There is no "one size fits all" in bodywork. Pilates is not just about your "core", it's seeing and looking at your body and movement patterns and
seeing what is working and what is not. We find where there may be blocked energy or places of instability and help to redirect. It really works!
Founder of Embody Studio. Shannon completed her Pilates certification in 2003 through PhysicalMind and Balanced Body. Gyrotonic Level 1 in 2005, and received her Dance/Movement Therapy degree in 2000. She completed a 500 hour Advance Yoga Studies, completing her certification in Iyengar inspired Yoga at The Yoga Room, Berkeley in 2014.
Shannon specializes in scoliosis, sciatica, and back and sports injuries, but she loves working with people at all fitness levels; from the professional athlete to the post surgery client, to the client going through chemotherapy.
Shannon herself is a breast cancer survivor and her movement practice of Yoga, Pilates along with guided meditation saved her during her time in treatment. She believes fully in her work and teaches directly from her own experience and heart.
Shannon also teaches monthly somatic meditation and writing workshops at various studios in the bay area. She is also the guided meditation teacher at the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Berkeley. She believes rest and learning to relax are just as important as adding movement into our lives and helps women learn to breathe deeply and find ease with their breath. and bodies.
She believes Pilates is for every body and that experiencing the healing power of movement positively impacts how you look and feel.
"My job is to help you move better, feel better, at whatever place you may be. We start from there."
Sandra was first introduced to Pilates as a form of healing for her own dance-related injury. Intrigued by Pilates as a form of rehabilitation, she also realized the method’s versatility for advanced training. Practicing Pilates helped her gain core strength and balance as a performer. Sandra has extensive experience working with clients who have rehabilitative needs.
She strives to lead clients to achieve their goals while helping to give clients a sense of confidence and comfort in their bodies. Sandra certified with Ellie Herman in 2000, and quickly continued to study rehabilitation with Elizabeth Larkam
Jill is certified in both Yoga and Pilates, trained with Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, Balanced Body and ITT Pilates. She has taught yoga for over 30 years and Pilates 10 years. She has been a lifelong student of human movement, having studied modern dance with Merce Cunningham and the Martha Graham Dance Company.
Her work is precise, gentle and therapeutic. Special expertise in meeting the needs of her students with physical limitations, she offers a spectrum of mind-body techniques to achieve physical and mental harmony. Jill loves working with clients recovering from injury, responding to the issues of aging, and those seeking enhanced sports activity. "Both body and mind can achieve a deep level of strength and flexibility at any age".
Voted Best Of the Bay Pilates Class by the East Bay Express in 2015! Ainka is a holistic coach supporting people to grow and be healthy. She is a certified PMA Pilates Instructor, NASM Personal Trainer and RYT-200+hour Yoga Instructor having trained at Piedmont Yoga Studio with six Yoga veterans. Her teaching emphasizes alignment, breathing, heightening self-awareness and encouraging inner/outer strength.
Ainka came to Pilates to manage chronic pain and sports injuries, but was drawn deeper as a means to manage aging and the stresses of our modern world. Ainka is thrilled to share movement as a tool for transformation with people of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities. For more about her work and play with individuals, teams and organizations, please visit
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Benjamin Flowers graduated from The Yoga Room's two-year, 500 hour teacher training program in Berkeley, Ca. under the exquisite guidance of Mary Lou Weprin and Donald Moyer. He continues to study with Mary Lou Weprin, Elise Miller, and Michael Lucey, all long-time teachers of Iyengar Yoga. He is certified as an Elise Browning Miller Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer.
Pilates is a movement system that puts emphasis on breathing and alignment, while developing a strong core or center,
while improving coordination and balance. The system includes thousands of exercises, which can be modified in range of difficulty from beginning
to advanced. The intensity of one's individual Pilates work, will gradually increase over time, and the workout is forever changing, so one never gets bored,
and one's body is consistently growing and developing a bigger movement vocabulary.