Ale received her Pilates certification for mat work and all apparatus through BASI Pilates. She has a background in dance and has been teaching ballet for over 10 years and Pilates for 7 years. Ale was first introduced to Pilates as a young student while treating a foot injury. Ever since then, Pilates has become a major part of her conditioning and professional dance career. She loves that Pilates can be both fun and challenging while also being safe and gentle to the body. She always feels stronger and longer after a workout!
Ale has experience teaching both private and group lessons for all ages, levels, and abilities. In a private setting, she is able to design a program to meet the individual's goals and needs. In a group setting, she is able to provide modifications to either challenge or assist clients. Thanks to her years of ballet training and the importance that was placed on body alignment, she is known for having radar vision and encourages students to move with proper mechanics to prevent undue strain. After all, moving your body should feel good! She is very passionate about the practice and excited to share the many benefits of Pilates with everyone.
From therapeutics to strength-based practices, Angela believes in the power of transformation through yoga. Striking a balance between ethereal points of view and scientific evidence, Angela’s style of teaching encourages each student to tap into their own innate wisdom. Angela began her yoga journey at age 20 with a free week trial at a nearby yoga studio. She knew her anxiety-driven life had the potential to change. And it did, tremendously. For the first time in years, she felt her true self. Since then, she has been propelled into the realm of holistic healing. Angela has studied many different modalities that help influence her unique style of teaching, from psychology, Chinese medicine, qigong, yoga for trauma recovery to the anatomy of asana. She is passionate and driven to continuously learn and grow in her own practice and teaching. When Angela is not teaching or practicing yoga, you can find her doing something outdoorsy with her Australian shepherd Kiwi, dancing, or reading a new book.
I am an experienced registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT500) and I am strongly influenced by the Iyengar tradition and teach Hatha, Gentle, Restorative, and Vinyasa Flow classes. My classes emphasize mindfulness, alignment, and deepening the connection with the breath. Where applicable, I focus on assisting students in finding the appropriate balance of muscular effort, and relaxation and release. I aim to help students increase strength, balance, flexibility, and peace of mind. My primary teacher is Kofi Busia. Other notable influences include Leeann Carey, Erich Schiffmann, Maya Lev, Angela Farmer, and Mark Stephens.
My classes are further influenced by my massage training, Vipassana meditation courses, and yoga service programs at the Mount Madonna Center and Pacific Cultural Center in Santa Cruz. I teach public, private, and corporate yoga as well as workshops and retreats. I have been teaching since 2002.