MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Wendy is a fully certified instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and has been teaching for 10 years. She is a former NCAA captain for the University of Colorado cross-country/track teams. She passionately credits Pilates for her strength and flexibility needed to excel in her marathons, including 6 Boston Marathons, Mt. Biking, and skiing, as well as for her rebound after having two children. Her extensive understanding of the body and its mechanics will help you leave her class feeling stronger and re-inspired to go out and achieve your goals. Wendy recently became a certified Yoga instructor through CorePower Yoga.
A fully certified instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute, she has been teaching for 14 years with a background emphasizing rehabilitation. She is the owner of the Pilates Training Institute which certifies people nationally and internationally to teach Pilates. Her Bachelor of Science/Kinesiology degree, former job as a Univ. of Colorado athletic trainer, injury prevention educator for Italian cycling and dance teams, and six years in a physical therapy clinic brings a well-rounded knowledge to the studio to challenge and assist clients of all levels. As a former competitive ski racer she realizes the importance of a strong core. You will “enjoy” finding muscles you didn’t know you had in her classes.
Pam grew up participating in numerous sports in Denver, CO. After graduating from CU Boulder in 2003, Pam moved to Steamboat Springs and enjoys hiking, biking, camping, boating, and everything else the Colorado mountains have to offer. As a swimmer for life and a former competitive triathlete, Pam is aware of the need to have a strong connection between the body and mind in order to be a successful competitor. After discovering Pilates while recovering from a knee injury in 2005, Pam is inspired to share it with others. Pam is certified through the Pilates Training Institute, and she became a part of the Steamboat Pilates, Yoga, and Fitness family in 2008. Balancing Pilates with swimming and studio business, she will challenge you to find your own balance, and help you find your core strength!
Lora is a fully certified classically trained Pilates instructor through the internationally renowned BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates® Certification program founded by Master Teacher, Rael Isacowitz. Lora was first introduced to Pilates during her professional dance career, as a way to enhance her dancing and help keep her body flexible but strong. She grew up in Northern California and was involved with the Greentree Ballet Company for 14 years. She then went on to major in Dance and Education at the University of California, Irvine. After college she danced professionally for Disney in California and Japan. Lora is extremely passionate about teaching Pilates and educating people about their bodies. She always brings a smile to class and incorporates her training, experience, and years of dance to help clients find grace, coordination, flow, and core strength.
Starting with a B.A. in Kinesiology from the University of Northern Colorado, and going on to become a certified massage therapist, Stephani has also completed our PhysicalMind instructor training program as well as all of the required apprentice hours. Stephani has a unique number of perspectives from which to view and train her clients. ‘Enjoy’ a multifaceted workout and then walk straight in to her massage room where she can help your muscles to maximize the benefits of your efforts! Call (970) 846-6470.
Becky is a fully certified instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute. She is also a certified Yoga instructor through Shoshoni Yoga Retreat, as well as CorePower yoga. Becky utilizes the concepts of Pilates and Yoga to excel in her recreational activities of soccer, back-country skiing, and mountaineering. She has an eye for body movements and will take you to a deeper level in your core through her knowledge and awareness of how the body moves. With her enthusiasm and motivation, you will leave feeling proud of and excited about your body’s new found capabilities. Her passion for the outdoors will have you sprinting for the trails to apply your new strength.
A fully certified instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute and former competitive gymnast, Dana was so inspired by her own achievements with Pilates, that she dedicated herself to the intense instructor training while still running her CPA firm. She balances her time between her two teenage daughters, and her various recreation activities with the help of her new found energy that Pilates has provided. Dana uses her knowledge and humor to challenge you to dig deeper in your core and uncontrollably smile the whole time you’re doing it.
Originally from Binghamton, New York Gina has been a resident of Steamboat Springs for many years. Gina currently works as a massage therapist after graduating from the Hawaiian Islands School of Massage Therapy in March of 2004. She specializes in therapeutic massage with focus on myofascial release, trigger point therapy and postural rebalancing. Recently certified as a Pilates instructor through the Pilates Training Institute, Gina looks forward to synthesizing her knowledge. Make your appointments today…because it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself! Call (970) 819-2514.
Anna is a fully certified Mat Instructor through the Pilates Training Institute. She started practicing Pilates seriously in 2010 and was so inspired by the benefit, that she knew a career was in the making! The core strength, flexibility and alignment she gained from Pilates helped her biking, skiing, paddle boarding, not to mention improvements in her her overall health. Anna discovered a new found love for all the sports and activities that bring her so much joy. Her chronic back pain began to disappear and her desire to help others find a similar passion for Pilates began to blossom. With her love of exercise and her knowledge and awareness of the human body, she will challenge you and give you the confidence and tools to push yourself to the next level! She is a loving person with a great sense of humor, and she will always make you feel welcome in her class, no matter what! Hop on a paddle board or groove in a mat class and find your new strength balance and fitness with Anna.
Over the past several years, I have been on a daily journey to plant my feet firmly on the ground, take a deep breath (many!), and make this choice: I will empower and love myself as I walk along my own road of awareness and self-exploration. Along the way, I have collected titles with profound purpose like wife, mother and school teacher. I found confirmation that teaching is truly my passion after I received a Masters in Education. I then expanded my teaching into a new realm when I became a Certified Yoga and Bar Method Instructor, guiding students spiritually and physically. I began to see the benefits of living Simple, Clean and Whole and wanted to teach others to do the same. Learning and teaching in this holistic way (or as I like to say, whole-istic) brought a realization that the health and wellness field is where my heart lies; a powerful calling I could not ignore. Seeking more knowledge, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutri- tion soon after, became a Certified Holistic Health and Wellness Coach, and started a practice that fully embraces my values. My belief is that health is a continuous process that embraces all aspects of life: physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, spiritual, social and universal.
What began as a search for a new form of exercise after her third child was born, quickly became a spin addiction and blossomed into a new chapter in her life. Charly has spent may years as a student of cycling, pilates and strength training and is thrilled to have crossed the threshold from student to teacher. Charly’s passion for fitness and health encouraged her to get certified as a spinning instructor and in pilates. Her inner moxie and love of music are are evident in the energy that happens in each COREcycle and PUREpower class. In her spare time, Charly enjoys skiing, running and family time with her husband and three young boys.
As a long time choreographer of Taiwanese color guards, Jaudz sees how dance and yoga anatomy come together through Pilates. Her interest in the connection between body and mind, combined with her passion for movement, makes her an innovative and inspiring instructor. Jaudz is Pilates Mat certified through the Pilates Training Institute and is currently working towards her full Pilates apparatus certification.
Kimberly has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2005 and received her 200 hour Teacher Certification in 2014 through Rusty Wells’ Bhakti Flow training in San Francisco. Her experiences as a teacher, surfer, NCAA athlete, Ocean Lifeguard, marathon swimmer, and Nursing Candidate all add to her knowledge of safety, agility, and strength. Kim is driven by her love for helping those around her gain tools for life through yoga. Her Vinyasa classes are supplemented with elements of movement, strength, breath, balance, creativity, and safety. Her goal is to empower each and every student with enough confidence in their asana practice so that he/she may feel encouraged and more aware of all of the greatness within.
Alohi Madrigal, a 200 hour Kripalu certified yoga instructor. Her offerings encourage students to explore the connection to Self through meditation in motion while integrating supportive alignment allowing one to develop strength, flexibility, and balance in all practices of life.
Jess Ryan has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and it has truly changed her life both mentally and physically. She uses yoga to manage stress, stay fit and keep her mindful and focused. With a desire to share yoga with others, in 2015, she earned her 200 Hour Certification from Bhakti Barn Yoga in Millburn, NJ. Knowing that being a good teacher comes from being a good student, Jess is open to new experiences and loves to share those with her students. Her Vinyasa style classes are challenging and fun.
Emily started her Pilates career as a component of her off-snow training for alpine ski racing. After a series of injuries, Pilates was the one overall strengthening method available to her, and after a hard summer of training Emily was invited to travel with the US Ski Team. Passionate about her experiences, Emily is fully trained through Pilates Training Institute.
Janne is a fully certified yoga instructor through Mukti Yoga School, and embraces the opportunity to practice yoga both on and off her mat. Being a self-proclaimed energetic, borderline-neurotic multi-tasker, the practice of yoga allows her to bring balance, strength and presence into her life. Janne’s goal when she teaches is to bring a meaningful flow to each class giving her students the opportunity to find and recognize their inner and outer strengths as well as use the breath as an instrument of presence both on and off the mat.
Rebecca is a Certified Personal Trainer and Certified Group Fitness, Booty Barre, and Spin Instructor. She has a passion for working with postpartum clients and understands the challenges and importance of making time for yourself after having kids. She also specializes in group personal training and private classes designed specifically to meet your needs. She loves for high-intensity, sweat-dripping workouts and emphasizes the importance of core strength to support full body movement, increase strength, and exercise safely. She enjoys teaching and participating in Barre, Pilates, Strength Training, Spin, and High Intensity Interval Classes. She is also an avid runner, mountain biker, and loves the challenges of completing triathlons.
Kate Rench is a long time local of Steamboat Springs and chef at Cafe Diva. She is a competitive mountain bike racer and the Pilates studio has been a key in keeping her in her race shape performance during the off seasons for years now. She now has become part of our team of instructors.
Heidi is a Certified mat instructor through Pilates Training Institute. She also has completed Born to Fly Aerial Fabric Teacher Training as well as Aircat Aerial Arts Aerial Fabric Teacher Training and Aircat Aerial Arts Aerial Yoga 1 Teacher Training. She has passionately choreographed Steamboat Dance Theatre 2014 and 2015 Aerial & other forms of dance pieces. Heidi believes that through love and kindness, one can complete any task.
Sista works the front desk at the studio. She is a Colorado native who’s been in Steamboat Springs for the last couple years. She loves dancing, drawing, and her adorable pup, Hazelnut!
Sal is a certified 200 HR. Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance with Passion Yoga School. She was a NCAA Division 1 Rower; trained with the US Development Team during her undergraduate years before diving head first into skiing and exploring the Rocky Mountains. She own ‘Improbable Reality’ where she makes beautiful custom Mala necklaces and designs jewelry. She is an event and wedding planner too! Love: Magic tricks, nature and universal connectivity. Goal: Empower the modern yogi to calm the mind and find beauty in this present moment. Strive for grace and gratitude in all situations.
A curious, lifelong learner, and graduate of the Outlaw Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training, Sarah continues to deepen her study of yoga and thrives on sharing newfound knowledge with her students. Because yoga has helped to clarify her voice and develop a strong sense of her authentic self, Sarah’s mission is to help each student along their own path of self-discovery. With humor, compassion, and a focus on great music, Sarah creates classes that both uplift and challenge students. Off the mat, Sarah works as the Children’s Librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library, bringing her passion for stories and movement to weekly family programming.
Susan has been active most of her adult life with running, aerobics and recreational activities. Since 2002, her participation in classes at the pilates studio has given her the strength, posture, endurance and vision that she has needed to take anything on. She feels stronger physically and mentally than every before. With expert guidance from the Studio’s knowledgeable staff, a regular schedule and constant encouragement, she has evolved into a mind and body mirroring her younger self from years ago. The studio staff has been an inspiration to her and it continues daily. She can only hope that she can be an inspiration to others and help others improve their health and well being like she has been helped. It is great being a part of the “family” of Steamboat Pilates and Fitness.
Being a fan of the many wonderful benefits yoga brings my other outdoor pursuits, I decided it was time to deep my practice and earn my 200 YTT accreditation. My expectation was not to teach, but to learn more with the amazing teachers assembled in Europe, as I was living there. I began this journey at the Yoga Roof in Lugano Switzerland and completed my training in Aspen with Gina Caputo from The Colorado School of Yoga. What I didn’t expect was that I DID want to teach! Because when I teach, I learn so much more about the endless possibilities that lie in all of us.
Raised in Canada, Samantha moved to Colorado in 1999 and to Steamboat in 2005 with her family. She is a CPA with THPK and like many locals, has a passion for fitness and health. She has been teaching fitness classes for over 25 years and plans to teach for the next 25! Her favorite thing about teaching is meeting new people and helping them stay inspired to reach their fitness goals. Just keep spinning!
Tawnya has become a fully certified mat instructor through the PhysicalMind Institute, a certified spinning instructor through Spinning (Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.), and most recently yoga teacher certified through CorePower Yoga. A self-described “cardio junkie”, Tawnya has realized that the optimal functioning of the abdominal core is at the crux of all physical activity, and she applies this mantra to her sessions as an instructor in spin classes. Tawnya hopes to encourage everyone to push beyond what they perceive their limits to be, and to do so by tapping into a previously undiscovered inner strength, thereby going out into the world with a newfound confidence!
Athletics have been part of my life for as long as I can remember, from tennis to horseback riding to skiing, I have both participated and then taught all of these activities. I first became interested in Yoga after a tennis injury in high school. Attending the University of Colorado at Boulder for my undergraduate degree in 2002, I became certified in Ashtanga Yoga and then obtained my CorePower yoga certification in both vinyasa as well as sculpt. Yoga was not easy for me, years of tight muscles made each asana (pose) tough to work through. This self-evolution enables me to relate with yogis of all levels and abilities enabling my passion of yoga to grow. My classes incorporate a physical athletic aspect into all of them and I guarantee both a work out of the body as well as the mind. In 2008 I began working at Better Bodies, and fell in love with both spin (cycle) as well as kickboxing. When I’m not teaching, you can find me skiing or hiking with my canine sidekick Callie. I moved up to Steamboat Springs in January 2017 as the newest veterinarian at PetKare clinic. I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine where I taught vinyasa land yoga, paddleboard yoga and kickboxing 20/20/20. I finished my veterinary career at Colorado State University and taught yoga at Raintree Athletic Club in Ft. Collins, CO.