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INSTRUCTORS

Monica Bumatay

Owner

GYROTONIC® Master Trainer
GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer

Pilates Instructor

 

Certifications:

-BFA Dance Composition/ Dance Performance -

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts),  2000

-Long Beach Dance Conditioning Pilates (with Marie-Jose Blom), 2000
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GYROTONIC® Level 1 Final Certification (with Juliu Horvath), 2003
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GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Final Certification (with Juliu Horvath), 2004
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GYROTONIC® Level 2 (with Juliu Horvath), 2005

-All GYROTONIC® Specialized Equipment -

(Jumping-Stretching Board, GYROTONER®, Leg Extension Unit, Ladder, Archway)
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GYROTONIC® Master Trainer Final Certification (with Juliu Horvath), 2011

GYROTONIC® Master Trainer - GYROTONER®2018

Why I became an instructor:

While I was in college earning my degree in dance and dance composition I was diagnosed with a heart condition. While I knew I couldn't rely on dance being a career for me at that point  I also knew I didn't want to stop moving. I threw myself into Pilates and after graduating from CalArts in 2000 I found my way to Long Beach Dance Conditioning. I had been doing Pilates for years at that point, but Marie-Jose Blom took me back to the beginning and built me up even better. I knew that if I needed that kind of training so did a lot of other people and I became a sponge for anything and everything about movement analysis and design. The first time I saw people moving on the GYROTONIC® equipment I fell in love with the smooth, continuous movement. It was exactly what I had been looking for and I instantly wanted to learn as much as I could. Call it love at first sight because I hadn't even tried it yet!  

The GYROTONIC® Method has taken me on a movement journey that I hope will never end.

 

Interesting Fact:

I won a handwriting contest at my school in 5th grade and went on to represent the school at all district, where I lost because I had no idea I had to write on the chalkboard.

 

Favorite South Bay Restaurant:

True Food Kitchen
 

Favorite Quote:

"Sometimes I wonder if I'm magical." - Malayna Regan - age 7

 

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Pam Mallory Johnson

GYROTONIC® Trainer

Pilates Instructor
Alexander Technique Teacher

Certifications:

GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certification (with Lisa Marie Goodwin), 2007

GYROTONIC® Level 1 Certification (with Monica Bumatay), 2018

Center Studio Pilates Instructor Certification, 2006

Stott ® Pilates Instructor Certification, 2015

AmSat Alexander Technique Teacher Certification, Alexander Technique Training Institute of Los Angeles, 2018

Why I became an instructor:

For years, I suffered from hip and back pain stemming from congenital hip dysplasia. I turned to mind-body movement practices to help me deal with this chronic condition and later to help me recover from two hip replacements. I want to share what I’ve learned along my journey with others dealing with similar situations and to help people of all ages and abilities discover how to move and be in their bodies with more natural ease.

Interesting fact:

I married my husband twice on the same day.

Favorite South Bay Restaurant:

Rok Sushi in Hermosa Beach – surprisingly the
best marguerita I’ve ever had.

Favorite Quote:

“Every simple act must be approached as if we have never done
it before. Then we can find things out” – Frederick Matthias Alexander

Karen Dain

GYROTONIC® Trainer

Pilates Instructor

Pilates Mat Instructor

Certifications:

-Long Beach Dance Conditioning Pilates - 2002

-GYROTONIC® Level 1 (with Lisa Marie Goodwin-Rice) - 2006

-GYROTONIC®  Level 1 Final Certification - 2007

Why I became an instructor:

I was a student of Pilates and it helped me find relief from a shoulder injury.I had just completed my undergrad degree in Communications for Television, however I fell in love with the movement system and how much my teacher helped me. I first became Pilates certified and knew as soon as I was ready I wanted to become certified in the GYROTONIC® Method as well. I love the flowing, circular movements and the way my body felt afterward. Both Pilates and the GYROTONIC®  Method helped me understand my body on a deeper level and the way my body needed to move in the most efficient, healthy manner.

Interesting fact:

I raced BMX one time and won against boys.

Favorite South Bay Restaurant:

Love and Salt, Manhattan Beach

Favorite Quote:

"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

-John Kabat-Zinn

Christina Yi

Owner

GYROTONIC® Trainer
GYROKINESIS® Trainer

RYT 200 Certified Yoga Instructor

Certifications:

-GYROTONIC® Level 1 - 2011

-GYROKINESIS® Level 1 - 2012

-GYROTONER® - 2013

-GYROTONIC® Jumping-Stretching Board - 2015

-GYROKINESIS® Level 2 Beginner - 2015

-RYT Yoga Certification - Yogaworks, 2015

-Fascia Works, Marie Jose Blom - 2014

-Perceptual Organization of Posture and Coordination,

Mary Bond - 2014

Why I became an instructor:

When I was growing up, I loved to move.  Gymnastics, track, tennis, swimming, roller skating, ice skating - you name it, I loved it (except ballet - that took way too much time and effort).  Sadly, after I graduated from high school, I ended up sitting.  Literally, just sitting.  For decades.  Working at a desk with a phone stuck to my ear and a pen (or keyboard) in hand, I soon found myself with numb arms/hands, a frozen right shoulder, and a dismal level of body awareness.  Nothing seemed to help until I found The GYROTONIC® Method.  Starting in San Francisco with my very first teacher, Lisa Chow at Springtime Fitness (now in Tennessee!), then taking my Foundation course (and many others!) with Lisa-Marie Goodwin-Rice here in Los Angeles, I developed a love and respect for The GYROTONIC® Method that not only brought my body back to life, but my love of movement as well.  I hope to continue learning and growing - and that GYROTONIC® South Bay provides a happy and knowledgeable atmosphere for our neighbors to heal, strengthen, and grow as well!

Interesting fact:

I save all the chocolate chips in mint chip ice cream until the end so I can eat them in one bite.  Oh, and I played classical harp in a symphony orchestra as a kid. 

Favorite South Bay Restaurant:

Fishing with Dynamite, Manhattan Beach.  In a word, awesome. And a hat tip to El Som and El Gringo - feeding me since the 1980s...

Favorite Quote:

"Leave behind the things that do not matter."  A.A. Milne, Positively Pooh

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Samantha Tobey-Garcia

GYROTONIC® Trainer

Bellydance

World Dance

Barre

Body Sculpting

 

Certifications:

GYROTONIC® Level 1, 2018

Integrative Energy & Bodywork Program, 1998

Certified Massage Therapist, 1999

Reiki Level 1 & 2, 2000

Singer/Songwriter

 

Why I became an instructor:

I had a serious car accident in 2010 which resulted in a horrible back injury. I was a competitive salsa dancer and touring musician at the time. I wasn't able to dance competitively anymore or hold my guitar/tour. Besides dealing with the horrible pain, I fell into a depression. Being told surgery was my only option, I tried numerous things. I finally turned to the GYROTONIC® Method as a last resort. It completely healed my back pain and helped me get back on my feet, literally. I really wanted to be able to help others cope with serious pain and suffering. 

 

Interesting fact:

I created a band for kids called The SqueeGees, we toured with the Wiggles.

 

Favorite South Bay Restaurant:

True Food Kitchen

 

Favorite Quote:

" Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light."

- Albus Dumbledore

Philip Martin

Therapeutic Massage + Bodywork

Holistic Postural Therapy

 

Certifications:

CA Certified Massage Therapist,  GYROTONIC® Method Apprentice Trainer CPR/AED, Functional Patterns Human Foundations Trainer

 

Why I became an instructor;

I became a movement teacher and massage therapist as part of my journey to heal my own body from psychological and physical traumas accumulated through sport, adventure activities, and years of a deskbound lifestyle.

I love the experience of having a body in movement… I’ve danced and practiced mindful movement all my life, and continue today… it is wonderful for me to work with others in this fashion.

I trained in Holistic Bodywork at the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing (now Life Energy Institute) in Culver City.

Within movement my influences are drawn from Tai Chi and internal martial arts, dance, the GYROTONIC® Method, and Functional Patterns training systems.

Interesting Fact;

I used to play video games 10+ hours a day and did not know what my favorite food was! 

Fav Restaurant;

Zayna Flaming Grill in South Redondo

Favorite Quote;

“Live intentionally, not habitually.” - Naudi Aguilar, Functional Patterns