Owner, Yoga Teacher

Creator, Lover, Traveler

Kelly's first yoga class was when she moved to San Francisco after graduating from the University of AZ with a Bachelor's degree in Communications.  After that first class, she was hooked.  She then took her practice international where she concentrated on her self study, "svadhyaya" while living in Southeast Asia.  Through her extensive international travels, she discovered that no matter what ethnicity you are or what language you speak, Yoga is the universal language of unifying the mind and body.  When she returned after about 16 months abroad, she received her 200hr Yoga Certification through Corepower Yoga in Costa Mesa.  She loves creating space for people to move their bodies, slow down their minds and acknowledge and recognize their strengths and capabilities.

" For me, yoga is a "work in" rather than a "work out".  My practice serves me in different ways every time I step on to my mat.  Sometimes yoga is a way to help clear my mind and concentrate on my breath.  Other times, I use my practice as more of a meditative station to help me focus on a certain intention or goal I may have for myself.  Whatever the purpose or reason is for returning to my mat time and time again, I know for sure I will leave my mat feeling more purposeful and full of life than I did before stepping on. "

Astrological Sign: Capricorn


carly Farmer

Organic, Fluid, Lyrical

Pilates and Yoga teacher.

Carly grew up a dancer and found that moving and being in her body was not only a beautiful way to express and feel, but a way to connect and understand not only herself, but everything and everyone around her.  She found both yoga and pilates when she was in high school and decided to go through her Pilates certification while she was studying to receive her business degree at Loyola Marymount University. She began teaching Pilates while she was in college and also continued her yoga practice.  After graduating LMU, she continued teaching Pilates and decided she also wanted to do a Yoga Teacher Training. While she was in her Yoga TT, the opportunity to create and open what is now “Villa” showed up. She was only 23! Since then she has participated in many workshops and continued education courses including Leslie Howard’s Pelvic Floor course, STOTT Cec's and studying at BASI. She also became a certified Health Coach through IIN in 2013, but does not Health Coach :). Villa has been such a blessing for Carly and she now sees that it is an expression of her soul, her truth and one of her greatest loves. 

"I love Pilates and Yoga! My intention as a teacher is for you to feel fluid in your body and build a bridge between your mind, body and spirit. May you find harmony amongst your oppositions - finding length in your strength, softness in your tension, fluidity in your precision, and lightness in your depths. Music has always moved me ( must be the dancer in me ) and so that is incorporated in my classes - not to escape, but to inspire and stimulate...I encourage you to stay connected and let it feel good at the same time. By the end, I hope that you give yourself the permission to let go. It's when we become."

Astrological Sign: Gemini


Alysa Osvog

Thoughtful, Heartfelt, Safe

Yoga Teacher. "My intention is to support and inspire my students intentions. We all practice for different reasons, yoga is personal and because it's personal it matters. So I offer lots of suggestions and encourage to breathe like it matters. As we breathe we find our intentions, over and over inspired again and again - yoga is breath and inspire means to breathe life into. "

Astrological Sign: Taurus


Jill Ann Arnold

Detail Oriented, Intention Driven, Light Hearted

Pilates teacher. Jill Ann was first introduced to mat Pilates and yoga as part of a modern dance training at the age of 13. She attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and was exposed to many forms of movement theories and philosophies. She continued taking Pilates and Yoga as a conditioning tool for dance throughout college, where she was encouraged by her mentor, Karen Clippinger MSPE, to get a BASI Pilates with dance specialization certificate, which she did in 2004. In 2009, Jill Ann also received her 200 hour yoga certification through YogaWorks. Other than through dance conditioning bringing these beautiful art forms to her life, she also began practicing Pilates and Yoga to help balance out the musculature imbalances she had as child. It also helped fuel a passion to help others help themselves – a passion that continues as she expands my knowledge base to nutrition and other aspects of health.

"I am inspired by the children I've been blessed with. They teach and constantly remind me to stay present, resilient in mind and body and to be."

Astrological Sign: Gemini


joey o'mara

Powerful, Peaceful, Playful

Yoga Teacher. After tearing his ACL playing collegiate Lacrosse in the fall of 2006, Joseph needed to find a way to stay strong through the injury and he turned to yoga. The healing path of Iyengar Yoga was extremely intriguing and Joey started to seriously study Iyengar's methods at Western State University, CO. Following the yogic path he completed his 200 hour Teacher Training at Corepower Yoga, Huntington Beach in 2010. Joseph continues his studies over the next 8 years throughout the country with world renown teachers such as Brock Cahill, Shiva Rea, Janet Stone and Annie Carpenter to name a few. He has accumulated over 5,000 hours on the mat and has found yoga to be the backbone for developing a happy, healthy and conscious lifestyle. When he's not teaching his mindful and high energy pumped up classes, you can find him riding his bike across the county, lifting weights, tanning at the beach, and exploring the wilderness. 

" See My Fellow Peoples Happy And Free. " - Joey's intention for teaching.

Astrological Sign: Taurus


jaime Hynes

Fun, Athletic, Comforting

Pilates teacher. Movement has been Jaime's passion, life guide, and inspiration from the beginning. When she was nine, she left gymnastics for ice skating and fell in love. She spent every day on the ice: before school, after school, and on weekends. It was the movements in her body and the cool wind from the rink that kept pushing her. Many years later she was injured during a competition that kept her off the ice for a year. During her recovery she found Yoga and Pilates...and here she found her Forever love. In her 20's, it came time to make a career choice and she jumped into Stott Pilates certification courses and opened her first Pilates studio. She went on to travel with private clients, bringing Pilates to athletes on the road. After the birth of her daughter, she decided to stay put in OC. A handful of years later, she realized she needed to return to what she loves, teaching and guiding her clients to a happier and healthier lifestyle. 

Her teaching style changes with the seasons - ever-flowing. She has a fun and energetic personality and her classes are athletic, detail-oriented and always encouraging.

"Let food be thy medicine. Live beautifully. Live, love and laugh. Work hard, play hard."

Astrological Sign: Aquarius

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james ackley

Authentic, Strong, Engaged

Yoga teacher. James grew up on the coast of Down East Maine and Northern Connecticut, so nature and the elements are where he derives his energy. Music is his life blood. These essentials guide his life path and his yoga practice. During his time at Loyola Marymount, James learned what is now one of his core beliefs, that education of the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—are tantamount to a successful and rich existence. That philosophy coupled with his guiding essentials have brought him to a deeper understanding of his journey. They have expanded his vision of life’s great potential and the unencumbered acknowledgement of the infinite possibilities that exist.

“Open your heart and mind to engage fully on this path and the universe will reveal its infinite possibilities.”

Astrological Sign: Scorpio


Sarah tighe

You, Betta, Work

Yoga teacher. Sarah started practicing yoga in the late 90s, before yoga was referred to as an “industry.” Her yoga philosophy is anti-hype—even old school—and her teaching style is down-to-earth, functional and focused on all the ways yoga can cultivate the whole human, not just the proverbial “yoga butt” (the definition of which remains elusive to her after 20+ years of hanging around the yoga world). She completed her 200 hour training at the first teacher training offered by Yogaworks in Orange County in 2004, alongside some of the living legends in the teaching world. In 2009 she received a first year certificate in yoga therapy through the yoga therapy program at Loyla Marymount University. From 2004-2011 teaching yoga was Sarah’s sole occupation; in addition to private clients, she taught at many of the top yoga studios in Orange County. She was the first yoga instructor at Villa Pilates and Yoga when they opened their doors in 2010! In 2011 Sarah went back to the corporate world full time, but continued to teach yoga on the weekends through 2014. In 2015 she went on a yoga sabbatical to free up weekend time for her family. Now that her children are older and increasingly independent (and sometimes even present in class), Sarah has come back to teaching simply because she loves it, and because she loves the whole Villa family, who, even as yoga has become increasingly “industrial,” has maintained an unwavering commitment to authenticity. Sarah’s classes are movement-based (vinyasa) and can be challenging, but she encourages everyone to work to whatever level is appropriate for their mind/body/soul on that particular day.

 "Yoga just works for me, like running does for runners. Practicing yoga changed my mind, changed my life, and pretty much always clears my head or gives me a meaningful break from whatever brand of “crazy” I may be experiencing at a given time. I believe everyone can benefit from yoga, but I would never force feed the “magic” of yoga on anyone… it can be a pretty private thing, and something everyone has to discover on their own (or not!) "

Astrological Sign: Gemini


Megan Kelly

Thoughtful, Energetic, Open

Astrological Sign: Cancer


Rene Baldwin

Length, Kindness, Warmth

Pilates teacher. Certification through Body Arts and Science Institute (BASI) October 2013. From her very first Pilates session, Rene knew she had found a passion. The more she practiced, the more she wanted to know, going deeper into what Pilates was, where it was from, and what it meant to her. This led her to study at the Body Art and Science Institute (BASI). She decided with all the training that you needed to be an instructor, teaching was what she needed to do. She loves sharing her joy and her passion of this practice with others and hopes to encourage each person she meets to find their balance, their purpose, and to understand their body through Pilates. Her sessions are formatted intuitively, whether more core work, lengthening and strengthening, or just a good stretch. Rene has an amazing husband and beautiful, witty teenage daughter that encourages her all the time.

Astrological Sign: Aquarius


Sarah Tagge

Nurturing, Traditional, Ever Changing

Yoga teacher. Sarah knows to be true that yoga is about coming together and making whole and it recognizes that there is no separation between anything. Sarah credits the shaping of her practice to a variety of teachers and classes she has experienced around the world. One teacher led Sarah for years with passionate teaching and instilled a calmness in Sarah that moved her to guide others. With joy and enthusiasm she creates a unique practice due to her devotion to all aspects of yoga. In her guidance you may feel the breath fused into the movement. Her class is raw, strong, beautiful and healing.

Astrological Sign: Scorpio


simon ballard

Grounding, Centered, Meditative

Yoga teacher. Simon Ballard is a guide in Yoga, Meditation, Sound, and Ceremony, as well as a leader and Co Facilitator in Workshops, Retreats, and Festivals across the globe. His studies and influences include that of Tantrika, Shamanism, Paganism, Ayurveda, Vibrational Sound, Indigenous Tribal Custom and Ritual, World Religion and Belief, Cultural Philosophy, The Power of Myth and Folklore, and The Dao. His Yoga studies have brought him through the paths of Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Prasana, Restoratives, Kundalini, and Nidra. Simon's classes are slow, mindful, strong and breath centered.

Astrological Sign: Aries


tianna strateman

Form Focused, Sweet, Soft

Pilates teacher. As a former dancer, Tianna started practicing Pilates 16 years ago and has been in love with the benefits of Pilates ever since. She has been with Villa since 2010, and loves everything about the Villa community and the special place it is. Tianna is a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor, and has trained in mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, barrels, and injuries and special populations. Tianna has a great passion for health, wellness, and fitness and is always looking for ways to optimize her health and share her knowledge with those around her. Tianna graduated from the University of Southern California where she received her degree in Business Administration with a minor in Nutrition and Health Promotion. She loves spending time with her family, friends, and her two labs Louie and Lola.

"What inspires me is our clients who make the time to come to the reformer or their mat and do something good for them no matter how busy their lives may be.  I am also inspired by all the incredible staff at Villa who not only are great teachers, but great people who inspire me to be a better person and teacher."

Astrological Sign: Taurus

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Katherine Slay

Big Hearted, Creative, Fashionable,

Pilates teacher. Katherine Slay’s love for movement is infectious. With over 15 years teaching experience, she is a senior level Teacher Trainer in the Pilates industry and a master Teacher Trainer with BarreWRX USA teaching internationally and appearing in multiple modeling and fitness projects. Her dance career started in New York City at the age of 16 with the Joffrey Ballet, and her dance resume includes the title of Miss Dance California for Dance Masters of America, industrial performances with Tiffany and Co (Las Vegas, NV), and the movie The Big Lebowski (Hollywood,CA). She has served as a senior Teacher Trainer for Power Pilates and Classical Pilates Education and has been a presenter at both Pilates Method Alliance and IDEAfit conventions in the US. Katherine can be seen teaching a variety of workshops and classes in and around southern California including Pilates, Barre, and Yoga.

"I love Pilates.  It is a lifestyle that is about empowerment through movement: strength and flexibility in both the body and mind.  Throw in some laughter to that equation and you have the perfect practice."

Astrological Sign: Aries


Laura Piini

Passion, Precision, Beauty

Pilates teacher. Laura brings to each of her sessions a joy, enthusiasm, and love for the beauty and art of Pilates! Born and raised on the central coast of California, Laura transplanted to Southern California in 2011 where she created her private Pilates practice in the heart of Newport Beach. The clients who seek her services fall in love with her style, attention to detail, precision, and passion for the art and beauty of Pilates.  Each session is created carefully with the individual in mind to address the body, needs, and goals. Laura has over eight years of experience in the health and fitness industry with training and education from Hillsdale College (BA), The National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN), Body Arts and Sciences International (BASI), and Polestar Pilates. Laura is dedicated to the growth and progress of her clients and continually strives to stay on top of the latest developments in health and wellness.

Astrological Sign: Scorpio