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Meet the Instructors

of Body in Balance Studio

All of our instructors and trainers have just one goal in mind – your safety and success. Here at Body in Balance, we hire only the highest qualified, skilled, and certified instructors and personal trainers who are ready to share their love of fitness with you.

Personal training is an individualized workout plan specified for your personal fitness goals and needs. We can help you lose a few of those unwanted pounds, tone up for the summer, strengthen your core for your favorite sport, or even recover from an injury. No matter what your needs, our instructors are here to inspire, lead, and motivate you.

Amanda Furgiuele ~ Owner/Lead Instructor

Pole Dance & Erotic Fitness, Aerial Silk and Aerial Yoga, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Peak Pilates Certified Instructor, STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, Zumba: Basic 1, Aqua, Toning, Gold, Gold Toning, Glutes, Kids & Kids Jr., TurboKick Kickboxing, YogaFit 1 & 2, Indo Board, Silver & Fit, R.I.P.P.E.D., SUPilates & SUP Yoga Instructor, Barre Instructor

Amanda began teaching fitness in 2001. From co-leading rock climbing, kayaking, and caving expeditions, to teaching collegiate level competitive fencing, and participating in just about anything and everything – martial arts, dance, yoga, pilates, ice climbing, skydiving, canyoning, and a million other health adventures – Amanda LOVES showing her students that FITNESS CAN BE FUN!

She believes that boredom is the enemy of
 any progression in fitness (and in life) so she dedicates her classes 
to the fine art of having fun – “a workout doesn’t have to be work” – and 
incorporates a mix-and-match philosophy to each workout session. Because inspiration manifests in infinite ways, Amanda strives to try
 and teach as many types of classes as possible. She is motivated by 
the stories and accomplishments of her friends and students, by the rush of achieving more than she thinks she can, and by the challenge
 of new adventures. When she’s not dancing and moving around like a
 mad woman, you can find Amanda out in nature, or conversely, glued to 
her computer doing digital graphic and television production work… or
 planning the next big “thing!”

“The more you come to class, the more confidence you will gain, the more strength you will build, and the more fun you will have! A workout doesn’t have to be work!”

Learn more at www.ThePoleRoom.com

Alex Hutaff-Bautista

Alex Hutaff-Bautista

Hip Hop & Breakdancing Instructor

Alex “Kid Karma” Hutaff-Bautista – Local Maui Boy, has been sharing the Hip-Hop culture on the island for 5 years in aims to allow the youth to grow in a positive direction.

Dancing for over 13 years, he found success in competing on a national level around America while living in San Francisco training with west coast icons. After living in the Bay Area for a year, Kid Karma is excited to share his furthered knowledge and techniques to dancers on Maui.

Eager to teach as much as possible while back home, he’s excited to finally reach out to the west side of the island and welcomes anyone of all cultures and skill levels to come bring your freshest dance shoes and have fun on the floor.

Amie Baca

Amie Baca

Certified Pilates Instructor, Peak Pilates® Level 1 Master Instructor, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance

Amie Baca, LMT is the studio owner of Pilates on 10th, serving the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA since 2003. She is also a Peak Pilates® Level II Master Instructor, licensed massage therapist and professional dancer.

She earned her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts and her massage therapy degree from Brian Utting School of Massage both located in Seattle, WA. Amie has performed throughout the Seattle area since 1997. Through her ambition to be a smarter and stronger dancer, Amie began studying Pilates after graduating from college. Shortly thereafter she decided to make it her career and received her original certification through Balance Within Pilates Studio in Redmond, WA.

In 2013 she joined the Peak Pilates® team and became a Master Instructor, teaching teacher training programs in Seattle and on Maui. She believes in the Pilates method in its classical form and is committed to the system it provides. Her goal for all of of her students is to gain awareness and control in the powerhouse and therefore become stronger, taller, less prone to injuries and have a greater sense of self and to carry these qualities into daily life.

Amie is thrilled to be teaching at Body in Balance on Maui. She is available for private Pilates appointments as well as deep tissue massage. When not working at Body in Balance she can be found soaking up the glorious Maui sun at the local beach.

Amie Tollefsrud

Amie Tollefsrud

Nutritional Therapy

Amie is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who is passionate about helping her clients discover the root causes of their health problems and regain vitality through optimized diet and lifestyle changes.

She views nutrition from a holistic perspective, and addresses different organ systems of the body as well as the mental and emotional aspect of food in order to create lasting and sustainable change.

She offers 1 on 1 consultations both in person and online.

Amy Erickson

Lyra Instructor, Professional Acrobat/Performer, Aerial Yoga Play Instructor

As a young gymnast, Amy learned to love being upside down. She continued to develop this love over the next ten years as a dedicated yogini.

Her journey led to circus arts in 2013 when she took her first flying trapeze class. From there she accelerated into the world of acrobatics, learning wraps and drops on the aerial silks, spins and contortions on the lyra, and became a flying trapeze instructor. In 2015, with the support of her fitness and yoga instructors, Amy received her Aerial Yoga Play certification.

Amy loves sharing the joy found in Aerial yoga and lyra with her students. She thrives on watching them learn to trust their bodies, to grow in their abilities, and let go of their fears – imparting a newfound courage beneficial in all aspects of their lives.

Annie Davis

Annie Davis

Restorative Yoga Instructor, Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor

Annie Davis is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher. She completed her training in Bali with Eoin Finn’s Blissology School of Yoga. Annie believes that yoga is a powerful tool to deeply connect with ourselves, with one another, and the inspiring nature that surrounds us.

Annie discovered this for herself after a high school back injury reappeared as chronic pain while she was in college. On a whim she started attending a Hatha yoga class at the gym where she worked. She loved the sense of peace and calm she felt after her very first class. Amazed at not only how her pain disappeared, but her stress over exams and work were alleviated as well. She was hooked.

With a degree in Hospitality and over 15 years of experience in this industry, she receives the most ajoy out of helping others feel g o o d. Annie has called Maui home since 2005, and believes that it is one of the most healing places on the planet. Yoga is her tool to help increase the BLISS quota in the lives of others. Annie believes that yoga is the prescription for the fast paced, multi-tasking culture we live in and that everyone can benefit from adding a little yoga to their lives. She aims to provide a gentle and compassionate environment in her classes, teaching with the mantra –

“Everything to Share. Nothing to Prove.” – (her favorite quote from Eoin Finn)

Beth Russell

Yoga Certified - ZFlow Power Yoga

Beth grew up teaching interpretive dance in her church, competed in gymnastics for two years, and played most sports her school offered. In college she became logistics for an Outdoor Adventure Club. Since 2006, she has been an adventure guide leading people through class V rivers, down into raw caves, climbing mountains, biking the dirt trails, and zipping people through the rainforest of Alaska.

After moving to Maui in 2015, yoga became a daily part of Beth’s life and got certified in ZFlow Power Yoga. Through yoga, Beth has learned non-judgement of herself and realized that being a yoga teacher is one more step of her journey of being an aerial instructor and a ultimately, a LIFE coach. She has a heart to help those that are asking for help and attending a yoga class is one way to ask. Beth concentrates on filing you with words of LIFE that you need so that you can let go and be UNSTOPPABLE.

Beth also offers henna or hair wraps to her class attendees. One simple henna or hair wrap for your first class, and then another one every 5 classes.

– Speak your mind, even if it makes your voice shake. –

Bonnie McCrystal

Bonnie McCrystal

PEAK Pilates Comprehensive Certified Instructor

Bonnie’s fitness philosophy is to keep the body healthy through lifelong physical activity, no matter what your age. Growing up, she was a competitive gymnast.

Today, she remains very active doing a variety of recreational sports, including tennis, golf, biking, and trail running. Pilates complements these activities by strengthening the core and encouraging healthy movement patterns throughout the body, while challenging the mind through focus and concentration. Bonnie practiced Classical Pilates for 8 years before completing the PEAK Pilates Comprehensive Certified Instructor program at the Lifetime Academy in Reston, VA. To Bonnie, the joy of teaching Pilates is in introducing new students to the Peak Pilates concepts and equipment — reformer, mat, tower and chair — and instructing them how to properly do Pilates exercises by applying the tenets of the Peak method of instruction.

Originally from Honolulu, Bonnie is a mother to two sons, and is an MBA graduate of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Claudia Micco

ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor Yoga Instructor, TaijiFit Instructor, Franklin Method trained

Claudia Micco has been in the fitness industry for 28 years. She is currently the Fitness Coordinator at the Ritz Carlton Spa in Kapalua Maui, where she trains clients from all over the world and trains instructors. She holds her ERYT 500 thru the Yoga Alliance, is ACE Certified, Pilates, TaijiFit, Franklin Method trained, a licensed Hypnotherapist and Lomi Lomi Massage Therapist. She is also the Master Trainer for YogaFit Inc in Hawaii. Her unique education qualifies her as a seasoned professional. She has taught in hospitals, gyms, resorts, spas, cruise ships and retreat centers all over the US and Europe.

In 1985 she began her instructor training in the fitness industry while graduating from the Strong, Stretched & Centered Mind/Body Institute on Maui with Gloria Keeling. She studied, Yoga, Tai Chi, Weight Training, Aerobics, Alexander Technique and other Mind/Body modalities.

Claudia coordinated group fitness programs, trained clients and instructors for Golds Gym in the San Francisco Bay Area for 6 years, and then had a strong interest in the up and coming luxury spa industry. She spent time guest teaching at the Oaks in Ojai, CA and Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ. She went on to work and live at Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, MX and with The Golden Door Spa At Sea Program in 1992.

In 1994, her dream of living on Maui came true when asked to work with her mentor Gloria Keeling of the SS&C Mind/Body Fitness Institute. She managed the school and trained instructors to prepare for the ACE (American Council On Excercise) certification exams for 6 years before moving to Germany to train instructors in HypnoFit a method that combines Yoga, Hypnosis and Fitness. She continued to travel and teach throughout Europe before moving back to Maui in 2002 to pursue opportunities in luxury resort fitness and spa industry.

Emilee Kern

Emilee Kern

Foundation Training, Yoga Instructor, Wellness Coach

Emilee Kern is a Foundation Training Student Teacher, a Yoga Instructor, a Wellness Coach, and an Advocate for Personal Empowerment. She obtained her Foundation Training Certification in Santa Barbara in September 2016, her 200hr Yoga Instructor Certification from Afterglow Yoga in Wailuku June 2016, and will have completed her online Wellness Coaching program in February 2017 from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York.

Emilee has been practicing Yoga for over 5 years. She enjoys Power and Vinyasa Flow classes and loves Yoga because it changed her life. She developed a positive mindset and all around a more conscious way of living after Yoga contributed to her connecting to her higher self. With her new-found use of a positive mindset along with nourishing her body and soul, she understood the power that we each contain inside of us. She has made it her life purpose to help others find their passions and to connect to their inner wisdom and healing abilities.

Foundation Training came into her life after she met her husband on Maui while he was here to receive help from a fellow Foundation Training Student Teacher. Her husband had spent 6 months in a wheelchair after years of incorrect posture and prolonged sitting cause him severe back pain. He became and remains pain free from utilizing Foundation Training. This inspired Emilee to become certified and to share this method with others who also suffer from back pain and could use improvement in their posture.

Other things that Emilee also enjoys to implement into her practices are Essential Oils, Oracle Cards, Vison Boards, and Guided Meditations. When she is not working with clients or on herself, she enjoys surfing, enjoying the sun, and spending time with her husband Beni.

Felicia Chernicki-Wulf

Felicia Chernicki-Wulf

Ballet Instructor, Pointe Instructor

Felicia Chernicki-Wulf started dancing with Foy Dance Studio at the age of 3 and has continued to dance ever since. She lost her first tooth in Miss Carolyn Foy’s ballet class. At age 14, she received a full scholarship with City Dance Center in Yuba City, California. She later became an assistant and eventually an instructor with the studio. She has degrees in Behavioral and Social Sciences, as well as Arts and Cultures.

Felicia has received training in many different types of dance including ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, swing, salsa, lindy hop, and blues. She met her husband through dance. The two have taught various forms of social dancing both here on the island and on the mainland and can be seen performing in various productions on Maui.

Felicia believes that music and dance are incredibly beneficial to one’s self and well being and is excited to share her passion for both with her students.

Genevieve Ruvald

Genevieve Ruvald

STOTT Certified Pilates Instructor

Genevieve Ruvald is a native Californian, who hails from Sonoma, CA and went to school at the University of California San Diego. It was in San Diego where she learned and developed her passion for teaching and coaching. Having played basketball for UCSD she has a strong athletic presence and a vast knowledge of sport specific training.

She is a STOTT Certified instructor, and believes in form, function and quality of movement.

She came to Maui 2 years ago to establish and build a non profit organization, Westside Hoops, to help Maui youth with character development, getting kids help in school so they can go to college and improve their opportunities for their future. Her passion for teaching goes beyond coaching basketball, and teaching Pilates. She is focused on helping people learn as much about the body’s infinite amazement. You will undoubtedly learn something new in every class and feel a new muscle you didn’t even know you had.

Jane Cesler

Jane Cesler

Certified Pilates Instructor, Barre, Gyrotonic

Jane is a certified Pilates Instructor on both Mat & Pilates equipment and is also certified in Gyrotonic and Barre. She has been teaching fitness for over 12 years in a wide variety of venues, from upscale, high-end gyms to physical therapy centers and Hot Pilates / Yoga studios. She is a retired professional dancer and used to perform and dance in numerous large professional shows on the Las Vegas strip.

Jane has a strong passion for teaching all types and styles of classes to all different levels and ages of people. Helping others feel really good mentally and physically about themselves drives her in teaching and fills her with great joy!

Jason Wulf

Jason Wulf

Dance Instructor

Jason began dancing at the age of seven and continues his enthusiasm for partner dancing passed on from his parents, professional dance instructors themselves.

Thru the years he has embraced many of the social partnered dances such as Swing, Lindy Hop, Blues, Salsa, and Argentine Tango. Jason has been recognized by dance instructors and students alike as having the unique ability to teach dancers of all skill levels in a fun and lively setting. He was a co-founder and main instructor for Swing Maui.

Together with his wife and dance partner Felicia, a dance instructor herself, they bring a background rich in dance movement and teach fun, exciting classes that get you up and moving.

Jenna Contreras

Jenna Contreras

Certified Yoga Instructor

Jenna has been practicing yoga for 15 years. After overcoming illness, and the subsequent journey inward, she sought a meaningful way to give back to the community, and share her joy and gratitude for life with others. Inspired by the opportunity to impart empowering positivity and introspection through teaching yoga, she is fulfilling her dream of sharing the magic that happens when we connect our mind and body through breath.

In deepening her own yoga practice, she was introduced to Fluid Yoga by Kevan Gale, and received her RYT 200 hr. certification with Stil Studio. Additionally Jenna holds a certification for a restorative practice called SPA Yoga, a pampering floor-based class by candlelight, aligning practitioners with the inner wisdom of deep relaxation. Both styles offer a mindful flow for all levels, leaving yogis feeling more centered, carrying the magic off the mat.

Jennifer Gode

Jennifer Gode

Certified Yoga Instructor, AFAA Group Fitness Instructor, Surf Instructor

Jen was born on the side of water in Washington State where she grew up hiking and skiing in the Cascade mountains.

A national park backcountry/climbing ranger in the summer and professional ski patroller in the winter, she was introduced to surfing on a vacation to Maui… and the rest is history! With hubby, Scooter and two furry, four-legged kids, they traded skiis for surfboards and made the transition to island-living.

Sharing her love for movement, in any form, be it wet, or dry is Jen’s passion. Most importantly, Jen believes what you do should make you smile!

Do what makes you happy and your entire being will reflect that happiness.

Jennifer Stewart

Jennifer Stewart

Accredited with Professional Development Program certification through the USA Gymnastics Federation, Professional Member of USAGF, First Aid and CPR certified

Jennifer’s love for gymnastics started at the age of 5 when she joined her first gym. Her need for constant movement and energy release was met graciously through sports like gymnastics and dance. As her love for gymnastics grew she continued to develop her skills both competitively and recreationally.

After graduating high school in Cape Cod Massachusetts her curiosity and passion for travel & adventure landed her in Oahu where she went on to pursue her college degree at Hawaii Pacific University. She graduated with her bachelors degree in advertising and marketing and after working in Oahu for several years later got a job transfer to Maui. After several years in a corporate setting she began working part time for Maui Tumblers and quickly decided that coaching was where she truly belonged. She left the corporate world and went on to work for Maui Tumblers as a full time coach and van manger in 2013.

Her goal as a coach / mentor is to provide a safe, noncompetitive learning environment where children can come to learn, grow and have fun with their peers. While participating in tumbling classes each student will learn the art of stretch, body control, following directions, as well as conditioning while gaining valuable gymnastic skills. The use of repetitive and positive reinforcement will also allow each student to grow at his or her own individual pace. Jennifer strives to make learning as fun as possible and offers classes to children between the ages of 2 and up.

When Jennifer’s not coaching you will find her training in the gym, running 5k’s, spending time with her husband, family and friends, playing at the beach or exploring/traveling. Her passion for health and happiness reflects her favorite motto “do what you love, love what you do..”

Jordan Benge

Jordan Benge

Certified Yoga Instructor

A lifelong athlete and lover of physical activity, Jordan found yoga in 2015 and was hooked from the first class. Through a daily Asana practice, she has found sanctuary on the mat, tapping into a reserve of calming energy and the transformative, healing power of the breath. As her practice has deepened, it has expanded into all areas of her life. She firmly believes that a yoga practice is a lifestyle, and that while increased strength and flexibility are but two of its benefits, its implications extend far beyond the physical realm. Yoga is a way of revealing and celebrating the divinity within and all around us.

Fascinated by the transformative potential of this sacred science and eager to immerse herself in spiritual study, Jordan completed her 200 hour teacher training in Bali with the Anusara School of Hatha Yoga, where she deepened her grasp of pranayama, the foundations of the yogic tradition and philosophy, her meditation practice, and alignment principles. Feeling blessed to be so filled with love and light, Jordan is honored to be able to share the gift of yoga with her students.

Kara Johanssen

Kara Johanssen

STOTT Certified Mat and Reformer Instructor

Kara Loves spending time outside adventuring and exploring the world around her. She craves knowledge and especially enjoys learning about wildlife, nature, and different cultures (especially culinary aspects).

While growing up in Michigan, Kara was stuck indoors for months every winter so she and her sisters played lots of sports and lifted weights while waiting for the spring sunshine. Professionals now understand that heavy weightlifting is unsafe for young, undeveloped bones, however Kara was unfortunate enough to injure her lumbar spine performing squats in a weight lifting competition at the age of 16. After having over 300lbs on her shoulders, the spine gave in and Kara was forced to quit sports her senior year, put in a body cast, and eventually committed to 100% bedrest. It was traumatizing for her and her family. After countless MRI’s, bone scans X-rays, experiential cortisone shots, doctors concluded that they did everything they could and the spine, disks and scar tissue needed more muscle to support the injured area. Kara began physical therapy. She started learning about the body and how movement is scary after guarding an injury for months but it’s the only answer to long term health. Months of physical therapy followed including deep pool rehabilitation, yoga ball exercises, stretching, and cardio.

While learning to deal with the pain, Kara completed her biology degree at the University Of Colorado Boulder. During a physiology class, she was introduced to the pilates method. It was a break through and Kara had to learn how to do pilates as well as teach others what had helped her get back to normal life. Kara realizes there will always be some level of pain in the body but it can be controlled and managed. For her, the only way is to commit to pilates movement a few times a week to stay strong and strengthened. This has allowed her to do what she loves again which on Maui is working on boats, dancing, and volunteering with organizations that help conserve ocean life as well as the native plants and animals that make this island special.

Kara became a fully certified Stott pilates mat/reformer instructor in 2013 and SUPilates in 2015 and continues to cherish the island life and healthy body she has today. He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything. – Chinese proverb.

“Trust your intuitive heart.” -Ram Dass

Kellie O'Rourke

TRX, MAD Dog Spin, Group Fitness Instructor, Urban Iron, Peak Pilates Mat Instructor, Buti Yoga Instructor

Kellie started her life long love of fitness as a gymnast. Along with a love of movement and competition she learned how great form translates into other sports and activities. In high school she began coaching gymnastics and that sparked her love of teaching. She attended Penn State University to get an undergraduate degree in Biology. There, she began teaching fitness classes at the school gym. Teaching innovative fitness classes became a great love and she continued to teach during Graduate school at University of Pittsburgh.

During grad school she became certified in TRX, spin, and other aerobic classes. She also ran two marathons. After a summer vacation during school she made it her goal to move to Hawaii after graduation. Two weeks after she finished she made Maui her home. She continues to run, cycle, hike with her dog, surf and paddle.

Her new fitness goals:
– Complete her 3rd marathon
– Do a triathlon
– Paddle an ocean channel race in her one-man canoe
– Help others complete their fitness goals!

Luis Vera

Luis Vera

Hip Hop/Freestyle Dance Instructor

Luis started out like most young boys not wanting to dance, fortunately for him his mother was a salsa and merengue dancer. Saturday mornings in his house were filled with merengue music and his mother dancing in the kitchen, on this his favorite day for cartoons she would make him an offer… dance with her in the kitchen for 2 songs and get pancakes, or not dance and have a pancakeless morning. Luis REALLY liked pancakes so eventually he learned to dance to salsa & merengue, which made him realize how much fun dancing was.

Many years later in his early 20’s he worked as a break dancer at a few large era NYC clubs and Entertainment companies on the East Coast where he started to teach his own style of dance. His love of underground dance led him to pursue House dancing, Pop & Locking, Hip-Hop, Capoeira, Salsa, Merengue, and Cumbia, which led him to take a different approach to dance class. His vision was to teach you anything and everything to learn how to freestyle, to dance freely.

Lynette Day

Lynette Day

Belly Dancing Instructor

Lynette Day has been a student of many styles of belly dance since 1998. A former member of Seattle’s Troupe Hipnotica, her interests have ranged from classical and folkloric dance of the Middle East to synchronized group improvisation and tribal fusion.

Lynette has completed three phases of study in Rachel Brice’s 8 Elements™ Approach, of which she is a recognized official practitioner.

She has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 2005 and enjoys using a therapeutic approach when teaching her dance students. She finds it important to educate her students on how belly dance can decrease the effects of the aging process.

Maria Margaritas

Maria Margaritas

Yoga/Meditation Instructor

When I was 27, I hit rock bottom in my life. This propelled me on an unwavering quest to find inner peace, align with truth, and live a life of freedom.

​As a result of this journey I now teach what I discovered, learned, and know.

If you’re ready for true self-discovery, a cosmic catalyst, a deepening of your spiritual practice, inspirational insight, a large dose of humor, practical ways to integrate all the aspects of human life, and to gain the clarity and confidence necessary to fully live out the life you were born to live… then we have work to do together.

Marybeth Frieday

Marybeth Frieday

Ballet Instructor

Marybeth began her dance training at Suzanne’s School of Dance at age 3 and never stopped. She basically grew up in her local dance studio, even assistant teaching as she got older to help pay for all the classes she wanted to take. Including ballet, lyrical, point, hip-hop, and tap. She has taken many master classes, workshops and has performed at many venues, competitions and events including the half time show of the Florida Citrus Bowl. She was also a state champion and recognized ‘All Star’ competitive cheerleader at Notre Dame High School.

Marybeth attended Buffalo State College to gain a dual degree in special and elementary education. Here she also received a minor in dance studying under Janet Reed and Daphne Anne Finnegan. The degree focused on dance appreciation; dance composition; modern; ballet; teaching dance and performance. While attending college she helped Suzanne Hoyt Hummel to grow her Tutu Tots dance program which was published in Dancer Magazine in 2000 for being an innovate program for young dancers. She also worked with teachers from the American Academy of Ballet (Buffalo, NY) and taught classes there on occasion.

Upon moving to Maui, Marybeth was one of the original teachers at Maui Academy of Performing Arts West Side (MAPA WEST). She was the sole teacher as the studio progressed teaching mommy and me, pre ballet, ballet, hip-hop, and Broadway musical until she moved to New Zealand in 2011.

Marybeth is now back on Maui where she dances hula, attends yoga, surfs, and is getting back into her hobby of aerial silk. Marybeth is looking forward to re-growing her dance family on the West Side of Maui at Body in Balance.

Or Sagi-Woodson

Or Sagi-Woodson

Comprehensive Pilates Instructor

Born and raised in Israel, Or had an extensive dance career for 15 years, performing classical and contemporary Ballets all over the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia. Mr. Sagi – Woodson had the honor to perform for the prince and princess of Monaco, the Thai royal family, and the Israeli president.

He received his Pilates training through Balanced Body University, under the mentorship of Troy McCarty.

Mr. Sagi – Woodson is a featured Pilates model for balanced body and Troy McCarty Pilates.

Sara Alderman

Sara Alderman

Buti Yoga Instructor

Having a diverse 17-year background in dance and performance, Buti Yoga was something I was immediately drawn to. The combination of yoga, tribal dance, and sisterhood resonates so highly with me that I decided to become an instructor in May 2016.

Buti is an Indian Marathi word that means “the cure to something hidden beneath the surface or kept secret.” We believe EVERY woman has the ability to heal themselves from the inside out and are committed to empowering women everywhere and awakening the strong feminine power within.

I am so blessed to be on this journey with each of you!

Sonja Gleeson

STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, Yoga Instructor

Exercise has been a part of Sonja’s life for as long as she can remember. Athletics growing up and Jazzercise with her Mom influenced her decision towards a career in the fitness industry. Teaching fitness classes at the Student Recreation Center while attending Arizona State University laid the foundation for her instruction. During her 4 years at ASU she taught everything from Step Aerobics to Spinning while working towards her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition which she achieved in the Spring of 2001.

Eventually her path led to Yoga which she became, and continues to be very passionate about. She became certified to teach Yoga in 2003 and is currently teaching Yoga at several locales on the island. Seeking a method that would lend strength and stability to her yoga practice Sonja became interested in Pilates. In January Sonja completed her STOTT Pilates Certification course and is both excited and inspired to share the benefits of Pilates with others. During her mat classes Sonja draws from 10 years of teaching experience and the STOTT Pilates technique to instruct an effective, safe, full body workout.

“Light the incense, you must burn to be fragrant. To scent the whole house you must burn to the ground.” -Rumi

Stephanie Falcone

Certified Pilates Instructor

Stephanie grew up in Potomac, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. She moved to Nashville, TN in 2009 to attend Vanderbilt University, where she was a Division I swimmer. During the summer of 2010, she was looking for another way to cross-train for swimming and discovered the Pilates Reformer. She quickly fell in love with the workout and realized it was something she wanted to learn to teach. Stephanie completed her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Balanced Body in September 2011, and her PMA® certification in December 2014.

Stephanie moved to Maui in October 2015 and loves island life. She enjoys teaching Pilates because it is continually challenging and extremely beneficial for the body. It has also helped her through shoulder injuries from many years of competitive swimming. As a result, she has the drive to help others through their athletic injuries. She believes strongly in the power of movement and the importance of physical fitness for both the mind and body.

When not teaching her classes, Stephanie can be found performing as a singer/songwriter and working on paintings for her online Etsy store.

Stephanie Meyers

Stephanie Meyers

STOTT PILATES Instructor, ACE Personal Trainer, YogaFIT Instructor, LTF Pilates Coordinator and Certification, Silver Splash and Silver Sneakers, TRX Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer

Stephanie is an artist. Throughout her childhood, she spent time exploring the arts, reading and finding inspiration exploring the outdoors. Her studies include degrees in Advertising, Graphic Design and Interior Design.

During college, she discovered yoga, Pilates and water fitness for personal healing and stress reduction. Health and wellness have become her second passion and has been working in the industry since 2002. Currently, she is studying to complete her master certification with STOTT Pilates and Pilates Method Alliance.

After relocating to Maui in 2012, Stephanie spends free time exploring the island. This includes being active surfing, paddle boarding, hiking, diving, swimming, painting and illustrating children’s books.

Stephanie encourages clients to seek out their passions and embrace activities that help achieve personal interests and fitness goals.

Tasha Ina Church

Self Defense Instructor

Tasha Ina Church was introduced to self-defense in 8th grade, taking Warrior Spirit with Jeff Alexander. Each of her parents took Judo and were huge influences in Tasha’s martial arts career. Both were teachers and believed in the importance of passing down knowledge to others. Ms. Church studied Aikido, Ninjustsu, Shotokan, and Jujitsu self-defense in a dojo from 18-25 years old. Since then she has studied Tai Chi, Boxing, and Aiki Jujitsu.

​With 14 years of experience, she is contracted by organizations and businesses to teach self-defense and also taught self-defense to young girls within her Ladies First program. Tasha’s main style, Aikido, is rooted in several styles of jujitsu (from which modern judo is also derived), in particular daitoryu-(aiki)jujitsu, as well as sword and spear fighting arts. Aikido focuses on joint manipulation, joint locks and pressure points. The body movements utilize sword and spear fighting motions.

It is important for her to stress utilizing moves and wearing cloths that are realistic when walking the streets and just living everyday life. We cannot ask an attacker to wait while we change. So often, Tasha shows up to self-defense demonstrations wearing dresses, high heels, and other basic everyday clothing for women.

Yvette Richard

STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, Ballet Instructor

Yvette Richard earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance Performance, Choreography and Education from San Francisco State University in 2000. She danced with EMBAJE Dance Company, performing throughout the bay area and studied with recognized dance educator, Dr. Albirda Rose. Yvette has also practiced Pilates since her college years and became a Stott certified Mat and Reformer instructor in 2008.

Since her move to the islands in 2000, she has performed at various venues on Maui and neighboring islands with renowned choreographers David Ward, Andre Morissette and Koablue Dance Theater. In 2006, she worked as featured aerial acrobat for Mo’olelo Productions theatrical show, Honua’ula at the Marriott, Wailea and spent several years as the resident dance instructor at Island Spirit Yoga. In 2008, she gave birth to her first son, Noah Kai and then Tristan Nalu in 2010 and loves her new role as a mother.

Currently, Yvette is thrilled to be teaching both Pilates Reformer and Kid’s Ballet at Body In Balance.

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