ALISSA GRAUNKE
Founder

specialities: hypermobility, scoliosis, athletic performance imbalances

Alissa started her lifelong love of movement by dancing around the house as a toddler - her mom decided she could use some help, and enrolled her in ballet class at age 2 1/2. She danced ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern through college, and turned to Pilates to rehab after an ankle and knee injury in 2004. She completed her 500-hour comprehensive Pilates teacher certification through Body Arts and Sciences International under the direction of Rael Isacowitz in 2010. She furthered her education under BASI master faculty members Jeanne King and Sheri Long, as well as studying Classical technique with world-renowned instructor Jillian Hessel. She continues to expand her knowledge of body mechanics through continuing education seminars, as well as experimenting with other movement repertoires such as yoga, kickboxing, and dance.


Alissa believes that anyone can benefit from the mind-body conditioning principles of Pilates. Her training provided her with an extensive background in traditional and clinical Pilates, as well as detailed training in individualized program design for a diverse range of fitness and special conditions clientele - her eagle eyes won't let any poor form happen! You'll feel muscles you didn't even know you had in your body due to Alissa's thorough approach. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients ranging from teenage and adult athletes, pre- and post-natal mothers, chiropractors, personal trainers, those with MS/fibromyalgia/rheumatoid arthritis, amateur and professional yogis, massage therapists, spinal/hip/knee surgery patients, and the elderly population. Train with Alissa!

SARAH MEINERT
Creative Director

specialities: hip/pelvic balance, pre- and post-natal women, runners

An innovative fitness professional, Sarah utilizes the knowledge of anatomy and movement to inspire the minds and bodies of people worldwide. Sarah discovered the timeless practice of Pilates in a mat class that ignited the passion and a curiosity for the method, and for the past 15 years has dedicated herself to the practice and teaching of Pilates. She believes that Pilates makes everything else in your life better, and is enthusiastically committed to the mind-body-spirit connection offered by Pilates. Sarah’s classes focus on the form and function of how the exercises relates to the daily lifestyle of each individual. She is fascinated with how our muscles will compensate to allow movement, and loves the challenge of correcting imbalances so the body works more efficiently.


A former professional Tahitian dancer, Fitness and Wellness Expert, dog trainer, and Pilates Instructor who teaches in Los Angeles and New York City, Sarah delivers carefully crafted workout regimes to her diverse clientele, ranging from geriatrics, to post-operative patients, to active athletes. She also specializes in pre- and post-natal classes to encourage women to understand their bodies during the transformation of pregnancy and beyond.


Sarah was certified through Body Arts and Sciences International, trained by the Founder of the method Rael Isacowitz, and continued her education with mentor Lisa Hubbard, master faculty of BASI and Founder of Rhythm Pilates. She enhanced her BASI training and bodywork knowledge with Classical Master Pilates teachers Peter Roel and Erika Bloom, in addition to earning a Pre- and Post-Natal Specialist certificate from Center For Women and Erika Bloom. Currently, Sarah has added Gottfried Hormone Balance Therapy to her practice, and is on the path to becoming an Ayurveda Specialist and Melt Method Instructor. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and when she isn't training her dedicated clientele, she loves to travel, exercise, and dine. Train with Sarah!

ALEX TACKET
Strength Architect
specialities: private yoga, Pilates, Reiki

California native and lifelong competitive athlete, Alex caught yoga fever after her first class in 2010. Since then, she has dedicated herself to a passionate exploration of body and mind as both a teacher and a student. Alex is a 200 RYT Certified Yoga Alliance Instructor, Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga instructor, and Balance Body-certified Pilates instructor. Inspired by the challenges and personal journey unique to each class, Alex’s lively classes create a playful and friendly space for students to strengthen both body and mind. Off of the mat, you can find her on any outdoor adventure with her dog, Cruz.

STEPHANIE DeSANTIS
Restoration Guru

specialities: restorative yoga, massage, Reiki

Stephanie is a recent transplant to LA from Cleveland, OH, where she taught at a yoga studio for 3 years. Her certification is RYT 200-hours, and she is registered with the Yoga Alliance. She enjoys teaching various styles of yoga, such as a challenging Vinyasa Flow, Yoga for Runners and Athletes, Restorative, Beginners, and Meditation/Pranayama classes. Her teaching style is student-driven, meaning she likes to speak to students prior to starting class to find out what's going on in their bodies that day, and use that information to decide what poses to incorporate into the class flow. Additionally, Stephanie is a licensed Massage Therapist through the  National Holistic Institute, specializing in Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Release techniques. Becoming more knowledgeable and familiar with anatomy and kinesiology has enhanced her love for Yoga and helping students to become more comfortable not only in their practice, but in their own bodies.