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ABOUT ME

Welcome! I'm Naya Calmels and I'm so happy that you've found Mindful Movement! Whether you're exploring my offerings as an athlete looking to enhance performance and prevent injury or someone who is dealing with chronic pain and hoping to find a way out of it -- I've been there and I feel you! I discovered Pilates in 2006, after sustaining a debilitating back injury while working as a firefighter/paramedic. I was 25 years-old and in the best shape of my life when my back injury turned my whole world upside down. Over the course of several  months, I met with six different doctors, took the various pain medications they prescribed and stopped doing everything that brought me joy because it was too painful to do much of anything at all. After months of severe pain and developing depression, a neurosurgeon recommended Pilates. Through a consistent Pilates practice, I was able to reduce chronic pain, develop better muscle balance and learn functional movement patterns. I finally had hope of returning to myself again - the runner, surfer, dancer and optimistic person I once knew. Pilates empowered me to start healing and reclaim my life again! Over the many years since my injury, I've continued to deepen my knowledge and expand my practice. With great honor and passion, I share my knowledge and experience to help you find self-empowerment through movement.

 

Credentials:

  • Integrative Movement Specialist certification, Balanced Body

  • Pilates Apparatus Instructor certification, Balanced Body

  • Gokhale Method Foundations Training, Gokhale Method/Primal Posture

  • Core Align 1, Balanced Body

  • 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, Yandara Yoga Institute 

  • ITT Pilates Mat Instructor certification, Studio M 

 

In addition to my personal practice and 13+ years of teaching movement, I continue to expand my knowledge through trainings in a variety of movement and bodywork modalities:

  • The Running Clinic - specialist training

  • Neuromuscular Reprogramming Module 1 with Jocelyn Olivier

  • Anatomy for Health and Fitness Professionals at Life Chiropractic College

  • Fascia in Motion with Elizabeth Larkum

  • Unlocking the Hip Joints to Unlock the Spine with Kuan Hui Chew and Madeline Black 

  • The Resilient Neck with Irene Dowd

  • The Foot Workout and Understanding the Low Back through Understanding the Psoas with Kelly Kane

  • Pelvic Revolution: Yoga, Breath and the Female Pelvis with Leslie Howard

  • MELT Method Introduction with Michael Feldman

Contact me directly to learn how I can help you achieve your Mindful Movement goals. Or, sign up for an online group class.