Owner Gretchen Iniguez’s passion for Pilates began in 2005 when she was certified through a locally owned Pilates studio. In 2008 Gretchen opened her own studio, Lifestyle Pilates in Petaluma, which has grown in popularity with each passing year. She strongly believes that health and fitness are a way of life, which is why she’s built a lifestyle that exhibits her dedication and commitment to helping others enjoy their path to optimal health.
As a veteran of over 20 years in the fitness industry, Gretchen has taught gymnastics to children and adults for 12 years and was a certified Personal Trainer through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFFA) for three years. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Interactive Nutrition (IIN) as a fully certified Holistic Health Coach. Additionally, she is certified by Balanced Body Barre to teach Barre classes.
She has the following training and certifications:
After years of working out in many facets of life, Kayla decided to go one step further and become a Pilates instructor. She started training in January 2019 and is able to complete her Teacher Training Program at Lifestyle Pilates in early 2020.
In addition to Pilates, Kayla also enjoys hiking, running, yoga, teaching cycle, and all aspects of body work. After years of countless sports and all types of physical activity and with the guidance of Gretchen Iniguez, Kayla has found a love for knowledge of one’s body. She is driven and extremely dedicated to her passion of health. Please come join one of Kayla’s Pilates classes to find a love for your body and to learn what it needs and to have fun keeping it active.
In college, Annette competed in cross country and track while completing her BA in pre-physical therapy. She learned firsthand the value of appropriate exercises in patient recovery for a wide variety of orthopedic and medical conditions.
Annette has worked in the clinical setting most of her career, implementing progressive exercise programs for individuals and groups. Along the way she added ACE certifications (Medical Exercise Specialist and Health Coach) and certified SAIL instructor (Stay Active and Independent for Life) to her educational toolbox. She was always looking to expand her knowledge base, which led her to look into Pilates. She recently completed her certification in Reformer, Tower and Chair with Gretchen at Lifestyle Pilates Petaluma. She is excited to join the Lifestyle Pilates team!
Tara has been teaching group fitness for just over 30 years and was excited about expanding her teaching to include reformer classes at Lifestyle Pilates. She has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a Bachelor’s in Kinesiology. She also has certifications in Pilates through Balanced Body, Exercise Physiologist through ACSM, and is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She is an educator and lifelong learner at heart. She enjoys learning new tools and modalities to work the body and is excited about all the potential options with reformer training.
Tara has a passion for making her classes inclusive and accessible for all levels and bodies, emphasizing proper body mechanics, modifications for injuries, and most importantly to have fun while enjoying a safe and effective session. She truly hopes to get to know you and work with you!
Melanie discovered pilates at a young age as a form of cross training during her years as a ballet dancer. After studying and performing with ballet companies all over the country, Melanie went on to pursue a degree in dance and non-profit management at Butler University. She is a certified Bar Method instructor and is currently working towards her Certificate of completion for Reformer training at Lifestyle Pilates. Melanie is a lifelong dancer and teacher at heart. She loves helping others find strength and flexibility on an individual level. Her other passions include hiking, antiquing, playing barista in the kitchen, and snuggling with her two rag doll kitties Meeko and Mozart.