Studio A Pilates & Yoga Dana Point CA
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Welcome To Our Boutique Pilates, Yoga, and Fitness Studio!
Pilates
Yoga
MELT Method™
Yoga Essentials -with Sonny Ali
Studio A instructors strive to go beyond routine teaching the pose or shape, move or sequence in each exercise. They see the whole body and instruct proper form and alignment suited to your ability, awareness and unique physical structure. You will learn as you train by understanding the how and the why of each exercise as it is modified and enhanced to complement your strengths and invigorate your mind. This approach improves performance, enhances physical potential and supports a deeper understanding and appreciation of your individual being.

~ Classes A Week ~

20

Pilates Classes

17

Yoga Classes

7

MELT Classes

 

Lauren Siglin
January 3, 2020.
Verified
Love love love this studio! All the instructors are awesome and I love the variety of classes they offer.
Erin Zollweg
December 31, 2019.
Verified
The BEST studio around! Love all the teachers as they are knowledgeable and provide an effective, challenging and safe workout every time.
michelle
December 16, 2019.
Verified
Andrea and all the Studio A team are fantastic. The Studio has a calm friendly atmosphere, offering all types of classes. For me personally the Melt method and Pilates have been incredible. I’ve seen a huge difference since starting, I try to go as often as possible as they offer wonderful packages. I highly recommend Studio A and encourage you to check it out for yourself! M
Kelly Whaley
September 10, 2019.
Verified
I'm new to Pilates and wasn't sure I would be able to keep up. My first class was made up of both experienced and non. Andrea kept everyone on point regardless of their level of experience. Adjusting for each person. The studio is beautiful has a huge range of equipment and most important, expertise.
Christiane R
July 30, 2019.
Verified
Studio A is a beautiful well equipped studio with excellent, friendly and knowledgeable instructors.They have a wide variety of great classes, yoga, Pilates, Barre and Melt. Inviting atmosphere and very clean. I always feel energized and renewed after a yoga or Pilates class at Studio A. They also offer workshops on aging well and sounds healing.
Debbie Bornman
July 21, 2019.
Verified
Thanks to Andrea and her skilled instructors at Studio A, I am in the best shape of my life! I love the studio - it is a beautiful, serene space, offering yoga (Sonny is my favorite), Pilates (Carrie, Alyson & Michelle are great) barre and a couple of additional classes, all geared to keeping our bodies flexible, strong and healthy. I am there 3-4 days a week and I also enjoy the community of like-minded people Studio A has created.
Asemo Smiley
July 16, 2019.
Verified
I'm amazed and so happy with this establishment. Highly recommend this studio. Wonderful instructors and a clean comfortable energetic environment!
Andrea Jasper is the founder and inspiration behind Studio A Pilates and Yoga. She was born and raised in southern California, and has always been inspired by the beauty our surrounding landscape has to offer. If she is not working hard in the studio, you can find her adventuring out on the ocean, hiking local trails or digging in the dirt of her garden. While training for Triathlons, she turned to Pilates as a way to regain and maintain her flexibility. Curious about the method, Andrea ventured to learn more and was fortunate to study and become a STOTT Pilates Certified Level 2 Instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels. Soon after she welcomed Pilates into her life, she was gifted an encounter with the beautiful practice of yoga. Andrea felt the call to share this new awareness and is now a SmartFLOW certified instructor, always the student of Annie Carpenter and Tiffany Russo. Andrea’s most recent discovery, through eager curiosity about the human body, is the revolutionary MELT Method. She had the privilege to study directly under MELT creator, Sue Hitzmann, and is an authorized Level 5 MELT Instructor.
Andrea is devoted to her practice and her craft and retains her certifications yearly. She is due to complete The MELT Method NeuroStrength Level 5 training this March. Additional Pilates certifications and coursework include Rebecca Beckler’s Pilates Suspension Method 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0, Injuries and Special Populations, Lumbo-Pelvic Function, Shoulder Health and Stability, CORE, Halo Trainer, Total Barre, Zenga and Prenatal Pilates. Cultivating further inspiration and expansion in yoga teacher trainings and workshops include work with Annie Carpenter, Richard Rosen, Seane Corn, Leslie Kazadi, Desi Bartlett, Kino MacGregor, Jason Crandell and Maty Ezraty.
Andrea is thankful for the opportunity to knowledgeably instruct her clients and fellow practitioners with positive, loving and peaceful energy. It is with her deepest gratitude to facilitate Studio A, a space where students are reminded to live in the present moment, connect to their pure breath and exist in their true nature.
Strong, playful, and mindful, Sonny’s classes seek to bridge the gaps between the body, mind, and spirit with humor, style, and grace. Using a keen eye for detail, he teaches people not poses, so that ultimately students feel empowered, buoyant, and enlivened. For him, to live a richer more connected life is a worthy goal for each student. And to that end, he seeks many teachers in order to create a greater depth of knowledge, wisdom, and language to allow him to relate to his students. Always listening, reading, and studying how people move and relate to their surroundings and to themselves, he pours everything he learns back into his classes so the students may feel the delight in each moment. Trainings: Annie Carpenter, Richard Rosen, Tiffany Russo, Leslie Kazadi, Desi Bartlett, Leslie Kaminoff, David Regelin, Seane Corn, Kino Macgregor, Kathryn Budig, Briohni and Dice-Iida Klein, Phillip Askew. Certified SmartFLOW teacher, certified CorePower teacher, authorized MELT Hand and Foot Instructor, Real Ryder, Cycle24, Revoke Cycle, Reebok Cycle.
Beatrice grew up in Southern California, and danced locally in Orange County where she was first introduced to Pilates as a form of cross-training and a way to maintain health and fitness. After dancing ballet pre-professionally at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Beatrice returned to California seeking out Pilates and kinesiology to better understand injury prevention and body mechanics. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Cal State Fullerton, specializing in both Clinical Exercise and Fitness & Health Promotion. During this time, Beatrice began teaching under the tutelage of her Pilates mentor, STOTT Instructor Trainer and Pilates Suspension Method creator, Rebecca Beckler. Beatrice is STOTT certified in Level 1 & 2 (essential through advanced) Mat and Reformer. She is also a qualified TRX instructor, with experience teaching the Pilates Suspension Method, Barre, circuit training, TRX, Redcord, and Jungle Sports repertoire on most suspension and Pilates equipment. With a Master’s of Fine Arts in Dance from University of California, Irvine under her belt Beatrice has presented her dance science research at national and international conferences, and taught at a number of California colleges and universities. Beatrice continues to add her Dance, Pilates, and Fitness knowledge bank by attending workshops, conventions and conferences, to keep classes fresh and fun for her clients, all while promoting health and wellness.
Michelle Galbraith is a fully certified Stott Pilates instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, and Injuries and Special Populations. She has further continued her education by completing courses in Pre & Postnatal Pilates, Jumpboard, and Strength & Conditioning. Originally from Utah, Michelle relocated to California in 2012. She landed her first gig in San Francisco, then to San Diego, before finally making her home here in South Orange County. She was first introduced to Pilates during her career as a professional dancer. It was the perfect complimentary cross training to her dancing, providing benefits of intentional strengthening, flexibility, mindfulness and injury prevention like nothing else. She has over a decade of experience teaching movement to people of all ages; first through dance and now Pilates. Outside the studio you can find her running on the beach, in the kitchen cooking up a new recipe, or soaking up quality time with her family. 

Michelle is humbled and thrilled to continually learn and be inspired by her fellow instructors as well as her clients, whom she hopes leave each session feeling energized, happy, and successful. 

For Paige, yoga started out as purely a physical practice to supplement and improve her many athletic interests. However, it didn’t take long before she realized that yoga went way beyond the physical, and deep into the mental and spiritual realms. At this point, she was hooked and knew from the depth of her soul that yoga would forever be a part of her life. Paige completed a 325-hour yoga teacher certification program at HB Yoga Collective with Kori Strobl and Audri Geary. She then dove deeper into anatomy and completed a course with Tom Myers, which dissected the multitude of fascial lines that run throughout one’s body. Most recently, she studied the principles of Viniyoga with world-renowned Gary Kraftsow, who studied directly with T.K.V. Desikachar. Throughout her practice, she has continued to absorb as much information as she can about the human body and how yoga promotes longevity and well-being. Paige has a passion for teaching physical alignment so that yoga can become the healing practice that it was meant to be, rather than something that exacerbates pain and injuries. In, addition to body alignment, Paige believes the true magic of yoga happens with the breath. All of her classes link movement to the breath, and she includes a pranayama practice after the asana portion, in order to set the body and the mind up for meditation or savasana.

Ultimately, her goal is to encourage people to adopt a yoga lifestyle both on and off the mat, in order to achieve an integrated balance of mind, body, spirit. She firmly believes that yoga has the power to change the world, one breath at a time.

Ambika is an OC native. She received her Power Yoga certification in Berkeley, CA and has deepened her study of yoga through practicing in India, Bali, and Costa Rica. She has experience teaching power vinyasa, pranayama, hatha, acroyoga, and restorative to people of all ages and skill levels. She strives to leave her students feeling loved, strong, and relaxed.
Yoga … when people think of this word, they generally think, stretching. However, to Lexy, yoga means so much more. In 2015, Lexy began her yoga journey, and since, has received: (1) her 500hr. teacher training (2) her Reiki Master (3) Yin training (4)co-lead women’s workshops as well as a healing workshop of her own (5) Various other training’s in the natural healing arts. She is a student of Life.

As Lexy continued to study, she underwent the biggest obstacle in her life. Lexy was hit by a car and lost the ability to continue her day-to-day life activities. Yoga was the shoulder she leaned on. Yoga took her to a place where she was able to stretch, heal the mind, body, spirit and work on becoming a better version of herself. Always learning and growing within herself to continue helping others and growth with her. 

Lexy’s class is available for everyone, no matter your skill level. After overcoming such a big obstacle in her life, there is a passion to help others achieve new goals.

 

An Ashtangi at heart, Josh studies many styles of yoga. He believes each discipline rooted in form and functionality offers unique benefits to individual practitioners. His classes are focused on combining the principals of breath, gaze and movement to create a practice equal in strength and grace, a moving meditation. 

Josh has various certifications and experiences under his belt. He completed his 500hr. teacher training with Yogaworks and has co-led 200hr teachers trainings alongside Debbie Bernardi and Shilah Sarkasian.

Ally grew in San Clemente playing sports all throughout her childhood. When going away to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she was craving the sense of community that she had on her volleyball and track teams. That is when she fell in love with the practice of yoga, and specifically yoga sculpt. She learned that even though yoga may not be a team sport, we all will work hard for each other, support each other, and celebrate each other, because nobody achieves success on their own. 
Through the years Ally has traveled to over 13 countries and has always found yoga as a way of connecting with others all over the world.
She received her Yoga Sculpt Teaching Certification in 2019 and has brought encouraging, goofy, and supportive energy to every class she’s taught since then. Her passion is lifting others up and empathizing with her students by offering modifications or enhancements to poses throughout class.
Ally‘s class intuitively combines the juicy movements of vinyasa to lengthen your muscles with high intensity interval training and weights to raise your heart rate, tone your muscles and burn fat. The ultimate intention is that you walk out of her class feeling empowered, strong, and full of energy. 
The high endorphins you receive from Ally‘s class are transformational and will leave you wanting more. 
Whether it’s a silly dance move or doing that extra push-up, Ally encourages you to bring your best, authentic self out on the mat every time you show up to class. 

Katsina is dedicated to being a forever learner, in return, offering rich and humble classes to the community. Under the guidance of wise mentors, as well as her personal studies of ancient knowledge, such as the Yoga Sutras & the Chakra Systems, as well as new-age research and wisdoms, Katsina offers classes that are healing and empowering. She teaches a range of Yoga classes, from gentle to strengthening, all focused on the breath. Katsina – who lived in a dojo for over 5 years as the apprentice to her sensei – also teaches ESD (Empowered Self Defense).
Nichole began her yoga journey in 2008 and her passion for the art kept growing. From the moment she stepped onto her mat she has been a genuine yoga practitioner and devoted yoga teacher! Feeling aligned on her path has been a process of wounding and healing and it is through the practices of yoga where she continues to find her way home to herself.

Nichole is a 500hr Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher and is proficient in vinyasa, yin and meditation. She also is a Certified Breathwork facilitator, certified Womb Medicine Woman®, Psychosomatic Trauma Recovery Coach and Reiki master. 

Her passion is to guide others to understand the truth of themselves within themselves through healing practices such as, Shamanic Journeying, Soul Retrieval, Womb Healing, Ceremonies, Meditation, Breathwork, Energy Healing, Psychosomatic Therapy, Inner Child work and of course Yoga!

Her training and knowledge around trauma helps her clients and students understand the recovery process, reconnect with themselves and the world while using their strengths to build a life they love living. She firmly believes that we all hold an ancient wisdom within that is designed to heal old wounds and broken patterns that are holding us back from reaching our fullest potential. Her mission is to encourage others to step fully into their most brilliant selves.