Evelyn Kuo

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Since 1996 Evelyn Kuo has helped hundreds of clients hone athleticism, increase range of motion and strength, gain breath awareness, improve mental focus, achieve peace of mind, get relief from pain, recover from injuries, ease pregnancy, and include better health habits into daily life. As the owner of Essence of Motion for the last 15 years, she has strived to create a sacred space for people to connect with their bodies and minds. Teaching with expertise, a calming demeanor, and a strong work ethic keep students eagerly coming back for more.

Certified in Pilates through the Physical Mind Institute, Evelyn has studied with masters in the field including renowned teacher Jillian Hessel. She is also certified in Shiatsu massage and has studied craniosacral therapy at the prestigious Upledger Institue, Reiki healing in England, and breath meditation with David Elliott in Los Angeles. Her unique approach is supported by ongoing training in her current fields of knowledge, as well as other alternative healing methods such as yoga, aqua-craniosacral therapy, and Functional Physical Therapy. Athletic since childhood, her interest in movement has driven her to understand how various therapies contribute to a stronger, healthier body and mind.

“My desire is to educate people about body awareness and the physical connections that improve health, both inside and out. After working with me, I hope students regularly include the learned concepts into their daily lives. Doing so will bring more joy, balance, and peace.”
When away from the studio you can find Evelyn Zen dancing, hiking the beautiful Southern California Mountains, or enjoying the sun and surf at the beach. Evelyn resides in Pasadena with her husband, Krys Mach.

Jessica Ham

Jessica’s professional fitness journey began in 2017. She was amazed by how refreshing her body felt after each pilates session. Her newfound passion for health and fitness led her to complete an extensive 500 hour comprehensive Pilates certification program with BASI Pilates. She is also a certified personal trainer under CFSC by Mike Boyel. Jessica strives towards sharing the life changing health benefits that pilates and weight training provides.

Jessica is experienced with pre and post natal training, athlete training, surgery rehabilitation, as well as posture and body alignment. Her passion for helping clients rehabilitate led her to complete her Breast Cancer Exercise Specialist certification with the Pink Ribbon Program. Jessica enjoys finding ways to integrate flow and harmony into each session, and believes pilates can be tailored for everyone who seeks physical and mental benefits.

After doing Pilates with Jessica, you can expect to have a better understanding of how to perform exercises appropriately for your body with correct form. You will feel inspired to build healthy habits and gain confidence physically and mentally. Jessica will help you through your short-term and long-term goals.