Our Team

Alan; Personal Trainer

With over 24 years of experience as a Certified Fitness Trainer in New York City, including 11 years with Mind Over Matter, Alan’s specialties include: weight loss, pre and postnatal exercise (preconception thru all trimesters and postpartum fitness), pre-habilitation, injury rehabilitation, increasing strength/endurance; flexibility, body alignment and posture as well fitness assessments; testing.

Alan works with all adult age groups including older adults and the physically challenged. Whatever your present state of fitness may be, Alan’s training sessions will provide you with a positive, professional and personally supportive program enabling you to achieve your physical fitness goals accompanied by the philosophy of positive progressive training.

He has seven years of experience working with visually impaired people and two years of American Sign Language studies. Alan stands tall with his professional commitment to continuous education for both the trainer and the client, enabling successful improvement in health and fitness lifestyles through ongoing positive changes.

Julie McNamara; Personal Trainer

Julie McNamara first discovered yoga back in high school, when she was literally dragged to class one Sunday morning. As an ambitious musical theater performer and also self-professed type-A overachiever, yoga helped her learn to accept the flow of things and to rediscover joy not only in her art but in her life as well. Julie received her 200- hour certification from Princeton Center for Yoga and Health in Skillman, NJ in 2012. She was particularly amazed at yoga’s ability to unlock her mind-body connection as a performer. Julie’s classes balance flow and fun with breathing and letting go. She believes that yoga is for everyone, and loves helping her students find and embrace their beautiful, individual selves through their practice!

Taylor Gordon; Personal Trainer

Taylor Gordon is a certified Pilates instructor, teacher trainer, and international professional dancer based in NYC. Performance credits include Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Jacob's Pillow, international tours, cruise ships, and commercials. She's been featured prominently in The New York Times, CNN, Fox News, and Dance Magazine. She is an American Council on Exercise Functional Training Specialist and Group Fitness Instructor who has taught as far as China, Japan, India, and Bali. In NYC, she teaches at The United Nations, The Mercedes Club, The Pilates Movement, Pilates on Fifth, and Crunch. She is certified in all Pilates apparatus and her approach to teaching applies the precision and accuracy of alignment to the joy of movement so that all clients meet their individual goals. She is experienced with clients with challenges such as extreme weight loss, torn ACL, hip and knee replacements, chronic back pain, glaucoma, blindness, and MS, as well as with healthy weekend warriors, professional dancers, and athletes.

Michael Guzzardi; Personal Trainer

Mike has been a personal trainer for six years but has always had a deep passion for fitness and wellness. He is NASM certified with a well-rounded practice that includes boxing coaching, strength training, and corrective exercise. His client base has ranged from ages 10-75 years old and he enjoys the diversity that personal training provides. In his spare time, Mike enjoys athletic ventures such as basketball, boxing, and football recreationally.

Marissa Hughes; Personal Trainer

I am a self-proclaimed gym rat at heart but fitness is more than just picking things up and putting them down. It's about balance and relieving stress, building confidence in one's own potential while stripping away doubt and working through vulnerability. These are just some of the words I would use, to sum up, my personal and professional experience of 13 years. I believe anything is possible with patience and perseverance. Never quit and never give up, after all, you're in control. There is nothing you can't do if you train for it. Over the course of ten years, I have had the pleasure of working with New York's best and brightest while spreading my passion for fitness and health. I look forward to using each new day as a time to improve and positively impact other people's lives.

Darryl; Personal Trainer

Darryl is a Fordham University football alum and former Tennessee Titan.

He loves to help others succeed in achieving their fitness goals. Towards the latter years of his career, he was plagued with injuries only later to find out that most of them could have been prevented. Darryl wants to pass on his knowledge of corrective exercise, functional movement and sports performance to others. He holds certifications in kettlebell training, integrated stretching and pre/postnatal, as well as a certificate in mat Pilates.

Franka; Personal Trainer

Franka is a fitness professional born in Grenada & raised in Argentina. Fitness has always been a part of her. She started doing sports at the age of 4 as a gymnast, swimmer, hockey and volleyball player. She studied Administration in College and several languages. Her certificates include NCSF Personal Trainer, NASAM nutrition. Kettlebell. Kettlebell Athletics. Yoga. Yoga Alliance. Pilates. ACE. Pre/Post Natal. TRX Suspension Training. EFTI Equinox FitnessTraining Institute. Franka has experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness domains including weight loss, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, wellness coaching, and endurance training. All these certificates help her help the athlete in every aspect of fitness: Balance, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Cardiovascular Endurance. Healthy body, healthy mind, HAPPY LIFE. She currently enjoys weight lifting, HIIT, doing Yoga and practicing Muay Thai. Her greatest attributes are professionalism, Education, Dedication to the client’s specific needs, patience, a firm hand, AND FUN. After a workout, she likes to refuel with anything she can put peanut butter on.

Sigal; Personal Trainer

Sigal was lucky enough to have been born into a family in which health was a way of life. From the age of 5, I have been a dancer and a gymnast. While in High School, I decided to become a personal trainer, so that I could share my passion with others. I started off working in a gym and loved every moment. Then I decided to open my own private business training private clients singular, in a pair, and in groups. All my clients became happier with themselves and were excited to share their accomplishments with me.

What sets me apart from other trainers? I believe in training my clients not just physically, but by educating them on how to live a healthy lifestyle. In time, the lifestyle becomes second nature. Besides the fitness component, I educate about proper nutrition.

I incorporate many different styles of training. I train indoors and outdoors. In order to achieve optimal health, my sessions include cardio, strength, resistance, and toning. Depending on each person's likes and dislikes, I have a vast selection of styles to chose from. Plyometrics, floor work, dumbbells, flexibility, pilates, dance, gymnastics, planks, jump rope, resistance, and more. At every level of fitness, cardiovascular health, strength, and muscle tone can be improved. I’ve trained all ages, children through seniors. I have trained clients with no equipment at all, using only bodyweight; as well as with various types of weighted equipment. I customize each workout based on the individual needs and level of each person. I can travel between Manhattan and Brooklyn for your convenience. Each of my sessions is fun, unique, and sweaty!

Barbara K; Yoga

Practicing yoga has transformed Barbara’s life, allowing her to pass on the benefits to her various clients. “I love that with every breath in yoga, we get to begin again,” she says. “No matter where we are or where we want to be, doing yoga shows us a way to be present and in the moment.”

Barbara has ten years of yoga practice behind her and is certified in the Barkan Method. She also enjoys Anusara and Vinyasa.

Alexander G; Personal Trainer

Alexander specializes in strength training, rehabilitation, pre and postnatal, balance/stability core training, and boxing. While embracing traditional fitness components, he also focuses on health and lifestyle modification.

As a trainer, Alexander strives to help his clients by connecting them with appropriate members of his ‘team,’ which includes a massage therapist, yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, Reiki, physical therapist as well as other healing professionals. Alexander’s various colleagues work together to help the client achieve optimal health and fitness.

Bahiyah; Personal Training/Yoga/Pilates/Dance 

Bahiyah’s classical ballet training from 4 years of age and her BFA from The Juilliard School allowed her to dance abroad with Ballet Frankfurt, under the direction of William Forsythe, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, under the direction of Judith Jamison and countless other concert dance companies before she embarked on her musical theater, T.V., and film career. This past summer she performed in and helped create the anxiously awaited Moulin Rouge, set to take the Broadway stage in July 2019, and will also appear in a new FX Series about Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. In the midst of covering and playing leading roles in The Color Purple, Memphis, Rock of Ages, Chicago and The Trip of Love she has always been a dancer who has taught dance to children, adults, and seniors. Bahiyah emphasizes and assists in a healthy lifestyle to all whom she helps coach and train. With training in all dance forms, yoga, pilates, body alignment, self-massage and stretching Bahiyah can offer a well rounded physical regimen whether one on one or in a class setting to men, women and children alike. WE can attain any and all goals you might have….It’s just Mind Over Matter

Michele; Yoga

 

Michele, a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Movement Specialist, trained at the prestigious Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and has over a decade of experience teaching dance and yoga. She is inspired by many disciplines: Modern Dance–Doris Humphrey, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Bodywork–Healing Touch, and Kripalu and Sivananda Yoga.

Whether an individual or group session, Michele designs a framework that keeps the student focused and grounded, and within it creates a dynamic experience that is spontaneous and creative. ‘I want you to feel inspired to take care of your body and mind–yoga, or any wellness/fitness program is not a quick fix, but an opportunity to reach your fullest potential, whatever your goal!’

Emily; Yoga

Emily found yoga after being diagnosed with scoliosis in 2007. She quickly realized yoga also addressed postural misalignment and other feelings of discomfort she had been feeling in her body for years. Today she has a completely different level of energy and perspective on life which she attributes to the powerful physical practice of the postures and also the more subtle energetic aspects including meditation. Combining breath-based movement with longer holding poses and detailed alignment instruction, Emily guides students to move easefully while listening inward connecting body, mind, breath, energy, and spirit. Emily is interested in how the teachings and tools of yoga help to cultivate awareness and can positively affect our everyday lives from feeling comfortable in our bodies in daily activities to improved concentration to staying present.

Emily’s journey to wellness has led her to continue her studies. After 8 years in the corporate world, she recently quit her job too and is also currently working towards her degree in Health and Nutrition Science at Brooklyn College. Incorporating her undergraduate studies in psychology and her passion for food and healthful living, Emily also works with individuals as a health coach.

Amy; Yoga

Practicing for nearly 20 years, Amy began with pre-natal yoga while expecting her first son in 1996. After completing her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Into This World Yoga Productions on Long Island in 2007, she was drawn to continue her studies with Rolf Gates, (Master Yoga Teacher and acclaimed Author of “Meditations from the Mat”). Amy completed Rolf’s 500 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 from which she graduated as a Yoga Alliance Certified 500 Hour ERYT. Amy enjoys teaching adults and children, bringing yoga to the developmentally disabled and presenting workshops in area studios. She also takes great pride in using yoga as a fundraising tool to support local charities. She is a member of the Long Island Yoga Assn as well as the Asperger’s Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Assn for which she facilitates a parent support group.

Anne T; Yoga

As a dancer with back pain, Anne first saw yoga as a marvelous physical exercise that left her body feeling open in ways she had never experienced. She later discovered that there is so much more to yoga than asana, or the postures. For Anne, yoga is the connection among all things, being present, accepting what is and moving forward from a place of love, faith, and hope.

After beginning to experience additional elements of yoga, such as meditation, the power of breath, and ways to connect the poses to other aspects of life, Anne wanted to help others experience that depth and bliss. She completed her RYT-200 hour certification through Yoga Bliss/Yoga in the Woods in 2011. In her classes, Anne loves helping create a safe, encouraging space where students let their breath guide their practice. She uses imagery and metaphors to help bring her students to a deeper place. She incorporates her background as a dancer, choreographer, and fitness instructor to create fluid sequences that leave the body feeling super-mobile, stimulated, open, strong, and nurtured. Ultimately, as a teacher, Anne aims to help others feel more comfortable in their own skin, tap into their unique rhythms, and shine their light.

Melanie; Chi Gong

Melanie is a certified Yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus since 2002. She will soon be receiving a teacher certificate through Master Mantak Chia’s program/Universal Healing Tao.

Melanie has been practicing and teaching Qi Gong for many years within the system of the lineage of Daria Fain, Master Mantak Chia, and Sifu Mathew Lee. She also incorporates Tai Chi forms and practices into her classes.

Laura S; Chi Gong and Pilates

Laura is a choreographer with over three decades of experience teaching people of all ages and abilities in group classes and one-to-one sessions. She currently works with men and women, aged 20s to 90s, seeking to enhance fitness and energy levels; pregnant and postpartum women; and adults dealing with the discomfort and wear and tear resulting from postural habits and/or injuries—at venues including the Center for Healing and Awareness, AHRC, two YMCAs, as well as Mind Over Matter.

Her credentials include permission from her chi kung/tai chi teacher to teach (this is traditional/authentic certification); certification for IM=X Pilates Basic and Super-Advanced Floor Work and Tai Chi for Arthritis; post-certification training for the pregnant and postpartum woman with Debra Goodman, PT; and decades of professional dance and related studies including Aikido, Body-Mind Centering, Chi Kung and Tai Chi, Meditation, Neuromuscular Re-education, several approaches to Pilates, Sensory Awareness and Voice.

Ronney; Chi Gong

Ronney has been enjoying a career in fitness and health for the last 15 years. He had a career as a dancer that brought him to studying the Alexander Technique. Along with the Alexander technique, he has studied Qi Gong with Lee Holden.

Ronney firmly believes that health and fitness are a choice that one can make. Watching people change before your eyes and find confidence with themselves has to be one of the most rewarding experiences ever imagined. Weight training is a great way to build the body you long to have. Qi gong helps bring the mind and spirit into the picture.

Simone; Dance/Latin Dance/Ballroom Dance

Simone Assboeck is a licensed Latin & Ballroom dance instructor, dancer, choreographer, judge and coach with over 15 years of experience teaching dance professionally. Simone began ballroom dancing as a child and has since turned her love for dance into a career with a wide repertoire of traditional dances, including International & American Standard and Latin dances, and other dances such as the West Coast Swing, Hustle, Country Line Dancing, Salsa, and Argentine Tango. In addition, she holds a Masters degree in Physical Education with a focus on Modern Dance Technique and Rehabilitation. She founded DanceTogetherNYC and currently teaches group classes and private dance lessons in the Greater New York City Area. Over the years, she has taught at numerous events in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area including the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center and Ballet Hispanico. Simone appeared in Walt Disney Pictures’ Enchanted and in HBO’s television show “Boardwalk Empire” as a principal dancer.

Ann RC; Chi Gong

Ann is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Relieving joint pain, inflammation, insomnia and stress-related conditions with Acupuncture and Auricular Therapy are among her specialties. Clinically, Ann’s extensive experience includes 20 years in private practice, an acupuncturist’s supervisory position at the Swedish Institute, and treatment of HIV+ clients and Spanish speaking seniors.

Ann is also an enthusiastic teacher of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is certified by the National Qigong Association. She believes a gentle practice yields greater health benefits.

Ann’s own journey to maintaining vibrant health has inspired her to work with others. She strives to provide unique exercises designed to address each individual’s health concerns, while also improving mobility for those with physical limitations. The emphasis is on relaxation, breathing, and posture. Ann has loved Tai Chi & Qi Gong since her first class. Over time she came to value the Qi Gong exercises noting that she felt more open, limber, and calmer afterward. This improved focus enhanced her Tai Chi form and her skill as an acupuncturist. Ann acquired training in Tai Chi and Qi Gong from years of ongoing study with Masters Jeffrey Yuen, a Taoist priest, and Huaqi Wang, a Buddhist and silver medal recipient from competitions in China.

Ann’s philosophy is to ease discomfort by raising awareness of lifestyle choices and, most importantly, she compassionately inspires patient confidence in healing.

IIona; Dance Instructor

Ilona is a dancer, choreographer, and educator based in NYC since 2010. Her teaching connects the internal practices of Qi Gong and Tai Chi with the external applications of martial arts and expressive action. After studying dance in its myriad forms for her whole life, the wisdom of the Chinese martial traditions, such as the law of the five elements, has invited her to cultivate transformative and balancing energy within herself as well as in others. She is currently training to be certified in Coremotion with Daria Fain, as well as to receive a Black Belt under Sifu Paul Koh. She holds two gold medals for Tai Chi push hands from the US Open Martial Arts Championship (NYC) with the William C.C. Chen team, as well as a BA and Ms. Ed. From Sarah Lawrence College. She deeply believes that teaching is an art, and the dynamic relationship between teaching and learning are at the heart of her creative process.

Cynthia; Group Dance Instructor 

Cynthia is fun, fit, fabulous and fifty+. She is an energetic fitness instructor, passionate dance teacher, creative director, choreographer and veteran social dancer specializing in Salsa, Latin, Afro Cuban, Caribbean & World dance rhythms. A designer by trade, dance teacher/performer by passion, Cynthia has been teaching and choreographing dance routines as alternative outlets for creative thinking and artistic expression since 2000. Founder of NYSalsababy Dance, Cynthia has been serving communities, schools, cultural institutes with dance, music, cultural, social events for all ages; teaching fundamentals, essentials, benefits of dance through movement exploration, music education, cultural awareness, progressive learning, and connection in solo or partner dancing.

In 2014, Cynthia stumbled upon “ShapeupNYC Fitness Instructor Training Program” that launched her new venture as a fitness instructor. Currently, she teaches Zumba, Latin dance, yoga & toning for Mind Over Matter Fitness. She is CPR/AED certified and specializes in:

* Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Step, Aqua Zumba, Strong by Zumba
* TRX Suspension Training
* Practical Yoga Training
* New Mom Stroller Bootcamp
* Total Body Conditioning
* Stretch, Tone, and Balance for active retirees
* SalsaXtrim – dance workout combining solo and partner dancing to various Latin rhythms: salsa, mambo, cha-cha, pachanga, boogaloo, Latin jazz, rumba, afro Cuban and more.

Neera; Personal Trainer

Neera is a NCCA accredited personal trainer who specializes in growing and strengthening the gluteal muscles. For the past five years she has studied the gluteal muscles and discovered glutei strength is imperative for improved health, mobility, reduced injury, and all aspects of athletics.  From glute strength comes movement freedom and everyone deserves to move freely.

Neera has a background in psychology, biology, and nutrition. She encompasses the principles of psychology, mindfulness, and meaningful motivation into her style of training; and is very passionate about giving the space for mental and physical growth through personal training. Allow Neera to help you achieve freedom of movement, freedom from injury, and freedom of the mind and body. 

Keyasha; Group Dance Instructor 

I’m a professional dancer who believes in developing strength, endurance, and proficiency of the body through movement. I have a dance degree through New World School of the Arts/University of Florida and I have been a personal trainer for over two years. I enjoy teaching my clients body awareness and working with their natural body weight. Fitness is universal, transferable to everything we do in our daily lives, and can be made lots of fun. My training will integrate breathing, functionality, and energized enthusiasm for you to enjoy your workouts. I specifically contour my programs for you to execute them in a gym as well as in your living room. I will provide you fitness made fun!!!

Portia; Personal Trainer

Portia is NASM-certified personal trainer and instructor in New York City. Currently, she is a Master Instructor at SHAKTIBARRE, where she co-leads barre teacher trainings and has created original class formats. She has a background in dance and performance and holds a BFA in musical theater from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has worked with all fitness levels and abilities and specializes in postural alignment and  joint injury rehabilitation.

Connor; Personal Trainer

Connor is a certified inclusive fitness trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine. His experiences include training with student-athletes, senior citizens, individuals with chronic disease, and Paralympians. He holds a BS in exercise science from the University of Pittsburgh, where he participated in various research studies within the School of Education as well as the Institute for Research and Education in the Treatment of Addictions (IRETA).

 

Connor specializes in adaptive fitness, weight training, corrective exercise, and mindfulness/meditation. His training style is responsive and re-energizing, utilizing elements of several disciplines to strengthen the body and spirit. He strives to help people strengthen their inner resolve and transform their lives through physical and behavioral evolution.

Alison Glasgow; Yoga

Alison Kate is a Body-Mind-Spirit Holistic Personal Transformation Guide.  Using a whole-life approach, she guides people towards optimum wellness - feeling purposefully alive, passionate, and healthy.  As a Certified Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Hypnotherapist, Energy Healer, Coach/Mentor, and Personal Growth enthusiast, she offers physical, mental, and spiritual practices customized for each client’s unique circumstances, needs, and goals.  This holistic approach results in clients quickly feeling more comfortable and at home in their bodies, caring for themselves more deeply, and approaching the external world in new ways that improve relationships, work, and overall lifestyle satisfaction.

 

She enjoys providing a safe and comfortable space in which you can explore your life, your health, and the intricate complexity of the subconscious mind. Her mission is to help people work through their struggles, let go of people-pleasing, and create a life by their design, resulting in feeling content, peaceful, and free.

Christine; Personal Trainer

Christine Emi Sawyer has been dancing professionally since she was in high school. She received her ballet training at the prestigious School of American Ballet and at the School at Steps.  To be a strong and well rounded dancer, it is important to cross train in various forms of exercise and conditioning, therefore Christine has a long history in health and fitness.

She has a strong background in many forms of fitness including HIIT, Pilates, Yoga, Barre, Dance Cardio, Strength Building, Conditioning, and Stretching. When Classpass Live was launched, Christine was cast as an original Background Talent Athlete where she was exposed to even more types of classes and fitness studios/gyms in the NYC area.

Jenna; Personal Trainer

Jenna Miller is a fitness instructor, dancer, and performing artist from California. After graduating from The University of the Arts in 2018 with her BFA in dance, she moved to New York and fell in love with teaching and inspiring others. Along with personal training, Jenna is an instructor at ModelFIT and teaches barre at Barre3 West Village. She uses her background and experience to create functional, and unique workouts for anything a client is working or focusing on. 

Brittany; Personal Trainer

Brittany is a certified health coach and personal trainer with specializations in pre-natal/post
natal fitness, weight loss, and nutrition. She is also University of Buffalo rowing alum with four
years of coaching experience. As far as her educational background, she holds a bachelor
degree in psychology with a masters degree in counseling. She loves living an active and
healthy lifestyle. Over the past ten years, Brittany has run 4 marathons, 4 half marathons, 2
Spartan Races, 1 Tough Mudder, participated in CrossFit and powerlifting, and also competed
recreationally in a few rowing regattas. Aside from her passion in fitness, Brittany is also a mom
to her five year old son, and currently a surrogate mom for a family in the city. With these
experiences she can empathize with the emotional and physical challenges during pregnancy
and postpartum.


Brittany believes fitness can fit into anyone’s lifestyle at any point in their lives. Sometimes it
just takes the right coach and mindset to get started!

Courtney; Nutritionist

Courtney is passionate health enthusiast. She began her interest in movement and sports at a young age. Swimming, running and gymnastics were a way of life but dance took eventually took the front seat. She performed and competed in a dance company for nearly 16 years. In college, looking for a creative outlet, she discovered the world of fitness and personal training.

 

She is an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Registered and Health Coach. She excels at helping people to become the best healthy version of themselves through various forms of exercise and learning healthy, realistic and balance eating approaches. She incorporates behavior change techniques to help clients succeed in building lifelong healthy habits that stick.

 

Courtney loves to help people with strength goals, weight loss, improved cardiovascular fitness, chronic health condition prevention and more. If you want to be the healthiest and most vital version of yourself you’ve ever been, Courtney would love to help you get there!

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