Shanta KokatayPilates Instructor
Shanta Kokatay, Ph.D began her Pilates training in 1999 while dancing nationally with the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet. Over the years, she has taught ballet and creative movement to people of all ages, from toddlers to adults. Shortly after earning her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley, she received her Pilates certification from Core Dynamics in Santa Fe, New Mexico under the tutelage of Pilates elder Eve Gentry's student Michele Larsson. Shanta has also been involved in mind-body research for the UC Berkeley and UCSB Psychology Departments studying the connection of stress, cognition and illness. She earned her Ph.D in Natural Health in 2010.
Her teaching style incorporates the classical training of Pilates masters such as Eve Gentry, Michelle Larsson, Kathy Grant, and Rael Isacowitz. She offers private and group instruction in a fully equipped Pilates studio as well as advising/consulting for those training to become certified in the Pilates Method. Shanta enjoys interacting with clients in this body-centered arena, as it offers a continual opportunity for education as well as discovery for both client and teacher. She is a mother of two children who were born at home and especially enjoys working with prenatal and postnatal mamas. From her background in health, psychology and movement, she seeks to empower her clients to transform the way they move and think about their bodies.