WHO WE ARE

BONNIE MACHUCA

Owner, Master Trainer

Bonnie started her love for Pilates at SFSU as a dancer in 2000. She was pleasantly surprised how such a strange set of exercises improved her dancing ten-fold. Little did she know that 5 years and 3 knee surgeries later, Pilates would have the biggest impact in her life. She noticed her PT using Pilates equipment and exercises to rehabilitate her knee and continued to use the method to keep strong. She was then hooked, and has never looked back since.

VANESSA NAJA

Master Trainer

Vanessa's love affair with movement started in early childhood and involves a variety of modalities including various dance styles, Yoga, Tai Qi/Qi Gong, Alexander technique & Franklin Method. Her interest in anatomy, kinesiology and the therapeutic application of movement led her to Pilates.

Vanessa truly enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained through her extensive work with various movement disciplines and applying this knowledge to help her clients achieve their goals.

AMY DE LONG MARTIN

Pilates Trainer and Reiki Practitioner 

Amy DeLong-Martin has been an Ellie Herman certified Pilates Instructor since 2010.  Before that she was a professional dancer and dance teacher for over 10 years.  Pilates has given Amy a very concise way to teach the grace and control of dance to many different people.  She enjoys working with every type of body, and has recently taken additional classes to work with pre, and post-natal clients.

CORIE ALTAFFER

Pilates Trainer

Corie Altaffer is a dancer and choreographer based in the Bay Area. Corie started practicing Pilates in college at the University of California, Irvine where she obtained a BA in Dance. She became certified in the Pilates Reformer in 2016, while living in San Antonio, TX. In 2019, she decided to deepen her knowledge and practice of the Pilates Method and is currently completing a comprehensive certification through Balanced Body at the Ellie Herman Studio in San Francisco.

ELISA OVRAHIM

Pilates Trainer

Elisa has dedicated her life to promoting good health and body awareness to the people in her community. Her classes aim to create a space that challenges students to tune into mind body connection while emphasizing on proper form for Classical and Contemporary Pilates exercises building core, overall body strength, and flexibility with focus to breath and movement. Elisa has been teaching Pilates for over 8 years.

NADYA LATEEF

Pilates Trainer and Assistant

Nadya is a Berkeley native who began practicing Ballet at the age of four. Dance quickly became her greatest passion and self expression. This love of movement propelled her to explore a variety of dance and movement styles: from Yoga, to Krav Maga, Tai Chi, and Pilates, ultimately leading her to study dance at Cal State University Long Beach. While Pilates was always a part of the repertoire, it was not until the birth of her son in 2018, that movement and care of the body was no longer just a passion, but a career choice. 

BROOK NOTARY

Pilates Trainer and Wellness Coach

I consider myself lucky to be in the business of making people healthier, leaner, stronger, more flexible, and happier. There is a powerful athlete in all of us and I believe that it is my job to cultivate that.

The beauty of Pilates is that it has the power to transform people. Pilates can make over your body and change your mindset. I often hear clients say, “I don’t think I have it in me today. It’s been a rough week.” This is when I feel that I am most effective by integrating mind, body, and soul into every session...  

SARA VINCENT

Pilates Trainer

Putting together her love of dance, minor in Kinesiology, passion for teaching, wealth of experience, and 20 years of learning first hand how to maintain a working artist’s instrument, she decided to pursue certification through Power Pilates in 2013, under Teacher Trainers Lisamay Scott, Sharmila Mitra, Robert Surenbroak and Krisna Hanks. 

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