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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, Pre and Postnatal Pilates and Yoga, TRX, Babywearing, Injury and Special Populations

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.

Amy Erickson

Lyra Instructor, Professional Acrobat/Performer, Aerial Yoga Play Instructor, ElevatED Flexibility 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.

Beth Russell

Aerial Yoga Play and Aerial Yoga RX instructor, Certified Pole Instructor, Aerialist, Yoga Certified - ZFlow Power Yoga, ElevatED Flexibility Instructor

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. –

Caitlyn Larsson

Caitlyn Larsson

from Fit to Fly in Australia

Caitlyn Larsson from Fit to Fly is a jack of all trades, and attempting to become master of a few. She is a flying trapeze and aerial artist, who moonlights as a travel and content writer in her spare time. She received a BFA in theatre and education from New York University and after a brief stint as a professional tour director (If you look out the right side of the bus, you’ll see the Statue of Liberty), she discovered and fell in love with circus. After sprinting off to England for some whirlwind training at Circomedia in flying trapeze, aerial arts and acrobatics, Caitlyn became a roving circus vagrant, traveling the globe performing and teaching. Quickly realizing that the wandering circus lifestyle is not always the most lucrative or stable, especially when attempting to keep up with those pesky NYU loans, she fell back on her impeccable grammar and highly praised writing skills to help pay the bills. Now, with a ‘work hard and smart’ work ethic, Caitlyn balances out her life as a teacher, performer, director and writer with grace and dignity, and only a few harried late nights.

She can be found teaching workshops and performing original circus acts around the world, all the while enjoying the freedom of writing on the go. She spent 2 years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, employed as the new rig manager for Trapeze School New York, crafting shows for Bahia Urbana in Old San Juan, helping with the inaugural International Circus Festival in PR, and plotting ways to bring Clowns Without Borders to the island. She took some time to gallivant around Fiji and New Zealand, attempting to surf and teaching workshops to locals. There was a stint in San Francisco, meeting colorful West Oakland locals, and the direction of a full length circus show in Dallas before fleeing the country for some rest, relaxation and more workshops and performance in SE Asia and Australia. Currently she can be found in Melbourne, studying exercise science by day and moonlighting as Marilyn in her one woman comedy show at night.

Celeste Davis

Celeste Davis

Aerial, ElevatED Flexibility

Celeste is a ceaseless creative whose passion for exploring new horizons brought her to Maui from North Carolina.

As a young child, Celeste climbed everything from the ropes of her father’s boat to the kitchen fridge. Always searching for an outlet for her creative energies, she took her first Aerial Silks class right here at Body in Balance in 2016 and was hooked from her very first inversion.

Since then Celeste has gone on to become Aerial Yoga Play Certified and an ElevatED Flexibility instructor. She is finally able to embrace her restless spirit as she expresses her passion through teaching others the circus arts. Celeste finds an exceptional joy in teaching children how to harness their boundless energy into inspiring circus acts.

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.

Cristina Solorio

Cristina Solorio

ACE Certified Personal Trainer

Cristina Solorio is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer with additional certification credentials from UC Berkley. For over 22 years, Cristina has been assisting clients in achieving health and fitness goals. Recognizing that each client is vastly different from the other, Cristina customizes her training programs according to her client’s personal needs, taking strengths, weaknesses, physical abilities, prior history, activity preferences, and personal goals into consideration. Her passion is imparting a healthy lifestyle and body image to her clients and motivating them to maintain these habits throughout their lifetimes. As an avid runner, Cristina has coached runners of all levels; however, she specializes in teaching beginners to master the sport so they can maximize their efforts.

Cristina has competed in National Physique Committee (NPC) figure competitions, has amateur boxing experience, has played in various local softball teams, and is an accomplished salsa dancer. Cristina’s experience and interest in such diverse activities allows her to provide a variety of customized curriculums to her clients and keeps her workout sessions fresh and exciting. Cristina is also certified in TRX Group Suspension Training and TRX Functional Training; Rocktape Fascial Movement Taping Level 1 and 2; and is a Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach.

Dr Chandy Lopes

Dr. Chandy Lopes

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Chandy Lopes is a licensed Naturopathic doctor in Hawaii, with a private practice located in Lahaina, Maui. She received her doctorate degree from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington and has been serving the Maui community since 2013.

Dr. Lopes is especially passionate about creating custom, individualized diet & nutrition programs to optimize health, well being, and hormone balance. Her goal is to create long term change by integrating objective data from lab tests and physical exams with alternative medicines like nutriceuticals, detoxification, and stress management techniques. Her treatments are especially helpful for women suffering from PMS, low energy, or pre-diabetic and insulin resistant, or when lab results are not accurately reflecting what someone is feeling. One of her special interests is utilizing a low carb or ketogenic type life style with intermittent fasting to increase longevity, aide in weight loss & balance hormones.

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.

Jaidah Terry

Jaidah Terry

Dance

Miss Jaidah Terry, of Makawao, is originally from Illinois. She is a free-lance ballerina with over 11 years experience in dance and fitness. Jaidah began choreographing at age 6, formally training in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, and Yoga at 13, and began dancing professionally at 18. She trained with Peoria Ballet Academy, Ballet Chicago, American Ballet Theater, and Alonzo King’s Lines Program. Her professional experience includes dancing with The DanceWright Project, Labayen Dance SF, Peninsula Ballet Theater, David Herrera’s Performance Company, Copious Dance Theater, Naples Ballet, Man Dance Company, and The Quimera Dance Tribe, to name a few. She has a background in early childhood education, personal training, and energy work. She is CPR and First Aid certified with over 10 years teaching experience working with ages 2-102 in Illinois, California, and Maui. Jaidah is a healer. Her knowledge and nurture combined create and environment destined for growth. Her passion is contagious. Dance with a pro. Feel like a pro. Reap the benefits of energy flow!

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.

Jessica Chernicki

Jessica Chernicki

from Gilded Studio in Boston

Jessica opened Gilded Studio to provide a truly body-positive space for all folx to explore movement and fitness. In addition to being a professional burlesque performer and experienced Pilates instructor, Jessica is a certified personal trainer and a NASM corrective exercise specialist who brings their knowledge of body mechanics into their fun and unique group fitness and dance classes.

Katy Paulson

Katy Paulson

from Angel Productions in Denver

I’ve been a dancer since age four, yoga teacher since 2012, and aerialist since 2017. I was a studio manager for different yoga and fitness studios for almost a decade, and then one day, I asked myself: Why are you not your own boss? I have a Master’s degree in Transformative Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy – I just never knew what to do with those degrees. It occurred to me that I am great at a whole bunch of different things, and that’s why it’s been so hard to decide on a ‘career path’. I thought I had to pick just one thing to be, but now I realize that as long as I organize and prioritize, I can do all the things that I’m passionate about. New job title: Creator.

When my students tell me they can’t take a dance class of mine, because they’re not dancers, I tell them, “All you have to do to be a dancer, is dance”. More about Katy HERE

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!

Laura Meis

Laura Meis

Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Aerial Yoga Play Instructor, ElevatED Flexibility Instructor

Laura has had a passion for flexibility and contortion since she discovered splits in her first gymnastics class at age 5. She practiced gymnastics and ballet for many years and after moving to Maui she added hula and beach yoga to her repertoire. 9 years ago she became a licensed massage therapist through West Pacific Institute of Body Therapy and Body Dynamics. She specializes in sports therapy and enjoys helping her clients achieve their athletic goals and takes great delight in helping them discover what their bodies are truly capable of. Laura is a certified Aerial Yoga Play instructor and loves bringing out the inner 8 year old in all of her students. Come join Laura in defying gravity in a myriad of circus arts!

Olivia Kotter

Olivia Kotter

Yoga Instructor

Yoga came to Olivia in the form of a miracle. Struggling with depression and anxiety throughout her youth, she found refuge in these sacred traditions of weaving breath and body through movement. Shortly later she was swept off of her feet by wanderlust. Biking across the United States, living and traveling throughout South America and exploring Alaska. Through all of the ups and downs of her adventures she found herself returning to her mat time and time again. She had realized, this was home. She is grateful and humbled to have studied under Leah Cullis, at Wanderlust in Austin, Tx, and has spent the last three years under a mentorship With Senior teacher and Yoga therapist, Dustin Turner. She firmly believes healing starts from the inside out. Coming to her classes be ready to step inwards and be brave moving through postures with breath and intention.

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.

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

Stefanie Fujinami

Stefanie Fujinami

Schwinn Indoor Cycling, TRX, AFAA Personal Training, Spiderfit Kids Courses, Strong by Zumba, F45

Stefanie’s training philosophy is that by learning the fundamentals of fitness at any age, a healthy active lifestyle can be achieved.

Her passion for fitness began when she started teaching swim lessons in high school. She still teaches swim today and she still loves it. A few years ago, she started teaching indoor cycling and TRX. One of her favorite things about TRX is that it offers a modification for every move, whether it be a different stance or taking off resistance. Stefanie also teaches circuit style classes, including upper body, lower body, and core.

“Be ready to have a good time and meet awesome people!  I look forward to seeing you in class!” ~ Stefanie

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

Tasha Ina Church

Self Defense Instructor

No one wants to be attacked but if it happened, wouldn’t you want to be prepared? Tasha has studied several styles of Japanese martial arts, Tai Chi, and boxing, along with a Warrior Spirit Training by Rocky Balboa’s Trainer, Jeff Alexander.

With 17 years of experience, Tasha is able to pull from her multiple styles to deliver practical self-defense for everyday living. She has owned two empowerment businesses and has the goal to elevate, educate, and advocate for others. Her current business ElleLiveAction (Women Living in Action) is focused on elevating people to their next level. While teaching, Tasha stresses the importance of utilizing moves that are realistic for everyday life scenarios and attire.

The main style Tasha pulls from is Aikido, although she utilizes several styles sharing joint manipulation, joint-locks, and pressure points which can be used in a variety of ways. Her previous business was a women’s empowerment business, focused on self-esteem, body-image, and self-defense training for middle school and high school girls. She created the curriculum and scaled from one school to four in less than three years. Tasha was able to reach over 2000 girls with her empowerment business in Washington state and she hopes to find ways to better support the women and girls on the island of Maui.

Tasha has a wide variety of services including:

  • Self-Defense Trainings, Workshops, Series, and Classes
  • Women’s Empowerment Training
  • Professional & Personal Development Workshops
  • Meditation
  • Anger Work
  • & I.M.Power Inspirational Speaking Events

Additionally, Tasha recently launched her first online self-defense course. This course has 8 classes and each class focused on a different type of attack with several counter attack moves and at-home exercises so that those who want to practice on their own can at their pace. We hope you will join Tasha for one of her sessions and get empowered!

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.