Meet our dynamic team!
This diverse, highly educated, talented group of facilitators is here to support you on your wellness journey
Nicole Anael Sawyer
Founder of Moving Tao Center
PHD in health and spirituality and multiple certifications in mind/body movement therapy, movement therapy and fitness.
Shawnee Wood grew up in the beautiful Incline Village community. After graduating with a BS in Neuroscience, in Colorado, she set out on her yogic path. She attained her 200-hour YTT and a 60-hour Thai massage certification through Yoga Alliance certified Reflections Yoga, in Costa Rica. After traveling extensively through Central America and teaching along the way she was drawn back to her home in Tahoe. From Southeast Asia to her backyard Shawnee is inspired to hold space for those around her to explore their breath with a map of movement and a streak of laughter.
Shawnee turned to yoga to heal the body and the mind. Drawing awareness to the breath is a large component of her classes; rooting you into the present moment. She aims to have you find a balance of exploring the stillness in the breath, while also observing the breath move as the body moves. With the intention of awareness in her class it becomes a free space to play. Her silliness allows your inner child to peak through the cracks and enjoy each moment that you decide to show up to.
Life is all about finding balance in crazy world. Amanda believes in constantly evolving and trying to better oneself in all aspects of life. Pilates is wonderful way to do just that; to learn about your body through movement and exercise. Her goal in teaching is to create a fun atmosphere where others can learn functional movement, in hopes her students will take it with them and apply it to their everyday lives. Thus, leaving them with more energy, less pain, improved strength and a better overall sense of well-being.
Amanda’s passion for being active first brought her to Pilates in 2011. As an avid runner she sought out a cross training workout that would help her to become a faster runner while toning and increasing flexibility. She quickly became addicted to the benefits of Pilates and now takes joy in bringing the practice into her everyday life.
Amanda began her journey as a Pilates Instructor in June 2015 when she started her teacher training through Balanced Body Education. Since then, she has completed Mat I, II; Reformer
I, II, III; and Apparatus I, II, III modules. She looks forward to completing her full comprehensive teacher training by February 2018 to become a Comprehensively Trained Balanced Body Pilates Instructor. In January 2016, she started teaching at The Perfect Workout, in Incline Village, and attributes this experience in helping to shape her into the teacher she is today. When Amanda is not teaching, you’ll either find her participating in a Pilates or yoga class, or spending her days with her husband and two wonderful children. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Amanda came to Incline Village in August of 2006 and immediately fell in love with Tahoe. She enjoys many summertime activities like, hiking local trails, running loops through town and getting in the water with her family.
Amanda looks forward to sharing her love for all things active and her passion for Pilates with all of you!
Originally from England, Andy has cycled extensively in southern France and Scandinavia while living in the French Alps, as well riding all the way across the United States. He's been in the Tahoe area since 1993 (apart from a few years in Minnesota) and has been a spinning instructor since 2005. He enjoys both road and mountain biking, back-country skiing, and getting outside in our beautiful backyard as often as possible. His spinning classes are very much geared towards outdoor bike riding and include a
wide variety of awesome music! Andy is the director of For Goodness Sake, a non-denominational spiritual center in Truckee, where anyone can come to explore various spiritual teachings, attend classes and workshops, and also borrow books from their extensive library. For more information visit http://www.goodnesssake.org