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Position: Personal Trainer
Alma Mater: Ivy Tech Community College
Alex is an Ivy Tech Community College of Bloomington graduate with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science. He is very motivated about teaching others with a health and functional movement focus that will benefit their daily life and activities. He stays up to date on effective training modalities that are relevant to help clients.
One of his major motivations is to help clients from varying backgrounds and experience levels to live healthy lifestyles through physical activity. He believes there is a realistic and attainable path for everyone to live a healthy and physically active life. He is skilled at identifying a client’s unique needs for a training program, understanding the client’s motivations and personality, and being open to adapt the approach while reaching toward a set goal for a client.
His training philosophies relate to positional stability and breath control first, as well as teaching to develop on being mindfully aware and in control while doing strength and conditioning. He believes in the value of task-oriented goal setting and focusing training to what a client may directly benefit from in their activities of daily life or athletic pursuits. He also likes to think outside the box and allow training to be fun and enjoyable.
Position: Personal Trainer
Sithara Gajapala is a student at the Kelley School of Business, studying Entrepreneurship, Business Management and Statistics. She is a former Division I Pole Vaulter, a lifelong athlete, and is committed to helping individuals of all backgrounds make changes now that will stick with them for life.
She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and is CPR/AED and First Aid certified through the Red Cross.
Sithara is passionate about treating the mind and body like a temple, with respect, and using movement as a positive outlet for negative energy. She is a firm believer in moderation over restriction and excession. When she isn’t training clients, Sithara loves lifting heavy, swimming, and doing yoga on her off days.
Position: Studio Owner
200 Hour Yoga Teacher
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Anna was brought to Bloomington by her rowing career, which landed her on Indiana University’s rowing team in 2008. After her rowing career culminated, Anna coached the novice team while continuing her studies at Indiana University’s School of Public Health. As a Health and Fitness Specialist major, she gained the knowledge necessary to bring elite-level training to people of all ages, capacities, and needs.
Her clientele has ranged in ages from 13 to 84 years old with each having unique needs and goals. In 2013, Anna became a certified personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise and currently holds her CPR, AED, and First Aid certification. In 2017, Anna became a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Nourishing Heart Yoga (NHY) with Matece Skow. In 2018, Anna became a faculty member of the NHY 200 hour curriculum where she teaches future yoga teachers how to integrate functional training with traditional yogic philosophy.
Anna believes in the power of healing through motion. Her programming is focused on establishing a mind-body connection through proper movement patterns, posture alignment, and range of motion. As a practicing yogi and former collegiate athlete, Anna’s training fuses yoga with functional strength training to find the optimal balance of increasing muscle mass and flexibility simultaneously.
Anna is passionate about each client’s unique wellness journey and creating a community within personal training and yoga. She works to achieve her own wellness goals through regular strength training, time on her yoga mat, meditation, and intuitive eating. When Anna is not at the studio, she can be found at a local coffee shop sipping a chai or an americano or playing in Bryan Park with her husband, son, and two dogs.
Anna is no longer taking new personal training clients. However, she works closely with her team of personal trainers to embody her personal training philosophy and believes in each team member fully. Anna IS taking new yoga clients! Reach out today to become a part of the studio family.