We gather at the Well to be well.
Group Fitness Instructors
Yoga, Meditation, Coaching
I teach from a place of fun and love. My emphasis in class is to listen to your inner voice, connect with breath and move in a way that feels good to the body. When you take a class with me you can expect to laugh, be challenged and also find moments of clarity and stillness within the pose. “My greatest intention when I teach is to hold space for the student to drop in and connect with at least one full breath. It is within that breath that we can find our truth.
Combining her background in health care and extensive knowledge of alignment principles and orthopedic exercises, Channing developed Absolute barre to be a safe, effective and fun workout for people of all ages and capabilities.
Studies at UCLA and Life Chiropractic College West lead her to a career in health related practice, but she never shook the love of fitness and was able to combine her passion with experience to create what she describes as a therapeutic exercise program in Absolute Barre.
Body Pump, Bootcamp,
Strength & Core
14 years ago, I joined a gym and planned on walking the treadmill for 1/2 an hour, maybe pick up a few light weights....this would be my routine. One of the instructors pulled me into her class and a few weeks later asked me to teach it for her. I rekindled my love of teaching (I had taught for 10 years before having children), I got certified to teach group fitness, then cycle, and now weight training. I've come a long way in 14 years and I love helping clients make the connection with exercise that my instructor made for me 14 years ago! Everyone is served in my classes, I like to challenge you to do YOUR best and if you didn't guess, you may leave with a few ideas about what foods you may want to introduce into your life!
Mindful Flow, All Level Flow, Restorative, Yin & Nidra
I took my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2016 to deepen my own practice of more than 15 years, I wanted to know more of the philosophy. And what I found out is that you really learn more when you teach. I teach from my heart, I pass my knowledge to my students as I experience it in my body. For me yoga is a way of life, bringing my practice off the mat. Yoga has help me find the true me, uniting my energetic self with my calm and peaceful being. I love to stretch the whole body using breath and mindful movement. In my classes you will always have a restorative Savasana to help the mind find some quiet time. When I’m not teaching cycling, hiking, dancing or painting (on canvas, on paper, on walls, on t-shirts, ...) I speak Spanish, English, a little French, and a bit of Sanskrit.
I took my very first Absolute Barre class in 2014, and instantly fell in love with the program. It was the missing piece to my cardio and strength training regimen that I had never even known I was missing. Flexibility is the one thing I have always struggled to improve, and regular barre classes helped to finally alleviate my persistent hamstring tightness and lower back pain, as well as enhance my body awareness, improve my posture, and increase my strength. Absolute Barre is truly a workout for everyone, no matter their flexibility and fitness levels, and I love sharing this program with people!
I began practicing yoga in 2004, but unlike most people, I started meditating before I ever did a physical pose. Gradually I added in more of the physical practice, and I made the transition to teaching yoga in 2014. I currently teach vinyasa flow and restorative yoga because I love the balance of movement and stillness. In every class, I invite my students to find their focus, respect what their bodies need in the moment, and explore the poses while moving at their own pace.
My greatest gift is the ability to inspire my class to feel the joy of dance in every inch of their body as well as in the depths of their soul. My desire to be a dance fitness instructor rather than a dance instructor means that my class is about bringing maximum fun, movement, and sense of community to the student experience rather than perfection or judgement. You will be guided and encouraged to reach your energetic best. You only need the willingness to be open to it. Figuring out how to balance my passion for dance and fitness with my career as a high performance system administrator is ever evolving.
I have been teaching barre for the last seven years and a student even longer. Prior to having children I was an elementary school teacher in Livermore and Pleasanton. I have always had a strong passion for teaching and therefore was a natural transition when I had the opportunity to become a barre instructor. I am a total fitness junkie. I love to run, strength train, walk with friends (I am one fierce walker), and of of course barre. I would say that my favorite part of being an instructor is the many relationships I have been able to create with my students over the years, whom I am lucky enough to call my friends. When I am not working out I am usually spending time with my husband and three teenagers. If we are not at a basketball tournament or cheerleading competition on the weekends, we are spending time as a family creating as many memories as we can before the kids leave for college.
My life before yoga was scattered, hectic, superficial and full of worry. I found Yoga through my part-time job in college at Yoga Tree in San Francisco. I began taking classes because it was my only source of movement. And every time I showed up, I felt a sense of wholeness. I began to feel a shift in my life through the sacred practice of yoga. My mind and body unraveled itself and I was encouraged to keep digging deeper within myself. With time, I decided I wanted to become a teacher and share the beautiful practice with others. I completed my 200 hour Yoga teacher training through Just Be Yoga. I come back to my mat to ground, find peace, love, feel free and connect with my body. yoga connects me to all that is bigger than me and I hope to help students experience the same internal and external love.
I teach from a place of celebration for each persons body, soul and mind. I truly believe yoga is a sacred practice in which we become
bigger than ourselves by understanding our unique role in the universe. The first step is simply rolling out the mat. In my class youcan expect groovy tunes, community and deliberate movement.
Functional Yoga, Group/Private/Semi-Private
I’ve been a movement enthusiast all my life. I started practicing yoga in 2013 and in 2021, I did my YTT with LYT Yoga, a method of practice that blends yoga and functional movement training, with focus on posture and core integration. My intent is to guide you through a purposeful movement experience that awakens mind, body, and spirit. I believe in sharing the why behind the movement, offering musculoskeletal cues and hands-on feedback to give you knowledge that you can apply both on and off the mat. Most of all, yoga is an invitation to be present, explore and play, so let’s have some fun on our mats! See you in class!
Mindful Flow, All Levels Flow, & Intro to Yoga
My introduction to Yoga many years ago was from the philosophy side, reading the classics texts and meditation, combining a professional life as a data analyst for over 35 years in front of a computer with an active life in sport, soccer mainly, later in life moving into cycling and triathlons, yoga helped shorten the recovery time after races and hard training sessions, it also helps at work with posture and mind clarity. I got my 200 hour teacher certification in 2018. In my class, you’ll find an invigorating safe space to develop a sustainable practice.
As I continuously study yoga, my philosophy is that it is a lifestyle which adheres to morals embodied in daily life. I began my yoga journey in childhood, later introducing the practices of meditation and asana to my high school peers, and subsequently deepening my practice by more regularly attending public classes. Later, I completed my 200-hour teacher training with Yoga Garden SF. Embodying yogic morals in my life manifests in my activism and awareness of human and nonhuman suffering. Through my offerings, I hope to empower and help others to see their beauty, strength, and intelligence, while honoring and caring for themselves throughout their practice.
Private & Semi Private Training
I am passionate about helping people feel better both physically and mentally. As a fitness trainer and coach, I want to continue motivating and empowering my clients to achieve their wellness goals through fun challenging workouts. With a background in nursing and many years of total body health and nutrition, I understand how important the connection is between physical fitness, disease prevention and wellness. By educating people and guiding them through their fitness goals, it is possible, literally, to change lives physically, emotionally, and mentally. I love being an inspiration for my clients of all ages and abilities to gain confidence and succeed on their fitness journey.
Cardio Kick, Ujam
I started teaching in 2010 when I got hooked on Ujam Fitness. I was a cheerleader in high school and always loved to dance. Out of the studio I work as an Orthodontic Assistant in Pleasanton and love to make people smile so naturally loved teaching when I could put smiles on peoples faces as they were working out. In 2014 I fell in love with Group Fight and have taught Fight ever since and can step in to teach other classes when needed as I am multi certified. When you love what you do it never feels like a job and I love all of the relationships I’ve made teaching.
Yoga, Strength, Cardio, Semi Private, 1:1
Ive always been interested in sports growing up, once I got older I noticed how playing soccer had affected my body. I was struggling with knee problems, scoliosis, anxiety and many more issues. I had to make a desicision. Was I going to coninue to beat my body and mind up or would I learn how to properly train myself and others on the importance of moving well now for the long term. I chose the latter. So, I dove head first into yoga teacher training and from there I knew I needed to continue to learn and grow from the most knowledgeble in the industry.
The practice of yoga changed my life. I wanted to find a natural sustainable way to quiet my mind. Now, after 10 years of practice, I can say with confidence I have never felt more balanced and at peace in my life. I wanted to share this discovery with others which led me to the path of teaching. In my classes, I strive to spark that balance between ease of movement and finding your edge. I like to challenge my students but also encourage self compassion by listening to that inner wisdom we all have. You'll leave with a sense of reconnection to your body and breath. I'll see you on the mat!
I am a fitness enthusiast who loves to teach Barre! I believe that exercise is as good for the mind as it is for the body. Teaching Barre means I get to meet and work with great people. I strive to make my classes challenging, creative, and fun and I get inspired when I see someone “embrace the burn”. I am an ACE Certified Group Fitness Instructor and hold a B.A. in English from Chico State. In addition to teaching Barre, I work as a full-time substitute teacher in Pleasanton.
I fell in love with yoga in 2008 when I found the ability to release tightness and pain from running related injuries. What began as a great workout, quickly transformed into a life-changing, mind-body-spirit practice when I completed my first yoga teacher training in 2018. I also added Pilates and strength training to my offerings, as I am passionate about bringing strength and balance into our bodies. My classes are energetic and fun - linking breath and movement to cultivate mindfulness and joy! The mindful practice of yoga can transform our lives, by cultivating a deeper, truer connection to our own selves and the world around us.
My yoga journey started in 2005 with a twice weekly, semester-long class taken through my local junior college. It was a love/hate relationship to say the least. I loved how my body felt moving through the asanas, I hated how it asked me to look into my own soul. I wasn’t ready for that work just yet. Fast forward 8 years, and a lot of life lessons later and that would all change. Finding the teachers and the classes that resonated in my body and my mind, was the flip of the switch I needed to begin my practice in earnest. Slowly the focus of my practice turned from the physical asana to the spiritual practice, and I knew that I had found my way home. I teach yoga because it brings me joy. Seeing my students grow and change as they absorb the knowledge of the sacred teachings passed down from centuries of devout teachers from its origins in India; then take their yoga beyond the asana makes my heart sing. I send my deepest gratitude to the roots and lineage of Yoga, as it has changed my life forever; in every practice I honor its path.
Personal & Semi Private Training
1:1 & Semi-Private Training are your keys to positively impacting your fitness & overall health.
We start from a place of functional movement and investing in this exclusive way of training will support your active lifestyle and wellness practice.
Our certified trainers have extensive experience with a wide range of student needs and physical abilities.
NO MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED.
Meet Our Trainers
Gillian has always been interested in sports growing up, once she got older she noticed how playing soccer had affected my body. She was struggling with knee problems, scoliosis, anxiety and many more issues. She had to make a decision. Was she going to continue to beat her body and mind up or, would she learn how to properly train herself and others on the importance of moving well now for the long term. She chose the latter.
So, she dove head first into yoga teacher training and from there she knew she needed to continue to learn and grow from the most knowledgeable in the industry.
Lisa is passionate about helping people feel better both physically and mentally. As a fitness trainer and coach, she wants to continue motivating and empowering her clients to achieve their wellness goals through fun challenging workouts. With a background in nursing and many years of total body health and nutrition, she understands how important the connection is between physical fitness, disease prevention and wellness. By educating people and guiding them through their fitness goals, it is possible, literally, to change lives physically, emotionally, and mentally. Lisa loves being an inspiration for her clients of all ages and abilities to gain confidence and succeed on their fitness journey.
Tyler’s passion stems from his love of fitness and helping others. He played soccer at multiple different levels, including the USA Youth National Team. During his time in high school, he suffered a right ankle growth plate fracture that lingered with him for 3 plus years. He experienced depression, anxiety, and self-doubt but vowed to become optimistic, positive, and dive into the wellness world to make sure no one feels how he felt. That led him into becoming a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and obtaining his Kinesiology degree from CSUEB.
Tyler is always looking to create a connection and will make sure that if anyone needs help, he is there.
Nicole’s goal is to have a positive impact on the lives that she works with by guiding them become stronger and healthier. She believes in being rooted in healthy habits for longevity not vanity. She holds a B.S in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise, Nutrition, & Wellness. In 2014 she started her health and fitness career in corporate fitness where she was able to gain experience as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. She has trained over a variety of clients with various goals. While training many of her clients, she discovered that many lacked flexibility and disliked stretching independently. She pursued a certification where she is able to practice fascial stretch therapy, one-on-one table based assisted stretching. She continues to further her education so that she continues to bring value to her clients. Nicole has the passion and determination to find the best practice to help people achieve longevity, confidence, and growth.
Roberto has been working in the fitness industry since 2015. After suffering a knee injury in high school, he began a long journey of rehabilitation that sparked his interest in corrective exercise and injury prevention. In 2019 he earned his bachelors degree in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science. He has been a trainer for 3 years and is experienced in personal and small group training. He utilizes foundational strength and mobility training as well as kickboxing and sports performance exercise. Roberto is currently pursuing a doctorate in chiropractic and has experience working with individuals of all ages and fitness levels. Roberto enjoys teaching others the value of exercise and developing long lasting healthy habits. His passion lies in improving the quality of life of others by implementing safe, fun, and effective workouts catered towards people’s individual goals.
I have been in the fitness industry as a side job, hobby, and passion for over 22 years leading and coaching many different formats across all ages and abilities! Though I have always enjoyed movement, sports, and encouraging others, unfortunately, I wasn’t always focused on wellness. Today, I value a whole-person approach toward health which includes tending to the body, the mind, and the heart! I love pushing people in an intense power class, and equally, I love to promote slowing down, balance, reflection, and self-care.
In 2011 I graduated from The University of the Pacific with a BA in Sports Sciences, shortly after, I graduated from St. Mary’s College of CA in 2014 with a MA in Kinesiology. My time in the fitness industry includes roles such as Strength and Conditioning Coach, Personal Trainer, Group Instructor, and CrossFit Coach. I specialize in helping individuals create a strong and functional foundation of fitness.
My training philosophy consists of - Improving Mobility/Stability, Utilizing the Pilates Reformer, and Incorporating Strength and Conditioning Methods in a way that creates a strong foundation to build from.
Regardless of where your fitness journey is starting from, I believe a healthy foundation provides the necessary building blocks for attaining your goals and succeeding in your future endeavors. I look forward to having the opportunity to assist where I can, as well as share my knowledge and experience with all of you!
Hi! My name is Riana Hanle and I grew up in California. I have been teaching fitness for 20 year. I completed 95 hour training and certification for level reformer with Stott in 2008. I am certified and currently teaching indoor cycling, boot camp, HIIT, TRX, and barre. I obtained a 200ryt certification with Yoga works in 2015. I have taught all over the tri-valley area at Equinox, Clubsport, 24hour fitness, TruFusion, 24hour Fitness, Fitness 19, Forma and Spenga. You will
leave my class feeling exhausted and proud of yourself for giving it your all, excited and motivated to come back and can expect to hear a great mix of today’s top hits and remixes and a few blasts from the past. I was born in Hawaii, and love any sport on the water. I can’t wait to meet you.
The Well Pilates Trainers
I graduated from Physiotherapy school in Birmingham, England and have had an interesting and varied career over the last 20+ years.I have worked in private hospitals, a Tri service military rehabilitation center, and sports teams, as well as specialized Out Patient clinics,I I am therefore familiar with returning clients to a high level of function.
Throughout my career I have enjoyed advancing my therapeutic skills with multiple post graduate courses, and like to keep up to date with the advances in medical treatments.
I love the role Pilates can play in the rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal problems. I am a big believer in helping the students manage their own symptoms and maintain their recovery post treatment.
My hobbies include travel, Pilates, tennis, and more recently Pickleball. I am married with 3 children and also enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with my family.
Jen McCoy is a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor through Function Pilates (modeled after BASI). After a hip injury, pilates gave Jen the opportunity to keep movement in her day to day life while helping her heal. Jen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Family & Human Development. Combining her love of Pilates and teaching just made perfect sense when she was given the opportunity to become a certified pilates instructor. Jen enjoys teaching both in a group setting as well as giving clients one on one attention in private sessions. In her spare time Jen enjoys reading, running, hiking, cooking and of course, pilates!
Christy always has a love for fitness: in swim teams, track and field (100m) to biking, hiking and in ballet. After her 2nd child, she had a lot of back, neck and left knee pain. After some injuries throughout the years, she also has left shoulder, elbow and ankle pain. Pilates and fitness have taught her to slow down, strengthened her and alleviated all these pain and aches. Pilates has changed her life! She has been an instructor to a lead coach throughout her almost decade of experience in the fitness industry. She loved fitness so much that she went through certifications, workshops and courses spanning from Mat Pilates, Reformer Pilates, TRX, Trigger Point GRID, Foam Rolling, Bosu, Functional Breathing, Exo Chair, Stretching courses, numerous Barre Formats, various Pilates-Yoga-Tai chi fusion certifications, Bootcamp, Spinning (cycle), FiTOUR cycling, ACE group fitness certification, six Les Mills certifications, Rowing Certification and more. In addition to these, she also teaches HIIT Bootcamp and has taught in a Treadmill x Strength Training Studio too. She is still learning daily and taking certifications, courses and workshops frequently especially to expand her knowledge in her Pilates specialties. She loves Pilates and Reformer Pilates and would love to spread this knowledge to our amazing students at the Well Studio.
The Well Concierge
It’s never too late to start pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Growing up, I had very little exposure to fitness: never played any sports, didn’t go to the gym, preferred the indoors to going outside. Then I discovered dance and aerial arts as an adult and immediately fell in love. It sparked a passion in me to constantly work on improving myself. Fitness isn’t a one-size-fits-all and I love helping people discover what sparks their passion, whether that is running, yoga, dancing, or family strolls around the park. The real joy for me comes from loving my body for all the amazing things it can do, rather than how it looks.