Amanda Killian received her Pilates Teacher Training Certification August, 2002 from Perfectly Fit in La Canada, CA. Her movement background includes Ballet, Classical Indian Dance, Korean Dance, Tap, Tai Chi and Ariel Circus work. All of these disciplines enhance her teaching style. Amanda's goal is to provide clients with a well-rounded workout that is challenging and fun. "We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance." ~Japanese Proverb
Ana Debasa was born in Santa Cruz California, and moved to LA when she was 18. She dabbled in acting for a little while, but her real passion has always been Animals. She started working with horses at a young age. It was through a horseback riding accident that she found Pilates. It was through Pilates that she was able to heal herself. She then became certified in 1999 at Perfectly Fit, a Classical Pilates Studio. She worked at Perfectly Fit for a few years before coming to Mind-Body Fitness Pilates Studio in 2001, and has worked here ever since! Ana also worked as a vet tech at East Valley Veterinary Clinic as well as running her own animal rescue for many years, One Dog Rescue. Mind-Body Fitness clients have adopted many of her dogs. She has since left Dog and Cat Rescue, and is pursuing her first Love, Horses.
Lynne DeMarco, Owner, received a BFA in Dance from California Institute of the Arts in 1988. It was while studying dance, that Lynne first encountered the work of Joseph H. Pilates. After graduating, she danced professionally with Loretta Livingston & Dancers until 1995. Upon leaving the company, Lynne returned to her Pilates training. She received her teacher certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning, under the direction of master teacher and innovator Marie Jose’ Blom-Lawrence, in 1996. Lynne continues to further her education by taking workshops in the Pilates Method. Lynne also continued her dance career, working with Helios Dance Theatre, and Trip Dance Theatre. She went on to teach Pilates at Ron Fletcher Co., Total Body Studios and The No-Nonsense Workout, until opening Mind-Body Fitness Pilates Studio in 1998. She began with one Pilates Reformer working in the dining room of her home, and soon rented a commercial space in Silver Lake. She then needed more room to play, so she moved to her current location in Los Feliz in June, 2000. Lynne enjoys teaching Pilates and believes everyone can benefit from it.
Amanda Charles grew up in Baltimore, MD and went to college in Pittsburgh, PA receiving, a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She began practicing Pilates shortly after moving to Los Angeles in 2007 and saw an immediate transformation in her body and was hooked. Amanda has been a certified Pilates instructor since 2009, having completed her comprehensive training through Balanced Body University. She loves Pilates and enjoys sharing her passion with others through teaching. Amanda takes pride in motivating her clients and loves seeing the physical and mental transformation that practicing Pilates brings.
Genevieve Lee received her certification from Body Arts and Science International (BASI), in February 2012. As a former dancer and yogini, Genevieve developed a keen eye for alignment and a solid understanding of movement. She first discovered Pilates after seeking alternative ways to treat a chronic knee injury. It was only after regularly doing Pilates that she was finally pain free. This life changing experience and the encouragement of her teachers led her to pursue a career in Pilates. She hopes that she can help her clients find the same mind body connection and fulfillment through Pilates that she has. Genevieve enjoys working with students of all levels and abilities.
Abigail Eiland was first introduced to Pilates through her sister, as she rehabilitated from a bad back injury. Not only did her back get better, but she looked great! Coming from a performing background Abigail had limited experience with Pilates, but once she began studying seriously, she was hooked. Abigail was certified through Pilates Sports Center, Encino CA. in 2011, studying both Classical and West Coast Style Pilates. She believes that Pilates can be useful in every aspect of your life, and tailors her sessions to be fun, challenging, and positive. When she is not teaching, Abigail is a working actress and singer.
Natalie Frost started gymnastics and dance at the age of six and has always felt the need to be active and connected to her body. She first discovered Pilates during college in New Hampshire, and was instantly drawn to it's emphasis on posture and form. She became an AFAA certified Personal Trainer in 2010 after helping friends and family make healthier choices and soon thereafter started taking mat Pilates workshops and teaching group classes. Natalie successfully ran her own Personal Training business in Providence, RI before relocating to Los Angeles and beginning her studies with Stott Pilates at John Garey Fitness in Long Beach. She completed her Intensive Reformer course in April 2015 and Cadillac, Chair and Barrel the following August, and now focuses exclusively on Pilates. In her teaching she strives to combine athletic strength with the grace and finesse of control, encouraging her clients to take a long-term approach to their wellness. In her free time Natalie enjoys hiking, yoga, photography and creative writing.
After living with a back injury for several years, and surgery that left him with titanium screws in his hip, Sean started to explore yoga and Pilates to help remedy his pain. Sean was introduced to the classical Pilates method and began attending classes. Reaping the benefits of Pilates (such as greatly reduced back pain, better posture, and overall wellness through mind-body connection), Sean made the decision to enroll in Whole Body Method's Pilates Instructor Program. The program brought Sean to a whole new level of understanding of Pilates and has changed his life in many positive ways. Sean completed his certification at Whole Body Method Pilates in January 2014. Sean is a firm believer in the advantages of a routine Pilates practice. He is dedicated to sharing the benefits of classical Pilates with others. He is keen to work with people from all different backgrounds that suffer with pain and discomfort, and want to explore Pilates as a viable means of healing and strengthening the body.
Michelle is a Classical Pilates Instructor. She teaches the carefully designed exercises of Joseph H. Pilates and his science of "Contrology" by his original definition. She focuses on a fun, challenging workout - and overall balance of the mind and body. Michelle's background is in Interior Architecture And Design. Four years ago, her personal journey towards better health lead her to a Classical Pilates Certification. She was certified at ‘Whole Body Method’ in June, 2014. "The body is like a building - everything is connected. The foundation must be strong ...The small parts must be revitalized and preserved to withstand the test of time.”
Liam began as a dancer in The Australian Ballet and worked his way to London, Off-Broadway and Broadway in dance companies and Musical Theatre. He is a PMA certified Classical Pilates instructor and has worked for studios, physiotherapists and chiropractors including Beverly Hills Posture and Rehabilitation. Liam was fully certified at Whole Body Method in 2007 by Nigel Sampson, Director. Liam strives to make each workout unique, catering to the client's needs while using his dance career to make it an energizing experience. He has taught across America, in London, and Australia and has worked with a host of elite athletes, professional dancers and celebrity clients.
Shana is a Certified Pilates instructor since 2006. She received her Classical Certification with PMA sanctioned Whole Body Method in Los Angeles. Shana has a passion for blending the art of classical movements with developing athleticism of the body. She began classical ballet as a young girl and studied dance through college. She began Pilates to build muscle strength, improve flexibility and posture after becoming a mother of two boys. Shana decided to become a Pilates instructor because she went through her own transformation and loves helping others do the same. She enjoys creating strong workouts tailored to the individual by focusing on muscle strength, tone, definition and flexibility. She understands how to motivate clients, encourages them to do exercises they never thought possible. Her clients achieve dramatic changes and together they enjoy seeing the results.
Amy Aceto comes from a creative background in Swimwear design, and also from an athletic background in Swimming. She was looking for a new workout regime and discovered Pilates. Her sister recommended it to her, and after her first mat class, was hooked forever! In 2009 she decided to get her Pilates Certification and received it from Pilates Sports Center in Studio City. Amy’s teaching style combines her creative and athletic backgrounds, which makes her classes challenging, but fun. She likes to do something new and different in each class. Amy enjoys the challenge of Pilates and how strong it makes her feel. She loves a challenging workout, and teaches the way she would like to be taught. “If there is no challenge, there is no change”. She promises to always keep it fun!
Gloria Tinajero, a Los Angeles native and health enthusiast, is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach where she studied dance & dance physiology. It is through her rigorous dance training where she was exposed to Mind-Body practices such as Pilates and Yoga. The studies of both these disciplines inspired her to further her understanding of the body, and increased the proficiency of her craft. She holds a Pilates Teacher Certification from Body Arts & Sciences International, which she earned in 2006. Gloria has over a decade of experience helping individuals of all levels, ages and backgrounds, achieve their fitness goals.
Amelia Wise’s training and teaching methods draw from her many years of experience using a variety of mind-body movements. She started by becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor, then Personal Trainer, and continued with her training in Stott Pilates. From June 2015 - May 2017, she completed a specialty in Reformer Intensive and Chair/Cadillac/Ladder Barrel Intensives at John Garey Fitness and Pilates in Long Beach, CA, in the Stott Pilates Method. In addition, she has taken workshops on Athletic Conditioning on the Reformer, Scoliosis management and Yin Yoga. Amelia seeks to create workouts that are fun, challenging and pain-free for all clients, regardless of age or physical abilities. Her first experience with Pilates was training in Classical Mat Pilates back in 2005 while enrolled at Smith College. She immediately noticed the change in her physical strength and alignment, eliminating years of back and neck pain. Originally from the East Coast, Amelia relocated to Los Angeles to teach Pilates and Yoga full-time. She believes daily movement practices is essential for mind-body health and well being.