“I started Pilates in 1997 while working as a dance instructor. I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune disease and Pilates was the only modality that made me feel better. Shortly after, I moved to Manhattan to apprentice with my teacher, the late Romana Kryzanowska, a protégé of Joseph Pilates, and consequently earned my first instructor certification under her tutelage. During this time in my life, I worked for and learned under many of Romana’s students: Bob Liekens, Michael Fritzke, Ton Voogt, Niedra Gabriel, Adylia Roman and Mejo Wiggin. When I moved back to Los Angeles, I managed the Pilates studio at Equinox’s facility in Pasadena. During this time, I earned a second instructor certification training through Power Pilates.
To deepen my study of anatomy, I studied dance medicine through New York’s Westside Dance Physical Therapy, learning side by side with physical therapists that oversee the health of the New York City Ballet and other professional dance companies. In 2016, I became a certified GYROTONIC® instructor, after training intensively with master trainer, Suzie Lewis.” In 2017, I attended the Applications for Dancers GYROTONIC®
Sharmila holds a master’s degree in spiritual psychology from the University of Santa Monica, emphasizing in consciousness, health and healing. She holds bachelor’s degrees in dance and communications from California State University, Fullerton. She has over 25 years of dance experience as a performer, choreographer and adjudicator. In 2016, she was featured on Lauren Ritchie’s Dance Podcast, available through iTunes.
Sharmila has worked with Hollywood’s leading actresses, including Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Louise Parker, and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, as well as former Victoria’s Secret Model Yasmeen Ghauri and former Miss America Maryann Mobley. She is a frequent lecturer at universities, teaching dance medicine workshops on injury prevention and wellness. Sharmila is available for individual performance coaching, in-studio consultations and workshop intensives. Check our events page for Sharmila’s most up-to-date workshop and seminar schedule.