Core Align Class: Beginning/Intermediate

This class is taught by:

Adam Lacey

Certified Pilates Instructor & Core Align Instructor
Adam has practiced manual therapy since 1992, specializing in Esalen Deep Bodywork and Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT), a functional movement assessment and training modality. Adam started his personal Pilates journey with Jennifer Eisele, who teaches Pilates at Agile Monkey and is a bodyworker specializing in Rolfing. Jennifer offered Pilates as an ongoing movement education to maintain the benefits of Structural Integration - Adam was inspired by the benefits of combining the two modalities and pursued advanced training in both. Adam is now a certified Pilates Instructor and is also training on the CoreAlign to further increase his understanding of functional movement.


Adam sees Pilates and CoreAlign as ongoing movement practices that perfectly compliment Structural Bodywork. With extensive anatomical training, and a keen eye for assessing postural imbalances, Adam brings great attention and focus to each private session and group class that he teaches.


Adam has been an uninhibited mover his entire life, enjoying climbing, hiking, biking and dancing. His ongoing movement practice includes Pilates, CoreAlign, Kundalini Yoga, improvisational dance and cycling.

Arwen Brooke

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor, CoreAlign Instructor & Balanced Body Faculty.  

Arwen began her Pilates journey back in 2002. As with many people, too much time spent commuting to a cubicle lead her to try Pilates as a form of stress relief; the positive benefits of Pilates on her body and mind exceeded her expectations and transformed her life.

In 2004 she moved to Hawaii to begin her certification process with the PhysicalMind Institute. She completed her training back in California with Tom McCook at Center of Balance, where she later worked and continued to study. There she was also introduced to Yoga & Meditation in movement, which greatly influenced her teaching. In 2008 Arwen began working with Lisa Graham, owner of Agile Monkey and Faculty member for Balanced Body. She since has assisted Lisa with countless instructor training courses and in the spring of 2011, Arwen became a Balanced Body Faculty member.

In the summer of 2012 Arwen trained with Nora St. John & Portia Page on the CoreAlign and offers instruction with this dynamic piece of equipment as well.

As an instructor, Arwen is dedicated to the Pilates Method but is always adapting her teaching to her clients’ needs. Her teaching style is one of empowerment, encouraging students to learn their way into better fitness & an overall better life experience. Arwen has had an active life from childhood (playing soccer, climbing mountains, snowboarding, etc), so she is able to work and teach the fit in focused, dynamic, sports specific ways. In addition she had great success with training post-rehab clients and has developed a passion for the healing process. Arwen enjoys motivating and encouraging confidence in all of her clients by helping them to develop efficient, healthy movement patterns. Being a part of a person’s journey from pain to pain-free is an amazing and wonderful thing, and to Arwen, it is the best job in the world.

Jeannette Normington

Senior Certified Pilates Instructor & CoreAlign Instructor.  

Jeannette Normington enjoyed an 18 year career as a professional dancer, touring the world performing in production shows. Pilates was instrumental in helping Jeannette prolong her dance career. Her certifications include, mat work at UNLV in 2001, Comprehensive Pilates training through Body Arts & Science International in 2003, Pre/Post-Natal at The Center for Women’s Fitness in 2006 and Core Align 1, 2 in 2008. Jeannette interned at the Keith Kleven Institute of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for Sports and Dance. To deepen her work, Jeannette is currently a part of a one-year mentorship program, “Passing the Torch” offered by Balanced Body, with master teacher, Tom McCook. Jeannette is passionate about sharing the benefits of Pilates for post-rehabilitation, athletic performance and quality of life - for clients and professionals alike.

A native to Santa Cruz, Jeannette is excited to share Pilates and contribute to creating wellness within her home community. In 2008, Jeannette opened her own business, Seascape Pilates where she offers quality instruction and diversity into her workouts combining BASI, Stott and Polestar methods. Jeannette is an avid sportswoman, also trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and yoga, lately enjoying Tai Chi and Qi Gong. She is dedicated to helping people of all ages achieve their maximum fitness potential and making people feel well cared for. Jeannette is honored to join the Monkey team, having always enjoyed Agile Monkey as a friendly, professional, and supportive studio.

Intro Offer: Try your First 3 Core Align Group Classes for only $100! 
The CoreAlign improves posture, balance and functional movement in a fast-paced, challenging workout unlike anything else. 

Developed by physical therapist Jonathan Hoffman, the CoreAlign method stimulates core stability muscles to fire in perfect timing while performing practical and challenging exercises, very deep stretches and core controlled aerobic training. The method is used for musculoskeletal rehabilitation, performance enhancement and as a regular sport for a healthy lifestyle. It is a perfect compliment to Pilates training, but can also be done independently.

At Agile Monkey, we are excited to be able to introduce the CoreAlign to the Santa Cruz community. It is an amazing system that utilizes the Pilates principles but brings the movement theory into a very practical upright application, and is appropriate for clients of all fitness levels.

Beginning/Intermediate: This class is appropriate for clients who have some experience on the Core Align and/or Pilates. 

Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Dec 19 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed Dec 19 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Arwen Brooke
  • Sat Dec 22 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed Jan 02 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed Jan 02 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Arwen Brooke
  • Sat Jan 05 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Class Full
    Tue Jan 08 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Jeannette Normington
  • Wed Jan 09 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed Jan 09 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Arwen Brooke
  • Sat Jan 12 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Class Full
    Tue Jan 15 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Jeannette Normington
  • Wed Jan 16 7:00 am - 7:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Wed Jan 16 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Arwen Brooke
  • Sat Jan 19 9:00 am - 9:55 am with Adam Lacey
  • Class Full
    Tue Jan 22 10:30 am - 11:25 am with Jeannette Normington