification from College of San Mateo, I love expanding my knowledge, growing as an individual, mentor and instructor, and sharing the benefits of all of the Pilates apparatus with my clients.
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Heather has practiced Pilates for more than 10 years, and has completed training in both mat and reformer-based Pilates. She has completed her comprehensive 500-hour certification with Pilates V and is a PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified instructor. Heather is a former corporate executive and mother of two young children, who seeks the benefits of a more active lifestyle by incorporating a robust and consistent daily exercise practice into her routine.
Heather is passionate about using Pilates to help clients tackle common fitness challenges, including:
balancing a demanding career with the need for self-care
regaining fitness and strength following pregnancy
improving core strength and flexibility to decrease the risk of injury in other athletic pursuits
maintaining bone strength
Heather believes in the importance of Pilates as a strength, flexibility and balance builder, and for its power in encouraging proper use of muscles during exercise and in daily life. In her Pilates teaching, she focuses on building overall strength, improving posture, and relieving stress. Besides Pilates, Heather’s other athletic pursuits include high intensity interval training and boot camp.
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Janelle loves to see clients enjoy the benefits of Pilates. She is certified by Balanced Body, PMA, NASM and has pre-/post- natal and TRX continuing education training. After experiencing how Pilates on the apparatus helped her recover from a back injury, she was inspired to become a certified instructor to help others.
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Marilyn has been in dance and fitness most of her life. When she is not working you can find her on the Ballroom floor. “Ballroom is very demanding on the body so I take my own Pilates practice very seriously. It keeps me strong and in perfect balance”. She started working as a Personal Trainer 15 years ago. Soon after she starting teaching Personal Training she found C.H.E.K Institute (Corrective, High-Performance, Exercise, Kinesiologist) and took the Exercise Coach, Neuromuscular Therapy, Scientific Back Training, and Holistic Lifestyle Coaching certifications, as well as a TRX certification. She is very passionate about holistic health and wellness.
Shortly after she found Pilates and is now fully certified through Balanced Body. Pilates became a passion because she loves the “mind / body connection”. She continued with specialty certifications in scoliosis (dealing with scoliosis herself). She loves connecting to her students and helping them reach their goals, all while keeping an element of fun in the workouts.
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Grace moved from Beijing, China to Los Angeles, California to pursue a Chemical Engineering degree at USC. While balancing her reverse osmosis studies (ask her about industrial water treatment) with fitness, she discovered Pilates as the best way to overcome her muscle imbalance problems caused from years of intense fencing competitions.
Grace's interest (obsession) with Pilates only grew from there, and as a student of Rael Isacowitz, she completed her BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training in Newport Beach, California at BASI headquarters. Joined by her husband, Grace attended BASI's LFTL (Learn from the Leader) Conference in Pretoria, South Africa.
Grace incorporates an engineering approach to analyze her clients movements during her Pilates lessons, where she helps clients re-educate their muscles, gain better alignment, and achieve optimal balance between flexibility and strength.
Grace enjoys traveling to new places, eating spicy Chinese hot pot meals, and playing with her three big fluffy dogs.
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Meltem trained in classical ballet from the age of 5. As a young adult, she transitioned to Salsa and Argentine Tango which she has both performed and taught. She discovered Pilates as a practice to help strengthen and condition her body both as a performer and in her every day existence and immediately became passionate about the work. After a year of self-practice, she completed the Instructor Training at the Academy of Seratonin Pilates in Turkey and has been an instructor since 2016. She has completed the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat Plus and Intensive Reformer courses and is on track to become a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor. Having recently relocated to the United States, she is enjoying teaching Pilates and helping people be healthy. Meltem is a graduate of Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and has worked as an engineer for several companies, but after having a daughter in 2017, she is happy to be focusing on her Pilates career.
Michele Mandell earned her Exercise Physiology and Nutrition degrees at CSU, Chico, but her journey in the fitness industry started in the 80’s when she started taking Group Exercise classes. Right away Michele knew that group exercise (aerobics at the time) was going to be an important part of her life.
By 1987 she was teaching “aerobics” at three different fitness centers and spreading her love of fitness.
In 2008 Michele, who was now working in Santa Clara as a Group Exercise Director, started her study of Pilates. Right away she realized that Pilates was special. Anyone could participate, whether they were an 80 year old or a 20 year old competitive athlete and get fabulous benefits. Michele finished her Peak Pilates certification in 2009 and is currently working on a second certification through Balanced Body University.
Michele, a ACE certified group fitness instructor, teaches weekly classes in cardio kickboxing, athletic conditioning, BODYPUMP, and Pilates. She found a new passion in teaching at Pilates V, where she has found an amazing community of wonderful teachers and students.
She invites you to join her energy-filled classes every Saturday morning in Campbell.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” Arthur Ashe
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Monica has always been passionate about health and fitness. When she began practicing Pilates she found it greatly benefited her both physically and mentally. It is an amazing practice that not only connects the mind and body while performing the exercises but can also be integrated into daily life. Learning and applying the principles of Pilates is safe, accessible, and beneficial for everyone.
After a debilitating car accident she used Pilates to rehab her body and it inspired her to eventually pursue a career in helping others benefit from Pilates as she has done. She loves working with clients and helping them achieve their goals.
She has been trained through Balanced Body University's Pilates Instructor certification course and plans on continuing her education as there is always more to learn!
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Sarah is a professional dancer and fitness instructor, classically trained in ballet for over 20 years while studying styles such as Modern, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She currently performs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula with the New Ground Theatre Dance Company as one of their core dancers.
Sarah’s passion for movement brought her to Pure Barre where she trained to become a certified barre instructor. Over the last 4 years of teaching she has honed her skills, created a strong client base, and developed a powerful presence within the fitness community. Looking to deepen her love of technique and form, which she attained from her extensive ballet training, Sarah turned to Pilates to broaden her practice.
Pilates has not only strengthened her own personal practice and performance, but given her the ability to bring greater knowledge and understanding of movement to her clients. Sarah is extremely excited to bring her talent and personality to Pilates V and looks forward to helping each and every person she works with reach new heights!
After discovering her own passion for fitness, Selena's desire to help others on their fitness journey grew and she knew this was the path her career needed to take. She wanted to help others feel good about themselves in all stages of their fitness journey. Help inspire people to see they are capable of doing what they once thought maybe impossible. To help people see the small changes they're making and celebrate them.
Coming from a corporate background, Selena knows all too well the negative affects sitting at a desk slouched over a computer can have on your physical and mental health. While searching for a form of exercise that could undo all this damage, Pilates came into her life and the healing began. Selena found what she'd been searching for and immediately started taking the necessary steps to transition into teaching and now has the opportunity everyday to help others find their happy and joy that Pilates gives.
Selena is also TRX Qualified, has a passion for running and thoroughly enjoys working 1-on-1 with clients. She has a good understanding of injuries and able to modify exercises to accommodate the clients needs. She loves seeing her clients grow and being their biggest cheerleader.
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Professional Background: Physical movement has played a vital, constant role in Shannan’s life. Pilates is her rock. She’s been doing Pilates, playing sports, and dancing since childhood. Pilates has helped her feel more healthy, confident, and relaxed. Shannan wants to help others feel these profound Pilates benefits while working toward their own personal weight loss, lean muscle toning, balance, posture, coordination and injury rehab goals.
Why Shannan Does Pilates: Shannan discovered Pilates as a very young athlete looking to cross train. She’s been hooked ever since! The intensity spectrum of Pilates is awesome. It makes her feel strong and powerful, yet it is gentle on her joints. It’s amazing how Pilates can provide a seriously kick butt workout, but can also be gentle enough to prevent and rehabilitate injuries by correcting muscle imbalances and improving flexibility and core strength. Shannan loves a hard core workout, but also has a history of pain in her neck, back, shoulders, and knees so Pilates is perfect for her. It has been essential for her injury rehab and keeps flare ups at bay. Shannan really enjoys using Pilates to help people feel more pain free and happy.
Teaching Pilates since 2011
STOTT Pilates: Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels
NUTRITION Coach/Personal Trainer: NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) since 2012
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Boot Camp Instructor
BA, Dance, UC Irvine (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Pilates Reformer, World Dance)
USC Physical Therapy Background (#1 PT school)
Student Athletic Trainer for UCI Sports Teams and Dance Department
Dance Science Researcher and Presenter at IADMS (International Association for Dance Medicine & Science) conferences overseas
Personal Fun Facts: Shannan loves dogs and just got a Maltese puppy:) Fun cardio integrated Pilates, healthy eating, and a great TV show are musts in her life.
Shannan’s own personal fitness mantra: “Exercise, especially when done mindfully, is the key to a long and happy life.”
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Stephanie developed her love for barre, Pilates, and body mechanics in the amazing city of Los Angeles, CA where she found Pilates to be a welcome respite from work and her graduate studies. Among other hidden talents, she is both a competitive and professional dancer, traveling around the world with various companies as a corps member and fire performer. She found that Pilates not only improved her movement technique, but also her quality of life. This is what she strives to impart unto others--and doing so with firm, yet empathetic guidance. She believes Pilates is an extremely time-efficient way to strengthen supporting muscles which will not only decrease likelihood of injuries but will greatly enhance other workouts and functional everyday activities. Most importantly, learning how to become a master of your body is what makes it so much FUN!
Director of Education
Giselli is an international Pilates Instructor and Physical Therapist with over 10 years of experience. She was first introduced to Pilates as a result of back pain and has continued to study Pilates because of its exceptional benefits to her health. Giselli received her first Pilates certification in Brazil and continued her education at Body Arts and Science International in Virginia where she completed her teacher training certification in BASI Pilates. She loves the challenge of instructing both groups and individuals for a fun, modern and safe workout.
"In my practice, my teaching and in my life I am inspired by connection with the body and soul. I am committed to doing my best to live fully in each moment. I have personally benefitted from Pilates in every way. As a teacher, my intention is to create a space where each student can experience their own greatness."
Director of Studio Operations
Emily is the Director of Studio Operations with Pilates V. She is a Power Pilates Master Instructor, NASM/ASFA Certified Personal Trainer with StrongFirst Olympic Lifting & Kettlebell certifications and an RRCA Certified Running Coach. When she’s not at the gym she enjoys training for & running marathons, drinking wine and hanging out with her doodles, Ziggy and Chewy.