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Movement and Dance shaped my life.
Through every spin, every plie, every breath, it held me when life was joyous and painful. Movement is my soul food, my therapist, my lover, the truest expression of who I am.
I have spent countless hours studying, shapeshifting, and translating movement since I was a child. I found it natural to share what I know to facilitate transformation in others. The number of hours I have spent teaching and studying my craft over the past 25 years seems like a moment in time.
That I am excited each day to learn more, study more, and teach more is a gift.
My students are my greatest teachers.
I have seen how movement taught with intelligence and integrity can heal someone so they can pick up their children or perform in an elite event. I have seen how being present as a teacher and truly listening to the needs of my students, I can become a healer.
One of my greatest passions is guiding those who want to become Instructors. I love watching the evolution of each trainee as they grow into their own unique way of sharing this incredible work, focusing on health and wellness based in the mind, body, and spirit.
The studio is my sanctuary and I am grateful to have taken my passion and evolve into my life’s work.
Danced with Joffrey Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet until 20 years old
Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing for Bodywork
PhysicalMind Institute Pilates Certification
Ayurvedic Institute of New Mexico Diet and Lifestyle Practitioner
Trained movie stars in The Last Samurai and Collateral
Ashtanga Yoga Certification
Vinyasa Yoga Certification with Max Strom, Saul David Ray, Shiva Rae
Restorative Yoga Certification with Jane Fryer
Gyrotonic Method Certified
Balanced Body Master Instructor
Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
Creator of Pilates and the Five Elements…How to Integrate Ayurveda into your Pilates Practice
And too many workshops and continuing education to list…
Jenni started Pilates classes in 2006 in Minneapolis, MN. She needed to take responsibility for her health, but hated "working out." Jenni immediately fell in love with Classical Pilates. The practice showed results quickly and began to transform her body and mind. Pilates became a focal point and bright spot in her life.
Jenni enrolled in Align Pilates Teacher Training program in 2008 and graduated with a 650 hour fully comprehensive Classical Pilates Certification in 2009. She immediately was hired at Align, and over the years became involved in the teacher training herself.
Jenni has been teaching full time since 2009 and knows it is an honor and a privilege. She teaches with precision, humor, and a sharp eye for alignment. Jenni is extremely enthusiastic about sharing her experience and love for the practice of Pilates because of what it has done for her, and what she's seen it do for others.
Jenni has spent hours continuing her education every year, including time at the Pilates Centre in Boulder, CO. She has participated in some Balanced Body trainings, and also a Pranassage Practitioners Certification from The Nosara Yoga Institute in 2011.
Meet My Team
Kari began taking Pilates mat classes at a local Chicago YMCA in 2008. Slowly but surely she noticed that she felt different: stronger, focused and even just a little taller. Many cold winters later, she took the plunge and enrolled in Balanced Body teacher training with Page Sieffert at Pilates Nosara.
Kari has taught in Chicago, Denver, Panama and Costa Rica. Her passion is in helping others discover movement and body awareness through Pilates that they can carry into the rest of their lives. She's elated to be back in Nosara teaching with such an incredible team.
I've been on a lifelong pursuit of inner development through movement.
I'm continuously learning and incorporating the vast world of somatic and movement study. Pilates has changed my body in ways I didn't realize were possible before doing it. I was able to cure lifelong back pain and find support for my posture that I didn't know I had access to.
Now I'm always seeing how everyone can benefit from Pilates as a component of their movement practice. Pilates supports us in the movements of daily life. It supports us in sports and our other movement practices. It gets our muscles working in the way they should and integrates our movement into cohesive functional patterns.
I trained in Pilates through Balance Body with Naomi Leissersen and Page Sieffert. I'm a certified Franklin Method Instructor. I've trained in Body Mind Centering, Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis and Dance Therapy. I'm a dancer, an engineer, and a volunteer counselor and Restorative Justice facilitator. In Nosara I am reveling in the beautiful land and connecting my movement practice with the ocean.
It is a gift to move with others and facilitate training in this jungle.
She is a Costa Rican artist, movement practitioner and researcher. She has a Master´s Degree in Dance Teaching from the National University of Costa Rica, has developed as a choreographer and professional dancer of Contemporary Dance.
She is a Craniosacral Therapist, instructor of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System Method, Pilates Mat and researcher of the SomaLab CR Collective. She was part of the National Dance Company of Costa Rica for 7 years. She received the Graciela Moreno National Award for best performer in 2015.
Her experience in body awareness work has developed through 19 years, which have allowed her to study in methodological areas of ballet, inclusive dance, choreography and somatic movement, as well as working with ages taught from 3 years old to the older adult population.
She currently directs her project L´AURA Healing Movement where she intertwines her 3 passions: movement, teaching and health, as well as working on a Somatic Training Plan with the Somalabcr collective.
Descubrió su pasión por la rehabilitación y el movimiento desde niña asistiendo a centros infantiles y de adulto mayor.
Se gradúa como fisioterapeuta de la Universidad Santa Paula y obtiene dos especializaciones en evaluación y en terapia manual ortopédica, la cual desarrollo en ella el gusto por tratar la causa de las lesiones y no solamente sus síntomas.
Participante en diversas certificaciones internacionales destacadas por la evaluación mecánica y el mejoramiento de los desbalances del cuerpo mediante técnicas como el Pilates.
En el 2009 inicia su propio espacio en el que desarrollo una tecnica con el cliente totalmente personalizada combinando sus dos pasiones: Pilates como terapia manual.
En el 2017 cumple uno mas de sus sueños abriendo su segundo espacio “Element Pilates”, con el concepto de entrenamiento de manera integral
Ha compartido con la Universidad Santa Paula procesos prácticos de técnicas de evaluación kinesiología y biomecánica.
Ha sido colaboradora para Page Sieffert y Balanced Body en los “Teacher Training” de anatomía.
“Me motiva seguir estudiando y compartiendo aprendizaje con mis colegas, clientes los cuales me llenan de energía a diario para seguir creciendo en mis proyectos”
En el 2006 se gradúa como licenciada en terapia física en la Universidad Santa Paula.
Posteriormente fue Docente de la misma facultad para estudiantes de bachillerato y licenciatura.
En el año 2009 ingreso como estudiante en “Pilates en Polestar Pilates International Miami” para el área de Rehabilitación, estudios que concluyó y aprobó en el 2011.
En el 2012 obtuvo su maestría en Rehabilitación Funcional de la Persona Adulta Mayor en la USP con la que empieza a laborar como instructora de Pilates en Balance Center, (Centro de acondicionamiento físico) y tres años después asciende a Directora de Pilates.
Actualmente continúa con su cargo y es además copropietaria y Directora de Pilates Lab Fitness y Wellness en Santa Ana, Costa Rica.