Melissa Lee

Hello! I’m Melissa, the owner of Movement of Pilates. I’ve been working in the fitness industry for 20 years and as a Pilates instructor for 18 of those years. My original certification is a very classical “New York” training, but I also pursue continuing education courses in an effort to discover all forms of Pilates. Over the course of my teaching career, I moved from focusing on the “fitness” side of Pilates to the rehab side. I have clients of all levels, but my true passion is helping those that are maybe unable to find help in a traditional gym or general therapy setting due to injury, disability, or medical condition. 

In 2018, after five years of studying and preparation, I became an official ScolioPilates instructor. I enjoy working with the curviest of spines and love showing a new scoliosis client that they can indeed help improve their spinal situation.   I even have out of state clients that come quarterly for a few hours of ScolioPilates work and take the work home to incorporate in their daily routine.   If you or someone you know has scoliosis, send them my way as soon as possible!  

Beyond working with rehab based clients, I also teach about 15 mixed equipment classes a week to clients of all levels.   I pride myself on my creativity as an instructor and always mix it up, keeping my clients guessing with what we will do each session!  I love BOTH of my studios (our small one is for privates and our large one is for groups) and am so proud of the Pilates playground that Movement of Pilates has become! 

On the personal side, I have two amazing boys, an amazing dog named Sprout and in my free time I compete in half-marathons and travel as much as possible. I have found a great balance in life and I know that’s because of my job.  Helping others feel better, move better, and BE better is so rewarding! (And FUN too!)  I consider Santa Clarita my home and love living and working in this amazing valley!!  

Melissa Lee

Hello! I’m Melissa, the owner of Movement of Pilates. I’ve been working in the fitness industry for 20 years and as a Pilates instructor for 18 of those years. My original certification is a very classical “New York” training, but I also pursue continuing education courses in an effort to discover all forms of Pilates. Over the course of my teaching career, I moved from focusing on the “fitness” side of Pilates to the rehab side. I have clients of all levels, but my true passion is helping those that are maybe unable to find help in a traditional gym or general therapy setting due to injury, disability, or medical condition. 

In 2018, after five years of studying and preparation, I became an official ScolioPilates instructor. I enjoy working with the curviest of spines and love showing a new scoliosis client that they can indeed help improve their spinal situation.   I even have out of state clients that come quarterly for a few hours of ScolioPilates work and take the work home to incorporate in their daily routine.   If you or someone you know has scoliosis, send them my way as soon as possible!  

Beyond working with rehab based clients, I also teach about 15 mixed equipment classes a week to clients of all levels.   I pride myself on my creativity as an instructor and always mix it up, keeping my clients guessing with what we will do each session!  I love BOTH of my studios (our small one is for privates and our large one is for groups) and am so proud of the Pilates playground that Movement of Pilates has become! 

On the personal side, I have two amazing boys, an amazing dog named Sprout and in my free time I compete in half-marathons and travel as much as possible. I have found a great balance in life and I know that’s because of my job.  Helping others feel better, move better, and BE better is so rewarding! (And FUN too!)  I consider Santa Clarita my home and love living and working in this amazing valley!!  

Crystal Edwards

Crystal’s fitness journey began at an early age when her elementary school was chosen as part of a pilot program for aerobic dance. Since her very first aerobic dance class she was hooked on the world of fitness and movement. A great deal has changed in the world of fitness since then, but Crystal’s passion for movement has remained strong.

Crystal has dedicated her education to fitness. She earned a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology. She is an ACSM certified Exercise Physiologist and has an ACSM “Exercise is Medicine, Level II” credential. Her Pilates certifications are through Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and National Pilates Teacher Certification (NPTC).

After she completed her formal education, Crystal began her career at Texas Health Finley Ewing Cardiovascular and Fitness Center where she worked with people who had a variety of medical issues such as cardiovascular disease, degenerative neurological disorders, genetic disorders, osteoporosis and scoliosis. Throughout her career she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of fitness abilities from hospital patient populations to amateur and professional athletes. Her experience with this wide array of fitness levels has given her the unique ability to tailor individual programs to help each client to become a better version of themselves.

In 2006, Crystal found Pilates and her world of movement expanded again. She was amazed by all the ways Pilates incorporated the aspects of mind, body and soul into movement! She saw how beneficial this type of exercise could be and began training immediately. She continues to expand and deepen her understanding of the human body and its interaction with the mind through continuing education. Crystal is scheduled to complete a new certification, Integrated Movement Specialist, through Balanced Body in 2022. She is also excited to be working toward her certification as a Scolio-Pilates Instructor through her mentor Karena Thek.

Crystal often states, “I love what I do. I believe we were born to move and our freedom to move is a gift we sometimes forget that we have been given. This is especially true if we are dealing with pain. However, through the right movement we have a greater chance to live a more open and pain-free life.”

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Lisa Colvard

Lisa originally sought out Pilates after extreme back and abdominal weakness was aggravated by pregnancy. With Pilates she found that her back pain was remedied and her core was strengthened in a way weight training had never addressed. After getting hooked on Pilates in 2003, Lisa became a dedicated instructor and in 2008 began instructing at Pilates Teck and then a few other studios around the Santa Clarita Valley.

“I have a knack for making the most movement challenged individual feel comfortable and safe all the while attaining their personal goals by merging them with the Pilates principles.” Lisa’s classes are not stagnant and every week will introduce or reintroduce a move but include a twist to further challenge your body.

“ I love doing and teaching Pilates. Outside of yoga it is the only form of exercise that has not bored me and I’ve done it all: kick boxing, taekwondo, aerobics, barre, running, etc.,”

Lisa has a lot of experience with knee; hip and back rehab clients both prior and post surgery. Carefully strengthening muscles surrounding joints can significantly improve a rehab prognosis. Lisa has helped special needs, rehab clients and athletes become stronger, more flexible and out of pain. She has worked with and even taught a scoliopilates group class for teen-age clients and also some in the special needs classification. “I know that virtually anyone can do Pilates, by simply breaking a movement down to it’s simplest form, and slowly building on to the movement as the client improves.

Additionally, Lisa loves taking continuing education classes as science has begun to understand the “why” of Pilate’s success. There are some great teachers out there and wonderful research going on and I love to bring that back to my clients. “Joseph Pilates was definitely ahead of his time!”

Lisa was first certified at Pilates Teck, in Newhall CA. and in 2012 became certified through the Pilates Method Alliance, an internationally recognized certifying program. She is inspired to help other’s achieve their fitness goals of a balanced body through strength and flexibility with classes that are fun, challenging and always safe for everybody.

Pilates Instructor - Movement of Pilates

Lisa Colvard

Lisa originally sought out Pilates after extreme back and abdominal weakness was aggravated by pregnancy. With Pilates she found that her back pain was remedied and her core was strengthened in a way weight training had never addressed. After getting hooked on Pilates in 2003, Lisa became a dedicated instructor and in 2008 began instructing at Pilates Teck and then a few other studios around the Santa Clarita Valley.

“I have a knack for making the most movement challenged individual feel comfortable and safe all the while attaining their personal goals by merging them with the Pilates principles.” Lisa’s classes are not stagnant and every week will introduce or reintroduce a move but include a twist to further challenge your body.

“ I love doing and teaching Pilates. Outside of yoga it is the only form of exercise that has not bored me and I’ve done it all: kick boxing, taekwondo, aerobics, barre, running, etc.,”

Lisa has a lot of experience with knee; hip and back rehab clients both prior and post surgery. Carefully strengthening muscles surrounding joints can significantly improve a rehab prognosis. Lisa has helped special needs, rehab clients and athletes become stronger, more flexible and out of pain. She has worked with and even taught a scoliopilates group class for teen-age clients and also some in the special needs classification. “I know that virtually anyone can do Pilates, by simply breaking a movement down to it’s simplest form, and slowly building on to the movement as the client improves.

Additionally, Lisa loves taking continuing education classes as science has begun to understand the “why” of Pilate’s success. There are some great teachers out there and wonderful research going on and I love to bring that back to my clients. “Joseph Pilates was definitely ahead of his time!”

Lisa was first certified at Pilates Teck, in Newhall CA. and in 2012 became certified through the Pilates Method Alliance, an internationally recognized certifying program. She is inspired to help other’s achieve their fitness goals of a balanced body through strength and flexibility with classes that are fun, challenging and always safe for everybody.

Rana McDonald

Rana McDonald discovered her passion for teaching fitness her senior year of high school. Teaching group exercise has been part of her weekly routine for 35 years. A friend introduced her to pilates 26 years ago and it was love at first sight.

Her pilates journey began with matwork in a small group setting. She loved and continues to love the concentration pilates requires. She added pilates equipment classes to her weekly routine. Following in her instructor’s footsteps, she began an apprenticeship at The Ron Fletcher Studio in Los Angeles. She learned to teach the matwork and reformer repertoire from Jillian Hessel, also in Los Angeles. She has taught group and private pilates classes for 25 years and earnestly attends IDEA fitness conventions, local workshops and subscribes to several fitness organizations for fitness inspiration.

Why should you work with Rana? Her enthusiasm for the work is contagious. She constantly creates new routines and passionately plans music that supports the goals for every type of class she teaches. Her classes are challenging. She expects you to come willing to work. Her body is the best example of why pilates works. She smiles often because she genuinely loves to exercise. She wants to help you get stronger and feel more confident with every workout. With 35 years devoted to fitness, Rana has helped hundreds of clients rehab injuries and will happily offer modifications throughout her group classes.

“Rana is a motivating, caring, and fun pilates instructor. She individualizes her class to her clients’ needs every time- it’s never the same class twice. Rana always makes her clients-both new and old feel comfortable and welcome, providing just the right amount of challenge for each one.” -Kathy

“I am so glad that I found Rana when I decided to try Pilates Reformer. She is welcoming and helpful, the exercises are varied and designed for all levels. The classes are fun, so the time just flies. I actually look forward to exercising for the first time in many years and after just a few weeks I am already starting to see a difference in my body. “ – Carol

Rana has called Santa Clarita home for 20 years. Patrick, her husband of 25 years, Emma(21) and Megan(18) are her greatest accomplishments. When she isn’t teaching , she enjoys listening to podcasts while walking her dog, binge watching tv series and YouTube videos and reading bestsellers!

Rana - Movement of Pilates
Rana - Movement of Pilates

Rana McDonald

Rana McDonald discovered her passion for teaching fitness her senior year of high school. Teaching group exercise has been part of her weekly routine for 35 years. A friend introduced her to pilates 26 years ago and it was love at first sight.

Her pilates journey began with matwork in a small group setting. She loved and continues to love the concentration pilates requires. She added pilates equipment classes to her weekly routine. Following in her instructor’s footsteps, she began an apprenticeship at The Ron Fletcher Studio in Los Angeles. She learned to teach the matwork and reformer repertoire from Jillian Hessel, also in Los Angeles. She has taught group and private pilates classes for 25 years and earnestly attends IDEA fitness conventions, local workshops and subscribes to several fitness organizations for fitness inspiration.

Why should you work with Rana? Her enthusiasm for the work is contagious. She constantly creates new routines and passionately plans music that supports the goals for every type of class she teaches. Her classes are challenging. She expects you to come willing to work. Her body is the best example of why pilates works. She smiles often because she genuinely loves to exercise. She wants to help you get stronger and feel more confident with every workout. With 35 years devoted to fitness, Rana has helped hundreds of clients rehab injuries and will happily offer modifications throughout her group classes.

“Rana is a motivating, caring, and fun pilates instructor. She individualizes her class to her clients’ needs every time- it’s never the same class twice. Rana always makes her clients-both new and old feel comfortable and welcome, providing just the right amount of challenge for each one.” -Kathy

“I am so glad that I found Rana when I decided to try Pilates Reformer. She is welcoming and helpful, the exercises are varied and designed for all levels. The classes are fun, so the time just flies. I actually look forward to exercising for the first time in many years and after just a few weeks I am already starting to see a difference in my body. “ – Carol

Rana has called Santa Clarita home for 20 years. Patrick, her husband of 25 years, Emma(21) and Megan(18) are her greatest accomplishments. When she isn’t teaching , she enjoys listening to podcasts while walking her dog, binge watching tv series and YouTube videos and reading bestsellers!

Ana Hubner

Ana’s Pilates journey began 15 years ago. She had been practicing yoga for more than10 years, and felt the need to add another form of conditioning that would help  manage her scoliosis and back pain. Pilates was exactly what she was looking for, a precise method that addresses the whole body, a safe way to exercise, and most importantly, emphasized the mind-body connection.

After her first Pilates session she knew that Pilates would become an important part of her life.  Pilates helped her develop body awareness, improve posture, and  complemented and supported her yoga practice.

In 2015 Ana  decided to  deepen her knowledge and understanding of what makes Pilates so special, and  completed the comprehensive teaching certification program through Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She completed  Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies, an advanced education certificate course, attended two Learning from the Leaders conferences and  various continuing education workshops. She believes that in order to refine and improve her teaching she has to continue being a dedicated student.

Ana is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, and has been teaching yoga for the past 15 years. She is currently working on completing the Yoga Therapy certification and a Master Training program.

Ana strives to incorporate The Ten Principles of BASI Pilates ( Awareness, Balance, Breath, Concentration, Center, Control, Efficiency, Flow, Precision, and Harmony) into her teaching. These principles are what makes Pilates a unique mind-body experience, and not just a physical process. She loves to work with all age groups, but especially enjoys working with the mature clients, helping them age powerfully and pain free.

” After a Pilates session I feel energized, revitalized, centered, and relaxed and that is how I would like my clients to experience Pilates as well.”

 

” I am really excited to be a part of the Movement of Pilates team, and grateful to be able to teach at a warm and friendly Pilates playground!”

Ana Hubner

Ana’s Pilates journey began 15 years ago. She had been practicing yoga for more than10 years, and felt the need to add another form of conditioning that would help  manage her scoliosis and back pain. Pilates was exactly what she was looking for, a precise method that addresses the whole body, a safe way to exercise, and most importantly, emphasized the mind-body connection.

After her first Pilates session she knew that Pilates would become an important part of her life.  Pilates helped her develop body awareness, improve posture, and  complemented and supported her yoga practice.

In 2015 Ana  decided to  deepen her knowledge and understanding of what makes Pilates so special, and  completed the comprehensive teaching certification program through Body Arts and Science International (BASI). She completed  Pilates for Injuries and Pathologies, an advanced education certificate course, attended two Learning from the Leaders conferences and  various continuing education workshops. She believes that in order to refine and improve her teaching she has to continue being a dedicated student.

Ana is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, and has been teaching yoga for the past 15 years. She is currently working on completing the Yoga Therapy certification and a Master Training program.

Ana strives to incorporate The Ten Principles of BASI Pilates ( Awareness, Balance, Breath, Concentration, Center, Control, Efficiency, Flow, Precision, and Harmony) into her teaching. These principles are what makes Pilates a unique mind-body experience, and not just a physical process. She loves to work with all age groups, but especially enjoys working with the mature clients, helping them age powerfully and pain free.

” After a Pilates session I feel energized, revitalized, centered, and relaxed and that is how I would like my clients to experience Pilates as well.”

 

” I am really excited to be a part of the Movement of Pilates team, and grateful to be able to teach at a warm and friendly Pilates playground!”

Audrey Fitzgerald

Audrey Fitzgerald is originally from Bonnie Scotland.

Ever since Audrey can remember she has always had a huge passion for performing and dance.

She started full-time dancing at the age of eleven. When she was sixteen she suffered a back injury and ended up having surgery.

This did not deter her from her career in Dance. Audrey traveled the world dancing on Carnival Cruise Lines.

At the age of 33 she struggled with lower back pain and decided it was best for her to hang up her dance shoes.

Shortly after she married her love, Ryan. Audrey and Ryan moved to California in 2015 and had two beautiful children Lily, Jackson and our amazing fur baby Haggis.

Movement has always been apart of her life and since she was introduced to Pilates she has never looked back.

Her back has never felt better and she believes it’s 100% from Pilates.

She is now dedicated to helping others by moving and strengthening their entire bodies.

Kristin Borland

Kristin has always had a passion for wellness and fitness.

After years of heavy lifting and intense training she experienced back and knee pain. She felt like her body was older than it really was.

It was after this that she found Pilates made her body feel whole and young again.

She has been practicing Pilates in various disciplines for several years and believes that Pilates can benefit everyone and ultimately transform the body.

Kristin is certified through Pilates Sports Center and is always learning new ways to support our bodies through Pilates.

Along with her Reiki practice, she continues to learn through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. She shares her expertise with clients of all ages, abilities and levels.

Her goal is to teach our bodies, minds, and souls to be stronger and healthier to live a more fulfilled life. 

Kristin and her husband live in Santa Clarita with their three children and two dogs.

Our Classes

You’ve met our fantastic team, now it’s time to see the wide range of classes available at Movement of Pilates. Whatever your wellness goals, we’ve got a program for you! Check out our classes page then book your first Pilates session with us today. We can’t wait to meet you!

Our Classes

You’ve met our fantastic team, now it’s time to see the wide range of classes available at Movement of Pilates. Whatever your wellness goals, we’ve got a program for you! Check out our classes page then book your first Pilates session with us today. We can’t wait to meet you!