Monique Mynlieff

Creative, Precise, Understanding

Red Monkey Studio brings together many of the things Monique loves: people, movement and a beautiful, energized environment. In 2004, Monique opened Red Monkey Studio with the goal of giving clients the best in movement education and putting together a creative, supportive teaching environment for a fabulous group of instructors. She has been teaching Pilates and GYROTONIC® since 1999, while creating and maintaining a positive place for people to move! Before moving to Tucson in 1997, Monique received a MA in Fine Arts in Seattle, Washington.

TEACHES: Pilates, Gyrotonic®

 

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Kierstin Kohn

caring, focused, trusted

Fitness, fun and friendship are 3 things Kierstin loves about Red Monkey. Red Monkey is where she first fell in love with Pilates! She received her Bachelors degree at UA in 2014 and in 2016 a Masters degree in International Development.  

 

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Patti Strauss

energetic, caring, precise

I bring vitality to my classes each time I teach. I like to prepare lessons that incorporate lots of variety so that my students have a fun class while never getting bored.

My own fitness challenges, due to a years ago auto injury, helps me to understand and teach all levels of ability. I am continually learning new modalities to keep current and active

I have been teaching since 2003. I have tried to help others learn how to help themselves through movement. My Pilates certification was through the Ron Fletcher Program of Study and I have been a member of the PMA since 2003. My continuing interest in education led me to become a Level I Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis teacher. I have also added a TRX Certification to my growing list of teaching methods. 

TEACHES: Pilates, Gyrotonic®, Gyrokinesis, TRX

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Andrea Lucero

Playful, Creative, Caring

I found Pilates after suffering from low back pain. I was working a physically demanding job as an adult care home owner and was always in pain. After practicing Pilates regularly 3 times a week my back pain was gone! After that I fell in Love with the practice and was committed to it.

In my classes you will get a full body workout. I like to keep my barre and Pilates classes fun, fresh and challenging . I prefer to teach a combination of technical and fitness classes -- I think it is best to incorporate both in my teaching and classes. I’ve been in the healthcare industry since 2005 and continue to study and keep up with the latest fitness trends and practices. 

TEACHES: Pilates, Barre, TRX

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Jojo Brooks

Playful, Therapeutic, Intuitive

I try to address the individual needs of each client even in a large group class.  My focus always remains on making the class fun, enjoyable, and somewhat therapeutic in nature.   It is my desire to also bring my dance background to classes and to increase a student’s love of movement.

I am a seasoned teacher and professional dancer with a total of 38 years of teaching experience. I am certified in Therapeutic Pilates and am a Myoskeletal Alignment Therapist.  Therapeutic Pilates utilizes equipment, breathing techniques and exercises to realign the posture, correct imbalances in the pelvis and shoulder girdle and to strengthen the core.  Myoskeletal Alignment Techniques (MAT) utilize a potent blend of deep tissue, muscle energy and joint stretching techniques.  Both techniques provide a powerfully effective modality for the non-invasive management of all kinds of client pain.  These techniques have become a favored treatment among manual therapists, such as massage and bodywork practitioners, athletic trainers, orthopedic and functional movement experts, structural integration therapists, and many more.

Group classes at RMPS: Tue/Thu 10am Barre
TEACHES: Pilates, Therapeutic Pilates, Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy, Barre

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Jill Hadap

Attentive, Encouraging, Dynamic

My yoga classes focus on the needs of the students and each sequence is built organically to accommodate issues and inquiries as they arise. Despite the hard work of the class to try to maintain a measure of lightness and humor to balance the depth of self-inquiry and exploration we strive for on our mats.

My teaching style is technical -- my classes support a growth in self-awareness and through awareness, a sense of well-being and fitness. I’ve been teaching for over 8 years and believe proper alignment is paramount to a strong, healthy body.

Classes at RMPS: Tue/Thu 8:30AM Yoga & Thu 12pm Yoga Flow
TEACHES: Yoga

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Tracie Kivisto

Energetic, Friendly, Unpredictable

I enjoy incorporating classic techniques and form while creating new exercises.  Being inventive and creative is important to me.  I hope that clients leave a class or private session feeling like they have been challenged by something unfamiliar.

My favorite teaching always involves technical and fitness together.  I often work with exercises that challenge a client’s imbalances.  I feel like helping them move more efficiently and connecting movement to technical detail helps them improve their overall fitness.

I have been teaching various forms of fitness for over ten years and pilates since 2014.

My work experience has included high end resorts as well as small private studios.


TEACHES: Pilates, Barre, Bootcamp

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Tovach Rich

Energetic, Fun, Caring

Just like every day is so different, every class of mine is different. With smaller groups I always encourage and show modifications, so that can everyone can benefit and have a great workout. I like to keep students on their toes -- my goal is to have students leave my class feeling strong, mentally and physically.

I prefer both fitness and technical classes -- variety spices up workouts and life!

I’ve been teaching for over 16 years. I’ve been teaching at Red Monkey for over 2 years now.

Classes at RMPS: Wednesday 8:15AM Pilates Fusion, Wednesday 9AM Total Body Stretch
TEACHES: Pilates, Yoga

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Benjamin Thomas

Intuitive, Precise, Thorough

I bring my own authenticity to each class.  I believe in a daily practice that addresses the Mind, Body, Energy, Meditation, and Philosophical connections between these elements.  My own practice informs me of the challenges a student also faces.  All levels are welcomed in my classes.  I ask for a student’s full attention and desire to be the best they can be and in return I try to bring a superior level of teaching to each student.

I enjoy addressing and training a completely authentic Iyengar style yoga class that has both elements i.e. fitness and technical in each session.

My experience spans over 41 years.  I have traveled extensively around the world.  My desire is to share my knowledge of living an intentional life with my students.  I want to help students meld their inner and outer strength that creates unity between the mind, body and soul.  As a result of my practice and teaching style, I have developed a loving and mindful community of yogis that are motivated and eager to improve themselves.  Wit, wisdom and compassion help me convey my deep knowledge of the inner structure of yoga so that students can expand their awareness.

Class at RMPS: M/W/F High Noon Yoga
TEACHES: Iyengar Yoga

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Patricia Matthews

Energetic, Positive, Friendly

My classes are fun, challenging and exciting.  I love to make my class smile.  We try to dance our hearts out.  Any time I teach I give it my all. I was born and raised in Chile and the Latin music and flavor are in my blood. I am a very enthusiastic, energetic, positive person. Dancing is my passion. I’ve been teaching Group Fitness classes for the past seven years, and love every minute of it.

When I am not at the gym teaching my classes I volunteer my time in many fundraisers, non-profit charity and local events throughout the year, always spreading the Zumba Love, giving back and helping raising money and awareness for causes that matter in our community.

I love teaching exciting & fun classes that are going to make people feel amazing & happy! My goal is to get everyone moving while having fun -- we do this at our own pace and fitness levels while keeping challenging.

Class at RMPS: Saturday 9AM Zumba
TEACHES:  Certified Group Exercise and Strength Training Instructor.
Licensed to TEACH: Zumba® Fitness, Zumba® Sentao, Zumba® Toning, Zumba® Kids, Aqua Zumba®, STRONG by Zumba™, Tabata Bootcamp™ and R.I.P.P.E.D. ®

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Briana Gee

Sincere, Enthusiastic, Fun

The participants make my classes fun by bringing positive energy that we can all feed off of. I always aim for people to enjoy themselves during their workouts because fitness should be fun. I love seeing someone achieve new successes each time we meet and taking new challenges as we go. My teaching style is to be encouraging while still challenging participants to strive for more.  My personality is to be a team player with a very motivating and positive attitude.

I have been teaching for over 8 years in a variety of settings. My favorite form of teaching is group training. My experience includes private studios, and community fitness facilities.

Group Classes at RMPS: Saturday 9AM TRX
TEACHES: Personal Training, TRX

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dorothy turner

Technical, Creative, Compassionate

I teach in a focused and intuitive manner. Each time I work with a student I am looking for new ways to solve the puzzles of the body before me.  I like to offer challenging classes that are fun while addressing chronic issues a client may be working on.  My teaching style is hands on and very compassionate.

I strive for a balance between fitness and technical instruction.I bring over 18 years of teaching experience to each student.  My training has been with a huge variety of Master Trainers.  I am always learning new ways to keep my teaching fresh.

Classes at RMPS:  Gyrokinesis Monday 10AM
TEACHES: Gyrotonic, Gyrokinesis, Stretch, Pilates

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MELISSA HARTIGAN

anatomical, intuitive, sincere

I graduated from Mueller College of Holistic Studies in San Diego, CA and received my National Certification for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in 2005.  My style includes therapeutic bodywork and I tend to specialize in trigger point therapy, sports massage and injury prevention/recovery. I really believe in the importance of massage and bodywork and the overall positive effects it has on our wellbeing.  I am a native to Tucson and enjoy all things outdoors. A few of my favorites include mountain biking, hiking and camping.  My goal is to facilitate the work you are doing with your Pilates and Gyrotonics Instructors.

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