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Happy Body – Pilates, Yoga, Bodywork

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Pilates Private Session: With the full attention of an instructor, quality exercises are created for your specific abilities and goals using all Pilates equipment and props. Each initial private session includes a personal evaluation and a postural assessment. Also available are Duo sessions (2 person private session) and Trio sessions (3 person private sessions)

Pilates Reformer Class: Enjoy the benefits of the Pilates equipment at an affordable price. This is a class which primarily utilizes the Reformers (machines).  Reformer class require preregistration and we prefer that you have had experience on the machines or have completed at least 2 private Pilates sessions.

Pilates Group Mat Class: Happy Body offers a variety of classes to fit many different needs. Our experienced professionals provide top-quality instruction using a variety of props in most classes, adding fun, variety, and challenge for bodies at every level of engagement.


Private Yoga Session: Brand new to yoga? Been away for a while? Would you like to deepen your practice or develop a home practice? All of these are great reasons to engage in private yoga sessions. Get the full attention of a compassionate instructor who will design a sequence of quality exercises for your specific abilities and goals.

Therapeutic Yoga Session: Therapeutic Yoga is a great tool for students who have chronic injuries or who want to deepen their knowledge of the body through good yoga alignment and awareness.  It is effective for those recovering from, or experiencing injury or illness. Session will contain restorative yoga (supported postures), gentle yoga, and breath work.  Our extensively trained instructors aim to create the appropriate balance of strength and flexibility in order to maintain healthy alignment which will bring your body into balance and reduce stress.

Yoga Mat Class: Experienced, certified teachers offer a variety of classes to fit a wide array of yoga practice needs. Yoga classes vary greatly, so contact the studio to ensure we get the right fit for you.


Ortho-Bionomy Session: A private bodywork session designed to help re-educate the body on a deep, cellular level. Ortho-Bionomy helps re-train the body to release unwanted tension, stress, imbalance, dis-ease, or pain. It works through the body’s nervous system to provide lasting change. Please visit for more information.

Massage: Massage therapy is an integral part of healing and well being, and a wonderful way to reconnect with your happy body! Private massage sessions are intended to help each client remember her/his wholeness while receiving support in areas of specific need or imbalance. Experience an integrative, therapeutic, and individualized massage that will thoroughly address the specific needs of your body, mind, and spirit. Sessions offer an intuitive blend of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Vedic Thai Massage, Acupressure, Craniosacral, Energy Bodywork, and Aromatherapy.


Mat classes:

Pilates Mat Class: Great for all levels. Props and balls may be used. Great for understanding the fundamentals of the Pilates technique. If you have special needs or injuries, please speak to an instructor before beginning a mat class program.

Cardio Core: Benefit of Pilates exercises combined with a heart-pumping cardio workout, as well as work on balance and coordination.

Pilates Mat with Props Class: Specifically designed for all ages and abilities, focusing on the fundamentals of Pilates technique.  A variety of props are included for the ultimate enjoyable challenge.

Pilates Deep Stretch: A slower paced Pilates mat class with emphasis on developing long, lean muscles through deep stretching. An excellent way to release stress and tension.

Core Barre: A hybrid workout designed to bring together complimentary elements of a challenging ballet barre class, athletic conditioning, and the fundamentals of Pilates.

Pilates Reformer/Equipment Classes:

(Sign up is required by phone, email, or in person.)
Reformer Class: Pilates workout on the reformer equipment.

Cardio Reformer: A reformer class utilizing the jumpboard for added cardio benefits. Jumpboard sets will alternate with core work and stretching.

Reformer Plus: Build endurance through a variety of fun and engaging movements, both on and off the Reformer. Expect bursts of cardio mixed in with the deep work you expect from a Reformer class.

Pilates Orbit:  Guaranteed to take your Pilates workout to a completely new level! Roll through a fun, full-body workout that strengthens, stretches and challenges your core. It allows you to move in both linear and circular patterns to strengthen both upper and lower body. It may look like a simple piece of equipment, but it packs a punch!

“AB”Normal Reformer:  Not your typical reformer class! Experience a variety of equipment and props in addition to time on the reformer, keeping your workout fresh and challenging … anything but normal!


 Gentle Flow Yoga: This morning flow yoga class is a great way to wake the body up in a gentle and deep way. Focus will be on mindful movement through postures and breath exercises to infuse the body and mind with flexibility and stability for the day ahead.

Flow Yoga:  Hatha yoga that focuses on linking breath with movement and flowing from one posture to the next.  It’s dynamic and powerful yoga with creative flows, strengthening and balancing postures, and integrated breathing. You’ll have the opportunity to push yourself to your own challenging levels.

Power Yoga: This is an invigorating class of fun and intense work. We practice breathing, balance poses, inversions, and relaxation. All poses are offered for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced students making this class perfect for everyone.   Come prepared to sweat!

Located in South Asheville, Happy Body provides a variety of services to support the health and well being of the body. We offer private sessions and group classes in Pilates (both mat and equipment) and in yoga. We also offer classes in dance, meditation, laughter yoga, and creative movement at various times throughout the year.

Happy Body offers a bodywork therapy called Ortho-Bionomy- a modality dedicated to re-educating the body on a very deep, cellular level to release areas of pain, tension, or imbalance. We believe that this re-education of the body on a macro level (movement in many forms) combined with a re-patterning of the body on a micro or cellular level provides real, lasting change. The body experiences this change from the inside out.

Happy Body also offers more traditional massage services as well.

Please check the schedule page for a list of days and times of a specific class and check our classes page and our services page for more detailed descriptions.  If we are not presently offering a class you would like to take, let us know! We love suggestions for wonderful ways to help you move and feel fabulous in your body.


Jessica Sehested Mark

Jessica Mark’s greatest love is working with and learning from the body. She is a certified Pilates Instructor as well as a Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (NC #9944) in Ortho-Bionomy®. Jessica received her Pilates training from the Kane School of Core Integration in New York City in 2001, and continues to deepen her understanding of Pilates with each client. In 2006, after receiving certification in Ortho-Bionomy, a gentle bodywork therapy that works through the nervous system, Jessica recognized the importance of movement awareness combined with bodywork in changing the relationship to one’s own body. Jessica is also certified in Polarity Therapy, and has studied Gyrokinesis, Pre-Post Natal Pilates, and Body Mind Centering. She recently completed her Advanced Practitioner certification in Ortho-Bionomy is currently training to become a teacher in this modality.

Jessica is a happy mama to 4-year-old Sydney and a happy partner to husband, Rich.


Renee Giles

Renee Giles is a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. She graduated with her BFA in dance and choreography from Ohio University. Following that, she moved to Asheville, NC to continue her studies of the body and anatomy in massage school receiving her massage license. Renee has experienced three car accidents during her life, and Pilates was the cornerstone of her successful rehabilitation. After many years of studying the body, movement and anatomy, Renee decided to finally become a Pilates instructor and received her training in Charlotte, NC at the STOTT center. She now loves having the ability to share her passion of movement with awareness of the body, breath, and spirit.



Corey Sinyai Dingess

Corey Sinyai Dingess, an Asheville native, has been a mover and dancer for as long as she can remember.   After being introduced to Pilates in college and quickly realizing the added strength and energy to her everyday life, she was hooked.  After graduating from Florida State University with a BFA from the Department of Dance, she made her move to New York where she completed her Pilates Mat certification through Physical Mind as well as her Personal Training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  While in New York she worked with a variety of clients teaching both Pilates and personal training at David Barton Gym.  In 2005, Corey made the move back to Asheville, where she then went on to finish her comprehensive Pilates training through Core Dynamics, with Michelle Larson, in Santa Fe NM.

Pilates has become a way of life for Corey.  She is a firm believer in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle – one that is full of energy, laughter and gusto!  After spending the past year in British Columbia with her husband, Jason, she is thrilled to be back in Asheville and working along side of the wonderful women of Happy Body.

Sarah Schuetz

Sarah has enjoyed athletic and artistic pursuits her entire life. Teaching Pilates unites her passion for mindful engagement with one’s body and her desire to share with and teach others. She was certified in Pilates matwork through the Kane School of Core Integration (NYC) in the spring of 2006 and completed the Balanced Body comprehensive equipment certification at Lotus Pilates in Bloomington, IN in June 2010. She is thrilled to call Asheville home and to join in the fun of movement at Happy Body.


Andrea Franchini

Andrea Franchini is a 200 hr RYT certified yoga instructor and a Holistic Health Counselor. Andrea’s training has been in Vinyasa yoga, Iyengar yoga, and extensive studies with John Friend and Sienna Sherman of Anusara yoga. Andrea taught movement and dance for 7 years prior to her past 8 years of yoga studies and teaching.

Teaching yoga came out of her desire to share and incorporate her love of movement, culture and healing. Having taught primarily in Washington, DC and in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrea shares her teaching gifts with Yoga Studios, At Risk youth, Cooperate yoga and in private therapeutic yoga sessions.

Andrea’s classes are intelligently sequenced, and she incorporates her knowledge of anatomy and movement into sequences allowing students to evolve in their own practice with both ease and steadiness. She draws on the alignment and structure of Iyengar while incorporating subtle movement modalities that give greater understanding of our inner and outer form.



Sonya Klepper

Sonya Klepper eats, breathes and lives yoga….or what she calls “yogaaaaaaah.” She loves to share the benefits of yoga and her own love of yoga in a format that is fun and accessible to all ages and skill levels. She is the creator of the Yoga in the Park program in WNC–donation-based yoga classes and yoga events for the community taught by a variety of yoga instructors.




 Rosie Mulford

Rosie took her first yoga class from Eve Diskin, then the President of the American Society of Yoga in Coconut Grove, Florida at the age of 14.  She enjoyed years of dancing ballet combined with practicing yoga, and running. As an adult, she practiced under the guidance of Jimmy Barkan for ten years in Fort Lauderdale.  She has enjoyed teaching in South Asheville for the past five years.  Rosie is certified at the 500 hour EYT level with Yoga Alliance.  Rosie’s background in dance, yoga, and running influences her teaching techniques offering a fun, creative, and challenging class.  Please visit for more information.


 Christa Hebal

I have been exploring the depths of healing through massage and herbal medicine both locally and internationally for 14 years. While studying traditional indigenous healing modalities and earning my B. S. in Anthropology, I learned directly from the indigenous people of Jamaica, Costa Rica, Thailand, Laos, and Peru. After graduating from the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in Traditional Herbal Medicine and Massage Therapy, I also became certified in Vedic Thai Yoga Massage through the Vedic Conservator y and in Pediatric Massage Therapy from the Liddle Kidz foundation. I am currently enjoying my private practice in Asheville, NC, home sweet home for 10 years. My intention is to be a bridge between cultures and offer an integrative, therapeutic, and creative massage that will thoroughly address the body, mind, and spirit of my clients. My sessions offer an intuitive integration of Swedish, Deep Tissue, Vedic Thai Massage, Acupressure, Craniosacral, Energy Bodywork, and Aromatherapy. My highest purpose is to hold a safe space for healing and transformation through an open and compassionate heart. I am truly honored to be a part of your healing journey. LMBT#7047



Dale Coates
Dale Coates began studying yoga with an Ashtanga Practice just over a decade ago. Her yoga style is Vinyasa Flow loosely based on the Ashtanga practice that was her foundation. She enjoys teaching an energetic and challenging class that is accessible to all levels of student. She strives to have a fun and relaxed environment while imparting some instruction on meditation or breathing that can be used off the mat. Dale believes that yoga like life is a balance of strength, flexibility and awareness and aims to help students experience that balance in her teaching. Dale earned her 200 hour RYT certification in June 2010 and has also completed training in Yoga for Seniors and Vinyasa Flow.


Danielle Goldstein, RYT teaches creative and insightful yoga classes with attention to precise alignment and bringing the joy of yoga into our daily lives. She has been teaching yoga classes and private yoga therapeutic sessions since 2003. She is a 200 Hr Yoga Alliance certified teacher.

Danielle has studied with teachers grounded in both the Iyengar and Anusara Teaching Methods. Since 1996, she has studied with teachers including Donna Farhi, Judith Lasater and John Friend, and taught one on one yoga therapeutics at SOMA Physical Therapy in Boulder, CO. She is experienced in working with a variety of ages and abilities and is interested in making yoga accessible to all people.


Molly Brett became fascinated with mind/body awareness at sixteen. Invigorated by the depths of weekly practice, Molly enrolled in a teacher’s training program; by the age of eighteen she had completed a 250-hour program including work in asana (yoga postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, and yogic scriptures.

In 2004 Molly stumbled upon Pilates searching for something to strengthen her running practice. She was quickly won over by the power of the Pilates fundamentals, and in 2006 graduated from a 700+ hour Pilates certification program. She opened a studio in southwest Virginia, and for the past five years has had the pleasure of working with a variety of clients focusing on a wide range of goals: recovery from injury, initiating a new fitness program, supporting elite athletic pursuits.


Moses Goldstein, BS, NCTMB (NC license #6887) is an exuberant, joyful human who plans to grow older without fully growing up…

As the son of a midwife and a woodcrafter, Mo grew up in the unique Celo community in WNC. Surrounded and enthralled by abundant wildlife, he spent much of his time swimming in clear rivers and murky ponds, climbing trees, and running barefoot through the woods. (He still does all of these as often as possible.)

While earning his BS in Biology from UNC Charlotte, Mo massaged many of his friends to ease the stress of studying or help them recover from playtime injuries. These wise friends encouraged Mo to drop his plans for a career in microbiology and genetic research and instead become a massage therapist. In 1999, Mo graduated with honors from the renown Boulder College of Massage Therapy and began his massage career in earnest.

Working in both private practice and in world class spas, Mo quickly developed a reputation for his unique approach to massage. The term “mo-ssage” gives reference to his nickname, but more so to the moving, three-dimensional style of his bodywork. Mo uses a customized blend of techniques to provide each client with a deeply therapeutic, yet truly relaxing experience.  A mo-ssage can vary in technique and pressure from very gentle to very deep. Mo may incorporate classic Swedish massage, Thai style stretching, breath work, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy, sports massage, myofascial release, reflexology, reiki, and humor into a seamless flow that will become your mo-ssage session.

Melanie Trivette

Melanie, 500hr RYT, recently moved to Asheville from Jacksonville, FL and feels that she has found home sweet Om at Happy Body. Melanie’s yogic path has fueled many adventures around the world, both in personal exploration and in seva (selfless service), and what she has discovered is that yoga is a universal vehicle for healing, growth and fun. From teaching yoga in the dusty streets of a Kenyan slum, to a rocking boat in Indian Ocean, to a cozy yoga studio, Melanie enjoys adapting her classes to practitioners of all levels, and circumstances of all kinds. She has studied many disciplines of yoga with numerous teachers and her vinyasa-based classes are a blend of the asana, pranayama and meditation she has learned and practices. Melanie looks forward to meeting the Happy Body family of practitioners as well as teaching Yoga for Veterans, Service Members and their Families through Happy Body’s Outreach Program.

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