Dancing since the age of 3, Monica has always considered movement to be an essential part of her life. She was introduced to Pilates in college as a way to supplement her dance training in an effort to prevent injury, gain flexibility, and to strengthen her muscles. Through this work she fell in love with the details and technique of Pilates and realized how beneficial it is for everyone, regardless of their age or condition. Monica received her complete BASI Pilates certification (for all levels) with a specialization in dance. Subsequently, she has added rehabilitation and injury prevention, pre/post natal and pre-teen/teen Pilates specializations. Personal dance and training experience provides her the inside knowledge necessary to give clients an individualized, balanced workout that is challenging, yet achievable and fun. When Monica is not teaching, you can find her hiking, exploring the new flavors in the Los Angeles food scene and continuing her Pilates education as a practitioner and teacher.
Kelsey is in love with the art of movement, and enjoys dancing on a regular basis. She grew up competitively dancing, and has been on a variety of dance teams throughout her life. She attended California State University, Long Beach where she furthered her training in modern, contemporary, ballet, and jazz, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a specialization in Dance Science. While studying, she was introduced to Pilates, and was hooked! She received her Pilates certification with Dance Specialization from Body Arts and Science International (BASI). Kelsey then joined the Los Angeles Lakers and became a three-year member of the Los Angeles Laker Girls. She still enjoys dancing and teaching Pilates, Barre, and dance. Kelsey believes that by emphasizing a balanced program of strength and flexibility, proper alignment can be stored in order to train pain free!
Emily Luttio earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Loyola Marymount University and her Pilates certification through Body Arts and Science International (BASI). Her background as a dancer has helped her understand the dynamic combination of lengthening and strengthening the muscles to bring about the body’s fullest capacity to heal as well as create a solid foundation with which to perform to its optimal potential.
Emily has further BASI certifications in workshops focusing on Scapulohumeral Rhythm, Rotator Cuff, and Shoulder Impingement, Biomechanics of the Hip and Knee, as well as Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies. She has a personal history of using Pilates to alleviate injuries from both dancing and surfing, two of her favorite pastimes. Emily is also certified as both a Hand and Foot and an L-1 instructor in the MELT Method, a self-treatment technique designed to reduce chronic pain, rebalance the nervous system, and rehydrate the connective tissue by utilizing a set of small balls and a MELT foam body roller. She received her Masters of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University, with a strong emphasis in spiritual and somatic work. This work deepened her understanding of how emotional and physical pain may be intrinsically linked, and the role movement plays in restoring the balance between the two. She tries to blend all these modalities to gently guide clients through body awareness toward deeper understanding of how to develop stabilization without reinforcing restriction. She enjoys working with people of all backgrounds, from those looking to relieve chronic pain to athletes, and everywhere in between!
Shannda is a certified BASI Pilates instructor-graduating at the top of her class. As a ballet dancer she began training at an early age and is a three-time full scholarship recipient to the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC. She has appeared in various dance, TV and commercial projects-featured in both Kawasaki Jet Ski and Nike International Ad Campaigns. She is a martial arts expert in Tae Kwon Do, and is currently practicing to become a Reiki master. A specialized fitness enthusiast at heart, she is a true blend of body movement and training knowledge. She found her passion for pilates after her own successful rehabilitation of an old dance injury. Shannda is committed to helping you get the body you want, to look and feel your best.
Susy Vishmid has an extensive background in movement. At age four Susy began her early ballet training at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, California. Through scholarships, she continued her professional training at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and The Rock School. Susy’s professional career includes performing with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Napoles Ballet Company, California Contemporary Ballet, City of Angels Ballet, California Riverside Ballet, Coast City Ballet, San Gorgonio Ballet, and Ciara Dance Alliance. In Spring 2013, Susy performed with the San Diego Opera in Samon & Delilah and Aida and again in A Masked Ball in Spring 2014. In 2016 Susy was invited as a principal artist to perform with the Santa Fe Opera for their 60th Anniversary Season in Romeo & Juliet and Capriccio. Susy is a cum laude graduate from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in communication and philosophy.
Having practiced Pilates since the age of 15, Susy wanted to share its benefits with her students. After completing the Yoga Works 200-Hour Teacher Training and the Yoga Works 300-Hour Professional Teacher Training Program Susy added Pilates to her teaching repertoire having completed her certification through the Pilates Sports Center in Encino, California. Susy is certified to teach the Pilates repertoire on all forms of equipment including Mat, Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, and Barrel. Susy's therapeutic and alignment based approach is ideal for clients interested in rehabilitation and for those who are interested in strengthening and conditioning.
Susy’s multifaceted movement background sets her apart from most instructors. She empowers students of the movement arts through careful instruction, proper alignment and breath techniques. Susy's unique teaching style facilitates physical, mental, and spiritual wholeness.
Julianna was always dancing as a little girl. She was in ballet and gymnastics at a very young age and spent many hours a day choreographing dance routines to her favorite songs. Though she started out a pre-med student in college, Julianna ended up (after a successful audition) in the prestigious BFA acting program at UCSB where she also continued to study dance. She found pilates through an actor friend and become certified through Risa Sheppard and The Sheppard Method Pilates. Years later, Julianna lives a busy life of pilates studio owner/teacher and thriving, working actor. She wants you to leave pilates sweating and happy with a relaxed body and a purified spirit. Her classes often end with meditation or a moment of silence to seal in practice. "Namaste" means 'the spirit in me honors the spirit in you'. Namaste
Agie was born and raised in Riga, Latvia before immigrating to Los Angeles in 2002. Upon arrival, Agie quickly learned English, earned a Bachelor Degree from UC Northridge, completed a Master degree in Special Education, and worked in the public school system for several years. After practicing Barre for many years, Agie was introduced to Pilates in 2012 and noticed immediate improvement in her chronic scoliosis related back pain. Ever since that first Pilates experience, Agie has been a devout student and regards the method as a life changing miracle. Her nurturing character ultimately drove her to change careers and leverage her passion of Pilates to help others by becoming an Instructor. Agie is a graduate of BASI (Body Arts and Science International) Pilates Program and continues to further her knowledge through workshops and teaching. In addition to Pilates, Agie enjoys cycling around Santa Monica, snowboarding, cooking, and traveling with her significant other who also practices Pilates regularly. Agie became a proud US Citizen in November of 2016, though she deeply cherishes her Latvian heritage.
Eileen left the San Francisco bay area and moved to L.A to pursue a degree in Philosophy – and here fell in love with acting. She traded her books on Aristotle for books on Stanislavsky and received her MFA from The Actors Studio, where she was inducted as a lifetime member in 2006. While pursing her MFA, Eileen was introduced to the Alexander Technique, a dynamic movement technique that improves mobility, posture, alertness and performance, which she studied and practiced daily for three years. Through her enthusiasm for fitness and movement, Eileen then found Pilates, and fell in love with the similarities and the shared benefits she had found in Alexander Technique,
Eileen graduated from BASI (Body Arts & Science International) and loves helping her students reach their goals through the art of Pilates. When not in the Pilates studio, you can find Eileen on set, on stage, planning her next traveling adventure, catching up on ‘Game of Thrones’ with her hubby, or eating (healthy) tacos.
Abigail is so excited to be a part of the Physical Artistry staff! After seeing first hand how Pilates can be used to rehab from injury and keep you in shape; Abigail became an instructor. She was certified through Pilates Sports Center, studying both classical and the west coast style. Abigail believes that Pilates can be useful in every aspect of your life--and tailors her sessions to be fun, challenging, and positive. When she is not teaching Abigail is a working actress and singer.
Susanna Lily is a Pilates Instructor, Swim instructor, dancer, surfer, and yogi. Her teaching methodology stems in contemporary and classical Pilates training, biomechanics, anatomy and yoga studies with an advanced Pilates certification under the supervision of master instructor Milla Nova here in Los Angeles. Her instruction focuses on enhancing muscular stability, mobility, flexibility, and strength as well as core connection, joint integrity and proper alignment.
Susanna Lily holds a Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies from Naropa University, with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Contemplative Dance Performance, and Eastern Philosophy.
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Alyx Parkin is a visual artist and healer working with the body through multimedia. Alyx studied in New York City at Parsons School of Design, exploring the relationship of the body in public and private spaces through improvised performance, including her own hand-made costumes and intentionally built spaces. Alyx completed her 450 hr pilates training through the Moving Joint in Venice, CA and is investigating the technique as the next layer of her artistic practice. Alyx loves working with people one-on-one and in group settings, bringing a playful and focused energy to her sessions. She is devoted to helping people trust the intelligence of their bodies and is so grateful to be a guiding force in the Pilates community.
Yvonne found her passion for movement and Pilates by way of martial arts. It was this
passion that helped focus her self-practice and methods towards building “active longevity”
through balanced movement, whole body strengthening, and mind-body awareness. Working
in Physical Therapy, she was inspired by the rehabilitative success and preventative benefits
of intentional exercise. Understanding the body and its capacity for strength through the
Pilates method led her to complete her comprehensive teacher training with Playa Pilates.
Through Yvonne’s teaching, she seeks to help her clients develop inner awareness, gain
confidence, and achieve the physical freedom to live the active lifestyle they desire.