Rachel is originally from Melbourne, Australia and moved to New York in 1995, where she had her first ‘taste’ of Pilates whilst studying Drama, when a friend became a teacher. After moving to Los Angeles she completed Jill Cassady’s intensive Pilates Technique Certification program and has been busy teaching ever since. She has worked at a physical therapy clinic, various
studios and with home clients.
Gaining knowledge and experience to listen to her clients, be detail oriented and create challenging workouts tailored to each client’s needs. Her clients range from severely restricted to athletes and both pre and post natal.
She did Pilates throughout her pregnancy with her daughter and credits it with the fast recovery afterward.
She has also been fortunate to be an assistant teacher on one the PTC training programs- further adding to her repertoire, teacher trainer. She is teaching the current training programs this year.
She opened Classic Pilates Body in 2009 and is proud to add ESP to her choice of locations for her clients.
Jennie Hong- Pilates Instructor
Jennie developed her deep appreciation for the mind-body arts through dance at an early age. She discovered Pilates in 2008 while training for her second half-marathon. Jennie ran her second race beating her PR by 15 minutes and knew Pilates was the perfect compliment to her active lifestyle. She gained strength and flexibility to enjoy running, hiking and cycling. She also noticed a substantial improvement in the strength of her core and knew instantly that Pilates was something she wanted to continue for a lifetime.
After being certified through the Pilates Technique Certification taught by Jill Cassady, she quickly began teaching and motivating others through her own passion for this method. Jennie’s clients come from different walks of life with different needs and fitness goals. Both she and her clients share wonderful moments where they are able to flow through a difficult exercise or begin to feel relief from the pain with which they struggle. Jennie has never found anything more rewarding than seeing the progression of her clients through the Pilates method.
With her kind-hearted demeanor, Jennie exudes a positive energy that inspires, energizes and accelerates her clients. Keeping clients engaged using unique modifications and variations to the classic repertoire, her sessions encourage focus and concentration. She spent her childhood in Seattle and has since made Los Angeles her home, where she strives to continually educate herself completely in the principles of Classical Pilates.
Jennie found her love for the mind-body arts through dance at an early age. She spent her childhood in Seattle and has since made Los Angeles her home. Jennie discovered Pilates when training for a half-marathon—after running her second race and beating her previous record by 15 minutes, she thought Pilates was the perfect complement to her active lifestyle. When building vigor and flexibility in running, hiking and cycling and seeing substantial improvement in her core strength, Jennie knew that Pilates was something she wanted to continue for a lifetime.
After completing her Pilates Technique Certification with Jill Cassady, Jennie’s passion for the method became the number one motivator behind her teachings. Having clients with a wide range of needs and fitness goals, Jennie finds solutions no matter what their struggle and assists the flow through difficult exercises. She has never found anything more rewarding than seeing the growth of her clients through the Pilates method. Jennie’s positive energy inspires, energizes and accelerates her clients. Keeping them engaged using unique modifications and variations to the classic repertoire, Jennie’s sessions encourage focus and concentration with her kind-hearted demeanor. Jennie strives to continually educate herself completely in the principles of Classical Pilates.
Marina Urbina- Pilates Instructor
After discovering Pilates in 2009, Marina quickly knew she had stumbled upon something she could never live without. Marina grew up as a competitive gymnast and missed the benefits of a structured workout that made her feel strong. In Pilates, she not only found this workout, but a lifestyle.
Her love for the practice led her to follow her heart and become a certified instructor through the Pilates Technique Certification program taught by Jill Cassady. Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness,” and Marina whole-heartedly believes in this statement.
Her passion for the method, knowledge of technique, and positive attitude keep her clients motivated and focused on attaining their personal goals.
Emily Fernandez- Pilates Instructor
Emily is a Graphic Artist and certified Pilates instructor. After sitting in front of a computer for over 10 years, she felt the wear and tear in her body. This led her to Pilates in 2007. She fell in deeply love and decided to learn the Classical Pilates repertoire. Emily completed her certification with The Pilates Technique Certification. She has a passion for discovering and sharing the complexities of the body, as well as the knowledge it gives us.
Emily aims to help people find greater body awareness, teaching the body and mind to work together. She strives to create fun and challenging workouts that will help identify bad habits and work towards fixing any misalignments, retraining your body to gain better movement, posture and flexibility therefore preventing injury. Your success is her goal!
Jill Hansen- Aerial Physique Creator
Aerial Physique creator Jill Hansen has dedicated her life to the wonderful world of health and fitness. Aerial work, ballet and Pilates have been her secret weapons to staying in shape and feeling great. A ballet dancer since the age of 3, a classically certified Pilates instructor since 2006 and a professional aerial performer. Jill’s Aerial Physique program brings her expertise in all 3 genres together to make an amazing program that delivers results and fun! Jill is talented and welcoming. Her classes are open to students of all levels, “ Aerial Physique is designed to give you the strength of a Cirque du Soleil performer, the beautiful lines of a ballet dancer and the ease of movement like a Pilates pro.”
Jill has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of people bettering their lives through Pilates and movement in elite fitness studios and gyms in New York City, Waikiki and Los Angeles. Jill is recognized for being graceful, posed and fit and has been a featured fitness model for many projects including Pilates Style Magazine. Jill’s parallel career as an aerial performer has taken her around the world performing her aerial act on fabric. Jill’s mission is to guide her clients to the correct and most intelligent movement patterns for their body in a safe and positive way. For more information visit her website www.aerialphysique.com.
Sarah Vosen- Nutrition Specialist
Sarah began her journey into holistic medicine when she was introduced to a Chinese herbal whole food supplement company at the age of 19. Motivated by her new found energy, she researched to learn more about complementary and holistic health care. After a switch to Pre-Med studies from Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and then University of Colorado-Denver, she dove into her study of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Massage Therapy at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. After 4 years of study, she earned her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA.
Sarah currently resides in Santa Monica, CA and practices at the Tao Healing Arts Center. She offers private treatments including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, gua sha, energy work, bodywork, and nutrition. In addition, she offers low-cost acupuncture to the Westside community of Los Angeles. Sarah is also a certified teacher of AcroYoga and has taught in India, the UK, Europe, and across the US.
“Since my first taste of Chinese herbal tea, my philosophy about nutrition has shifted from one of quality versus quantity. After years of low-grade health problems, I learned that I had a systemic Candida (yeast) overgrowth and that I had to change my diet in order to become healthy. After much preparation and re-education, I took the challenge and completed a month of a sugar-, dairy-, yeast-, carb-, alcohol-, and caffeine-free diet…it was one of the hardest months of my life and it changed me forever. If I can do it, I know that you can too!”
With over 10 years of experience in the field, Sarah is passionate about educating people so that they can help themselves, whether it’s through teaching TCM, AcroYoga, or nutrition. As an acupuncturist and believer in holistic treatments, she knows that acupuncture treatments can serve you as a patient exponentially more if you take charge of your health and create a lifestyle that best serves you.
One of her favorite mantras is, “Do it because it’s fun!” She wants to help you tailor your lifestyle to create your perfect recipe for work, life, and fun! She especially wants to work with women who are suffering with the unnecessary symptoms of PMS, but is excited to work with anyone who is ready to take charge of their life through nutrition.