About Ashley

Ashley Beldon-Egbuna, MPH, is the founder of Move to Thrive LLC, owner of Embody to Thrive Pilates studio now located in Sebastopol, CA, and producer of the Pilates and Beyond YouTube Channel’s Fitness and Wellness video series.

With 20+ years experience teaching Pilates, 10+ years experience educating Pilates instructors for ITT Pilates (a premier Pilates certification program), and 15+ years designing and teaching continuing education courses for Pilates professionals, Ashley is a seasoned master instructor and bodyworker.

Ashley’s Degrees:

  • Master’s in Public Health, in health education, San Francisco State University, CA
  • Bachelor’s degree, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Certifications:

  • Pilates Matwork, PhysicalMind Institute
  • Pilates Equipment, ITT Pilates
  • Massage Therapy, Alive and Well School of Massage
  • Thai Massage, at Nuad Borarn School of Thai Massage, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Additional Studies:

  • Biomechanics, neuromuscular training, ideokinetic facilitation, functional movement choreographies with Irene Dowd
  • Corrective exercises and functional anatomy with Jean-Claude West and Anna Schmitz
  • Carl Stough’s Breathing Coordination
  • Alexander Technique with June Eckman
  • The Simonson Technique
  • Bartenieff Fundamentals with Peggy Hackney
  • Body-Mind Centering
  • Dragon and Tiger Qi Gong
  • Hakomi Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Bodynamics and Dance

Experience:

  • 20+ years of private and group Pilates isntruction
  • 10+ years Educating teachers for ITT Pilates certification program in San Francisco 
  • 6+ years Group Reformer class instruction at Millberry Fitness Center, UCSF
  • 10+ years group Pilates Mat instruction at Millberry Fitness Center, UCSF
  • 15+ years producing and teaching continuing education workshops for Pilates professionals, San Francisco Bay Area

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