The Team

 

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Owner
 
Nell Amos has been active player in the fitness and wellness industry for over 14 years. Nell began her education at James Madison University where she studied psychology, exercise science and nutrition. Her studies continued at The George Washington University where she received a Masters degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Nutrition and Weight Management. Nell also graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City where she trained as a Certified Health Counselor accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Nell is a certified Pilates mat and apparatus Instructor through Core Dynamics Pilates, a certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor through Miami Yogashala and a certified barre instructor through The Booty Barre. She has also completed advanced trainings in pre and post natal Pilates and Yoga, Pilates for Back Pain, Pilates with Scoliosis, as well as others from Stott Pilates. Before founding Inner Balance, Nell worked for an elite health club as their lead Pilates instructor, in addition to founding and directing their holistic nutrition and wellness program. She’s been published in Brickell Magazine as well as in SOBeFit Magazine, where she served as their mind/body columnist.
Studio Manager
 
Claudia’s passion with body movement manifested through dance in her early years. She started taking dance classes at the age on 6 in her native Brazil, and by 12 was dancing professionally. Although her career as a dancer seemed to be moving in a positive direction, she felt that something was missing. Her body was moving in space graciously, but somehow mechanically. Her desire to bring life and quality to her dance led her to study Contemporary Dance. It opened a whole new world of possibilities in the way she pursued movement. She had the opportunity to study techniques like the Feldenkrais Method, The Alexander Technique and other movement therapies in 4 year program at The Center for the Research of Movement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Relocating to Miami in 1993, Claudia pursued her massage certification at Educating Hands School of Massage and continued to hone her technique by taking a variety of workshops and certification courses including NeuroMuscular Therapy, Shiatsu, Thai Bodywork, Ayurveda and Mother Massage. She believes that massage is a great way to establish communication with your own body. It brings awareness and a general sense of well being. Claudia worked for many years at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Spa in downtown Miami. Claudia completed the Comprehensive Course for Teacher Training at Polestar Pilates Center in Miami and most recently became a certified barre instructor through The Booty Barre.  Claudia now feels that she is able to join the best of massage and movement. She believes that massage and Pilates combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle is an effective way to promote healing in the body and the mind.

Amy Foster Berntsen began her ballet training with Patricia Bromley in Atlanta, Georgia and completed her studies with School of American Ballet in New York City. She danced professionally with Miami City Ballet for five years and as a principal dancer with American Repertory Ballet under Septime Webre. Amy joined Ballet West as demi soloist in 1998 and was a principal with Diablo Ballet in 2005-2006. She was the School Director at The Dance Institute of Washington, instructed for Miami City Ballet, Peaches School of Dance and Miami Children’s Museum. Ms. Berntsen is a Master barre instructor. Her barre classes consist of interval training, core strengthening and stretching using the disciplines of a ballet, Pilates and yoga. Amy has a passion for teaching and she devotes herself entirely to the wellness of her students. In 2012, Amy became a 200- hr RYT (registered yoga teacher) after completing the Inner Balance Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Program. She is also a certified Gyrotonic trainer in the Miami area. 

Trisha Carter began her training in Maine with Bossov Ballet Theater and continued training abroad under the instruction of Irina Trofimova, Alla Sizova, Natalia Papinashvilli, Dimitri Simkin, and Vadim Pisarev. She completed her schooling at the Harid Conservatory and Kirov Academy before joining Houston Ballet II and later Ballet Florida. In Florida, Trisha has worked with multiple companies and choreographers performing both locally and internationally: Cuban Classical Ballet, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Dance Now Ensemble, and is currently a soloist with Florida Grand Ballet.

Trisha received her Inner Balance Barre certification with Amy Berntsen and has been teaching at Inner Balance for two years. She continues to teach ballet throughout the Miami area when she is not performing or already on the Inner Balance Studio schedule. Trisha holds a B.B.A. in International Business & Trade and a B.S. in International Economics. Besides ballet, she loves to cook and is working on a food blog, while pursuing her own investment business.

Kayla took her first yoga class 11 years ago and has been enamored by the art and discipline of yoga ever since. She earned her 200-hour certification in 2006 and for the past 10 years has taught a variety of classes that have given her the opportunity to influence a wide range of students. Kayla has enjoyed working with seniors, athletes, active duty military members, wounded veterans, and children with special needs. Apart from being an E-RYT 200, Kayla has experience working as a rehabilitation technician, in-home caregiver, child care provider for foster children and physical therapy aid for children and adults with cerebral palsy. Her previous work experiences have highly influenced her teaching style. She places a strong emphasis on individual care. Through shared techniques and philosophies, Kayla gives students various tools to cultivate a personalized practice that provides mental and physical strength, balance, flexibility and most valuable of all, self-gratitude.

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.

Taylor recently relocated to Miami from New York where she danced professionally since 2006. She has danced backup for Flo Rida as well as Pitbull at the Premio Lo Nuestro Awards. She can be spotted as a lead dancer and "Yacht Girl" in Pitbull and Ariannas' video "Sexy People" as well as a Cheerleader in the new McDonalds commercial “Best Of” featuring Lebron James. Taylor has been cast in numerous TV commercials and print campaigns.  Taylor was the Assistant Coach of the Hofstra University Dance Team, as well as choreographer for numerous NDA competitive collegiate dance teams. Taylor's professional dance credits include being a dancer and captain of the New Jersey Nets Dancers. She was a featured dancer in the original 'Step up' movie, a backup dancer for Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards, and she has also been seen dancing on Saturday Night Live and The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Her career in fitness began as a Physical Education Teacher on Long Island, NY. She was the winner of the 2013 Wilhelmina nation-wide fitness model search, and is now a signed Wilhelmina Model in New York. She has worked for fitness brands including: Nike, Dick's Sporting Goods, Champion, Sports Authority, Fitness Magazine, Women's Health Magazine. FILA and Jazzercise. She completed her barre certification in the fall of 2014 with Tracey Mallet's, "The Booty Barre" program and is excited to be teaching at Inner Balance Studio!
Diana knows that Yoga works and offers tools to live life to the fullest. Her mission is to share the art and science of Yoga, so that others can benefit from its healing, uplifting, and transformative power. She began teaching Yoga in 2005 and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-YRT) and Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) with the Yoga Alliance. She is certified in Synergy Yoga, Skanda Yoga, and Gentle Therapeutics Yoga. She also holds a MA in Speech Communication, has perspective from living on five continents, and makes it a point to keep getting on her mat and to laugh everyday.

Jori Olmeda was born in Mexico City and lived in Southern California until her early twenties when she moved to South Florida. She majored in Communications and Marketing as well as the performing arts. As a talented singer, she loves being in front of an audience. Jori discovered her passion for fitness after taking classes at Inner Balance as a client. She started exercising because her health had begun to deteriorate due to poor nutrition and lack of physical activity. Over the course of 2 years, Jori introduced herself to Pilates, Yoga and Barre.  She shed 35 pounds and changed her physique completely. Jori's passion is barre.  She loves how it incorporates the best of yoga, Pilates and dance into one amazing workout.  It was her dedication for the work that led her to complete the rigorous Booty Barre certification.  She became a certified instructor in April 2014. Jori also completed Equinox's Pilates mat certification in September 2014.

Jori’s mantra is “ The price of excellence is discipline” and she believes that patience and dedication will take you where you want to be, no matter your age or health.

Joe Falco is an experienced health and fitness instructor certified in CrossFit, Yoga, Mobility and other disciplines. Joe received his CrossFit Level 1 and 2 certifications in 2010, was certified by YogaWorks in their 200 hour RYT program in 2014 and became an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist in 2015 from the Himalayan Institute.  Joe applies principles of yoga aimed to produce lasting benefits in the nervous, endocrine, and musculoskeletal systems through a deep and relaxing practice involving breath work, stretching and conscious meditation.

Iana began her study of Yoga at birth, at the feet of Swami Satchidananda and alongside her Yoga loving parents Anandi and Frank. When her mother battled Breast Cancer, Iana became her Caregiver and started to move away from her career in Public Relations and towards the holistic life calling to her.  In 2007, following the passing of her mother, Iana became a 200 hour certified Yoga teacher. In the years following, she became an ERYT- 500 level teacher certified in Children's Yoga, Prenatal, Post Labor Mom & Baby Yoga, Yoga for Cancer, Yoga for the Special Child, Yoga for Seniors and now holds a medical specialty in Orthopedic Sports Injury.
In 2011, after the passing of her father, Iana became a Holistic Life Coach. Iana works with Caregivers of terminally ill loved ones to navigate their difficult time, support them through the impending grieving process and equip them with the tools she used to move into a happier and calmer space in life.
Beatriz Adriana Gutierrez E-RYT 200, RYT 500, believes yoga is a practical tool to heal our bodies, find our breath and enliven our spirits. She steps onto her mat each day as both a student and a teacher. She completed her 500 Vinyasa Krama TT with Ruslan Kleytman, Hathavidya Level II 500 TT with Will Duprey and 200 TT with Mariano Ardissone at Ayama. She traveled to India to study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and Himalayan Yoga Academy. She has also studied with Andrey Lappa, Surinder JI, and Ashish Sharma.  Her curiosity and love for different cultures has made her a global adventurer. These journeys were the source and foundation for her passions of yoga, art and spirituality. Adriana studied in Florence, Italy at the Angel Academy where she mastered oil painting in classic realism. Her yoga techniques are art in motion. She share yoga as the tool for enhancing human potential to keep the body and mind in harmony.  Beatriz Adriana holds a degree in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She always makes herself available to her students that are a combination of all ages and abilities. There is a very special one on one feeling of attention that she shares with students that work with her.

"Teach... what is inside you, not as it applies to you, but as it applies to the other..." T. Krishnamacharya.

Katie Bee discovered the magic of yoga when she moved to South Florida in 2011 from Atlanta, GA. Three years later, the yoga bug truly bit her and she decided to embark on teacher training, acquiring her certification at the Joyful School of Yoga in Cooper City. Her love of movement expanded into the Ballet Barre from years of dance as a child and in 2015 she became certified by Abbie Appel and the SCW Fitness team to teach Barre classes. If you are looking for a fun, energetic, spiritual flow set to an eclectic mix of music, come and check out her class! When Katie is not teaching she is enjoying time with her husband, traveling, eating (she’s a foodie), enjoying friends & family and sharing adventures with her Chocolate Lab, Layla.

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!

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