INSTRUCTORS

Our career teachers are talented, highly skilled and friendly. All are comprehensively trained and have exceeded the minimum requirements to teach Classical Pilates and the GYROTONIC® method.

As a host studio for teacher training and continuing education, Somaspace teachers work in an environment of constant exploration and education. We are enthusiastic and passionate, and we believe teaching this work is the most rewarding vocation in the world. 


AMANDA VERNOR

Studio Owner
GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Pre-Trainer
Certified Romana's Pilates® Instructor

Amanda has enjoyed a lifetime of movement beginning with an early introduction to dance at age 4.

Amanda began teaching in 2002. ​She is a versatile and intuitive teacher with the ability to work well with all types of clients. 

Her teaching journey arose from a spine disorder that began causing her pain in her mid-20's. She has since self-healed through the Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC® methods. It was this experience that inspired her to begin teaching, so she may help others who seek relief from chronic pain. 

​A compassionate healer at heart, Amanda believes teaching movement is a way to celebrate being alive and functional. It also keeps her in touch with what matters in life. ​

In addition to being a Certified Romana's Pilates® teacher and an Authorized Pre-Trainer in both the Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods, Amanda has earned advanced certifications for Scoliosis, Pre- and Post-Natal, Breast Cancer rehabilitation, Osteoporosis, and disorders of the hands and feet.

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LEAH WILLIAMS

Certified Classical Pilates Instructor
GYROTONIC® Teacher

Leah rooted her movement practice in dance at the age of three and has been grooving ever since. She took her first Pilates class in 2009 and became obsessed with the method. Since then, Leah found she can change lives through the teaching of Pilates and the Gyrotonic method. She hopes to help others build better body awareness, functional movement, and confidence.

With an eye for detail and strong kinesthetic intuition, Leah strives to give every client personalized attention.

After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a degree in Modern Dance, Leah went on to earn her 800-hour Classical Pilates training through Master Instructor Laura West Strawser. She is also working towards Level 1 Gyrotonic certification.

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ADRIANA QUINTERO

Certified Classical Pilates Instructor

Adriana's passion for wellness stems from developing her own  body-mind connection. ​

​She is a teacher by nature and intuition, and has experience teaching individuals of various ages, athletic abilities and health conditions.

​As a teacher, Adriana strives to help others prevent injury, get stronger and heal from the inside out by addressing the whole body with each exercise. She enjoys facilitating clients through the process of discovering how to best access ease of motion and body awareness inside and outside of the studio.

Adriana received her 800-hour classical Pilates training from the Pilates Education Lab in San Francisco. She is a West Coast native and relocated to beautiful Austin to pursue a Marriage and Family Therapy License from St. Edward's University. 

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JENNY NEIE

Romana's Pilates Instructor

Jenny began practicing Pilates to help correct her posture due to a demanding decade-long career in software sales.

She is currently enrolled with the Romana's Pilates Instructor Training Program, the most rigorous and thorough Pilates training program in the world.

Jenny is a passionate teacher with an eye for detail. A lifelong athlete, she is especially inspired to work with those who wish to use Pilates as a cross-training tool for mind-body connection.  

Jenny is a Texas native, a loving wife, and doting mom to her fur-baby, Penny Lane.

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ERIN APRIL LEARY

Licensed GYROTONIC® Trainer
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Erin began teaching Pilates in 2007. She has worked with clients from all walks of life, including athletes, dancers, the elderly and people with injuries.

Before becoming a Pilates instructor, Erin faced the challenge of self-healing. At that time, she had hyper-kyphosis, which is an exaggerated forward curve of the upper spine as well as hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.  

Erin is calm, intuitive, and creative. She emphasizes individual attention to each client. Her philosophy is to challenge the body in new ways that build strength as well as balance, and always to have fun!  

As an advocate of health and fitness, Erin believes in the natural healing power of the human body and is passionate about helping others learn how to revitalize themselves through movement. She believes in the holistic approach to life and teaching where mind, body, and spirit are interconnected and balanced. She is passionate about contributing to the well being of every person she works with; in body, mind, and spirit.

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ALAYNA BRENCHLEY

Licensed GYROTONIC® Trainer
PMA® Certified Pilates Teacher

Alayna first experienced Pilates through workout DVDs in an effort to cross-train for ballet. She later discovered its rehabilitative potential, relying on Pilates mat and reformer classes to heal a back injury while working on her BFA in Dance at Belhaven University. Her time as a dancer also introduced her to the Gyrotonic method, and she immediately fell in love with its fluid nature and the inherent challenge of spinal mobility.

​Alayna enjoys working with a diverse range of clients. Her keen eye ensures even the most challenging exercises are executed with proper technique. Movement has always been a joyful experience for Alayna, and she is inspired to help clients experience the same feel-good freedom in their own bodies.

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ALWAYS LEARNING

As a host studio for teacher training and continuing education, Somaspace teachers work in an environment of constant exploration and education. We are enthusiastic and passionate and believe teaching this work is the most rewarding vocation in the world. 

"I wanted instructors who could deliver a strong and authentic representation of [the Pilates and Gyrotonic] systems, as well as the intangibles that only truly exceptional studios know how to give to their clients. For me, this means a genuine appreciation for all clients and space for growth and healing. Somaspace ticked all my boxes, and then some."

—Leeanne

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