I love Yoga One and the amazing vibe/instructors this studio provides! Jensen is so healing, 10/10 recommend.
I moved here from Brazil 28 years ago in search of better opportunities and to help my cousin with her 6 month old baby boy (he is now a 28 year old beautiful and kind man that serves his country as a JAG for the U.S. Army).
My first landing place was Redlands in SoCal where I lived for 6 months. I then moved with my cousin’s family to Fairfield. I was only 20 years old, naive, scared but full of hope for a better life.
After that I moved to Novato where I worked as a living in nanny, then in Calistoga I was a restaurant hostess and server and finally Santa Rosa where I was a maitre’d/floor manager at John Ash and Co. In 2001 I took a starting position as a sterilization technician in a dental office to help me start a new path. I became a registered dental hygienist in 2005.
During my first year as a RDH I developed severe back and neck issues that would’ve made my dental hygiene career impossible. I was advised to seek care from a chiropractor as well as an acupuncturist to help me with the pain. It was my then acupuncturist that directed me towards Pilates to help straighten my body to support a better posture and improve my ergonomics.
I started my pilates journey under the guidance of Jean Marie Manning from whom I took private classes weekly. She then referred me to Tone Fitness where I fell in love with the beautiful energy the studio offered. After practicing Pilates several days a week, as well as a variety of dance classes I got the courage to first become a Zumba Instructor, which helped me feel comfortable in front of a class.
It was at Tone, with the encouragement of many instructors as well as the many friends I made there, I took my Mat I and II certifications. I have been teaching for approximately 8 years and just this year I was certified as a Pilates Equipment Trainer. I also teach Zumba and Mat Pilates at Keysight Technologies to their employees.
I absolutely love teaching Pilates as well as taking classes. I am still a full time dental hygienist but the joy I get from seeing the changes in the bodies of my students is priceless. Helping people strengthen and heal their bodies through movement fills my soul with joy. I am honored and grateful to be joining the beautiful community that is Well Sonoma and look forward to meeting you.