A Pilates and Functional Movement Center specializing in Pilates, strength training, functional fitness, barre, pelvic floor rehab and postnatal fitness. We offer private instruction as well as small group classes and workshops. Co-founded by Beth Koppe and Julie Koenig in May 2023. Align Studio is an all inclusive movement collective where every body is welcome.
Julie has a background in dance, Pilates, holistic medicine and functional fitness. She has a Bachelors degree in Holistic Health, is an ITT certified Pilates Instructor, and is a Core Exercise Solutions certified Corrective Exercise Specialist.
She enjoys spending as much time as possible out in nature with her family. She has a wonderful husband Jude, two amazing sons Max and Maddux and a spunky dog Penny.
Julie has a strong foundation in anatomy and biomechanics to teach corrective and rehabilitative exercises. She has a passion for educating others in health and wellness. She has 10 years of experience working with pre and postnatal women, specializing on exercises that support women before, during and after pregnancy. She trains clients on how to gain body awareness, to increase coordination and find balance. She is an advocate of comprehensive care and educates clients how to take a collaborative approach with their health. Achieving solutions for total well being is a goal of Julie's with every client.
Beth has been a competitive athlete all her life. Throughout high school and college she played soccer, basketball and track and field. She raced mountain bikes competitively for 10 years, and in 2005 Beth won the US National Championship in Downhill Mountain Biking. She is an avid skier, mountain biker, backpacker, and swimmer. Beth is a well-rounded athlete who has a deep understanding of what it means to use the body to its fullest potential.
Beth discovered Pilates to rehabilitate her body from the cumulative injuries of her athletic endeavors over the years. She went to her first class with lower back pain, and immediately felt the benefits of this movement form. Over time she began to correlate being a bike mechanic with being a Pilates practitioner – both practices serve the purpose of repair and maintenance to facilitate doing what she enjoys most in this life. There is a continuum of care one can experience with Pilates, transitioning from an injured state via the rehabilitative benefits of the practice, to a more athletic movement practice. This transition is beautiful, and is what Beth aims to share with her clients through Pilates.
Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer in the Fall of 2022, and subsequently underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Over the course of her treatment protocols, she used Pilates to maintain her mental and physical strength. This experience, in addition to her athleticism, has reinforced Beth’s belief that Pilates can be used to rehabilitate both the mind and the body through incredible challenges.
Beth has been certified as a Pilates Instructor since 2014 from the Integrated Teacher Training program in San Francisco. She is trained in functional anatomy, postural analysis, mat, and apparatus Pilates. Beth holds additional certifications in the following movement disciplines: TRX (2014), NASM Personal Trainer (2015), and Cranial Sacral Level 1 (2021). Beth and Julie co-founded Align Studio with the ethos that everyone harbors physical strength within just waiting to be tapped.
Jennifer Holland is a trauma-informed facilitator and coach with over 20 years of multidisciplinary health, wellness, and movement education and experience. She is a lifelong dancer, nature lover, and passionate about educating on the topics of longevity and graceful aging, functional strength and mobility, and cultivating an intimate relationship of trust and safety within the body. She weaves in embodiment, sensuality, and devotional love practices into all she creates which supports the importance of daily holistic rituals that support lifelong peace, joy, and pleasure.
Jennifer offers small group and private coaching here at Align Studio and is an expert at custom program creation for all ages and phases as well as levels. She can support athletic performance, prenatal prep and postpartum women, other phase female life and phase transitions, recovery from injury, and so much more.
Lauren is a dance and movement instructor on a mission to create, nurturing, inspiring and accessible classes.
She grew up in Marin County California, where she spent much of her childhood and young adult life training in classical ballet. Lauren earned her BFA in Dance with an emphasis on Ballet Performance at the University of California, Irvine.
After graduating, she went on to receive her Pilates certification through Balanced Body University and the Pilates Method Alliance.
She was delighted to find Barre class as a graceful combination of all her favorite movement arts: Ballet, Yoga and Pilates! She went on to become Barre Certified through the International Ballet Barre Fitness Association. As a Mom of 3 she found it most important to receive training in Prenatal Barre and is a Certified Postnatal Fitness Specialist to best support bodies in all phases of life.
She lives in Grass Valley, CA where you can often find her (aside from happily dancing around my living room ) playing under the pines with her three sons, Dylan, Hayden, and Ollie, my darling husband Luke and our sweet dog Dash.
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Rachel is a certified ITT Pilates and Bootybarre instructor. She has been teaching movement for over 7 years. Growing up Rachel was active in many different sports, cheerleading and dance. Rachel's dance background gives her a deep understanding of how the body moves. She first discovered Pilates in 2013 and fell in love. In 2016 Rachel trained to become an ITT Pilates instructor and starting teaching and sharing her passion for helping others strengthen and heal their bodies. Rachel also became certified in Bootybarre, a style of Barre based in Pilates and Ballet. After having her son in 2018, Rachel's focus deepened and she started working with postpartum women to help guide them to restore their bodies after birth. Rachel believes that every body is capable of healing and deserving of felling healthy and strong. All of Rachel's classes can be modified to include all fitness levels.