Galina began practicing Yoga in 2010 and immersed herself in as many styles as she could fit into her busy schedule. She fell in love with the practice and quickly realized that Yoga was more than just something she wanted to "do", it was something she wanted to share with others. In October 2012, Galina traveled to a small town in Central India called Khajuraho, to complete her first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Classical Hatha Yoga. In 2013, she followed up with a 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa flow through Atmananda Yoga Sequence in New York. In February 2015, she began her studies of Thai Yoga Massage at Integral Yoga Institute in New York. Galina wanted to expand her knowledge of the human body, enabling her to work with her students on a deeper level. Also in 2015, she was introduced to Pilates and knew it would be a complement to her teaching repertoire. She completed a Comprehensive Pilates Training program including the Reformer, Chair, Tower, Cadillac, and mat through Helen's Intensive Pilates, in Brooklyn, New York. In addition, Galina is also a certified Kettle Bell Fusion Instructor. Galina has been teaching Pilates, Yoga and Kettle Bell Fusion at Helen's Intensive Pilates in New York for the past 1.5 years, until she decided to move to Florida and continue to share her passion of Yoga and Pilates with the beautiful people of Miami! Galina is originally from Latvia and speaks fluent Russian and English. She loves skiing, hiking, camping, reading and listening to Jazz!
Alina immediately fell in love with Pilates in 2003. As a former spokesperson & model, she constantly traveled across the U.S. representing an array of automotive brands at Tradeshows & live events. Standing in high heels for over 8 hours a day, took a toll on her body and she found Pilates to be the ideal workout for her hectic lifestyle. After 11 years of living out of a suitcase, Alina decided to hang up her high heels and immersed herself in the world of Pilates, studying at POLESTAR® Physical Therapy & Pilates Center. These days she prefers to hang out in flip flops and share her love of Pilates with others. Her background in the field of movement began at the early age of 5. She studied ballet, tap, and jazz throughout her elementary school years and then again in college. Alina attended Florida International University and majored in Communications. Dance has always been a big part of her life, but her true passion lies in the mountains of Colorado. An avid snow skier, Alina competed in downhill races as a child and repeatedly ranked among the top 10 juniors in Florida. She was recognized by the U.S. Ski Association as one of the top Junior Ski Racers & was invited to their program. She currently keeps in top shape for ski season by practicing Pilates daily. Alina is a POLESTAR® Pilates Studio Practitioner and Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher, specializing in Pilates for rotational sports, improved posture, increased body awareness, balance, and well being.