Moana Luna

Moana Luna

“Change happens through movement, and movement heals.” — Joseph Pilates

Moana began exercising to battle stress while attending graduate school at SFSU. After graduating with a degree in counseling, she worked in the mental health field and continued to practice yoga, boxing, weight training, and Pilates. She completed the Pilates Teacher Training Program with Ellie Herman in 2007.

Relevant training and continuing education includes Buff Bones® Instructor Training; ACE personal training certification;Foot and Gait Therapy Mentorship Program with Nancy Myers; CoreAlign Teacher Training; Balanced Body University (BBU); Pilates Rehabilitation Intensive with Lizz Roman; Preggo Pilates Workshops with Stephanie Forster; Pelvic Power seminar with Eric Franklin; Exercise as a Cure for Anxiety & Depression Seminar (Orinda College); and ACE Personal Training Certification.

She enjoys working with a diverse group of clients and providing a fun total body workout that incorporates Pilates principles such as coordination, concentration, and alignment. She is especially interested in the positive impact of exercise on her clients’ mental and emotional wellbeing.


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Patricia Kranikoski

Patricia Kranikoski

Patricia Kranikoski was born and raised in Brazil, and has been living in San Francisco since 2004. With a BS in Psychology, she has always been involved in human interactions and well-being.

She discovered Pilates in 2005 after learning that her mother had been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, and after learning about this chronic disease that has also been found in a few of her other close relatives, she realized that Pilates was the best preventive form of care and the best way to stay independent in your old age. Since then, she has been practicing and constantly motivating her mother and family members to keep moving! For Patricia, Pilates is your best Insurance Policy and the best gift you can give to yourself; her energy and love towards this practice is motivating and fun!

Patricia is a Certified Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body University, and also a Certified Preggo Pilates Trainer. She has been working continuously towards her education and her Pilates journey is bright and thoughtful.


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Dan Kobussen

Dan Kobussen

Dan had his first introduction to Pilates back in 2004. Initially, he found that it was a great foundational practice that improved his tennis game. Several years later in 2012, Dan began to understand the life-long benefits regular Pilates practice provides to re-align broken posture, re-program incorrect movement patterns, and re-condition the body to perform optimally for any activity.

After years of sitting hunched over a keyboard and staring at a monitor, Dan’s back, shoulders, and neck had become rounded forward. He could no longer move his shoulder blades; his back muscles were in constant spasm; and one day he lost the use of his right arm to nerve pain. Pilates was instrumental to Dan’s recovery. Because he was inspired by the rehabilitative and transformational power of the practice, Dan became a Pilates instructor to help others achieve well-being in their everyday activities and recover from debilitating injuries.

A learner by nature, Dan is a certified Balance Body Pilates Instructor and is continually educating himself, having most recently studied Foot and Gait mechanics with master trainer Nancy Meyers. Dan also holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business and a BA from Northwestern University.


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Laura Kirkeby

Laura Kirkeby

Laura is a graduate of EHS’s teacher training program has her comprehensive Balanced Body Certification. She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota and has taught dance for children and adults for the last 10 years.

Laura initially found Pilates after dealing with injuries and muscle imbalances as a dancer. At one point, her muscle imbalances became so severe that she could hardly walk. Pilates has helped her understand how important balance is within the body and has been her tool to continue to have a successful career in dance. Laura is passionate about helping others take care of their bodies.

She is committed to looking closely at movement patterns in every lesson she teaches. Laura is excited to share her love of Pilates with everyone and is grateful to be a part of the EHS community!


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Monique Convertito

Monique Convertito

Monique is certified through Balanced Body University and has recently trained under Nancy Myers’ Foot & Gait Program, as well as on the CoreAlign.

Monique teaches the importance of correct form and body awareness and how it relates to functional daily movement.

 
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Tingzin Ellis

Tingzin Ellis

Tingzin has been practicing Pilates for 23 years and it continues to be a transformative
force in her life.

In 2008 she earned her comprehensive Balanced Body University Certification, joined
the instructor team at Spring Pilates & Yoga and has been teaching Pilates in San
Francisco ever since.

Creating an environment for her clients that promotes and enhances health and
wellness is one of many values Tingzin shares with the EHS community. She also brings
a sense of enjoyment and humor to the work, which has always been there for her. She
has special training and experience with pre and post natal, senior populations and
clients with injuries or physical limitations. She designs each class and individual
session for her clients with the intention to motivate, inspire and educate them towards
better movement.

For the last decade Tingzin has worked with and been influenced by many Pilates and
movement specialists. She attained her Pilates certification and completed her
Movement Medicine training under the tutelage of Nora St. John at Turning Point
Studios. Her education continued with trainings by Karen Clippinger, Erik Franklin,
Marie-Jose Blom, Lolita San Miguel and Lizz Roman. Currently she is studying the Janda
assessment and rehabilitation techniques and has completed her CoreAlign training at
EHS with Nancy Myers.

Tingzin’s college background is in art and design at the Fashion Institute of Technology
in NY. As a youth, she practiced dance, dressage and found her niche in figure skating.


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Carrie Ferguson

Carrie Ferguson

Carrie Ferguson was introduced to the Pilates method after dealing with acute low back pain and tight shoulders, weak stiff neck – a result from long, grueling hours in front of a computer day in and day out as a graphic designer.

After a year of strengthening deep core muscles, fine-tuning alignment and posture, staying centered, Carrie knew it was time to follow a new path of self-care and teach others from her experience.

Within a year Carrie left the corporate world to pursue and her passion for Pilates. She started her Apprentice training in 2011 and, a couple of years later became a fully certified instructor! This was the best choice she has ever made! She’s so much happier and healthier now in her 40s than she was in her 20s.

Carrie’s students often reach that “ah-ha” moment, where they understand and feel the correct muscle group engaging and it’s that moment that they take from their sessions and apply to their daily living patterns, so they may move through life pain-free.


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Hilda Falkenstein

Hilda Falkenstein

Hilda Falkenstein completed her Pilates Teacher Training at Ellie Herman Studios in June of 2004. A modern dancer for many years, she performed with several local companies including Joanna Haigood’s Zaccho Dance Theatre, June Watanabe and Dancers, and the San Francisco Opera Ballet. She has trained extensively in a variety of dance techniques including Limon, Graham, and ballet.

Her love of Pilates began after just a few classes when she realized the pain of an ankle injury had disappeared and her body alignment was noticeably improved.

As a practitioner and trainer, Hilda is continually inspired by how Pilates re-educates and heals the body. She has found that the Pilates’ Method gives an ever deepening awareness and understanding of the body and how it can move with ease. Hilda holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UC Berkeley


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