CAROLINE AIZAWA began her exploration of bodywork by becoming a certified massage therapist in 1989. In 1991, she was introduced to the unique training methods of Pilates and Gyrotonic Expansion System as she began her professional dance career. She is a founding member of the international touring dance company Tongue. Tongue is dedicated to developing a physical language that explores momentum, impact and fierceness; simultaneously sensual and athletic. She holds certifications in Pilates through Long Beach Dance Conditioning and BASI. She is also certified in the Gyrotonic Expansion System® and Gyrokinesis™, and is an official pre-trainer of the Gyrotonic Tower and Handle Unit. She has studied Ashtanga yoga with Tim Miller, certified with Erich Shiffmann in Hatha Yoga and is loving her current practice with Anthony Benenati at City Yoga. Caroline is certified as a personal trainer through National Academy of Sports Medicine and is currently studying for Integrated Flexibility Specialist.
Through her years of study, Caroline has a developed a deep personal understanding of what it means to unify strength and flexibility; consciousness and instinct; and to have a functional, intelligent body. She now specializes in a range of training disciplines that have broadened her effectiveness in designing programs for balance, success and optimal health.
JENNIFER MARTIN was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California and has over 20 years experience as a fitness coach, teacher, and trainer.
She is a certified Pilates teacher through the Physical Mind Institute, New York since 2004. She is also certified on the Power Plate, Kettlebells, weight training, TRX, the Bosu balance, and more. Jennifer studied dance and theater at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and then continued her education at the University of Southern California, earning her Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree in Dance and Acting. While she was at USC, she taught at Jane Fonda's Workout, and later at The Spectrum Clubs, The Sports Club LA, and Equinox. She has been featured in many fitness DVDs and has taught abroad for Australia's TV show- "Fitness OZ style". Jennifer is constantly continuing her education to help her clients achieve their health & fitness goals through a safe, effective, challenging workout for the mind and body.
Jennifer believes that it's not stress per se that creates problems in the body, it's how you deal and perceive of your situation that can cause the damage. When you can change your perspective, you can lessen the impact it has on you. As Joseph Pilates said "It's the mind itself that shapes the body"!
A teacher with a loyal following, if you are ready to take your workout to the next level, get into one of Jennifer’s always popular classes.
With her endless dynamic energy, Jennifer Martin is our in house cheerleader. Faster-paced with an athletic edge, not for the novice, Jen delivers a solid kick-ass workout.
ANNALISA PESSIN came to Pilates out of a dedicated and determined effort to address her own aches and pains which stemmed from chronic tightness and structural imbalances. While her pursuit of Pilates was initially to help herself, to her surprise she discovered that she really enjoyed assessing other people's injuries and assisting them in their healing process. She was initially certified in Gyrotonics and was fortunate to shadow a master teacher at a Physical Therapy office where she was able to learn more about rehabilitating shoulder, lower back and hip injuries specifically. She also worked at a PT office which specializes in women's health and wellness where she was able to aid women in breast cancer recovery, women in both pre and post natal stages and women with chronic pelvic issues. Aside from Gyrotonic and Pilates she is certified in Power Plate and Foundation Training. Annalisa uses her wealth of knowledge, creative "out-of-the-box" thinking and attentive hands-on approach to work with clients from all walks of life.
Annalisa has a background in fine art and it shows! She is very attuned to detail and makes solid hands on corrections and cues akin to what you might experience in a yoga class. She is also known for innovative and creative use of Pilates props to help you get the most out of your workout.
KATINA CALVIN believes, "Encouraging people to understand their own bodies within their environment is the only way to begin to heal...move with a purpose. You want to be independent as long as possible and not be on crutches or in a wheel chair sooner than needed - That focus begins Today!" Katina adds, "You've been unconsciously practicing poor habits, now is the time to consciously be Present."
With a foundation in ballet from grade school through middle school, ultimately Volleyball and Track & Field became Katina's focus during High School. Having a love for movement, combining dance and sports was the natural progression when it came time to find a career…Fitness Instructor. She began in Hollywood during 1990 when Step Aerobics became the popular exercise in most clubs. About a year later, her next pursuit included a long time hobby of outdoor cycling brought indoors, Spinning. Pilates and Sports Conditioning exercises have always been infused in her fitness classes and when training clients which attributed to their success. Most come to her classes for her energy and music, they stay for her passion.
Katina brings steady, focused attention to a measured, but rigorous workout whether it is TRX or Pilates, she lead you through class and may well be sore the day after! Appropriate for all levels.
ANDREW BOYLE has enjoyed the pleasures of working with Harmony Studios, and being a component in developing the health and well being of its clients. He comes from an extensive performance background in dance, theatre, and voice. Classically trained in ballet, modern, and jazz, he discovered Susan Klein Release Technique, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, yoga, breath work, and meditation along the way. Andrew came to GYROTONICS in 1995, studying and training exclusively for two years under founder Julio Horvath, and mentor Master Trainer Leda Franklin on the machines and in GYROKINESIS. Today, Andrew works with clients to help them move toward a pain free day to day experience, bring awareness to the habits that can plague each of our bodies, and allow the movement to build the strength and flexibility needed in today's world.