Tonya Marie Amos, owner of Aspire Pilates Center, was raised in San Francisco and received a B.A. in cultural anthropology from U.C. Berkeley. She began her movement career as a competitive gymnast, then danced professionally for fifteen years in New York City. She has appeared with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Donald Byrd, was a member of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Footprints Ensemble, and Amy Pivar Dances, performed in the International Tour of “West Side Story”, the National Tour of “Sesame St. Live”, and Sacramento Music Circus’ “The King and I”. She was introduced to Pilates over thirty five years ago as a young dancer, not realizing that her “Floor Barre” classes and post-injury rehabilitation were actually Pilates classes. Like thousands of other dancers initially introduced to Pilates after an injury or surgery, Tonya discovered that with Pilates training, she returned to rehearsals stronger than before her injury.
Tonya is a Balanced Body Faculty Trainer (Certified to train Pilates Teachers), is PMA Certified, and Comprehensively Trained to teach mat, apparatus, and post-rehabilitation Pilates. She received her comprehensive Pilates training with Nora St. John and Naomi Leiserson at Turning Point Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. She has over a thousand hours of training, including her Teacher Training and Advanced Certifications in subjects such as Movement Medicine, Pilates for Back and Joint Pain, Scoliosis, Osteoporosis, Foot Care, Pre/Post Natal and Pilates For Golf. She attends conferences several times a year to further advance her studies with special populations. She has been honored to learn from many of the world's Master Pilates Teachers.
Aspire was named "Best Pilates Studio" by the Community Focus newspaper in 2015 and Concord's “Small Business of the Year” in 2013. Tonya was named “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2010 and "100 Influential Women of Pleasant Hill" in 2009. She is the author of a monthly health and wellness column for the Community Focus Newspaper, is putting the finishing touches on a Fall Prevention for Seniors dvd, and is the Artistic Director of non profit Grown Women Dance Collective, where she is proud to be building cross cultural bridges through dance.
Pilates Plus Travel? After backpacking through Latin America for 11.5 months, she was absolutely hooked on travel. With cross cultural adventures, delicious food experiences, and a big beautiful world, she's twice had to add pages to he passport. Pilates Plus Travel is a dream come true. She's excited to share her love and experience of both powerful, life changing movement and traveling with others.