Maria is the owner of Humani Pilates. Maria is a comprehensively certified Pilates instructor through Balanced Body University. Pilates is the only method that kept Maria’s attention for over decade and she’s happy to bring this beautiful practice to Midtown, Sacramento. Maria delivers exciting choreography to support the body’s natural posture in order to help her students manifest strong and capable bodies.
“If I were a Pilates exercise, I would be the backstroke. I imagine myself effortlessly floating in the ocean while gliding my arms and legs in a perfectly circular and coordinated pattern, making it look easy – but it’s so not!”
Studio Support, Team Manager
Charlotte first joined Humani as a student when the doors opened in May 2014 and was ecstatic to become part of the team three years later in May 2017. Now she handles all studio operations and keeps the “trains running on time”. When she’s not at the studio, you can find her at the movies, watching true crime documentaries, reading memoirs, and volunteering with the rabbit rescue group, Sacramento House Rabbit Society.
The bright studio space, the energy, and the people are all why I love Humani – it truly is a happy place! If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, I am always happy to help in any way I can!
Teacher, PMA, The Pilates Center Master’s Program
Greta was born in Sacramento, CA and raised in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Her childhood was very active – running around barefoot, playing in trees, swimming, dancing and practicing gymnastics. She danced throughout college at UC Irvine and in New York. During that time, she was introduced Pilates and yoga and quickly became impressed with the physical skill, focus and control that it took to achieve each exercise or posture. Greta is a classically trained and certified Pilates and Yoga instructor with over 14 years of experience. I love teaching because there are great moments when students master skills, connect to their bodies in new ways and develop more strength, coordination and control than they’d originally thought possible.
“If I was a Pilates exercise I would be Swan Dive on the Wunda Chair. I like challenging myself where I’m weak and engaging my whole self in the effort!”
Teacher, Pilates Academy International
Jennifer is a passionate yogi, a Pilates method practitioner and instructor and has an infinite love for all things that connect the mind and body. She received her Pilates mat and equipment certification through Pilates Academy International. Growing up training in gymnastics and dance, movement has always been her medium. She uses this background to create unique sequences and routines that are meant to feel good and flow well in the body. While fitness was always her gateway, Jennifer knew it was only one piece of the “healthy life pie”. Jennifer is a also a health coach, with the principals of love and compassion for oneself as the foundation of her work.
“If I were a Pilates exercise, I would be swimming. My favorite place to be is by the ocean. Plus the exercise is in an extended spinal position – a heart opener. Your strong center and core engagement are what allow the limbs to be able to move freely and explore space. The relationship between “groundedness” and flight and freedom in discipline are what I live by.”
Teacher, Balanced Body University, STOTT
Krysti moved from Olympia, Washington to Sacramento to study kinesiology, when she discovered her passion for Pilates. She completed her certification through Balanced Body and is continuing a secondary certification through STOTT. She enjoys dissecting each exercise and focuses on technique to maximize benefit for each student individually. Pilates helps her escape the wandering chaos of the modern world and experience the moment. Krysti is also an avid rock climber and loves the outdoors.
“If I were a Pilates exercise, I would be a teaser. To perfect a teaser, there needs to be a strong sense of physical awareness, strength and flexibility. Exercises that require mental acuity and physical challenge help me train for activities, such as, rock climbing and hold my focus.”
Teacher, Body Tonic Pilates Gymnasium in Brooklyn, NY
Dynamic and conscientious movement has been a part of Christmas’ life from a very young age. She graduated from The Harid Conservatory of Dance and became a professional ballet dancer. She began practicing the Pilates method as a young ballet dancer and further deepened her study after retiring from her dance career due to an injury. Christmas received her Pilates certification at Body Tonic Pilates Gymnasium in Brooklyn, NY under the direction of second generation instructor Jennifer DeLuca and Caitlin Cook.
As a mother of three boys, Christmas knows the benefits of Pilates during and after pregnancy. She enjoys helping students achieve their goals and transform their bodies through the alignment of mind and body. She invites students to find the empowerment that comes from completing a challenging and focused class.
“If I were a Pilates exercise, I would be twist on the reformer. My body is already in a spiral due to scoliosis. I enjoy challenging myself and twisting the opposing direction is quite challenging and rewarding. A full body spiral is not something we do often, it’s so delicious for the body. Twist creates space and vitality – things I strive to create in my life.”
Teacher, PhysicalMind Institute, OTD
Carlin grew up in Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles during college to pursue a professional dance career. She was originally drawn to Pilates over 15 years ago as a way to heal and protect her body. Carlin completed her Pilates mat and equipment certifications through the PhysicalMind Institute. She used her training as a way to help maintain both her physical and mental wellbeing throughout graduate school.
Carlin received her Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California, specializing in Lifestyle Redesign® and workplace wellness. In addition to being a licensed occupational therapist, Carlin is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy RX Certificate Program. She loves the experience of helping people better manage the stress of daily life while finding more length, strength, and control within their bodies.
“If I were a Pilates exercise, I would be coordination. It’s specific, fun, and combines a little bit of several different things. I like to keep it interesting!”
Teacher, ITT Pilates
Christi was raised in Hawaii. She received a BFA in Dance and BS in Mathematics from UC Santa Barbara. Christi was certified in the Bay Area with Jean Sullivan and Ashley Beldon and spent a year apprenticing with Lara Hudson at Mercury Fitness in San Francisco, eventually becoming a teacher trainer.
She approaches the work from the perspective of both an engineer and an artist; dissecting the mechanics of each exercise and pursuing the beauty of each movement. All that and a gentle touch, too. Crafting a nurturing, yet challenging hands-on style of teaching, which allows students to push past their thresholds and embrace new strength and grace.
“If I were a Pilates exercise, I would be semi-circle. I’m a sucker for the geometric reference. The spinal articulation is so yummy as you move fluidly through both flexion and extension. How often do you get to dip down into the well? It’s a fountain of youth!”
Stephanie Van Alen
Certified Massage and Fascial Stretch Therapist
Since she was a child, Stephanie has been gathering tools to guide people toward health and wellness. Stephanie first approached the wellness path through the lens of an artist – painting the human form and learning anatomy and structures of the body. She later became curious about the inner workings of muscles – why we hold tension, and how tension in the muscle fibers is related to our mental and physical health.
Stephanie studied kinesiology, anatomy, and pathology at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. She received her massage therapy certification from the National Holistic Institute and spent years studying Eastern and Western modalities – Swedish, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu,Thai, Hot Stone, and Prenatal massage techniques, and most recently, Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST).
Stephanie’s approach is holistic – she uses FST and a blend of other Eastern -Western bodywork modalities, creating a session based on her clients’ needs.
To learn more about FST and schedule your introductory bodywork session, book now.
Apprentice, Humani Apprenticeship Program, Balanced Body
Apprentice, Humani Apprenticeship Program, Balanced Body
Born and raised in California, Beth has enjoyed practicing and teaching several forms of movement including dance, Iyengar yoga, barre, and Pilates. Beth moved to Sacramento 5 years ago to begin her doctoral program at the Department of Sociology at UC Davis. She is a doctoral candidate doing research on inequality and higher education. A mover at heart, she completed her Mat and Reformer training through Balanced Body University under the mentorship of master instructors including Katie Santos and Chantill Lopez. Beth loves how Pilates allows students to build awareness as well as discover new things about their bodies and how they move.
If I were a Pilates exercise I would be single-leg elephant. I love the feeling of reaching long through my legs and moving in concert with the carriage—simultaneously shifting my weight forward and pressing the carriage back.
Holistic Health Coach
Nikki has been a Holistic Health Coach in Sacramento for the last 6 years. She has helped women reclaim their health and happiness with her wellness programs, personal coaching and retreats. Nikki enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition after spending 3 years in Seattle learning about natural, holistic health and giving birth to her son, Jackson. After moving back to lovely Sacramento with her husband and son, Nikki began seeing private clients and is passionate about bringing vitality and health to women. Learn how you can enroll in Nikki’s 6-Week Live Well Program, here.