We pride ourselves on our experience, training knowledge and personable style. You’ll find our no-hype approach to healthy living, fitness and performance a refreshing change from the hard-sell environment of the big gyms. Our staff are all professionals who have made health and fitness their careers, gaining experience with a wide range of people and goals: postural improvement, weight loss, Women’s health, Men’s health, all ages, injuries, high level sports performance, simply working out and more. Check us out and join our growing community!


Our Instructors

 

MELANIE HILARIO
Corporate Operations Manager

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Mel is an instructor and trainer with certifications from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), TRX, and Spinning. A reformed klutz who loves teaching fitness, Mel trains in the martial art wun hop kuen do (it was love at first kick), runs occasional trail races, engages in her worldwide mission of sharing the correct form for plank and push-ups, writes essays and fiction, and is currently working on a novel about women superheroes (when she can stay awake long enough). As a writer, she believes in the connection between a healthy body and healthy mind. As a trainer, she believes understanding your body gives you both a sense of power and a sense of peace.
*also a BFF trainer!

KRISTA KNUDSEN

Krista is comprehensively certified to teach Pilates through BASI and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), and is also trained in pre- and post-natal Pilates. Krista studied theatre and dance at UC Berkeley and has worked in the fields of theatre arts and health education for over a decade. She believes that mind-body pursuits can transform people both mentally and physically. Her approach to fitness—and life—is to work hard, be kind and sweat regularly.

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MARY ARMENTROUT

Mary has been teaching Feldenkrais and dance throughout the Bay Area for the last 20+ years. Trained as a dancer, and still active as a performer and choreographer, Feldenkrais has been a personal laboratory for studying the intersection of bodies and movement on many levels. Guiding students to discover their own path towards more aware movement - which can cause a re-centering and grounding, or simply more efficient and sophisticated execution of movements, or bring relief from pain patterns - can be life-altering, and this causes her great satisfaction! She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

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MOLLY PEARSON

Molly has spent her whole life involved in fitness in one way or another. She started riding horses at the age of 3, which morphed into a passion for Equestrian Vaulting (think breakdancing and gymnastics on a horse while it runs around in a circle).

Molly was part of a team that won several national championships, and she herself holds a bronze medal. Ending her individual career with a not-too-shabby 6th place at Nationals, she went on to coach a few medal-holding vaulters, as well.

Throughout her athletic career, Molly has dabbled in basketball, soccer, swimming, diving, karate, gymnastics, lifting, running, kettle bells, pilates, and kickboxing before finding something she was as passionate about as she was with horses: yoga. Molly completed a 200-hour teacher training program, and brings variety, humor, and great music to each of her classes.

Molly has amassed more than 10,000 hours of training, teaching, working out, cooking healthy, reading books, studies, and fitness blogs. As she deepens her knowledge, she hopes to share in the wisdom and abundance that is a clean, healthy lifestyle!

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TIM WISNIEWSKI

Timothy has over 20 years of professional experience, with a Masters Degree in Health Education, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology / Physical Education. Tim is nationally certified by NSCA (National Strength and Conditioning Association) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), by USAWL as a USA weight lifting club coach, and by TRX suspension training systems. He has taught lifetime fitness strategies to children/ adolescents in and out of public schools for 18 years. Whether teaching large groups or personal training one-on-one, Tim knows the importance of creating a safe, dynamic and engaging learning environment. In the corporate sector, Tim infuses this approach with companies such as Academy Award winning local Animation Studios, Kaiser Permanente, F’real Foods, and Albany Aquatic Armada swim club. Set your goals, Tim will tailor an approach to reach them!

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CLAIRE DONALDSON

Claire has been swimming competitively since age 7. She is a Certified Masters Coach and has coached the Oakland Manatee Masters for the past 15 years.  She is also an instructor at Mills College and has been actively involved with their Summer Youth Program since 1998.  She enjoys working with all ages whether it’s for fitness, competition or simply overcoming their fear of the water.

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TERESA ELLIS

A Bay Area native with a contagious love of laughter and all things sparkly, Teresa came into fitness via her mother who worked out to Jane Fonda videos and took her to Jazzercise classes. Leading fitness classes and training private clients in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2008, Teresa comes with 20+ years of dance performance experience which brings an element of show biz to her training which is known to be filled with passion, playfulness and joy. She is The Bay Area’s favorite barre class instructor in addition to being a Dance It Out Group Fitness Instructor and TRX Suspension Training Instructor. Teresa is looking forward to inspiring you to be the change you wish to feel in your body.
*also a BFF trainer!

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AMY WOLOSZYN

Amy is a NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, with a history of physical trauma and a passion for inspiring others to have fun getting fit.

Amy has battled body image issues her entire life, spent time in a wheelchair as a 12-year-old, and survived three life-threatening bicycle accidents as an adult. She is here to tell you that you have the power to overcome anything! You have the spark, or "The Whoa" as she likes to call it, and she's gonna help you find it, ignite it, and let you shine like the magical, glittery disco ball you are.

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SANDY BLAINE
Corporate Yoga Program Director

A yoga teacher for almost twenty-five years, Sandy Blaine has worked with all levels of students, from beginners to advanced practitioners, teachers, and elite athletes. She brings joyful devotion to both her daily practice and her classes, which combine experience and training in the Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Kripalu methods. Certified by Yoga Alliance at the highest level, E-RYT, Sandy is also as an authorized continuing education provider (YACEP).

Sandy has been published in Yoga Journal, Yoga International and Ascent magazines, and is the author of two books, Yoga For Healthy Knees and Yoga For Computer Users. She earned her Master's in positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, and is working on a new book about positive psychology, wellness and mind/body integration, slated for publication in 2019. As a well-being consultant and coach, Sandy has brought her expertise in workplace wellness to Kaiser, Google, and Pixar Animation Studios, where she has developed and led the yoga program since 1993.

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DAWN ADAMS

Dawn Adams (RYT-500, YACEP) took her first yoga class in 1996, fell in love with the practice, and was launched onto the path of becoming a movement teacher. She is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program at the Yoga Room in Berkeley and a Yoga Tune Up/Roll Model teacher trainer, and she continues to deepen her knowledge of the human body through workshops, immersions, and intensive anatomy labs.

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STACEY SWAN

Stacey (E-RYT 500, Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer®) believes yoga has the capacity to empower, transform, and support the physical, emotional, and mental layers of the human experience–and do so in a way that brings us deeper compassion and understanding of our world and our place in it. Her classes include varied combinations asana (postures), pranayama (breath work), chanting, meditation, and yoga philosophy. Stacey encourages students to practice in a focused and safe manner with instruction that is clear, warm, and light-hearted. She teaches group and private classes to students of all abilities and interests.  Teaching since 2007, Stacey has over 800 hours of training, holds a 200-hour certificate in Astanga/Vinyasa from O2 Yoga in Cambridge, MA, and has a 500-hour certificate in Hatha/Viniyoga from the Healing Yoga Foundation in San Francisco. Most recently, Stacey spent 85 hours studying the anatomy and the art of restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater. She is a faculty member with two different 200-hour teacher training/advanced studies programs: Yoga Garden of San Francisco and Leela Yoga of Alameda.

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LIZA WILT

Liza's passion for yoga began in Chicago on a quest to find healing and happiness.  Soon after she decided to begin her teaching journey to help others find that same contentment in their own lives through their practice. As an instructor, Liza creates a fun and challenging learning environment dedicated toward growth, strength and mindful empowerment!  Through yoga and mediation she hopes to help students overcome their personal obstacles. "I truly feel blessed each day I share my passion on and off the mat and I hope to encourage, inspire and support my students in any way I can!"

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REBECCA TRISSELL

Rebecca began teaching in 2007. She is an ERT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), Registered Pre Natal Yoga Teacher and certified 220 hour Kundalini teacher. She teaches classes in Power Flow, vinyasa, restorative, prenatal and post natal and Kundalini yoga. She offers a sweet vibration in each of her classes, though chanting, meditation and exploration.