Meet our inspiring instructors!!
Tana Martin has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga since1993. Along with furthering her education on an ongoing basis, she holds a teacher certification from The Yoga Center of Columba at the 200 ERYT level. After completing a certification through the Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School she is recognized as a 700 hour Certified Yoga Teacher and a 500 ERYT. She teaches SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga and Aerial Yoga and offers Aerial Yoga Teacher Trainings. Branching out to other forms of healing, she is a Reiki Level II practitioner as well as a ReikiSound™ healing practitioner. She is a breast cancer survivor since 2005 and enjoys offering classes on how yoga can help the healing process based on her experience. Recognized as a Continuing Education Provider through Yoga Alliance she offers a variety of workshops and specialty classes. Tana was born and raised in York and was the Co-owner of Eight Stones Yoga Studio. She is currently living in the Ocean City Maryland area, she loves the beach and being outdoors.
“It is my desire to assist my students in a compassionate, skillful and playful way so that each may develop tools to discover the many benefits this practice provides after leaving their mat. I feel that breath awareness is an integral part of yoga practice and from that a natural sense of movement and grace evolves, guiding each student to their own unique experience. My Yoga practice has brought the greatest sense of joy and introspection to my life and it is my pleasure and privilege to share it.” ~With Gratitude~ Tana
A dancer in her former life; Jen continues to love the foundations and principles at the core of classical ballet. After a dance ending injury, Jen turned to other forms of fitness and got her AFFA group fitness certification and taught aerobics for ten years. While pursuing her Master’s degree, she put teaching aside and focused on her education and career. Recently, through meeting Kelly and trying Pilates, Jen has learned to listen to her body and heal from a major surgery, all the while finding a new fitness love.
Katlin is a current third-year student physical therapist at Duke University with interests in Pilates-based physical therapy, pelvic health, performing arts rehabilitation, and the treatment of persistent pain. While pursuing her DPT, Katlin completed her comprehensive Pilates training through Balanced Body and taught Pilates and barre in North Carolina. Prior to graduate school, Katlin was a barre instructor and Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA-CSCS) working with athletes across the lifespan. Katlin’s beliefs about movement are best summed up by the Roman motto quoted by Joseph Pilates in Return to Life: “Mens sana in corpore sano” [A sane mind in a sound body]. With roots in Delmarva and at Beach Pilates and Wellness, she is excited to return to the beach for the 2018 season.
Karen Knauss is a Physical Therapist Assistant for 17 years. She has 4 years of experience in an outpatient orthopedic setting and 10 years in a pediatric school setting in Talbot County. Karen has continuously experienced a passion and fascination to holistic healing modalities. She has a desire to share her knowledge and encourage others for a total-wellness lifestyle. She received her certification for 200 Hr. yoga training from Willow Street in Takoma Park and Silver Spring,MD in 2015, which provided her with the guidance for her personal practice as well as the structure to guide students mindfully. Currently, Karen received her Pilates training from Kelly Roberts at Beach Pilates and Wellness. She integrates the Pilates methodology into her teaching, daily yoga practice and movement throughout her day for a vigorous and vivacious lifestyle.
Ellen has spent the last several years running Positive Birth Coach as a birth doula and advocate. Her practice focused on maternal and fetal positioning through movement and exercise during the months and weeks leading up to birth. She has a prenatal yoga certification and has been a practitioner of yoga for the last 15 years and pilates for 4 years. Ellen’s love of exercise began as a child when she and her 5 siblings would enjoy sports and nature together. Ellen’s passion for sports continued through college, where she played field hockey, and later, as a coach for her daughter's High school JV and Varsity teams. She and her husband live in Alexandria, VA and are lucky enough to spend summers in South Bethany. They have 3 children ages 22-27.
Ellen has completed the first step in her Pilates Method Alliance certification and is excited to be a part of Beach Pilates and Wellness team this summer.
Debbie and her husband Wayne recently moved from Syracuse NY to be closer to her parents and assist with their health needs. Debbie’s passion for yoga began over ten years ago when she was feeling the adverse effects of stress and not able to overcome anxiety and fatigue from her daily exercise routine of going to the gym or biking. Yoga is a powerful, beautiful practice that has far reaching benefits for the mind, body and soul!
As a healthcare professional for over 38 years, Debbie has had the privilege to be part of peoples lives, caring for them, educating and supporting them through their disease processes, and hopefully offering them the tools to lead a more healthy productive natural life! Debbie earnestly believes if we did more yoga, meditation and used essential oils regularly, we would have less need for medications! Research is showing that these are important and valuable resources for us to use daily to achieve a more holistic and natural living life!
Come join her as she shares the beautiful practice of yoga!
Ren began her journey as a Pilates instructor rather recently but has already developed a deep rooted passion for the art of Controlology. Ren has a background in ballet, starting as a young child and has been practicing Yoga for the last 20 years. By day, she is a Physical Therapist Assistant with a specialty in Acute Care and treats hospitalized patients to regain functional mobility after prolonged illness. She is especially drawn to the Pilates method of exercise because of the focus on strengthening, lengthening and balancing the body in a safe and effective way that can be tailored for any physical level and become a life long practice. She truly believes that finding your own passion for movement will improve every aspect of life allowing one to lead a meaningful and joyful existence. Ren lives with her husband Ben, and two ornery children on the beautiful Choptank River in Cambridge, MD.