June’s life changed when she turned 50. She knew she did not want to grow old in an overweight and unhealthy body. She started working out with a personal trainer and was inspired to become one herself, followed by Pilates training. June’s philosophy and teaching style is rooted in years of bodywork, knowledge of the skeletal and muscular system, muscle testing (kinesiology), experience with repetitive strain injuries and chronic pain, and deep wisdom around the way individual bodies are meant to move. June is fascinated by the way our body can hold emotional patterns and habits which can affect our well-being, vitality and ability to move and live pain free. June has over 30 years experience in Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, and soft and deep tissue therapeutic massage.
June studied nutrition as a personal interest for many years and follows a “Paleo template” as well as practicing “Mindful Eating.” She has never been in better health as she approaches the beginning of her 7th decade. She is happy to talk to you about diet and nutrition based on her many years of personal experience.
June is fully certified in all Pilates apparatus through Balanced Body University, is a personal trainer through NCSF, FAMI certified through Kinected Pilates Studio in NYC, and certified in Pre-natal/Post-Partum Pilates. June has completed level 1 and 2 of Primal Pilates ™.
Trisha fell in love with Pilates and has been practicing since 2010. She began teaching in 2017 and is continuing her Pilates education through Balanced Body. When she is not in the studio, Trisha can most often be found playing outdoors with her dog, helping raise money for Berkeley Humane, traveling, or working at her corporate job at Adobe.
Trish is an occasional substitute instructor at ECF. We are thrilled to have her on board.
Anna loves to see how people’s lives and bodies improve with Pilates. She is certified in Pre and Post Natal Pilates, and has extensive experience working with people with Chronic Pain, and elderly students.
Anna’s background in dance introduced her to Pilates at a young age. After college, she had the great fortune to study Pilates at Joseph Pilate’s original studio in New York City. There, she learned the movements and apparatus under the rigorous and exacting tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilate’s protégé, and her daughter Sari. Anna was instantly entranced by the method — how fluid movements became with the reformer and other apparatus. She knew that this was something she wanted to pursue for the rest of her life. The journey from Pilates student to teacher involved a few detours along the way: Anna earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell and had 2 children, but eventually found her way back to teaching.
Anna is certified in Pre and Post Natal Pilates (In addition to standard certification), and has extensive experience working with people with Chronic Pain (back, shoulders, knees and hips), elderly students, individuals seeking to increase their fitness level and quality of life, and people with Parkinson’s Disease.
“I am endlessly fascinated and happy to see the way people’s lives and bodies improve when they start doing Pilates. Even active people find that they function at a much higher capacity and their stamina increases. I’ve seen countless people find their way out of chronic pain through Pilates. This is why I am completely committed to my career and my own practice. I feel honored to work with such a diverse and wonderful clientele.”
Irving is a long time Health and Fitness practitioner that brings a unique background to his pilates teaching, spanning the fields of bodywork, physical therapy, the Performing, Visual and Literary Arts.
Irving was introduced to Pilates in 1991 while working as a Physical Therapy Aide at the California Pacific Orthopedic and Sports Medicine clinic in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. Early Pilates introduction and instruction came via Elizabeth Larkam at the Saint Francis Memorial Hospital of Sports and Dance Medicine as well as from attending classes at Madelyn Black’s, A Body of Work, SF. Recent formal Pilates study and teaching began in 2009 with mat and reformer classes at Synergy Fitness Pilates, Albany, CA. Most recently, studies are being continued through Balanced Body University of Sacramento in pursuit of a comprehensive Pilates Instructor/Trainer Certification.
Prior to Pilates, Irving was employed doing Bodywork as a Physical Therapy Rehab/ Maintenance Aide, a Personal Fitness Trainer for Bally Total Fitness Inc. at Pinnacle Fitness (formally at the #1 Post Street facility). Past membership with the Performing Arts Medicine Association enhanced his Pilates training. Pinnacle Fitness duties included marketing, assessing, creating workout programs and training club clients, as well as leading the biweekly (all levels) Abdominal Strengthening classes.
Performing, Visual, and Literary Art involvement includes Acting for the San Francisco Opera, Modeling (for drawing, painting and sculpting artists), Dance and Choreography and Curating Photography Exhibits with the Rockridge Community Photography Group.
Liz’s interest in movement led her to pursue a certification in pilates through BASI. She has taken a neuromuscular approach that integrates developmental kinesiology in her teaching to help clients move efficiently.
Liz Nguyen earned her doctorate in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s University and completed her residency in orthopedics and sports fellowship through Kaiser Permanente. She has worked with Division I athletes at Cal and continues to provide services to the student population at the University Health Center.She was previously an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Samuel Merritt University.
Her interest in movement led her to pursue a certification in pilates through BASI. She has taken a neuromuscular approach that integrates developmental kinesiology in her teaching to help clients move efficiently. Recently, Liz has taken a one month mat intensive to deepen her practice and effectiveness. She has developed a prenatal pilates class series with future workshops to include: postpartum fitness and pilates for osteoporosis.
Liz enjoys long distance running, swinging kettlebells, slamming ropes and finding creative ways to keep moving.