Pilates Instructors


Colleen Horn

COLLEEN HORN


Pilates Program Manager

Teaching Pilates since 2002

Education

  • Certificate Health and Fitness Specialist, California State University, Hayward
  • ACSM
  • NASM
  • Polestar Pilates Certification

I combine my background in personal training and rehabilitation with a compassionate and sensible approach to help clients realize the benefits of Pilates in their daily life. I suffered from debilitating spinal injuries at one time, but today I am an active golfer, bowler, gardener, dog owner and chef. I continue to educate myself and deepen my understanding of strengthening the back and core to support a dynamic and active lifestyle. Joint pain, scoliosis, osteoporosis, cancer and excess weight need not be permanent conditions, and all can be alleviated through Pilates to permit a fuller, happier life. 


Amanda Lewis

AMANDA LEWIS

Teaching Pilates since 2007

Education

  • UC San Diego BA Psychology and Dance
  • Professional Modern Dancer
  • Master Pilates Instructor certified through Body Kinetics
  • Pre/Post Natal Pilates Certified

I was first introduced to Pilates as a young girl in ballet class and continued to practice it as a way of keeping myself in shape as a dancer. But after a health condition in 2005 put me out of work I saw how Pilates helped me both mentally and physically. It was then that I decide to pursue Pilates as a career. I have seen the benefits that Pilates has brought to my own life and I love to share these same benefits with my clients. My method is based in traditional Pilates for a classical yet challenging and fun workout. Each session is geared to the clients personal needs. Injury and recovery have given me empathy and positivity and I believe in helping clients achieve their goals by passing this learning on to them.


Andre Levitt

ANDRÉ LEVITT

Teaching Pilates since 2000

Education

  • BFA in dance and pedagogy at Marygrove University
  • Symmetry of movement comprehensive Pilates certification 2000
  • Certification in gyrotonic expansion system 2002
  • Certification in gyrokinesis 2003
  • Certification in gyrotonic ladder 2004
  • Pilates Pro Works athletic reformer certification 2014
  • Professional ballet dancer

The Pilates method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, correct posture, restores Vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit. Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Not only is Health a normal condition but it is our duty not only to attain it but to maintain it. The Pilates method teaches us to be in control of our body and not at its mercy. Patience and persistence are vital qualities in the ultimate successful accomplishment of any worthwhile endeavor.


Elizabeth Sale

ELIZABETH SALE

Teaching Pilates since 2009

Education
  • Core Strengths Coaching Skills Certificate, San Francisco State University College of Extended Learning
  • BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, Theater Arts
  • MFA, San Francisco Art Institute, filmmaking, performance and expressive arts focus
  • NAFTA: National Aerobics and Fitness Trainers Association, Pilates Mat and Reformer Certification

I take a very holistic approach to teaching Pilates. Like Joseph Pilates, I grew up with debilitating allergies, anxiety and asthma, but found Pilates – through breath work and muscle toning – helped me combat those conditions to achieve long-lasting stability. I know firsthand that Pilates not only strengthens the core but improves mental health and immunity.


Eula Janeen Wyatt

EULA JANEEN WYATT

Teaching Pilates for over 13 years

Education

  • BM, Music Therapy, Florida State University
  • MA, Interdisciplinary Arts, San Francisco State University
  • Ellie Herman Certified Pilates
  • Pilates Rehabilitation Trainer
  • Pilates Arc Training

Pilates has given me the joy of vibrancy, flexibility and feeling centered. I love being able to share the physical and mental confidence I've gained from Pilates with others. By first focusing both physically and mentally on the smallest measure of movement and breath, one is able to progress towards one's final goal, whether that goal is pain-free movement or optimum athletic or artistic performance. My previous experience as an actor, dancer, musician and music therapist informs my work, and with each new client I develop a training program for their unique needs and desires.


John Ferguson

JOHN FERGUSON

Teaching Pilates since 1998

Education

  • Body Kinetics Pilates 500-hour Program
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer
  • Gyrotonic Level 1
  • San Francisco School of Massage Summer Intensive
  • Gustafsen and Associates Physical Therapy Intern
  • Colby and Associates Chiropractic Intern

I've been teaching and practicing Pilates for two decades, and I believe the practice offers a joyful lesson in mind and body. For me, one of the most rewarding things about teaching Pilates is the opportunity to share movement perspectives with my students. Thanks to a background in chiropractic medicine and physical therapy, I have a deep and thorough understanding of how the body works, and that knowledge enriches my instruction.


Laura Sachs

LAURA SACHS

Teaching Pilates for over 15 years

Education

  • BA, San Jose State University
  • Teaching Credential
  • MFCC program audit
  • ACE
  • AFAA
  • Registered Yoga Teacher

We can enhance our vitality and energy at any stage of life by practicing Pilates. Most of us work in a ‘box’, i.e. sit at a desk all day. We seldom need to reach up or twist around in our work life. Pilates allows our bodies to move and strengthen in a variety of patterns that get us out of the ‘box’. Pilates uses all of the components of mind-body exercise: introspection, breath and energy awareness, proprioceptive movement and reinforcement of body alignment. These combined into a movement routine enhance our wellness. I personally love the creativity that goes into combining the classic exercises into a routine for my clients. 


Linda Lee Tao

LINDA LEE TAO

Teaching Pilates for since 2008

Education

  • BA, San Francisco State University
  • Certificate in Marketing, UC Berkeley
  • NAFTA: Pilates Mat Certification
  • Phi Pilates, Pilates Reformer Certification
  • Balletone Certification
  • Pilates Arc Training

Pilates is an exercise method that works the body from the inside out. Developing and activating the smaller muscles that are inside or hidden from view allows us to better support our organs and our skeletal structure. This helps keep our bodies healthier and enables us to do more, so we can lead active lifestyles free from pain and injury.


Lisa Hurwich

LISA HURWICH

Teaching Pilates for since 2014

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania
  • Balanced Body University, Mat and Reformer Certifications
  • Training: EHS Pilates, Absolute Studios

As a lifelong fitness enthusiast, athlete and reformed cardio-addict, I have tried just about every fitness class and workout trend. After hanging up my running shoes following a foot injury, I discovered Pilates through a physical therapist and was able to relieve pain and become stronger, leaner and more flexible. My interest in body awareness and physiology has encouraged my continued study and desire to bring this same experience to others. I believe that Pilates is a movement practice for life, appropriate for all ages, stages and levels of fitness. Through working with my clients, I hope to help increase their strength, flexibility and body awareness while bringing a feeling of accomplishment and relaxation.


Noe Serrano

NOÉ SERRANO

Teaching Pilates since 1985

Education

  • BASI Pilates
  • NASM
  • BA in Theatre, Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • MB in Arts Management, Oklahoma City University
  • Professional Ballet Dancer

Born in Puerto Rico, I received my early training at the Conservatorio de Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico and the Universidad de Puerto Rico. While performing with Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico under the artistic direction of Lolita San Miguel, I was introduced to the Pilates Mat work taught by Ms. San Miguel, one of the elders who was trained and certified by Joseph Pilates to carry on his work for the next generation. In San Francisco, I studied with master Pilates trainer Larry Hall and have been teaching Pilates throughout the city. I bring my dance background to my teaching of Pilates, as well as my knowledge of how the body works at peak performance. 


Olivia Levitt

OLIVIA LEVITT

Teaching Pilates since 2001

Education

  • Master Certified Pilates instructor
  • Professional Ballet Dancer

I have been teaching Pilates for over 17 years and was trained by and assisted Master trainers Elizabeth Larkam and Ellie Herman. I also teach and perform Argentine tango. My Pilates classes seamlessly combine fluidity of movement, strength and core building exercises, overall flexibility, coordination and breath control to successfully execute the challenging Pilates exercises and methodology created by Joseph Pilates. I love to teach and her classes reflect that by being fun, motivating, encouraging and energetic!


Virginia Chatham

VIRGINIA CHATHAM

Teaching Pilates since 2016

Education

  • University of California at Davis, BA
  • Studied at EHS Pilates and Absolute Center
  • Balanced Body University Comprehensive Training

Core strength, alignment, and mindful centering are just a few of the benefits I hope to cover in every session whether working with desk warriors, moms returning to a fitness journey, recreational athletes, and people of all ages and backgrounds. Illness and recovery have given me empathy and positivity, that I hope to pass on to clients in group classes and individual sessions alike. In 2005, I discovered the Pilates method as an essential way to help manage my desk and computer based life as well as providing a foundational routine to competitive dressage horseback riding. In 2016, I completed Balanced Body University Comprehensive Training and began teaching.