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Position: Personal Trainer + Studio Manager
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.
Rutva (Rudy) Patel
Position: Personal Trainer
Alma Mater: Indiana University
Rutva Patel has a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a concentration in Human Health and Disease and a minor in medical sciences from Indiana University. She has over 2,000 combined hours of clinical experience as a Patient Care Assistant at Indiana University Health Hospital. Her experiences include Inpatient Oncology, Preoperative/Postoperative Services, and Labor & Delivery. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is CPR/AED & First Aid certified through the American Red Cross.
She is committed to helping individuals create sustainable, enjoyable, and healthy lifestyle changes that will improve their quality of life. Rutva believes that fitness is a broad term and is committed to helping others find their niche. She is confident in her ideology that fitness is not a phase but a lifestyle. She is passionate about creating a workout setting where her clients are open to building emotional, mental, and physical awareness of their bodies.
Her fitness journey consists of dynamic strength training that allows for continuing expertise in stabilization, strength, and power. She advocates that it is never too late to put your health and fitness as a priority and, she is here to help. On her days off, Rutva loves hiking, strength training, and enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Position: Studio Owner, Certified Life Coach, + 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 91 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 and mindfulness. Her movement 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, coaching, and yoga. She works to achieve her own wellness goals through regular strength training, time on her yoga mat, and meditation. When Anna is not at the studio, she can be found at a local coffee shop sipping a chai tea latte (with oat milk!) 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 and coaching clients! Reach out today to become a part of the studio family.
You can learn more about Anna and her services through our sister brand through Attune.