simple, centered, flow
Owner and Pilates teacher. Stott Certified Pilates instructor. Business Administration Degree from Loyola Marymount University. Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Participant in Yogaworks 200 HR TT and Leslie Howard Pelvic Floor TT. Current student at BASI Pilates.
"Pilates and yoga both help me stay connected and fluid in my body and open to the world and all it's magic. As I mature, I am really starting to understand that what they both do is build a bridge between the mind, body and spirit. That is such gift. "
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."
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 earned her certification through Corepower Yoga; although she 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.
"Yoga has helped me become the best version of myself."
simple, intentional, purpose
We question Vinyasa to suggest a primordial quality; nyasa, to place, and vi, in a way, which suggests, to place and see (to be seen) in a particular way. To unfold the possibilities of Vinyasa implies a gaze and rhythm, a transition and emergence, that is equal parts psychological, emotional, and physical. We impart this primordial quality as a trace of movement; to move and be moved by our internal vision, that elaborates a space and circumference of our felt experience. In movement we unravel the dimensions of experience; in Vinyasa, we cultivate an understanding of the purposive perplexity of our personality, as it moves.
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.
thoughtful, energetic, open
Yoga teacher. I have loved movement since a young age and have continued my love and curiosity with movement by continuing my education in physical therapy. After receiving a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of St. Augustine I was excited to continue my education and learn more about the movements and poses of yoga. Learning about breath, asana, and meditation has transformed the way I treat patients as well as my own body and mind. I later went on to receive my Masters in Holistic Nutrition and feel it is another piece to true healing and internal awakening.
"Yoga has taught me to finally start listening to my body and respect what it is telling me. I will forever be grateful. "
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."
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.
MJ traverspurposeful, direct, inspiring/inspired
MJ is from Australia and has had such an amazing life already. Having worked in many different fields including Genetics, Music Management, Tour Management and as a busy Personal Assistant, MJ's heart now lies in the amazing field of Yoga. The practice of yoga through breathing and moving meditation has brought not only an increased flexibility but more stability to her body and more importantly her mind. Through her practice she has achieved an overall calm and balanced demeanor allowing her to tackle the ever increasing pressures and stresses that every day life throws our way. MJ has been practicing for over 20 years and is fortunate enough to share the benefits she has received on this journey through teaching many different styles of yoga including Power Vinyasa Flow levels 1-3, Restorative or Yin Yoga and Hot Power Fusion (HPF). ERYT400.
"Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live."
authentic, accessible, attuned
Dani grew up close to the water in Southern California with a deep love and respect for animals and the environment. As she grew so did her outlook on the world and her place in it; she was a much smaller component than she originally realized but still desired to have a BIG impact. Her passion for yoga was as instant as a lightning strike in her early 20s, and her thirst to take her practice deeper and to a more purposeful understanding expanded year after year. After completing several 200 hour certifications she felt the pull to expand her knowledge of the ancient art and traveled to India to complete her 500 hour Yoga Therapy certification. It was in the in the blue-green waters of the Ganga River that she found healing and affirmed her yoga path. Her mission is to bring this sense of healing to anyone in need of it in an accessible and comprehensible format. The ocean still remains her most heart-centered companion and confidant to this day.
"Don't take life too seriously... the ending is the same for everyone, so enjoy the journey. :) "
loving, happy, companion
bright, balanced, purposed.
Yoga Director and Yoga and Pilates teacher. With a background in competitive gymnastics, Vas found her love of movement at a very young age. She was able to develop a deep understanding of her own body; how it moves, it’s strength, and it’s limits - even more, she understood the power of her mind and the role it played in her success. That with true connection, mind and body, the unimaginable could be achieved. In 2007, Vas found yoga. Naturally, she fell in love. She went on to become a certified yoga teacher in 2012, followed by a certification in holistic nutrition in 2015. Currently, Vas is completing her certification in Pilates at Body Arts and Science International (BASI Pilates).
“It’s all about slowing down and diving deeper; deeper into the connection of your mind, body and spirit. This is where transformation begins.”
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.
grace, challenge, flow
Pilates teacher. Ginny Quick has been a life-long devotee to the art of movement. She grew up competing as a nationally ranked equestrian vaulter (a unique combination of dance and gymnastics on horseback) and discovered Pilates in 2002 to be the perfect complement to the physical demands of her lifestyle. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2007, she received her Pilates certification from Julian Littleford of JL Body Conditioning in Del Mar, CA. Ginny currently lives in Newport Beach with her husband where she teaches locally. In addition to teaching Pilates, she continues to pursue her passion for health and wellness as she pursues a holistic nutrition certification through the Nutritional Therapy Association.
"I found Pilates at age 16 and completely fell in love with it as it supported the physical demands of my lifestyle and helped me with alignment, balance and strength. I retired from vaulting years ago, but have carried Pilates with me and know that I will continue to practice and teach it the rest of my life."
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."
creative, connected, CARE-filled
Yoga teacher. Nicolette has been a teacher of languages, literature, biology, and movement since 2001 but found her true passion in 2010 when she started teaching yoga. Her personal studies are in anatomy and she enjoys drawing connections between the body and the Spirit. Her classes focus on alignment not for the sake of getting things "right" but with the intention of locating ourselves from within. Her teaching is full of heart, nuance, and the hope that students FEEL themselves beyond the physical realm using their breath and their eyes that see from, and into, all possible perspectives.
grounded, loving, inspired
Yoga teacher. Lauren is first and foremost a student inspired by life’s endless opportunities to learn and grow. This is one of the many reasons she was first attracted to yoga. In early adulthood she experienced a life-altering moment that led her to seek healing. That’s when Lauren says, "yoga found her". Through movement, breath, and meditation, she reconnected and began the journey of transforming her mind, body, and soul. Lauren recognizes that we live in a “hurry-up, do more” society, and in order to heal we must create space for stillness and connection. Her classes are for everyone - balanced with gentle movement, strength, relaxation, and meditation. You’ll walk out feeling joyful, empowered and with a deeper connection to self. Lauren completed her 500hr Yoga Certification through Loyola Marymount’s Yoga Therapy Rx Program.“To love and to be loved is the greatest joy on Earth. Trust the process and let it unfold.”
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."
graceful, powerful, activating
Yoga teacher. Drake is a Mystic, a Guide, a Magician of Life, and a Connoisseur of Consciousness. Coupled with his demanding life experiences and his devoted path of (w)holistic healing studies and practices, Drake brings to life the dormant aspects of consciousness into the forefront of view so that we may reclaim Our Power and Rise in Love for a Life Beyond Imagination. Drake has witnessed first hand, that when the soul heals, the body heals, with a near instantaneous response. His objective is Whole-Being-Integration, and his classes are a product of rich intention, refined body awareness, and deliberate dedication to a delicious breath. The Practice is one of Trust, Transparency, Humility, & Compassion. The result is an unraveling of synthetic identities and the opportunity to embody our whole-hearted, joyous BE-ing. Breathe, flow, and dance your way into this existence with electrifying beats and mindfully crafted sequences.
“Yoga poses are great and all, the shapes definitely facilitate the body’s healing, however, the true mastery is how you breathe inside of them.” - Drake
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.”
thankful, nurturing, organic
Retail buyer. I am thankful to be able to work with my wonderful daughter picking out our favorite things to share with the Villa community.