Lindsay Hoffman • Yoga

Lindsay began practicing yoga in 2004 and enjoys practicing a variety of styles.  She completed her Yoga Alliance-approved 200 hour teacher training with Leap Yoga in January 2014.  Most evenings you may find her in a chemistry laboratory, and she loves to incorporate science into her yoga teaching. She knows how great a refuge yoga - or any exercise - can be, and encourages all her students to feel what they feel and take what they need in their practice.

Allison MacNamara • Pilates

Allison has been practicing Pilates at the Granite Bay Pilates and Yoga studio since August of 2004. As she has been studying Kinesiology and Dance at California State University of Sacramento, she has found the practice to be a compliment of both studies. Through her Pilates practice, she has witnessed the power of the core transform her life and the lives of others for the better and was inspired to teach this new-found love. After extensive training through Powerhouse Pilates in mat and reformer, Allison has been teaching her love and knowledge of the body through Pilates for three years. Allison describes her classes as transformational, enthusiastic, empowering, and challenging. The results of taking her class will empower the body and mind physically and mentally. Her hope is that her students will come to find healing, balance, and strength both in body and soul.

Ellen Perjanik • Yoga

Ellen began her journey with yoga in 2009.  After many years of traditional fitness programs, she expanded her horizons by trying yoga.  The connection was immediate.  Ellen went on to complete a 70 hour yoga teacher training.  That is when she realized that she was ready to dedicate herself to becoming a certified yoga instructor, and completed 200 hour training.  Ellen began teaching yoga in January 2010.  Her belief in yoga shows in her practice as well as her teaching. Vinyasa flow is generally the type of yoga Ellen teaches, as well as, power yoga. Connecting the mind, body and breath is an important element of her instruction.  Keeping her students always guessing, Ellen tries to make each class a different experience.

Tara Shea • Pilates

Tara has been practicing and teaching Pilates since 2002. Received her certification with PowerHousePilates(PHI) in 2002 and also completed Level 2 training with Stott Pilates (San Francisco and Livermore) by 2004. She continues to educate herself by attending many training courses year after year. She has been AFAA certified in the fitness industry for 20 years. She enjoys being a part of her clients’ day to motivate and encourage a healthy/strong body.

Margaret Wylder • Yoga

argaret found Yoga at just the right time.  Life was full of sorrow and loss. Yoga’s lessons of presence, breathe and connection lifted her out and through… and she was hooked!  She took her practice deeper and completed Zuda Teacher Training in 2014. Her goal is to offer a practice that combines a powerful workout with an invitation to explore within. She hopes that you find an edge and a way to make it softer.

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Lesley Allen (owner) • Pilates

Lesley Allen has been practicing Pilates since 2000. She brings to her training over 25 years experience in the fitness industry. With a background in precision dance through many years with NCA and The Kilgore Rangerettes, Pilates was a perfect fit for her. As a result of a back injury, Lesley began Pilates after completing physical therapy. She holds a certification through extensive training with Christine Romani-Ruby at PHI Pilates. She continues to enhance her teaching by attending courses several times a year from many other Pilates trainers. Lesley also holds a Certification through ACE. She has a passion for training individuals as well as group sessions and loves to encourage with enthusiasm in her teaching.

Kay Davis (owner) • Yoga, Pilates

Kay has been practicing Pilates since July 2000. She received her Certification with Powerhouse Pilates (PHI) and also completed the Integrated Teacher Training Pilates (San Francisco, Oakland and Sonoma) in 2003. With an extensive background in fitness (Ace Certified, AFAA Certified) and a 13 year dedicated practice and teaching Yoga, Kay teaches with knowledge and compassion while being energetic and encouraging. To be able to share Pilates and the knowledge of her 29 years of experience is a gift she shares generously.

Samia Abbass • Yoga

Samia loves doing yoga because it makes her feel a deep sense of connection to the universe. She began her personal practice several years ago and found it to be so powerful for her own life that she chose to complete her 200-hour certification, with the hope of opening others to the incredible potential of yoga. Samia's training program was in New York City through the Kripalu School of Yoga. Kripalu is the yoga of compassion, and emphasizes cultivating a spirit of nonjudgmental self-awareness, on and off the mat. The Kripalu methodology values making yoga accessible to everyone, and Samia seeks to create a safe, welcoming space for her students to explore their body, breath, mind, and spirit, hopefully reaching new insights in the process. Samia studied under Kripalu senior faculty including Jurian Hughes and Priti Robyn Ross, as well as Andrew Tanner, Devarshi Steven Hartman, Phil Lynch, and Isaac Pena in New York before heading west to continue her yoga journey. She finds her inspiration- for yoga and for life -in music, nature, poetry, art, and traveling the world. 

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
– Marcel Proust

Paula Ainsleigh • Pilates

Paula is a fitness professional with over 25 years of experience, is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor and Pilates teacher. She received her Pilates training from Polestar Education and PHI Pilates and has a specialty certification as a post re-habilitation breast cancer Pilates exercise specialist through The Pink Ribbon Program ( Paula enjoys teaching both individuals and groups Pilates and other fitness programs and gets great satisfaction in helping people change their lives for the better.

Sara Cozarelli • Yoga

Sara’s first experience with fitness was placing 4th in the San Francisco Bay Area body building contest held in San Francisco in 1987. Sara discovered that she had a passion for fitness that could turn into a career. She began teaching at numerous gyms in San Francisco as a spinning, cross kick boxing and aerobic instructor. In 2001, Sara, moved to the Sacramento area and immediately started teaching at gyms in Orangevale, Folsom, Fair Oaks, and the Rocklin area. As time went on, Sara started searching for alternative training regimen that was less demanding physically but just as beneficial.  In her quest, she found Pilates to be a perfect physical discipline as it strengthens the body by focusing on the core and alignment.