pilates drawing series


photo Sarah Grace Kotzamani

I’ve been teaching Pilates since my certification in 2006 with Body Kinetics' 16-month classical Pilates teacher training program in Mill Valley, California. My background in the study of exercise, dance, and martial arts goes back more than 20 years, with ongoing studies in deep anatomy and therapeutic body work, as well as continuing education in advanced Pilates trainings. I am also PMA (Pilates Method Alliance) certified, and a Hendrickson Method practitioner in orthopedic massage.

My focus as a Pilates teacher is on educating and encouraging, having fun in the body with ever more physical confidence; balance and stability with mobility, and freedom of movement. My approach to teaching is compassionate, humorous and challenging, and I welcome and enjoy teaching all levels of physical ability.

I teach in Berkeley, California, and you can contact me by emailing sarkzi at




2011-2012   Hendrickson Method Advanced Training, Hendrickson Method Institute,
                Berkeley, CA                                         

2011    Gil Hedley, Integral Anatomy Intensive,  San Francisco, CA
            David Weinstock, Neurokinetic Therapy workshop, San Francisco, CA

2010-2011   Hendrickson Method Essentials Training, Hendrickson Method Institute, Certified HM Practitioner.          
                Berkeley, CA

2010   Mary Bond, Vertebral Segments: Core of the Core,  Petaluma, CA
            Dr. Guy Voyer, Analytical & Segmental Muscular Strengthening of the Abdominal Muscles                                                          & the Thoracic Diaphragm,  LA, CA
            PMA   Educational Conference, Long Beach, CA

2009    Rebecca Leone: Pilates Excel   Seattle, WA (Feb & Aug)                                
            Dr. Rebecca Love: Cadaver workshop, Bastyr College,  Kenmore, WA

            Tom Hendrickson, weekend workshop, Berkeley, CA
            Leslie Howard, Pelvic Floor workshop (also in 2010), Berkeley, CA
            Dr. Guy Voyer, MyoFascial Stretching workshop,  Los Angeles, CA

2008    Deane Juhan Connective Tissue workshop, Petaluma, CA
            Eric Franklin Psoas and Diaphragm Workshop and
            Eric Franklin Walking, Sitting, Standing workshop, San Francisco, CA
            PMA   Educational Conference, Phoenix, AZ
            Fletcher Pilates Towelwork workshop, Half Moon Bay, CA

2007    Anatomy in Clay, Boulder, CO
            Anatomy and Physiology, Merritt College, Oakland, CA
            Beginning Brain Gym, seminar, Oakland, CA

2006    Pilates Method Alliance Conference   Palm Springs, CA

2005-2006       Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training Certification, Carol Appel,
                Body Kinetics, Mill Valley, CA
2001    MFA Sculpture, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

1997    BFA Ceramics, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA