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Instructors

 
 
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Rochelle Gingras, Owner 

Rochelle Gingras is the owner and operator of Joy of Movement. An avid practitioner, teacher and student, she has completed three comprehensive Pilates certifications through BASI, Balanced Body and Embody Pilates, a more classically oriented approach. She is an advanced Gyrotonic® trainer, trained in the Level 1 and Level 2 work, as well as a certified Gyrokinesis® trainer. When not teaching, she maintains an active practice as an advanced cranial sacral therapist and an Esalen style and deep tissue massage therapist. She brings precision, an appreciation of the global sense of the body, and a love of the work she does.

 
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Aimee fitzgerald, instructor

Aimee Fitzgerald has taught yoga and Pilates in Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley since 2006. She has an Iyengar yoga background and studied Pilates though Pacific Movement Center, Balanced Body, and more. Aimee has experience with Physical Therapy, Athletic Training and her latest continuing education adventure is the Core Align. 

Aimee observes students alignment and addresses imbalances and compensatory movement strategies to create harmonious, integrated movement that is fun. She has seen the amazing changes Pilates made for her students and greatly relies on the work for her own self care and health.

 
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angel batt, instructor

Is a seasoned Pilates, yoga and group exercise instructor; she has been teaching group exercise for over 25 years. She is certified by the American Council on Exercise as well as holds certification in Pilates, yoga and Zumba. She teaches a variety of fitness modalities including Pilates, Yoga, boot camp, circuit training, intervals, BOSU, Step, and Stretch/flexibility. Angel was trained in the Classical Pilates method and alignment based yoga. She pulls from this, and the wealth of experience and education in other exercise modalities, to create a fun, challenging and well balance workout. Additionally, Angel holds a Masters degree in Social Work. This professional training and related experience, outside the fitness industry, gives her a deep understanding and appreciation for the distinct individuality of each participant.

 

Ayelet Harari, Instructor

Ayelet moved from Isreal to New York City in 1998 with a love and passion for dance and movement. She trained for more than 15 years in the dance world from classical ballet to Matha Graham to jazz and hip hop. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City 2007. She found Pilates after hurting herself at the gym with a herniated disc in her lower back...and fell in love with Pilates. She trained in the BASI Pilates method in 2012. Ayelet brings drama, dance, precision, and passion to her Pilates teaching. For her, Pilates is the way of living.

 

Christy Wilson, Instructor

Christy began teaching movement in 1987, and discovered Pilates in 2006 when given a prognosis that included multiple joint replacements. She began private lessons in classical mat Pilates, and, encouraged by the rehabilitative effects, pursued and completed the BASI Mat program in 2010, as well as, BASI Comprehensive Teacher Training in 2011-2012. Her studies include multiple BASI extended education certificate courses including Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies, and most recently, Pilates for the Mature Client. She is also a certified Personal Trainer through the American Sports and Fitness Association, and holds certificates in TRX Suspension Training, and Cardio Barre.

 
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Cindy Durns, Instructor

Throughout her life Cindy has enjoyed sports, from youth soccer and college track to sand volleyball. After years of playing without a strong core and incorrect biomechanics, she had injuries and her body needed to be balanced and aligned. In 2010 Cindy began down her Pilates path and within a short time not only had the major injuries dissipated but her flexibility, strength, and mobility were better than ever. She fell inlove with the Pilates concepts of flow and harmony and the detail and precision of the movemements. She was spending so much time practicing Pilates, it only made sense for her to complete the BASI Comprehensive Certification program. She brings to her teaching more than just an athletic background but also knowledge, respect, and compassion for the human body. Cindy holds a PhD in human learning theory, ran studies at NASA, taught college courses, worked in the semiconductor industry, and currently coaches middle school girls volleyball.

 
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DIXIE LEE MILLS, INSTRUCTOR

Dixie has been teaching Pilates for nearly 25 years. Currently she teaches Pilates and Modern Dance at UCSC, as well as other studios in the country, including Joy of Movement in Aptos. Dixie got her start by completing the teacher training program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado while at the same time earning her MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from UC Boulder, summa cum laude. Dixie briefly taught at The Pilates Center, and has since taught at numerous Pilates studios, dance studios and health clubs in New York City, Seattle and Santa Cruz.  Since 2002 Dixie has presented many continuing education workshops for Pilates teachers in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Long Island, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Virginia, California and Washington. In 2013 Dixie taught a mat class at the Pilates Method Alliance international conference. In 2007 she developed her own teacher training program, called Embody Pilates, and she has trained many teachers in both New York and California.  ixie is also an arts producer, a comedian, and the mom of 3 beautiful children.

 
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Greg Koenig, Instructor

Credits Pilates with changing his entire life! A passionate teacher and coach, Greg received his Pilates Mat training in 2014. Bringing both an athletic perspective and a love for the classic work of Joseph Pilates, Greg’s classes are challenging and precise. When he’s not in the studio, Greg can be found coaching baseball and football.

 
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Jamie Miller, Instructor

Has been teaching Pilates since 2004, bringing her love for movement into all of her classes and private sessions. Jamie is a certified Pilates, Gyrotonic®, and yoga instructor and a Thai massage practitioner. Her expertise includes teaching Pilates mat and all specialized apparatus, Gyrotonic® level one, Gyrotonic® archway, Smartspine®, Vinyasa Yoga, Reiki and Thai Bodywork. Jamie originally trained in Pilates through PhysicalMind institute, and then continued her Pilates education at Long Beach Dance Conditioning where she focused on proper anatomical alignment and therapeutic application of exercises. In 2007 Jamie continued to expand her expertise by getting certified in SmartSpine® with Marie Jose Blom Lawrence, and then in 2008 got her Gyrotonic® level 1 certification from Juliu Horvath.

 

Jenny Kotler, Instructor

Jenny has alway enjoyed an active lifestyle that includes snowboarding, skateboarding, bike riding and now pilates. She has been a practitioner of Pilates since 2009, when she used Pilates as a way to rehabilitate her ankle after surgery due to a skateboarding accident. She now has 5 certifications from Balanced Body University and continues to strengthen her skills with daily practice. Jenny lives to train clients of all ages and is particularly interested in pre- and post-natal Pilates after embarking on her latest adventure in motherhood.

 
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Kendra Kirk, Instructor

Kendra is a native of Ventura, CA and enjoys being active in many ways including Pilates, swimming, hiking, and running. Kendra began her Pilates journey in California in 2011. She connected with Pilates unlike any other fitness class. During her early practice, she had many aha moments when feeling the importance of the mind and body connection through each precise movement. Kendra became certified through Body Arts and Science International February 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA. Kendra has taught throughout CA including Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, along with teaching in Aspen, Colorado.

In addition to teaching Pilates, Kendra was exposed to Foundation Training, she connected with the changes in her own body and applied this to the way she worked with clients. Kendra took the Foundation Training certification in late 2015. Kendra also received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She is passionate about helping her clients discover how powerful they truly are as they have their own aha moments and connect their minds and bodies through Pilates.

 
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Mary Silva, Instructor

Mary found her passion for Pilates while receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from California State University, Long Beach. Being a dancer, Mary found Pilates to be intuitive and perfect for her personal style of exercise. Mary loves the way Pilates makes her body feel as well as being challenging, strengthening, and elongating. She is a certified Pilates instructor though Body Arts and Science International (BASI) with a specialization in Dance Specific Pilates exercises. While living in Long Beach Mary had the pleasure of studying under Karen Clippinger who gave her a strong understanding of the kinesiological principles underlying in Pilates exercise program designs. Mary recently moved to Santa Cruz and is excited to share her passion for Pilates with her clients.

 

NATALIE IRELAND, INSTRUCTOR

Natalie discovered Pilates in 2006. A studio opened down the street from where she was attending college and after her first session she was hooked. After practicing Pilates for over a year she received her IM=X training in Reno and at the IM=X headquarters in NYC. She received her basic through super advanced training with IM=X and continued her Pilates education with Balanced Body Pilates and STOTT Pilates. Natalie has been teaching group and private sessions since 2008 and helped open two Pilates studios in Reno and Salt Lake City. When she is not studying or teaching Pilates she enjoys trail running with her dog, Nyah in Nisene or spending time with her husband. Natalie loves anything fitness and nutrition related.