Relic Movement is founded on the belief that your pursuit of health and wellness can be an intuitive journey when you learn to follow the ancient wisdom of your body. With a deep and holistic understanding of human biomechanics, we aim to teach you to reconnect to those instincts and provide a community that empowers you to move forward everyday.
Our personal training program is at the foundation of everything we do. Our step-by-step approach allows us to remove restrictions that have been holding you back from getting the most out of life. From inefficient walking mechanics to negative stress patterns, we tackle each issue holistically to heal the body inside and out. From that foundation, you should expect to move better, experience less pain, and live with a much larger sense of personal strength and freedom. Our other programs and classes are designed to give you the opportunity to continually improve your movement while empowering you to live the active and spontaneous lifestyle your body craves.
Relic Movement Studio was born out of Jonathan’s desire to help people live fuller lives. While studying Kinesiology and Theatre at the University of Southern California, he decided to delve deeper into his love for sports and movement and became a certified personal trainer through the American College of Exercise.
After college he was brought on as a fitness coach at Live-In Fitness Enterprise, a weight loss facility in Marina Del Rey. There he found is love for guiding personal transformation, both in the body and mind and soon discovered that this transformation is truly a return journey to one’s natural state. He began seeking more natural and intuitive approaches to fitness and eventually became a Certified Natural Trainer, a certification that integrates functional movement-based training with plant-based nutrition. Along the way he has continued his passion for acting by staying involved in the theatre arts. Most recently he spent two years studying advanced improvisation at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and co-founded The Incidentalists Theatre Company.
Sonya is passionate about creating mindful environments that promote health for her community and family. Her journey in health and wellness began at Loyola Marymount University where she worked as a supervisor of the fitness facilities. While studying she also nurtured her impulses for visual creativity by attending an immersive five month art program at New York University. After college she found inspiration working at a vitamin and smoothie shop in Santa Monica and began delving deeper into healthier and more sustainable ways of life. She would soon become certified in Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell University and also become a Certified Natural Trainer through Monkey Bar Gym. Together with her then fiancé, Jonathan, she dreamed up opening a community-based business with a welcoming and wholesome environment that truly enriched the lives of all who walked through the doors. She now heads all the creative output of Relic Movement Studio and is soaking up every second of her latest little creation – her baby boy, Raphael.
Andy moved to the Bay Area from Hawaii in 2007 and began his career in youth fitness as a coach for Playworks, a nonprofit program that serves low-income schools in major urban areas. Through Playworks, Andy learned the power of safe, fun and healthy play, creating a place for every child to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. In 2013 Andy was recruited by Education for Change to teach Health and Fitness at an East Oakland charter school. There he taught Physical Education to elementary and middle school students, and continues to be passionate about bringing out the best in every child.
After extensive 1-on-1 training with Jonathan, he found that the philosophies of Relic Movement Studio resonated with his lifestyle and fitness goals. Now as head trainer, he is excited to help our members maximize their potential and achieve their fitness goals, as well as bring about a sense of fun and life-balance.
Shelly has been in the fitness arena since 1994. She is dedicated to her own health and wellness and has been a mentor to many. Her reputation has been built on quality and professionalism and has throughout her career worked with diverse populations including the elderly and children. Shelly trained in the Nia Technique and reached black belt mastery. She has been a personal trainer since 1996 and has a 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certification.
She has been teaching classes since 1985 in Yoga, water aerobics, and dance. Her retreats have taken her to Costa Rica and Machu Picchu. She has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and on local Bay Area television and has twice been awarded “The Best of the Bay” by Diablo Magazine. From Shelly: “I can’t imagine doing anything else in my life. I feel blessed and honored to offer my skills as a teacher. It is important to me to establish a learning environment that empowers everyone who comes to my classes.”
For nearly 10 years Laura has been a student of the Nia movement practice and it has been a dream of hers to become a Nia teacher. In February of 2009 she completed the Nia White Belt teacher training and in January of 2010 took things to the next level in completing her Green Belt training. Ever since she has been thrilled to be teaching Nia each week!
As a certified Life and Wellness Coach, Laura has supported clients over the past 15 years in creating the crucial connection between feeling strong, healthy and comfortable in their bodies and empowered in their lives. She finds Nia to be an incredibly powerful tool in bringing balance, strength and stability not only to the body… but to one’s overall well-being.
Danielle is a Black Belt Nia Instructor and Certified Flower Essence Practitioner. She has been a Nia teacher for over 13 years and delights each and every time she steps onto the dance floor and experiences the Joy of Movement, whether as teacher or student. After a short time away in China, she is back and enjoying sharing Nia’s joy with all willing participants. When she isn’t dancing, she’s practicing yoga, hiking, working in the garden and traveling.