photo by Forte Fotos

photo by Forte Fotos

Certifications

PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

BASI Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training

E-RYT 200 Hour Raja Yoga Teacher Training

American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Personal Trainer

National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer

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Kaita Mrazek's  first domain of movement is dance.  She received degrees in Dance and Psychology and went on to pursue dance as a career.  Along the way, she experienced the toll of long rehearsals on her body and was drawn to Pilates and Yoga as a way to rehabilitate and condition her body for the longevity of her dance career. She eventually came to realize that these practices also awakened an understanding of acceptance and compassion for her body.  She is now just as passionate about helping others find this appreciation in their own lives.

She is a visiting researcher at UCSB studying the limits of cognitive, affective, and neural plasticity.  She and her husband explore how much a person can change under ideal circumstances by leading evidence-based training initiatives and examining their impact on cognitive abilities, physiology, brain dynamics, gene expression, and much more.  Learn more about their work together: Empirical Wisdom

Kaita began teaching in 2006.  Over the years, her teaching style has evolved to reflect an eclectic blend of yoga styles, mindfulness, and Authentic-inspired movement. She completed her Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training with Body Arts and Science International (BASI) led by Sarah Bertucelli and Kristi Cooper.  Following her certification, she hosted (and attended) the BASI teacher training four additional times.

Kaita is committed to continuing education.  She is a regular student on Pilates Anytime, and as a result, has the good fortune to regularly study with renowned Pilates instructors from around the world.  

In addition to studying Yoga, Pilates, and Dance, she has explored Resistance Flexibility Training (RFST) and completed the Level 1 Affiliate Certification in 2013.  She has taken workshops related to prenatal yoga, bodywork and massage techniques, experiential anatomy and movement workshops with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen and Anna Halprin, Integral Anatomy with Gil Hedley, and the Franklin Method with Eric Franklin.

She is the Director of Brand Education for Ghost Flower Activewear, a company which uses their clothing to explore principles of Chinese Medicine in movement.

Just being a sensitive artist... photo by Arna Bee

Just being a sensitive artist... photo by Arna Bee