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Gazelle Pilates is located in Sherman Oaks, specializing in personalized private training programs that meet your wellness goals. We have recently relocated to a larger facility of 1600 sq feet with a brand new hvac system, socially distanced equipment, equipped with medical grade air purifiers and are servicing no more than 3 clients at a time. We are one of the only Pilates studios in the area with a full suite of traditional Pilates equipment, including two Universal Reformers, Ladder Barrel, Cadillac and two Pilates Wunda Chairs all carefully crafted by a home grown Californian company, Balanced Body.

Gazelle Pilates mission is to bring balance to your daily life, by connecting your mind and body, and inspiring you to live your healthiest sense of self. Personal services include private Pilates lessons and a new partnership with Sweet Relief Physical Therapy. For more information about Sweet Relief Physical Therapy, please inquire within. 

Gazelle Pilates is where classical and contemporary Pilates collaborate, meaning we teach as Joseph Pilates did and how Pilates was meant to evolve with the times. Joe Pilates was the inventor of all exercises and equipment. All our instructors are certified in the Pilates method.

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Gazelle Pilates was founded in 2015 by Sarah Kathryn Manuel, a dancer/choreographer and certified Pilates instructor. Sarah takes pride in teaching Pilates by artfully guiding her clients through the process of “getting into their bodies”.


Combining a classical approach with a contemporary eye, Sarah is gentle in her delivery and passionate about getting results. She encourages students to take ownership of their bodies, and make crucial changes toward a healthier mind and attitude.


Sarah works with people of all ages, range of abilities, and skill sets. So whether you’re taking your first step toward a new you, or need some encouragement on your current journey -- Sarah will help motivate you to be the absolute best version of YOU.

Sarah holds several industry certifications, most notable in Pilates. She trained at Pilates Seattle International and Cynthia Lochard’s Pilates Method. Prior to opening Gazelle Pilates, Sarah taught classes and individual clients at Pilates Al Dente and Pilates Seattle International in Seattle, Washington. She’s helped hundreds of people just like YOU achieve real, and visible, results.



Certified Pilates/Yoga Instructor

Lily has been practicing yoga & Pilates for the past 15 years of her life and she doesn’t see this love affair ever ending. Lily was introduced to yoga during college while majoring in dance, it offered her a sacred & healing movement practice that brought a much needed medicine to her life.  A dream came true for her in 2009 when she was certified by CorePowerYoga to teach!  Lily has taught Power Vinyasa, Hot Yoga & Power Fusion for several years.  She is very interested in the inner work, peace and love that yoga can bring to an individual.  Lily is also a devoted dancer, Pilates & fitness instructor which helps expand her eye & body in her lessons.  She focuses her sessions to be full of mindfulness, intention and connection to our inner essence while flowing with the breath.  The alignment and integrity of the postures are of great value to the mind, body and spirit if practiced correctly.  It is a honor and blessing to be a Yoga Instructor and this new chapter of Naked Yoga is a new evolution of my teaching.  Lily encourages her students to fully accept, embrace and embody all themselves.  In naked yoga we are asked to deeply surrender to the beauty of who we are in that exact moment and truly embody our sacred vehicles.  She teaches brand new yoga students to more advanced practices, the most important part is not the level of the posture but the inner quality & way in which we are practicing.  Yoga is movement meditation not just a physical practice.


Certified Pilates Instructor/ Personal Trainer

Ryan has been weight training for nearly 20 years and has experience with various physical training techniques.  His passion for fitness and exercise has followed him from his teenage years to middle age, and he specializes in resistance training.  Ryan has a certification in Personal Training and Pilates from the National Personal Training Association.  Ryan also has a green belt in Tae Kwon Do and Aikido and has trained in other martial art disciplines.  Ryan is passionate about fitness and health, and is always finding new ways to improve.  He can't wait to share his passion and knowledge with you, as he lives by the motto , "the effect you have on others is the most valuable currency there is." 


Certified Pilates Instructor

Andrea is Southern California native who is Pilates Sports Center certified. She has been practicing Pilates for nearly 13 years and has a passion for living a healthy lifestyle which includes maintaining a vegetarian based diet. Andrea fell in love with Pilates after switching gears from her busy days as an Art Director for publishing companies to becoming the director of her household with two beautiful children. In search of a form of exercise to help her get back in shape, she decided to take private Pilates lessons. Truly inspired by her trainer’s 1:1 attention and feeling her body transform as it began to tone, she looked forward to her next workout. The flexibility that Pilates exercises provides allowed her to focus on her mind, body, and soul. Today, as an instructor, Andrea brings her energy and enthusiasm into Gazelle Pilates. She enjoys helping clients discover the strength of their own bodies. She radiates happiness when she watches the progression of clients transform their bodies as well as live a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.


Certified Pilates Instructor

Lex has over 20 years of movement experience in dance, gymnastics, Pilates and yoga. She believes that movement is what has kept her physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy throughout her life. Lex was first introduced to Pilates in high school, as form of cross training, that would perfectly compliment her rigorous dance training. It was through the Pilates Method that she gained strength, endurance, and a deeper connection to her body. To this day she accredits the method for having an injury free dance career. She fell in love with the intricacy and attention to detail the movement called for. In 2014, after 18 months and over 500 hours of extensive training with Pilates elder, Lolita San Miguel, Lex received her Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Lolita’s Legacy in south Florida. Three years ago she relocated to Los Angeles with a keen understanding of the method and a fiery passion for teaching. Lex feels, that being a great teacher is first about making the commitment to being a forever student and strives to continuously learn and evolve. In 2020 she will receive her certification as a Second Generation Pilates Master trainer and educator, and is excited to begin teaching the next generation of instructors. Lex is patient, spunky, and meticulous. She is dedicated to her work and helping others feel good while moving in their bodies. 


Certified Pilates Instructor

Tawny Andersson is a professional dancer and Pilates instructor looking to inspire and motivate  individuals through performance and fitness. She is certified in classical and contemporary Pilates Mat  under Balanced Body and Synergetic Pilates. With 10 years of instructing, she currently works with  clients on a one-to-one basis and in a group class setting both in person and virtually. Tawny started her  dance training at Boni's Dance Studio in The Woodlands, Tx. Tawny studied at Boni's for 10 years and  was a part of Boni's En Toure, the competitive dance team, for 9 years. After graduating high school she  continued her dance training at Chapman University in Orange, Ca. where she received a dual degree,  B.A. Dance and B.A. Public Relations and Advertising. Tawny always knew she wanted to become a  professional dancer. During her senior year she auditioned and was accepted into the Cirque du Soleil  database and started working at the Disneyland Resort as Cinderella in the opening cast of the 60th  Annual Disney Paint the Night Parade. Tawny was also cast as a dancer in Mickey's Soundsational Parade  and the Pixar Play Parade. After graduating Tawny signed with MSA dance agency and has been  furthering her career in the commercial dance industry. Some of her work experience includes Ricky  Martin’s Vegas Residency “All In” (under direction of award winning producer Jamie King), The Latin  AMA’s (choreographed and produced by Liz Imperio), The Latin Billboard Awards, Premois de la Radio,  Redken Symposium 2019, and the Harley Davidson Industrial 2018. She has also been featured in music  videos for artists/bands such as Jennifer Lopez, Meghan Trainor, Midland and Kerria. Other artists  Tawny has had the opportunity to perform live with include the Rockstar David Lee Roth, Kanye West,  Thalia, Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Yandel, Lil John and Paulina Rubio, Farruko, Jesse and Joy, Wisin and Fifth  Harmony. Tawny currently lives in LA with her husband continuing to teach and train in all styles and  explore more of what the wild entertainment industry has to offer.





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