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. All of our trainers are certified Functional Patterns Practitioners, giving you a step-by-step approach to overcome restrictions that have been holding you back from getting the most out of life. From chronic pain to inefficient biomechanics, we tackle each issue holistically to bring the body back to balance and unleash the movement warrior within. From that foundation, you’ll live with greatly increased personal strength and freedom and be on the path to sustainably get in the best shape of your life. 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 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 holistic transformation is truly a return journey to one’s natural state. He began seeking more natural and intelligent approaches to fitness and eventually became a Certified Functional Patterns Practitioner, a leading edge system of training that centers around optimizing movement through realigning to our unique bio-mechanical heritage as human beings.
He is also an active long sword fencer and along the way has continued his passion for theatre, most recently spending two years studying advanced improvisation at Berkeley Rep School of Theatre and co-founding 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.
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.