At MVP, we are proud of our team of experienced Pilates and movement teachers. Our professionals come from diverse Pilates backgrounds and lineages, including Classical, Contemporary, Rehabilitative, and sports-specific Pilates.
Each teacher has their own unique style and approach to helping clients. Take a look at our profiles…we hope to find you a perfect match!
Are you a Pilates teacher looking for a studio where you can teach and/or rent space? We are always interested in in meeting like-minded movement enthusiasts.
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Krista Knudsen Thomas
- Studio Owner
- Senior Teacher
Krista’s motto is: work hard, be kind, and sweat regularly! She believes that movement is powerful for every body.
In teaching Pilates, Krista encourages curiosity and exploration with students, feeling the body producing movement from the "inside out," rather than trying to duplicate choreography. She frequently tells students to spend more time on the journey, rather than rushing to the destination.
Krista has always had a passion for supporting community health and wellness; she worked for Kaiser Permanente for 15 years, performing and producing free, theatre-based health education programs.
When she’s not doing "the Pilates," Krista loves to cook and take hikes with her favorite canine buddy, Miles. Her favorite hike so far is Half Dome—and she makes a fabulous vegan cheesecake!
- Senior Teacher
Sophia enjoys a hands-on approach to her teaching. Her main goal is to give each of her clients a better understanding of how their unique body works and the skills they will need to take ownership of their physical, mental and spiritual well-being, all the while providing them with a rigorous and challenging workout.
Sophia has worked with athletes, dancers, prenatal and postpartum clients, those rehabilitating from injuries, as well as people with chronic conditions such as Parkinson's and scoliosis. While her training and foundation are classical, Sophia remains fluid and open to the many variations of the Pilates Method, in order to meet each client as an individual.
Sophia graduated from the Advanced Teacher Training Program at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO in 2001. Sophia has found inspiration from continuing education workshops with Amy Alpers, Rachel Segel, Debra Kolwey, Leah Wecksler, Kim Haroche, Cara Reeser, Amy Lange, Mimi Berger and Dean Juhan. Sophia has also completed The Pilates Center Masters Program and the Balanced Body Mentorship Program with Amy Alpers.
In her free time, Sophia enjoys exploring the hiking trails throughout the Bay Area, traveling to far-off places with her husband and two daughters, as well as a number of artistic pursuits, including costume design and glasswork.
Linzey has always been a kinesthetic learner. She has received a B.A. from UNC-Asheville in Women's Studies and Performativity and a Master of Liberal Studies through the University of MN, Twin Cities with emphasis in: Corporeal Theory, Performance, Pedagogy and Gender Studies. Her love for teaching has expanded across all fields and into diverse populations.
With a background in social work and education and a passion for healing and holistic health, she has found that training others has allowed her to help people directly and allows for a connection between body worker and the person receiving body work.
She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Association of Sports Medicine with a Women's Fitness Specialist certification. Through training others, she found that core was something almost every client struggled with. It was this realization that motivated her to pursue Pilates.
Linzey has completed STOTT Pilates intensive Mat and Reformer training through Blue Sparrow Pilates. She has a knack for pushing people while avoiding injury and making the workout a fun and playful experience.
Linzey loves (amongst many things): cats, swimming and laughing so hard it hurts.
Neiry is a certified Comprehensive Pilates Instructor through Balanced Body at College of San Mateo. She was first introduced to Pilates in high school, but didn't pursue it regularly until quite a few years later.
Her focus is in Pilates is on alignment, concentration, and whole body balance.
Neiry enjoys theater, pretending to know how to dance (she's a master of the interpretive form), feeding her sourdough starter monster, and reading.
When not in a Pilates studio, Neiry is a working theater artist and youth educator.