Tonya Marie Amos, Master Instructor
Tonya Marie Amos, owner of Aspire Pilates Center and Artistic Director of Grown Women Dance Collective was raised in San Francisco, California and received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. She began her movement career as a competitive gymnast under Russian coaches, and then danced professionally for fifteen years in New York City. She has appeared with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Donald Byrd, was a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints Ensemble, and Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of “West Side Story”, the National Tour of “Sesame St. Live”, and Sacramento Music Circus’ “The King and I”. She was introduced to Pilates over forty years ago as a young dancer, not realizing that her “Floor Barre” classes and post-injury rehabilitation were actually Pilates classes. Like thousands of other dancers initially introduced to Pilates after an injury or surgery, Tonya discovered that with Pilates training, she returned to rehearsals stronger than before her injury.
Tonya received her Comprehensive Pilates training with Nora St. John and Naomi Leiserson in 2004 at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. She is a Balanced Body Faculty Trainer (Certified to train Pilates Teachers), is PMA Certified, and Comprehensively Trained to teach mat, apparatus, and post-rehabilitation Pilates. She has thousands of hours of training, including advanced certifications in subjects such as Movement Medicine, Pilates for Back and Joint Pain, Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Pre/Post Natal, Pilates For Golf, and Foot Care. She attends conferences several times a year to further advance her studies with special populations. She has been honored to learn from many of the world's Master Pilates Teachers including: Brent Anderson PhD, Sherri Betz PT, Marie-Jose Blom, Mary Bowen, Karen Clippinger, Kathy Corey, Ron Fletcher, Eric Franklin, Alan Herdman, Rael Isacowitz, Elizabeth Larkam, Michele Larsson, Bob Liekins, Julian Littleford, Suzanne Martin DPT, Tom McCook, Tom Myers, Christine Romani-Ruby MPT, Mary Bowen, & Lolita San Miguel.
Tonya has a genuine love of helping to empower people to understand how their bodies work, and gives special attention to safety and individual accomplishment. Her clients include a broad range of fitness levels and she truly enjoys the diversity of people’s experiences.
After backpacking through Latin America for 11.5 months, she was absolutely hooked on travel. With cross cultural adventures, delicious food experiences, and a big beautiful world, she's twice had to add pages to he passport. Tonya is excited to share her love of exploring cultures and her body/ mind journey with others.