MEET OUR TEAM

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MARYLINN WHEATLEY-POWERS
Founder / Owner & Instructor

(NOT ACCEPTING NEW PRIVATE CLIENTS)

Marylinn started her love of movement at a young age with a background in dance and performance. She discovered Pilates in 2005 and began practicing it regularly. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. In 2012 Marylinn began teaching Pilates, and in 2013 she was certified by STOTT PILATES® on all apparatus and completed their Injuries & Special Populations course. Marylinn opened Centered Studio Pilates in 2013 and was able to move it to a larger location in 2016.

Marylinn considers herself a perpetual student and is always looking for new techniques and exercises to incorporate into her clients’ sessions. She completed a Specialist Certificate in Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning by STOTT PILATES® and became Total Barre® Qualified in 2016. She is especially interested in using Pilates as a way to alleviate back pain and improving posture. When she is not practicing Pilates, Marylinn enjoys yoga, spinning, hikes with her dogs and husband, and reading.
 

 

 LINZEY WALKER
Instructor

Linzey has always been a kinesthetic learner. She has a B.A. from UNC-Asheville in Women’s Deconstruction and Corporeal Theory along with a Master of Liberal Studies through the University of MN, Twin Cities with emphasis in: Corporeal Theory, Performance, Pedagogy and Gender Studies. Her love for teaching has expanded across all fields and into diverse populations. With a background in social work and education and a passion for healing/holistic health, she has found training and teaching to be much more effective at changing lives because of the direct impact teaching creates.

She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine and a Women’s Fitness Specialist. In training others, she found that balance, stability and core strength were almost consistently areas that needed improvement amongst all populations; this realization led her to pursue Pilates. Linzey is certified in Mat and Reformer and trained in Cadillac through STOTT PILATES®. She has a knack for pushing people while avoiding injury and making the workout a fun and playful experience. She loves (amongst many things): cats, swimming and laughing so hard it hurts.

YUMI KOBAYASHI
Instructor

Yumi has a background in ballet from a young age and began practicing Pilates in Chicago in 2006. She shortly felt in love with the way it benefited her active life. Yumi believes that strengthening and toning the core with Pilates can lead to a healthy body and mind. She is very enthusiastic about her clients building body awareness and improving their quality of life.

Yumi graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.A. and after spending a decade in the Midwest she moved to the Bay Area in 2014. She is STOTT PILATES® certified on all apparatus and has completed Injuries & Special Populations course. She is working towards a specialty track for Pre- & Post-Natal and Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning by STOTT PILATES®.

 
 

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BRIJETT IRELAND
Instructor

Brijett is a Pilates Instructor, biologist, and science teacher. She completed her comprehensive Pilates certificate with Balanced Body in 2015, and has combined her passion for teaching and learning about the human body through teaching Pilates.

She fell in love with Pilates when practicing it regularly as an undergrad college student in 2006, and after college decided to finally go back to school and become a Pilates Instructor. She has learned many techniques and practices beyond simply teaching Pilates exercises, but how to teach, adapt and enhance the Pilates workout experience for all body types.

From obtaining a Biology degree Brijett learned a lot about the inner workings of the human body, but in achieving a Pilates Instructor certificate she learned much more about the complex musculoskeletal system in order to take care of, prevent injury to and achieve a healthy strong body for life.

In maintaining her own personal Pilates regimen, Brijett is able to do the things in life she enjoy, such as, hiking, backpacking, surfing, and biking but better!

Brijett is happy to be able to bring her experience and knowledge to Centered Studio Pilates, as she continues to learn to work with all body types and continues her passion for Pilates and teaching.

ONISHA PAULOS
Instructor

Onisha has been teaching since the early age of 15. During her time at Orange County High School of the Arts (classical piano), Onisha taught children all over Southern California. She continued to teach while completing her Bachelors degree at UCLA in World Arts and Cultures.

In 2008, Onisha took a class through UCLA extension for Anatomy and Bio-mechanics for the fitness professional. By this time Onisha had been teaching at fitness gyms and Westside School of Ballet (adults only) for several years. It was then that she decided to go back to school and acquire her Pilates Certification through B.A.S.I. (Body Arts and Sciences International)®. After completing 500+ hours of training and testing out with master teacher Sheri Long, it enabled her to teach on all of the Pilates equipment. Onisha loves to work with students of all levels and ages.

 

RAQUEL STRATTON
Instructor

Raquel first fell in love with Pilates in 2008. Pilates helped her take control of her life, become more active and live without pain. Overtime she gained flexibility, confidence and strength. After each and every session, she always felt significantly better. She’s also fascinated with the history of Pilates and the founder Joseph Pilates.

After many years of practicing and getting addicted to Pilates, Raquel began Instructor training with STOTT PILATES® in September 2017 so she can share her love of Pilates with the world. She wants to teach others how to tap into their body awareness, build confidence and be comfortable in their own bodies. She hopes to inspire others that Pilates is for anybody, from beginner to advanced, no matter what your background is.

Raquel anticipates certification by Spring 2019. She is trained in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Barrels. She will complete Stability Chair and Injuries & Special Populations courses in fall 2018.

Raquel earned her Communications B.A. from CSUF in 2007. She will become a certified community coach in June 2018. She currently works part-time for a non-profit in Berkeley and has her own coaching and consultant business.

LYDIA DENNIS
Instructor

Lydia began her movement practice during college due to a tight low back from backpack overuse. She loved how great her body felt after the classes, and decided to pursue certifications when she moved to sunny California.

Lydia has a Bachelor's degree in Biology and Anthropology from Cornell University, and has completed many fitness programs including a 200-hour yoga teacher training, 70-hour advanced Forrest yoga training, 500-hour contemporary Pilates teacher training, and an 85-hour prenatal yoga teacher training. A native of upstate New York, her other passions include Ceroc dancing, bicycling, reading, and baking savory treats.

 

WE'RE LOOKING FOR GREAT INSTRUCTORS

JOIN THE CENTERED STUDIO PILATES FAMILY

 
 
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Pilates Instructor

We are looking for talented and motivated Pilates Instructors that are committed to establishing a solid clientele at our studio.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Certified in Mat and Reformer by a reputable modern-based Pilates program required
  • Certified in Cadillac, Chair, and Barrels preferred
  • Trained in working with clients with injuries and special populations
  • At least one year teaching experience
  • Friendly, positive, and outgoing with a desire to continue Pilates education