meet the owner

Sornam Joanna Sahadevan

Who am I?

I am an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. I am also a certified Pilates Instructor by Body Arts and Science International (BASI) and am Gold Certified by the Pilates Method Alliance. I have 18 years of experience in the fitness industry. I have seen what works and what doesn’t.

How can I help you?

I will:

  • provide you with individual assessments for musculoskeletal deficiencies
  • design and implement a corrective exercise program
  • bring about your desired results

I can help you:

  • with lower back pain
  • regain muscle strength and flexibility
  • improve your posture
  • reduce or eliminate pain caused by muscular imbalances

How am I different from the rest?

I have traveled the world to learn from a variety of teachers and brought the best practices back to Berkeley. I am able to think outside the box. I incorporate the newest research from different fields into my Pilates based methodology. This evolutionary style ensures that my clients receive the best exercise program for their particular needs.

“As a professional dancer for almost 15 years now, I have traveled around the world and taken all kinds of classes. Recently I came across Sornam’s Pilates Mat Class, and after 10 minutes I knew I was in the right place. Classically trained performing artists, like myself, are in need of many things; we need information that will keep us working and dancing in spite of pain and injury, and I knew that the information that Sornam shared would only enhance my own physical awareness.
The generosity she presented to the class of over 50 people was the exact same as I felt in my private sessions in her studio. I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to meet and work with her in this way.
I have taken a lot of classes over the years and worked with many teachers, Sornam is a special gift, and I am so honored to be able to say that she has made a difference in my life and body”.
— Hope Boykin, Dancer-Teacher-Choreographer, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater