Our Team

Urban Balance features experienced and dedicated yoga, Pilates, meditation instructors, massage therapists and registered dietitians, all of whom have graduated from the best schools and training programs. They have extensive experience customizing each class to serve employees of all levels and abilities. Within every type of office setting, our team understands how to adjust their styles to match company cultures and ensure classes flow efficiently and effectively.

Rebecca Schefstrom

An experienced entrepreneur and an energetic contributor to the Portland yoga and Pilates community for many years, Rebecca is the founder and owner of Urban Balance. Rebecca’s passion for helping people discover the benefits of yoga and Pilates is reflected in the mission of the company: to be a mobile studio devoted to workplace classes that bring happiness and health to busy professionals.

Rebecca has been a certified yoga teacher for fifteen years and a certified STOTT Pilates instructor since 2010. Her experience teaching in the corporate world includes yoga, Pilates, and meditation. A firm believer in the importance of keeping things fresh, Rebecca has completed additional trainings to deepen her understanding of the human body, movement, and rehabilitation. These trainings include the Forrest Yoga teacher training and mentorship program as well as extensive Pilates modules such as Injuries and Special Populations taken though Pilates NW in 2013.

The success of Rebecca’s classes comes from her natural ability to identify opportunities to empower, motivate, and guide students in achieving their personal wellness goals. Rebecca embraces a professional and playful approach to her teaching that makes students of all ages and experience levels feel at ease. She takes to heart one of her favorite teacher’s quotes – “teach to learn” – and continues to learn from her students and from her own practice.

Carole Moritz

Carole is a roll-up-the-sleeves professional, who continued her communications career and started her own business in the growing wellness industry. Her keen interest in the application of yoga and mind/body practices for medical settings led her to pursue training and certification in mindfulness education and specialized in yoga for chronic pain. She applied her expertise to working with special populations largely in clinical settings and private clientele.

As an expert networker, connector and collaborator, she works with all levels of individuals to structure a client’s session to be relevant to their everyday lives by making their movement practice a tool to create space, release tensions and allow the freedom and joy of making the client’s practice their own.

Kacie Dart

Kacie is fascinated by how the human body works, and her passion is discovering how to help the body function at its best. Kacie discovered the transformative power of Pilates 5 years ago when she started her practice to manage her scoliosis. As her personal practice developed, Kacie fell in love with Pilates and the way that it gave her confidence, sense of self, stability and wellness. This personal growth influenced her to reassess how she wanted to make a positive impact on the world. She changed her career path to focus on helping others find the physical and mental strength that Pilates gave to her. Kacie became STOTT Pilates certified to influence others to discover their own confidence, wellness and body-mind connection.

When not on the mat Kacie enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her dog Theo, playing disc golf, reading, and studying biomechanics. Kacie finds great joy in watching her clients transform from a place of pain, discomfort from sedentary lifestyles to a place of mobility, stability, and wellness. Her work inspires her to continue on her own path to wellness.

Mandee Pearson

Mandee Louie

Mandee’s passion for Pilates has evolved into a commitment to make doing what she loves her career path. When she began practicing Pilates in 2001, she fell in love with the way it both lengthened and strengthened muscles simultaneously, achieving the results she wanted without the exhausting effort. Mandee’s belief in this incredible system led her to pursue a full Stott Pilates certification in 2011. Since then, her fascination with the intricacies of the human body has driven her to continue learning about muscle firing patterns, posture, and injury rehabilitation. She enjoys working with athletes, rehab clients, and those in pain.

As a teacher, Mandee finds great satisfaction in seeing the success of the Pilates method in empowering her clients to get out of pain. Her classes focus on alignment, breath and the mind-body connection while also providing a challenging workout. Mandee has found Pilates to be a complement to high-impact activities, and she teaches workshops for athletes such as Skiers & Snowboarders.

In 2015, Mandee left her corporate job as an apparel developer at Nike to pursue a career in wellness full-time. She finds deep joy in making her passion her lifestyle, and sharing it with others brings her happiness that is evident in her teaching.

Jean Leavenworth

Jean Leavenworth

One of the original founders of Pacific NW Pilates, Jean now teaches clients at Stoke Pilates and at the MAC. She also works as an Instructor Trainer for STOTT PILATES certification courses and workshops around the world.

Formerly a modern dancer who trained with artists such as Hanya Holm, Erick Hawkins and Tandy Beal, Jean helped create the degree program in dance at Pomona College as an undergraduate. She received an M.S. in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 1988, and went on to pursue a PhD in Dance Education from New York University. Jean has also studied extensively with Australian physiotherapist, Greta Von Gavel, and has received training in Laban Movement Analysis, Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering Technique.

Jean was first introduced to pilates in 1992, while in New York, and fell in love with the way it made her body feel. She became a STOTT PILATES certified instructor in 1998, and an Instructor Trainer in 2000. Jean has taught in physical therapy clinics, health clubs and private studios throughout Portland and has taught overseas for STOTT PILATES in South Korea, Cyprus, Ireland, Iceland, Taiwan, Japan, India and Kuwait.

Zina Krivoruk

Zina Krivoruk

Zina began her meditation journey at the age of 18, while recovering from an unexpected surgery necessitated after four intensive years of high school wrestling. Her philosophy of combining meditation, yoga, and basic psychology translates into a compassionate, practical approach to student-centered teaching.

Zina focuses on providing students with tools they can use to enhance their lives, both professional and personal. Her background in education—she has an MA in English literature and teaches writing at the college level—enhances her ability to help students, as she understands how yoga and meditation can assist within a busy life.

Zina is a certified practicing hypnotist who combines yoga with mind training. She teaches people how to create balance and peace in their lives. Zina teaches regular Meditation, Yin Yoga, and Yoga Nidra workshops as well as working with clients one-on-one. She continues her personal training in yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and hypnosis because she believes that, to be a better teacher, she must remain a curious student always.

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson

Emma Johnson’s lifelong commitment to the exploration of movement has lead to a mind-body practice that emphasizes breath awareness as a means to release stress to create inner (and outer) balance. Emma received her Yoga Teacher Certification and Advance Training at White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, Pilates certification from BASI, and certification in BarreWorks from YogaWorks in San Francisco.

She also earned her M.F.A. from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, ghostwrites and edits for The Teaching Company, has served as artistic director for several dance companies, and created a yoga program for homeless teens in Iowa City. Emma currently runs a nonprofit: Writing My Way Back Home—A Veterans’ Writing Workshop, to continue helping U.S. military personnel find their way home through writing. A recent transplant to Portland, she looks forward to smelling the roses.

Lisa Hagerman

Lisa Hagerman

Lisa Hagerman has been a student of movement her entire life teaching an array of fitness classes such as Cardio Kickboxing, Weight Training, BOSU and Yoga Flow. After discovering the health benefits of Pilates, she became immersed in the study of Contrology and later graduated from the Core Dynamics Pilates Program in 2005.

Always seeking more, she went on to study the esteemed classical tradition of Romana Kryzanowska through the Pilates Center of Boulder where she received her Teacher Training and Master’s Program diplomas. Through Pilates, Lisa feels stronger, more flexible and more empowered to approach life and movement with confidence.

Lisa enjoys traveling, teaching and spreading her enthusiasm for Pilates all over the world.

Lyra Butler-Denman

Lyra Butler-Denman

Lyra Butler-Denman began her study of the Alexander work over a decade ago. As a young dancer she used the Alexander principles to help find efficiency, strength, and presence. After spine injury years later, that left her severely incapacitated, she re-discovered the Alexander work. She credits Alexander not only with restoring her health, function, and dance career but also in allowing her to awaken to a stronger and smarter body and a deeper understanding of herself. Lyra became an Alexander teacher to share with her clients the profoundly transformational tools it has to offer and to help others find the ease that has been so freeing for her.

She has taught in the US and Europe and is currently an assistant faculty member at the Contemporary Alexander School. Lyra studied at the Alexander Alliance SW/NW and the Alexander Alliance Germany. She is certified as an Alexander Technique teacher by Robyn Avalon, the Alexander Alliance SW/NW and the Contemporary Alexander School.

Becca King

Becca King

Becca found yoga by accident when a friend lent her a mat for class at 24 hr. Fitness. After trying the class she thought “well, I guess I’m going to be doing THIS for the rest of my life!.” Her teaching path began in 2012 when she completed Living Yoga’s Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training and started bringing yoga into recovery centers and schools for troubled youth. In 2013 she completed Ana Forrest’s 225 hr teacher training. Becca was inspired by her first Forrest teacher- Angelina Vasile and Forrest yoga’s challenging and therapeutic approach and clear understanding of bio-mechanics. She followed this training with the year-long Forrest Yoga Mentorship with Brian Campbell, one of Ana Forrest’s original Forrest Yoga Guardians. A firm believer that to be in integrity as a teacher one must continue to practice, empower and educate oneself, she recently finished the Yoga Bodyworkers Teacher Training with Jambo Truong and Brian Campbell.

Becca excels working with a spectrum of students from the “time experienced” to athletes and those working with injuries and eating disorders. Becca gets jazzed about discovering and working with Torque-physical, mental and emotional, both in herself and in her students. It’s just as important that you notice you are gripping your toes and throwing your knees and hips out of alignment as it is that you notice your internal dialogue is negative and not helping you!

Outside of yoga, Becca enjoys riding motorcycles, nerding out on sci-fi and exploring the beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest-when she has time!

Heather Shaw

Heather Shaw began practicing yoga in 1998 as a way to balance her life as a dancer in New York City. Her mat quickly became her refuge – a place where she could enjoy movement minus the self-conscious performance aspect. By 2002, she was teaching yoga full time at studios such as OM yoga center, Kula Yoga Project and Exhale Spa. In addition, she has led teacher trainings both in NYC and Portland, as well as served as a teaching assistant to international yoga teacher Shiva Rea.

Heather’s classes are rooted deeply in her own daily asana and meditation practices, blending clarity of alignment with fluidity of breath and reflecting the wisdom of the many yogis who have guided her over the years. A student of Tibetan Buddhist meditation, Heather continues to study with her longtime friend and (very first) meditation instructor, Ethan Nichtern. In 2018, she completed certification in Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science (NYC) and currently serves as teaching assistant for the Contemplative Studies Program, under the direction of her mentor, Dr. Miles Neale.

These days, Heather tests the mettle of her practice designing and implementing mindfulness curriculum in schools K-12, as well as offering meditation instruction to people of all ages. To learn more visit: www.heathershaw-heartmind.com


Brionna Brouhard

Brionna has been a practicing Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist since December 2007 and additionally in Washington state since 2018.  She graduated from the Oregon School of Massage, focusing on Eastern Modalities and Shiatsu Massage. Brionna loves the variety and challenge of bringing the highest quality massage directly to clients, in-home or at workplaces and events.

She enjoys chair massage the best, finding it to be the most stimulating, providing variety of work experience for herself as well as maximum relief to clients hard at work at their offices. When not massaging, Brionna enjoys life in Portland and hula hoops, sings karaoke often, and plays bass.

Monika Gold

Monika Gold

Monika began practicing Yoga in 1999 as a balance to running and cycling. Realizing the health benefits of Yoga she fell in love with a regular practice, and soon after trained to become a certified instructor. Over the years, she has added therapeutic work, corrective exercise, and a Pilates certification to the teaching practice. Monika’s greatest reward is seeing clients tap into their breath, find ease in proper body alignment, and move with awareness – simple principles that make all the difference between discomfort or injury, and comfort and well-being.

Briley Jozwiak

Briley Jozwiak

Briley is a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor who teaches private and group classes at Pacific NW Pilates. Formerly a professional ballet dancer working for elite companies such as Atlanta Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theatre, Briley returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 to pursue other forms of dance. She has been working with contemporary dance company, Push/FOLD ever since.

As a dancer, Pilates has always been a cross-training tool to increase her body awareness, power, and strength. She utilizes her background in dance and athleticism to expand her clients’ awareness of their own bodies, helping them achieve efficient movement patterns. Briley believes the mind-body connection practiced in Pilates can be transferred over into every aspect of life. She encourages her clients to work internally offering creative imagery and tactile cueing. Her classes heavily focus on stabilizing the pelvis combining matwork and standing work.

Michelle Stokes

Michele Stokes

Michele is the the owner/operator of Gyre Bodyworks. She received her massage therapy license from East West College of the Healing Arts. She has been a massage therapist for over 24 years and has worked in a number of capacities including wellness clinics, spas, chiropractic offices, health clubs, private practice, and on-site chair massage.

She is well versed in a variety of massage techniques, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Pregnancy, Trigger Point, Reflexology, Reiki, and Hot-Stone. Michele believes the most important aspect of therapeutic treatment is listening to and observing clients in order to anticipate individual needs and sensitivities. She also incorporates comfort, warmth, and aromatherapy into each massage treatment she performs.

Michele has also been teaching movement and fitness for over 20 years and has been specializing in yoga and Pilates for over 10 years. She has studied yoga at Holiday’s Health and Fitness, Yoga Bhoga, and Yoga Union, and currently holds certificates through Yogafit.

She studied Pilates while receiving her Dance degree. She is now a Certified Stott Pilates Mat and Reformer Trainer and includes the Pilates Reformer in her work with private clients. Michele’s Pilates training has included training with Stott Pilates Group Training, IWWA, and 24 Hour Fitness.

Michele is always hungry to continue her studies and learn new things. Her hobbies include being outdoors, hiking with her dog and reading as many books as she can manage.

Phoebe Schiff

Phoebe Schiff

When Phoebe was a senior in college, she took her first yoga class and experienced an interesting paradox: she felt completely at home doing something she’d never done before. She started going to class regularly, fueled by an intuitive feeling that yoga was preparing or perhaps even training her for something important. She wasn’t quite sure what it was, but she continued to practice.

That something, she would come to find out later on, was life. Yoga was how she learned to prepare for, and practice, life.

In 2016, she completed training in Anusara Yoga in Los Angeles under the guidance of Keric Morinaga. Anusara Yoga introduced Phoebe to the realm of yoga philosophy, a discipline that offered her new perspectives on her practice, teaching and life.

Phoebe’s mission is to hold space for her students as they grow in their practice, self-awareness and lives.

This mission extends off of the mat into her Account Manager position with Urban Balance, where she connects with companies ready to offer their employees wellness programming that allows them to show up centered, healthy and focused for work each day. She also has a weekly podcast, Yoga Chit Chat, where she, along with her teacher Keric, explore the modern understandings of Sanskrit words and yoga philosophy, on and off the mat.

Kasey Stewart

Kasey Stewart

Kasey first came to yoga as a college student looking for something to fill the space left after a busy childhood filled with team sports and dance training. At first, she loved the buzz she got from doing a hot, sweaty practice and the sense of accomplishment that came from stretching deeply and shooting for the perfect pose. But what brought her to the path of yoga is much different than what brought her to those first classes. Several years in, yoga begged her to be curious about the sense of disconnection and otherness she felt from her earliest days. It also led her to address and begin to heal within herself the effects of intergenerational trauma in her family.

In 2010, in an effort to give back to this community and continue down the path of healing, Kasey became a volunteer teacher with Living Yoga, an organization that brings trauma-informed yoga classes to youth and adults who are incarcerated, in recovery, or accessing other types of transitional services. She went on to complete a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at the Movement Center in Portland, OR in 2012, and in 2019 she completed a 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training & Teaching Mentorship program with Leslie Ellis of HeartSong Yoga & Wellness.

Kasey is skilled at guiding students with a wide range of needs and abilities. In class, she’ll encourage you to find a balance between strength and softness, and invite you to honor the “you” who shows up to your mat on any given day, while also looking out onto the horizon to discover new ways of being — on the mat and in your life. In her experience, our bodies are vehicles that can lead us toward greater freedom in our mind and heart. Once we learn to befriend them, we can truly grow.

In addition to teaching, Kasey also provides behind-the-scenes support at Urban Balance in her role as an Executive Assistant and Project Manager. Outside of yoga, she enjoys swimming (one of her life-long movement practices), attending live music performances, and meeting new furry friends as a dog sitter.

To learn more, visit www.kaseystewartyoga.com.

Alexander Magnifique

Alexander Magnifique

Alexander Magnifique is a licensed massage therapist in the state of Oregon. He graduated from East West College of Healing Arts in 2016 with a focus in deep tissue, myofascial, and structural bodywork. Alex has always had an interest in Chinese herbal remedies and bodywork, leading to an apprenticeship with “Doc” Ron Rosen.

He loves spreading the message of health and wellness though his massage practice, empowering clients to continue feeling good, even after the massage is over. When he is not doing massage, he runs a no-cost after-school program and writes haiku.

Megan Antosik, MS, RDN, LD

Megan Antosik, MS, RDN, LD

Megan Antosik, MS, RDN, LD has worked to understand the connection between food and activity from a young age. During her time as a collegiate athlete trying to juggle class, practice, and a part-time job, she was motivated to create a sustainable meal plan that kept her fueled for the long haul.

Her love for food and the connection to performance have transformed into a career as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She earned a Master of Science degree in clinical nutrition from Oregon Health & Science University and has since worked as a clinical dietitian. As a dietitian, athlete, and home cook, she creates recipes that focus on nutritious whole foods to nourish optimal performance and good health.

Jennifer Holzapfel-Hanson

Jennifer Holzapfel-Hanson

Jennifer Holzapfel-Hanson teaches privately and has led insightful group classes at the Multnomah Athletic Club since 2009, including yoga, meditation, aqua yoga, mat Pilates and balance classes for seniors. She brings forward from her teachers a reverence for the breath in helping to reveal the deeper dimensions of the spirit. Jennifer enjoys working with her students on individual alignment as a tool for revealing the more subtle energies of their practice.

Jennifer is a passionate part of the Kundalini community in Portland and has deepened her practice of this style over the past few years. After completing her 200-hour vinyasa yoga certification at Yoga Sutra in Manhattan in Feb. 2008, Jennifer moved to Portland. She continued her education in South India at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM) for a month where she studied yoga therapeutics and Vedic chanting. In June 2011 she completed an intensive 100-hour Anusara-based training in Portland.

Expanding on her yoga certifications, Jennifer received her mat-Pilates certification from the American Sports and Fitness Association (ASFA) in 2016 and her Aquatic Fitness Professional certification from the Aquatics Exercise Association (AEA) in 2017.

An avid road cyclist, Jennifer has taught yoga as a volunteer during the Cycle Oregon week-long and weekend rides since 2009, except for 2012 and 2013 when she lived in East Java, Indonesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In addition to teaching yoga, Jennifer is writer and certified beekeeper with a professional background in journalism and marketing communications.

Kristen Leadum

Kristen Leadem

Kristen Leadem fell in love with ZUMBA® Fitness the moment she attended her first class in 2009. Inspired by how this fun dance fitness workout done to Latin and international rhythms is a fast, effective way to burn calories, increase endorphins and enhance mood, she thought it would be the perfect thing to help cope with the stress of working in Afghanistan, the grief of her father’s terminal illness and to combat her lifelong weight ‘issues’. The mind*body*spirit connection that Kristen experiences and encourages while engaging in Zumba® is the foundation of her approach to wellness.

Kristen officially launched her Zumba® career when she brought Zumba to Pokhara, Nepal in 2010. Since then, she has enjoyed teaching several classes per week to diverse populations while working internationally and upon returning to make Portland her home in 2014.

Kristen strives to make every class fun, inclusive and a challenge for all fitness levels so that you look forward to coming and leave motivated, inspired, and fueled to thrive in your dynamic life. Kristen helps people who shy away from gyms or group fitness class and “can’t dance” to find their rhythm and get a great workout and offers high energy, intensity for fitness fanatics alike. Her favorite phrase is, “Go at your own body’s fitness level and with how you are feeling today. Modify! Intensify! Do YOU”.

Kristen is trained in Zumba® specialty formats including: Toning, Gold, Gold Toning, Aqua, Sentao, and Kids + Kids Jr. She has a master’s degree in International Development and Nonprofit Management from the University of Oregon and extensive international work history in the fields of humanitarian assistance, education, health and disability. When she is not teaching Zumba®, Toning or Gold in community or corporate settings, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, being in nature, traveling and working with SATHI Nepal, a nonprofit she co-founded to support education in Nepal.

Casey Kaczmarek

Casey Kaczmarek

As a certified holistic health and wellness coach, writer and public speaker, Casey Kaczmarek is passionate about creating a safe and supportive space for people to honor their needs, own their power, and prioritize self-care. In the midst of her own health crisis, Casey became determined to heal as naturally and safely as possible from more than 18 serious health conditions that had previously left her sick and bedridden for over four years.

Because of her personal journey, Casey takes a holistic approach to her work by supporting her clients in harnessing the power of their mind, body and spirit. She believes that by tuning into each of these areas of her clients’ lives, they can experience deep healing on multiple levels, as well as transformational life changes.

Holding a Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching with a concentration in Nutrition, Casey has worked with over one thousand women and men around the world on living intentionally, tuning into their inner voice, cultivating self-love, and making space for self-care so they can live their best lives.

For more information, please visit Casey’s website at www.healthcoachcasey.com.

Ishbel Cavaleri

Ishbel Cavaleri

Ishbel Cavaleri is a certified Nutritional Therapist and movement therapist. She has been teaching yoga and Pilates for almost 20 years and is also a STOTT Pilates instructor trainer. She has trained with The Nutritional Therapy Alliance, Restorative Wellness Solutions, STOTT Pilates and more yoga trainings than there is room to list here. Ishbel has done specialized training in digestion, hormones and food inflammation in order to better serve her clients with complicated health circumstances. She is grateful to be in close contact with her mentors so that she can stay up-to-date on the newest approaches to movement therapy and nutritional therapy as well as the best hormone and digestive tests on the market for identifying imbalances.

Ishbel specializes in helping people with chronic pain, complicated injuries that need ongoing care; digestive and hormone issues; fatigue, allergies and weight loss. Ishbel has received extensive training in gastrointestinal stool testing, food inflammation testing, and hormone testing for men and women (cycling and menopausal). The hormone testing she uses can also identify bone-loss issues associated with menopause. With her nutritional therapy clients, Ishbel uses these tests to curate unique healing protocols. Ishbel has been trained by some of the pre-eminent physical therapists in the Pilates sphere and with her movement therapy clients, works to build self-care routines that keep chronic pain at bay while improving strength and range-of-motion.

You can learn more at ishbelwell.com.

Melissa Nornes

Melissa Nornes

Melissa began dancing at the age of 6, and for the next 15 years, she trained, performed, and competed in the disciplines of jazz, tap, ballet, and hip hop. She began teaching dance in 2003 at several local Portland-area studios, and in 2004 after a teaching residency in a local public school, Melissa discovered her love for teaching in the public school environment and went on to coach competitive middle school and high school dance team for the next 15 years.

Melissa suffered a hip injury in 2012, and after 2 surgeries and years of physical therapy, she found that she was still not physically able to dance or move the way she could before her injury. Upon a recommendation, Melissa started taking a group exercise class called The Ellové Technique, which combined ballet techniques with yoga and Pilates for strength, flexibility, and balance, while also promoting a focus on the alignment of the spine, pelvis, and hips. She practiced the specific techniques being taught in class in addition to her physical therapy, and soon she was back to a place where she could safely dance again. She enjoyed the class so much that in 2015 she went through the training process to become a certified Ellové Technique instructor, and she has been teaching the class ever since!

Melissa considers herself very lucky to have the opportunity to teach both dance and Ellové, and loves to be able to inspire confidence in people of all ages through movement.

Leah Grace Barack

Leah Grace Barack, M.S. is a functional nutritionist with her master’s degree in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine. From a young age Leah had always been interested in nutrition and health, and later turned this passion into a career after realizing the lack of awareness most people have about how food directly impacts health and wellbeing. A self-proclaimed foodie, she is adamant that good, healthy food does not have to sacrifice taste. Leah recognizes how difficult behavior changes are, and she is committed to educating, guiding, and motivating people to create sustainable lifestyle changes.
She is passionate about making healthy eating accessible to all, and has worked with Food Justice nonprofits and the Oregon Food Bank teaching cooking and nutrition classes to at-risk members of the community.

Leah is also the founder and owner of Grace Functional Nutrition, and offers one-on-one nutritional counseling, meal planning, and workshops.

Learn more at Leah’s website www.GraceFunctionalNutrition.com.

Kelly Koltiska

Kelly is a freelance teacher, dancer and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon. Kelly grew up on a farm in Wyoming, dancing in a small town studio, and moved on to receive her B.F.A. in Dance from The University of Montana. In 2018, she became a certified The Ellové Technique® instructor and received the community award to teach accessible and community based classes, which is a big passion for Kelly. Kelly currently teaches dance and Ellové at (Com)motion, Center for Movement Arts, Multnomah Athletic Club and through Portland Parks and Recreation. As an instructor, she inspires you to trust your body’s knowledge and find movement options that fit your individual needs. She will motivate you to find joy and silliness during class.

Jennifer Derago

As a former field athlete, Jennifer sustained multiple injuries. She discovered Pilates during post-rehab and started doing it as a way to diversify her fitness routine while regaining core strength. Immediately she developed a passion for Pilates because of the physical and mental challenges that it provided. During her tenure in Portland, Oregon, she trained employees and athletes at Nike’s World Headquarters. Certified through STOTT Pilates her background includes other multiple trademark certifications that are based upon core movement.

Jennifer considers herself a forever student of the body and continues educating herself in this ever-changing fitness industry. She enjoys connecting with people and strives to challenge each student to discover new possibilities in their bodies. Her style and method of teaching incorporates movements that deliver results. She’s dedicated to creating an environment where everyone can move, connect with their bodies and have fun! When she’s not in Los Angeles you’ll find her training with her clients in Portland, Oregon and Manhattan, New York.

Tyra Lovato

Tyra is NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach Credentialed, AFAA Personal Trainer Certified and AFAA Group Fitness Instructor Certified and a licensed Zumba instructor. She also holds numerous modality licenses/certifications and instructs internationally. She is dedicated to bringing out the best in everyone she meets but her main focus is removing all barriers to wellness for Black Women, POC, QTPOC and all underestimated communities.

Quinn Shuff

Quinn is a yoga teacher whose focus is on anatomy and curiosity. She believes that the body knows best and will tell us what we need to know. Her classes help us learn to listen. Her teaching style is designed to be accessible and satisfying for all skill levels. In her experience, yoga is a tool for learning how to thrive in the surprises and subtleties of life, and she loves sharing that experience with her students. In addition to yoga, Quinn is a Level II Reiki practitioner, Tarot reader, and is getting pretty good at baking sourdough. When she’s not teaching or practicing, you can find her enjoying nature, reading non-fiction or hanging out with her husband and their tiny cat, Fiona.

Learn more about Quinn at openawarenessyoga.com

Urban Balance Instructors Provide Yoga, Pilates and Meditation in a Corporate Setting