Jennifer Swarbrick


Jennifer’s background is in dance with a focus in ballet. Pilates was a requirement for her dance training. After trying her first mat class in middle school, she was hooked. It was then a natural step to get her certification. She is certified by Risa Sheppard at The Sheppard Method Pilates. She has since completed a yoga certification and enjoys continually taking workshops in all forms of movement and fitness training.

Jennifer looks at each class she teaches as if she were dancing, constantly moving and flowing. Enjoying life, feeling good and having fun ever time you step into the studio is what it is all about. She looks at her Hermosa beach location as her little sanctuary by the sea. She extends her enthusiasm for Pilates by looking at everyday as a chance to grow as a teacher and student. Jennifer is proud to call herself the owner of The Pilates Room, where the friendly environment makes this boutique neighborhood studio feel like one big family.


Athena Angelman


Yoga Instructor, Certified Pilates Teacher, E-RYT500, Retreat Organizer

Since 2002 Athena has shared Yoga with students of many levels ranging from kids yoga and corporate yoga, to seniors yoga and various styles from restorative and prenatal to vinyasa and alignment-based flow. Her love of healing movement prompted her to continue sharing and in 2008 she began certifying and training others with Cloud Nine Yoga School to become yoga teachers at the 500 hour Advanced level through the Yoga Alliance. In 2012 Athena became a Certified Pilates Instructor, training in Pilates as rehab for a hip injury, she decided to further her education and train to become a Pilates instructor. She moved to Costa Rica where she trained and worked at Pilates Nosara. Having seen firsthand how Pilates, Yoga and Functional Training compliment one another, Athena is a huge advocate for utilizing all three modalities in her daily regimen. Her experience spreads across many states and countries giving her the multicultural experience of teaching active and healthy lifestyles to tourists and locals alike.

In 2005 she created Live Your Yoga Retreats as a way to share her love of Yoga, Pilates and Travel. 
"We should consider every day lost in which we do not dance at least once."~ Nietzsche


Kelsi Knudson


Inspired by her love of movement Kelsi brings a variety of training techniques to her workout programs which revolve around functional fitness for clients of all levels.  From Pilates, to Personal Training, Kelsi understands what her client's needs are and is able to push each person to their limits in a safe way.  Kelsi believes that humans need to be able to move in day to day life and recover from the bumps and bruises along the way. Kelsi’s core clientele ranges widely in age and ability, but her specialties are pre/post-natal, athletes, geriatrics, injuries, and weight loss.  From beginner to advanced, Kelsi prides herself on her ability to push every client to their potential no matter what their level is.  Kelsi graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology.  Kelsi has been a Pilates instructor for the past 7 years and is certified through the Orange Coast College’s Pilates and Dance Instructor Program.  Kelsi is also a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and holds a certification as a Krankcycle instructor.   


Kelsi was drawn to Pilates because of her athletic background, and how it helped her nurse various sports related injuries throughout the years.  As an avid dancer, Kelsi has 15 years of competitive dance experience.  Kelsi has had a love of athletics and sports for years.Kelsi’s thorough understanding of human movement and her creative approach keep her workouts new and exciting.  Kelsi has a true passion for fitness and helping people reach their fitness goals. When Kelsi isn’t teaching she is busy enjoying life with her growing family.

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Julia Etzelmueller was born and raised in Germany and is a film and documentary producer. 

She followed her dream of living and working overseas and moved to Los Angeles. 

In addition to her job as a producer she also has a passion for fitness and healthy living… 

Since she practiced Reformer Pilates for a while, she decided to deepen her knowledge 

and to take a teacher training at John Garey Pilates and Fitness in Long Beach.

She got her STOTT Reformer Pilates certification, she now teaches in Hermosa Beach and Bali.