Summer discovered Pilates by accident – literally – after injuring her shoulder in a snowboarding incident, a co-worker recommended she try Pilates. She had never heard of it, but was desperately seeking a way out of the chronic pain. She found Nicole Duke at Balanced Body Fitness and never looked back. It was love-at-first roll-up, and she began attending as many Pilates sessions as she could afford. A year later, Nicole encouraged her to pursue a Pilates career! She contemplated this career shift and decided it was a perfectly wonderful opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Completing her certification in 2004, through Pacific Movement Center in Santa Cruz, CA, she’s continued to expand her education and skills through training at Ellie Herman Studios in Brooklyn, N.Y. and with Stephanie Spencer at Pacific Movement Center.
Summer’s committed to continuing her education, to keep herself inspired and fresh, and to keep her clients on their toes! Most recently she has become a Pre/Post Natal Specialist thru the Center for Women’s Fitness. She holds certifications that help her to better serve Athletes, those with Osteoporsis/Osteopenia, Scoliosis, those with Hips & Shoulders replaced or preparing for surgery, Chronic Back Pain sufferers, Ankle/Feet issues, and more. Her teaching style is nurturing, encouraging and empowers her clients to learn their way into better fitness, health, and an overall better life experience. She loves Pilates for its whole-body approach and focus on mindful movement with deep breathing. Her goal is always to teach her clients how to use Pilates practically to enhance their overall life experience. She wants nothing more than for her clients to feel better when they leave than when they came.
She enjoys motivating and encouraging confidence in her clients by helping them develop efficient, healthy movement patterns for everyday living. She is also a Shiatsu massage therapist through Twin Lakes College and she utilizes her healing hands on clients who need a little more than just a workout.
Summer works with clients by appointment, Monday – Friday
Michelle is a BASI trained Pilates instructor, with a passion for fitness since her days as a track and cross country scholarship athlete and her experience as a classically trained dancer.
Michelle carries the following advanced certifications: Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies certificated with Samantha Wood (MPT, MBA, PMA-CPT, RYT) Pilates for osteoporosis certified with Theresa Marchok Maldonado ( PT, Martha Graham dancer) Pilates for Shoulder work shop with Karen Clippinger Special niches: Post rehabilitation -using Pilates appropriately to help clients recover from injuries,pathologies, surgeries as well as optimizing for and function for this with chronic conditions . Pregnant and postpardom Pilates Pilates for Tweens and Teens Pilates for Seniors Pilates for Athletes of all ages Michelle teaches Pilates Mat and Apparatus Group or Private.
With a ‘stay fit for life attitude’, Michelle will help you cross train for ideal body mechanics and postural alignment & build strength and flexibility in major joints. Call or email today!
Cody Jussel, M.S.K. Midwest Pilates Institute Certified
Cody graduated with a Master’s in Kinesiology from A.T. Still’s College of Graduate Health Studies with a dual major in adaptive sports and corrective exercise/orthopedic rehab. But, long before that, Cody began her journey in movement as a dancer both instructing and performing locally and internationally. It was through the dance community that Cody discovered Pilates. Pilates gave Cody insight into the way in which thoughtful movement can enhance connections throughout the body and allow movers (that’s everyone!) to build a strong foundation based on sound biomechanical principals. Cody obtained her CrossFit level 1 certificate and has continued to work on bridging the gap between the development of kinesthetic awareness via Pilates and strength and power via CrossFit.
Cody’s current work focuses on how adaptive athletes can benefit from a regular Pilates practice and is working on contributing to the body of research in how Pilates and CrossFit can benefit the adaptive community. Cody is part of a growing network of Pilates professionals who are focused on redefining adaptive training and providing resources and access to movement for adaptive athletes everywhere!
Cody holds certifications in Pilates from the Midwest Pilates Institute and the PMA, has her CrossFit L1, and is a certified functional trainer for adaptive athletes through MobilityWod. Follow Cody on Instagram @sc.bodymechanics
“Move well and move often”—Gray Cook
Ka has been a dedicated Pilates practitioner since 2008. She discovered the positive benefits of Pilates while recovering from the birth of her first baby. She has a sensitive eye for alignment issues, and is a caring person that wants to help her clients feel comfortable and confident in their own bodies. She is passionate about learning and becoming the best instructor she can be for her clients. Born and raised in Brazil, Ka is a fun friendly spirit. She has a degree in Inter-Cultural Communication from San Jose State University. Her teaching style is based on respecting ones physical needs and limitations through open communication. She is devoted on teaching a solid the foundation of Pilates principles in order to establish the mind and body connection that Pilates requires. Ka has completed the Balance Body instructor training program at Agile Monkey. She is deeply inspired and empowered by Lisa Graham, Summer Doty, Arwen Brooke, and Ky Carnell-Russell, and is happy to be part of the Pilates community in Santa Cruz.
Jenny was born in Oakland and moved to Santa Cruz as a teenager. Jenny has always been athletic (playing sports, skateboarding and snowboarding) but she first discovered Pilates at Cabrillo College and immediately fell in love. The deep core work and mind body connection was not something she had ever experienced, yet immediately began to crave. She continued to practice Pilates until a severe ankle injury that she got while skateboarding put that on hold. It was then that Jenny found Agile Monkey Pilates. She rehabilitated her ankle back to health and found the true healing powers of Pilates, and decided this was something she wanted to be a big part of her life.
Jenny completed the Balanced Body Instructor Training Program in 2009 at Agile Monkey. After taking some time off to study Nutrition at San Jose State University, Jenny returned to Agile Monkey to complete her certification and integrate herself into the Pilates community.
Jenny is now excited to be teaching classes at Breathe Deeply Pilates. She is also available for Private Apprentice Instruction.
Kendra is a native of Ventura, CA and enjoys being active in many ways including Pilates, swimming, hiking, and running. Kendra began her Pilates journey in California in 2011. She connected with Pilates unlike any other fitness class. During her early practice, she had many aha moments when feeling the importance of the mind and body connection through each precise movement. Kendra became certified through Body Arts and Science International (BASI) in February 2015 in Costa Mesa, CA. Kendra has taught throughout CA including Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, along with teaching in Aspen, CO.
In addition to teaching Pilates, Kendra was exposed to Foundation Training, she connected with the changes in her own body and applied this to the way she worked with clients. Kendra took the Foundation Training certification in late 2015. Kendra also received her M.A. in Psychology from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. She is passionate about helping her clients discover how powerful they truly are as they have their own aha moments and connect their minds and bodies through Pilates.
Kendra currently teaches Tues/Thurs afternoons and Saturdays.
Gui Ferreira is from Brazil and has his B.A. in Physical Education. Since 2006 he has been working in fitness; as a personal trainer, swim instructor, weight lifting instructor, yoga teacher and capoeira teacher. Over the years he has worked in a number of different environments from high-end gyms, where he helped people meet their fitness goals and achieve optimal health, to offices where he helped people learn exercises to avoid injury from sedentary lifestyles and repetitive movements. Gui is also a certified yoga teacher, and has been practicing and teaching for over 10 years. He is passionate about capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, which he began training as a teenager and continues to teach and train here in Santa Cruz and Monterey to both children and adults. Gui brings a depth of knowledge, a passion for fitness and movement and a desire to help his clients find the balance of body, mind and spirit.
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Emile was born and grew up on a mountaintop, among vineyards, in Glen Ellen, California. His family of surfers loved to travel and to study languages. Along with surfing, Emile was a swimmer and played baseball and soccer. It was his love of wrestling, however, that influenced his choice to attend university at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and he graduated with a major in Philosophy. He also studied in Spain and in South America.
Emile was introduced to Pilates in Glen Ellen over 15 years ago, in a studio founded by Madeline Black. He loved it immediately, finding a way to be in his body that he had never experienced while surfing or doing other sports.
He learned that core strengthening, breathing, and mindful movement lead to health and happiness. He completed the Balanced Body instructor training at Agile Monkey and has been working as an instructor in various locales. Emile is excited to share his passion for Pilates as it has made a dramatic difference in his life and the lives and bodies of his clients. He particularly enjoys sharing and spreading smiles along with the joy of movement. He hopes you leave the studio with an enhanced awareness of your posture, stability, breath, and a sense of being more present in each moment — the Pilates glow.
Courtney grew up on an apple farm in the beautiful Watsonville countryside. Throughout her childhood she played soccer, volleyball, and could be found boogie boarding at the beach all summer long. She received her degree in Health Promotion in 2013. While in college she joined club teams for volleyball and ultimate frisbee, and became addicted to running, snowboarding, mountain biking, and cross training classes. These activities were extremely fun, unfortunately they also led to knee and back injuries. Unable to exercise and desperate for a way out of pain, she turned to Pilates as a last ditch effort and fell in love with it. Finally she found an activity that truly nourishes and strengthens her body. One of her favorite things about Pilates is that there seems to be something for everyone, whether you are returning to exercise from an injury, or a conditioned athlete. Courtney became an instructor thru Balanced Body University at Agile Monkey Studio in Santa Cruz. She is inspired to share and help others on their path to greater strength, mobility, stability, and overall health. She hopes to learn all she can about how movement can bring healing to each one of us on an emotional and physical level.