Allison Linamen is a Los Angeles based Feldenkrais practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in Movement Therapy and the Performing Arts. She considers it her mission to help her students improve daily function and overcome chronic pain. Allison teaches weekly Awareness Through Movement classes and provides Functional Integration lessons to private clients. Additionally, she has extensive practice working with those diagnosed with orthopedic conditions, MS, stroke, neuropathy, and other chronic conditions. Allison continues to educate others about the Feldenkrais Method and is deeply committed to providing space for her student’s self-exploration and growth.
Six words to describe Allison’s teaching style: Articulate, Enriching, Thorough, Direct/Clear, Patient, Impartial/Non-Biased
Anastasia Baratta is a movement enthusiast and loves to facilitate healthy, fun movement practices for her students. Beginning with an education from the Kane School in NYC and then to BASI Pilates in Los Angeles, she has been teaching for over ten years and admits she is as much a student as she is a teacher with consistent workshops, research and her own evolving personal practice. At 50, she is in the best shape of her life. It is her mission to help others feel vital, embodied, and pain free.
Andrew Heffernan is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and fitness coach. He trains private clients, teaches group fitness classes, and coaches Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® classes in the Los Angeles area. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Andrew has written extensively for Men’s Health and Experience Life, as well as for the websites T-Nation.com, Onnit.com, and Openfit.com. His fitness book, The Exercise Cure, co-written with Dr. Jordan Metzl, was an Amazon bestseller. Andrew holds a black belt in karate and has won numerous top-five finishes in triathlons and obstacle course races. He lives in Glendale with his wife, Heidi Rose Robbins, and their two children, Kate and Dylan.
Six words to describe Andrew’s teaching style: Compassionate, Focused, Revitalizing, Intense, Balanced, Dynamic.
Devika Wickremesinghe is a dance artist, Pilates instructor, mover and shaker, originally from New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in Dance and Art History. Devika is certified through the Kane School of Core Integration, a program that integrates the Pilates method with sound bio-mechanical principles and focus on injury prevention. She has worked with students of all levels and has experience with osteoporosis and degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, chronic neck and back pain, students living with MS, and has certifications in Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates. She believes movement should feel GOOD! Informed by her practice as a dancer and a yogi, Devika aims to give her clients a full bodied and gratifying movement experience.
Six words to describe Devika’s teaching style: Playfully serious, creative, compassionate, challenging and kind.
Drea is a professional dancer, Pilates instructor and overall movement geek. Drea completed her Pilates Teacher Training through Body Arts and Science International (BASI), under the instruction of master trainer Rael Isacowitz. Soon after, she completed her certification in Pre-Natal and Post Partum Pilates through The Center for Women’s Fitness by master trainer Carolyn Anthony. She holds additional certifications, including Oov and Gyrotonic Expansion Method ®. With over 10 years of teaching experience, Drea is a detailed instructor and works tenaciously with her clients to find the special mind-body connection that makes movement feel so incredible.
Six words to describe Andrew’s teaching style: Mindful, Playful, Accepting, Balance, Depth, Empowering
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Mensah
A ballet dancer, Elizabeth became interested in Pilates for her own personal injury prevention and cross-training needs and eventually trained and became certified in the STOTT method. As a movement professional, she is passionate about fostering the mind-body connection in all of her clients. She believes that everyone can learn how to feel good in their body, and that it’s a privilege to help people achieve it.
Six words to describe Elizabeth’s teaching style: Detailed, Positive, Encouraging, (at times) Rigorous, Playful, Calm
Jessica Emmanuel has over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry as a certified Personal Trainer & Group Fitness Instructor with specialized certifications in multiple modalities including Barre, Pilates, Metabolic Conditioning, Cycling, and more. She is a dancer, choreographer, performance artist, educator and curator and has presented and performed work internationally. She is the founder of HumanStages and a co-founder of the theater based artists collective Poor Dog Group. She brings her passion for fitness, the arts, and movement to class and loves to see her clients confidence grow.
Catrina considers movement her life’s work. Her formal foundation is in ballet, and she was a formidable volleyball and track and field athlete throughout her middle and high school years. Catrina began in fitness as a Spinning instructor and then developed a reputation as a highly sought after personal trainer known for her devotion to her client’s well being. She incorporates Pilates and sports conditioning exercises into all of her classes.
Laura came to the Alexander Technique as an opera singer looking for help with severe neck pain and it changed her life, both on stage and off. Laura currently teaches Alexander Technique at UCLA, The National Children’s Chorus, various assisted living facilities, and in her private home studio. She trained at the Alexander Training Institute of LA and and is certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique.
Six words to describe Laura’s teaching style: Supportive, Gentle, Holistic, Playful, Empowering, Thoughtful
Marcella Sweeney is a professional dancer, fitness enthusiast and certified Yoga and Pilates Mat instructor. She received her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts. While there, she developed a particular interest in mind-body practices, anatomy and alignment of movement to promote efficiency, longevity and maximum ability. Marcella came to Los Angeles to pursue her career in dance and divides her time between dance, teaching and sharing her love of movement. Marcella’s approach to teaching is holistic, often combining aspects of both Pilates Mat and Yoga, with a strong focus on both the spiritual and physical aspects of movement practice.
Six words to describe Marcella’s teaching style: Holistic, Alignment-Based, Thoughtful, Hands-On, Attentive
Orameh believes that Yoga is an invitation and practice to cultivate joy, liberation, compassion, understanding and connection to the divinity of being human. Her personal healing path and her love of working with people to access their inherent capability to heal and be connected to their true nature is what drives her teaching. In addition to her extensive yoga training, she is also a Somatic Experiencing practitioner. Orameh has been teaching and developing group workshops in Los Angeles and internationally since 2011.
Six words to describe Orameh’s teaching style: Compassionate, Grounding, Balancing, Creative, Nurturing, Empowering
Stephanie Ellison has been teaching dance and movement most of her life. She began teaching Pilates in 2000 and was certified at Performing Arts Physical Therapy and The Pilates Studio of LA in 2003. She later went on to train with Joseph Pilates’ protege, Romana Kryzanowska, while working at Windsor Pilates. Exploring creative play as an exercise alternative led Stephanie to study circus arts and establish a Pilates studio at Bumbershoot Aerial Arts in St. Louis in 2009. Stephanie has worked in rehabilitation and has trained professional dancers, musicians and athletes, as well as those brand new to the Pilates Method.
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