Our Team

Happy Body has positive, energetic, motivated, inquisitive, community-oriented and compassionate instructors and practitioners on its team. We are confident you will receive the highest quality care, attention, and instruction from all of our practitioners. We are comfortable scheduling you interchangeably across our exceptional team, knowing that there are often optimal matches of personality and approach. We advocate experiencing the diversity of styles available in our studio as you deepen and expand your movement awareness. We are ready to help you enjoy actively cultivating happiness in your body! 


 
Jessica Mark -  Ortho-Bionomy® Advanced Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Owner  Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.” Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis®, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.

Jessica Mark - Ortho-Bionomy® Advanced Practitioner & Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Owner

Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. The vision of Happy Body was created from a yearning of a welcoming and supportive space for movement, health, and wellness for all bodies. “When we feel comfortable, can find support, and live with awareness in our own physical bodies, we cultivate a greater balance and resilience within ourselves, greater peace in our communities, and ultimately, find our harmony within the world we inhabit.” Jessica is a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy® as well as a certified Pilates instructor and Ortho-Bionomy Instructor. Jessica complements her primary practices of Ortho-Bionomy and Pilates with studies in Polarity Therapy, Gyrokinesis®, Trauma Therapy, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body-Mind Centering®. She believes in the truth and integrity of the body and is passionate about the blending of touch and movement. In her practice and instruction, Jessica works to bridge the gap between the language of the body and the language of the cognitive mind so that clients may find freedom and ease in their physical being. Jessica is a happy mama to Sydney and Jonathan, and a happy partner to husband, Rich.

Richard Mark -  Personal Assistant  Richard's greatest love is assisting Jessica, ensuring all of her needs and wants are met at all times.

Richard Mark - Personal Assistant

Richard's greatest love is assisting Jessica, ensuring all of her needs and wants are met at all times.

 

Amy Archinal  - Yoga Instructor  Amy Archinal is certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy and has her RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance. She has taught yoga and practiced Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy with individuals and groups since 2007 and had a long time personal practice of Taoist Yoga and Hatha Yoga prior to that. She also mentors students seeking yoga therapy certification and is a Reiki Master. The experiences she offers promote embodied mindfulness and deep inner listening in and through the body. She has extensive experience working with seniors and Veterans and specializes in restorative yoga and customizing yoga practices to meet individual needs. She is a visual artist with over 25 solo exhibits, a foodie and a lover of nature.

Amy Archinal - Yoga Instructor

Amy Archinal is certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy and has her RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance. She has taught yoga and practiced Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy with individuals and groups since 2007 and had a long time personal practice of Taoist Yoga and Hatha Yoga prior to that. She also mentors students seeking yoga therapy certification and is a Reiki Master.
The experiences she offers promote embodied mindfulness and deep inner listening in and through the body. She has extensive experience working with seniors and Veterans and specializes in restorative yoga and customizing yoga practices to meet individual needs. She is a visual artist with over 25 solo exhibits, a foodie and a lover of nature.

Mary Beth Chandler  - Pilates Instructor  Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program. Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.

Mary Beth Chandler - Pilates Instructor

Mary Beth has worked in the Fitness Industry for over 15 years. She discovered Pilates while working as a personal trainer and began introducing the method to her clients. Mary Beth became a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor in 2004. She furthered her studies with Polestar Pilates and still enjoys learning various forms of exercise and movement. She also holds certifications with ACSM as an Exercise Physiologist, TRX Suspension Training, RYT200 Hatha and Integral Yoga, and as a Post Rehab Breast Cancer Specialist with the Pink Ribbon Program. Mary Beth enjoys helping people discover a healthy lifestyle and happy body! She believes workouts should be fun, educational, and challenging.

Nathalie Claes  - Yoga Instructor   Nathalie found her yoga roots whilst working in environmental education on a remote corner of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It was here that she felt a sense of grounding like never before - and experienced the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Since then she has taught yoga to backpackers in Sweden, inner city workers in London, and now a wide array of students in Asheville.  Nathalie’s classes integrate embodied movement, balance, core work and pranayama, interwoven with themes that shift with the seasons and phases of the moon. Through yoga, her hope is to empower you to connect into a sense of wholeness and wellbeing. She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, and offers outdoor yoga events with her brand, Inner Wild Yoga.

Nathalie Claes - Yoga Instructor


Nathalie found her yoga roots whilst working in environmental education on a remote corner of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. It was here that she felt a sense of grounding like never before - and experienced the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life. Since then she has taught yoga to backpackers in Sweden, inner city workers in London, and now a wide array of students in Asheville.

Nathalie’s classes integrate embodied movement, balance, core work and pranayama, interwoven with themes that shift with the seasons and phases of the moon. Through yoga, her hope is to empower you to connect into a sense of wholeness and wellbeing. She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, and offers outdoor yoga events with her brand, Inner Wild Yoga.

Kara Dillow  - Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist  Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life. Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area. Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey (at that time of Power Pilates out of New York City) and became comprehensively certified on all Pilates equipment. Kara believes that ability and age are nullified when it came to having passion for happy and healthy minds and bodies. Kara is now a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher, a Pilates teacher trainer, a Buff Bones certified instructor, and a practicing massage therapist. Kara lives in East Asheville with her two young sons, her husband, and her cat. She also loves to run for fun, write nature poetry, and grow beautiful flowers for her friends! LMBT #5309

Kara Dillow - Pilates Instructor, Massage Therapist

Kara began her Pilates career in 2002 as a student of Marianne Adams at Appalachian State University. She graduated with a BA in Creative Writing but decided to take the “movement” path into life. Kara became a certified Pilates mat instructor in 2004 and a licensed massage therapist in 2005, practicing around the Asheville area. Her family moved to NY state several years later where Kara trained with Juliet Harvey (at that time of Power Pilates out of New York City) and became comprehensively certified on all Pilates equipment. Kara believes that ability and age are nullified when it came to having passion for happy and healthy minds and bodies. Kara is now a Pilates Method Alliance certified teacher, a Pilates teacher trainer, a Buff Bones certified instructor, and a practicing massage therapist. Kara lives in East Asheville with her two young sons, her husband, and her cat. She also loves to run for fun, write nature poetry, and grow beautiful flowers for her friends! LMBT #5309


Alice Jane Eacho  - Pilates Instructor  Alice Jane grew up playing on her mother’s reformer and has been a lifelong student and lover of Pilates. She was raised in South Florida and moved to New York to pursue theatre after receiving her BFA. She found that she had developed injuries and habits from her hypermobility and misalignment in dance and yoga, intense dance training in college, and physically demanding rehearsals and show schedules. She is so thankful for the pilates method for helping her to heal and strengthen her body. Alice Jane relocated to Asheville 8 years ago and continued studying pilates all throughout her pregnancy and postpartum. She credits this incredible work to her seamless home birth experience. She is the mother to a five year old daughter, is still acting and working in voice overs and commercials, and is a dancer with Trillium Dance Company based in Asheville. Alice Jane believes that we all have the right to pain free healthy bodies so that we may fully embody our true purpose and enjoy the abundance of gifts life has to offer us. She is Balanced Body Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor.

Alice Jane Eacho - Pilates Instructor

Alice Jane grew up playing on her mother’s reformer and has been a lifelong student and lover of Pilates. She was raised in South Florida and moved to New York to pursue theatre after receiving her BFA. She found that she had developed injuries and habits from her hypermobility and misalignment in dance and yoga, intense dance training in college, and physically demanding rehearsals and show schedules. She is so thankful for the pilates method for helping her to heal and strengthen her body. Alice Jane relocated to Asheville 8 years ago and continued studying pilates all throughout her pregnancy and postpartum. She credits this incredible work to her seamless home birth experience. She is the mother to a five year old daughter, is still acting and working in voice overs and commercials, and is a dancer with Trillium Dance Company based in Asheville. Alice Jane believes that we all have the right to pain free healthy bodies so that we may fully embody our true purpose and enjoy the abundance of gifts life has to offer us. She is Balanced Body Comprehensive Certified Pilates Instructor.

Paige Gilchrist -  Yoga Instructor  Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world..

Paige Gilchrist - Yoga Instructor

Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. In private sessions, she’ll work with you to clarify your wellness goals, address your needs, honor your limitations, complement other care you may be receiving, and empower you to relax into a sense of health and wholeness. Whether in group classes or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world..

Renee Giles  - Pilates Instructor  Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center in 2008. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.

Renee Giles - Pilates Instructor

Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center in 2008. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.

Christa Hebal  -Massage Therapist, Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner  Christa is passionate about living life in deep connection with nature, spirit, and community and loves helping others find ease, connection, and peace through bodywork and aromatherapy. She has studied and practiced massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. Inspired through her studies of traditional indigenous healing modalities and ethnobotany, she earned her B. S. in Anthropology and followed her heart to volunteer abroad and learn directly from diverse cultures. She came back to her roots in these mountains in 2000 and graduated from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy.  She is a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, Certified in Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, and Vedic Thai Massage. She most recently became an Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner and is thrilled with her personal and professional evolution through this work. Christa’s bodywork sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of techniques, creatively honoring the unique individual that you are on all levels. She loves sharing the gifts of aromatherapy through custom blends during bodywork sessions, creating products, consultations, teaching, and combining the therapeutic benefits with yoga. Christa’s highest purpose is to hold a safe space for connection, healing, and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening. LMBT#7047

Christa Hebal -Massage Therapist, Ortho-Bionomy® Practitioner

Christa is passionate about living life in deep connection with nature, spirit, and community and loves helping others find ease, connection, and peace through bodywork and aromatherapy. She has studied and practiced massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for over 18 years. Inspired through her studies of traditional indigenous healing modalities and ethnobotany, she earned her B. S. in Anthropology and followed her heart to volunteer abroad and learn directly from diverse cultures. She came back to her roots in these mountains in 2000 and graduated from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy.

She is a Shamanic Usui Reiki Master, Certified in Clinical Aromatherapy, Nurturing the Mother Pregnancy Massage, Pediatric Massage, and Vedic Thai Massage. She most recently became an Ortho-Bionomy® practitioner and is thrilled with her personal and professional evolution through this work. Christa’s bodywork sessions are deeply relaxing and offer an intuitive integration of techniques, creatively honoring the unique individual that you are on all levels. She loves sharing the gifts of aromatherapy through custom blends during bodywork sessions, creating products, consultations, teaching, and combining the therapeutic benefits with yoga. Christa’s highest purpose is to hold a safe space for connection, healing, and transformation through an open and compassionate heart and deep listening. LMBT#7047


Mallory Holmes  - Pilates Instructor  Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment.  Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE), is a certified Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®, and is a certified level 1 Gyrotonic® instructor. Other studies include Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend and TRX. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics.

Mallory Holmes - Pilates Instructor

Mallory has been teaching Pilates since 2006, she is fully certified through both STOTT PILATES® and Pilates Method Alliance (PMA). Mallory works with a wide range of clients from injuries and/or special conditions to athletes. She understands that exercise is not a one size fits all, that what works is smart, functional movement tailored to that individual’s needs. Mallory’s positive, energetic personality creates a welcoming and fun workout environment.

Seeking to expand her knowledge to other forms of movement, Mallory has also earned her certification as a group fitness instructor with American Council on Exercise (ACE), is a certified Core Barre instructor with Systems of Smart Movement®, and is a certified level 1 Gyrotonic® instructor. Other studies include Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), Core Reform, Core Suspend and TRX. Mallory’s ambition to teach and spread the knowledge of smart movement has led her to become a Master Instructor Trainer for Core Suspend and an Instructor Trainer for Core Reform with Systems of Smart Movement®. Mallory is passionately driven to understand and teach human form, function, movement, and biomechanics.

Ashton Peters  - Administrative Goddess  Ashton arrived in Asheville by way of Austin, Texas where her love of live music and tacos was born. After working in the hustle and bustle of the technology industry as an interaction designer, she moved to Asheville to be closer to family and explore a career focusing on embodiment and wellness. When she was introduced to Happy Body, it became clear that the compassionate community here and the opportunity to learn about Pilates, Yoga and Ortho-Bionomy as a path to wellness was a perfect fit! She is passionate about the power of mindfulness, body awareness and movement to change the brain, heal the body and create a healthier life. As Happy Body's administrator she hopes to keep things organized and running smoothly, aid staff in creating fun and educational workshops, discover new opportunities for community outreach and share the positive outlook and energy that Happy Body inspires!

Ashton Peters - Administrative Goddess

Ashton arrived in Asheville by way of Austin, Texas where her love of live music and tacos was born. After working in the hustle and bustle of the technology industry as an interaction designer, she moved to Asheville to be closer to family and explore a career focusing on embodiment and wellness. When she was introduced to Happy Body, it became clear that the compassionate community here and the opportunity to learn about Pilates, Yoga and Ortho-Bionomy as a path to wellness was a perfect fit! She is passionate about the power of mindfulness, body awareness and movement to change the brain, heal the body and create a healthier life. As Happy Body's administrator she hopes to keep things organized and running smoothly, aid staff in creating fun and educational workshops, discover new opportunities for community outreach and share the positive outlook and energy that Happy Body inspires!

Beth Salman  - Pilates Instructor  Beth Salman discovered Pilates in the mid 1990s when she walked past a newly opened studio on her way to work one morning. Hooked, she never looked back and was fortunate to train with some of the best Pilates instructors in Chicago. An enthusiastic and curious mover, Beth has danced, hiked, biked and cartwheeled her way through life and appreciates how Pilates has supported and enhanced at all those activities including the sitting she does for her job. She looks forward to starring in a viral 3D hologram still doing teasers as a 90 year old.  Beth is BASI comprehensive certified instructor.

Beth Salman - Pilates Instructor

Beth Salman discovered Pilates in the mid 1990s when she walked past a newly opened studio on her way to work one morning. Hooked, she never looked back and was fortunate to train with some of the best Pilates instructors in Chicago. An enthusiastic and curious mover, Beth has danced, hiked, biked and cartwheeled her way through life and appreciates how Pilates has supported and enhanced at all those activities including the sitting she does for her job. She looks forward to starring in a viral 3D hologram still doing teasers as a 90 year old.

Beth is BASI comprehensive certified instructor.

Jess Smith  - Pilates Instructor  Growing up in North Carolina, Jessica Smith developed a deep appreciation for both movement and the natural world. When she wasn’t in dance class, Jessica could be found exploring a creek by the woods or riding a trail! Jessica’s pursuit of performative experience led her to earn a BFA in Dance Performance. She supported her intensive training with the Pilates method. Post-college, under the tutelage of Patty Geiger in Cary and apprenticeship with Amanda Smith in Greensboro, Jessica became a Comprehensively Certified Power Pilates Instructor in 2012.  Jessica then followed her love for adventure up to Boston, MA where she taught Pilates, performed and created grant-funded danceworks, served an integral part in the creation of a grassroots movement series, and did everything she could to keep from freezing each winter!!! Her experiences teaching at multiple studios in and around the greater Boston area instilled in Jessica a diverse approach to Pilates-one that she looks forward to expanding in Asheville!  Jessica is thrilled to be back in her home state; she anticipates much learning and growth, as well as an abundance of outdoor play to accompany this time in her life! In her sessions, Jessica is enthusiastic about utilizing active imagination to help Pilates clients establish their mind-body connection. Focus on awareness-driven concentration, breath, and integrity of movement will leave your spirits high and posture tall.  Movement heals!

Jess Smith - Pilates Instructor

Growing up in North Carolina, Jessica Smith developed a deep appreciation for both movement and the natural world. When she wasn’t in dance class, Jessica could be found exploring a creek by the woods or riding a trail! Jessica’s pursuit of performative experience led her to earn a BFA in Dance Performance. She supported her intensive training with the Pilates method. Post-college, under the tutelage of Patty Geiger in Cary and apprenticeship with Amanda Smith in Greensboro, Jessica became a Comprehensively Certified Power Pilates Instructor in 2012.

Jessica then followed her love for adventure up to Boston, MA where she taught Pilates, performed and created grant-funded danceworks, served an integral part in the creation of a grassroots movement series, and did everything she could to keep from freezing each winter!!! Her experiences teaching at multiple studios in and around the greater Boston area instilled in Jessica a diverse approach to Pilates-one that she looks forward to expanding in Asheville!

Jessica is thrilled to be back in her home state; she anticipates much learning and growth, as well as an abundance of outdoor play to accompany this time in her life! In her sessions, Jessica is enthusiastic about utilizing active imagination to help Pilates clients establish their mind-body connection. Focus on awareness-driven concentration, breath, and integrity of movement will leave your spirits high and posture tall.

Movement heals!


Lori Starr  - Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor  Lori has been a Massage Therapist and Bodywork practitioner since 1994. Her years of experience have allowed her to experience many types of people and personalities with a variety of abilities and disabilities. As an empath, she has been able to hone her skills of discovery that help her in determining underlying complaints.  Education has been a lifelong pursuit and she holds a B.A in Sociology from Arizona State University along with a multitude of other educational experience including Teaching, Life Coaching, Yoga, Massage Therapy and Nursing.  Lori is a Certified Yoga instructor, A licensed Massage Therapist, A Life Coach, and a Health Coach. LMBT# 08015

Lori Starr - Massage Therapist, Yoga Instructor

Lori has been a Massage Therapist and Bodywork practitioner since 1994. Her years of experience have allowed her to experience many types of people and personalities with a variety of abilities and disabilities. As an empath, she has been able to hone her skills of discovery that help her in determining underlying complaints.

Education has been a lifelong pursuit and she holds a B.A in Sociology from Arizona State University along with a multitude of other educational experience including Teaching, Life Coaching, Yoga, Massage Therapy and Nursing.

Lori is a Certified Yoga instructor, A licensed Massage Therapist, A Life Coach, and a Health Coach. LMBT# 08015

Anna Szymanski  - Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer  Anna has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high-intensity weightlifting workouts. She chose to carry this insatiable curiosity and passion for human movement into education, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. When she began taking Pilates, she became captivated by it as the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, and obtained her instructor certification through PEAK® in 2014.  Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise, a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, in addition to being a full-time instructor of Health and Fitness Science at A-B Tech Community College. Anna uses a comprehensive and individualized approach from her extensive knowledge of human movement for her clients to allow them to move and perform optimally. Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!

Anna Szymanski - Pilates Instructor, Personal Trainer

Anna has been involved in many and varied types of movement throughout her life, from gymnastics to ultramarathon to Krav Maga self defense to kettlebells to high-intensity weightlifting workouts. She chose to carry this insatiable curiosity and passion for human movement into education, obtaining both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Exercise Science. When she began taking Pilates, she became captivated by it as the perfect centering, corrective, and balancing component to all other forms of exercise, and obtained her instructor certification through PEAK® in 2014.

Anna is certified as a Personal Trainer, Health Coach, and Group Fitness Instructor through the American Council on Exercise, a Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, in addition to being a full-time instructor of Health and Fitness Science at A-B Tech Community College. Anna uses a comprehensive and individualized approach from her extensive knowledge of human movement for her clients to allow them to move and perform optimally. Anna is honored to be a part of the Happy Body family and looks forward to being a source of education and empowerment in this journey we share in continually evolving to be the healthiest and most vibrant version of ourselves!

Ruth Morrow  - Yoga Instructor  For Ruth, yoga has been a journey toward healing, self-acceptance, surrender and empowerment. Ruth's mission is to help guide her students toward finding strength in their bodies and peace within their hearts.  Ruth got certified as an RYT-200hr teacher in 2013 has been teaching regularly ever since. She received her training at Yoga South in Boca Raton, Florida under James Kigar and Judy Weaver. She also completed a 200-hour training in Sivananda yoga. Ruth loves to take her students to their edges. She has the unique ability to reach each student in her class, and her style, like her personality, is warm, nurturing, funny and compassionate.  She is currently enrolled in the 500hr teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center and is deeply inspired by her yoga community here is the mountains of Asheville.

Ruth Morrow - Yoga Instructor

For Ruth, yoga has been a journey toward healing, self-acceptance, surrender and empowerment. Ruth's mission is to help guide her students toward finding strength in their bodies and peace within their hearts.

Ruth got certified as an RYT-200hr teacher in 2013 has been teaching regularly ever since. She received her training at Yoga South in Boca Raton, Florida under James Kigar and Judy Weaver. She also completed a 200-hour training in Sivananda yoga. Ruth loves to take her students to their edges. She has the unique ability to reach each student in her class, and her style, like her personality, is warm, nurturing, funny and compassionate.

She is currently enrolled in the 500hr teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center and is deeply inspired by her yoga community here is the mountains of Asheville.