Instructors

Jack CoelhoJack Coelho

Jack Coelho, Owner of Vital Body Studio, holds certifications in Pilates, GYROTONIC® Kundalini yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, and Healing Tao Qigong. He has over 15 years of teaching experience in the field of mind-body fitness. Jack has taught Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Yoga, and Qigong in Portland, Oregon since 2005. Jack directed the Healing Arts program at Maya Tulum Retreat Center in Tulum, Mexico and managed the Mind Body Spirit program at Santa Clarita Athletic Club in Los Angeles, California. He has taught at numerous athletic clubs, including the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and the Multnomah Atheltic Club, as well as retreat centers, and studios throughout Los Angeles and the Pacific Northwest. His experience as teacher and practitioner of Pilates, GYROTONIC®, Yoga, and Qigong have cultivated in him a deep recognition of the role of vital energy, called "prana" or "Qi", in promoting long term health and vitality. In addition to the many practical benefits of all of the systems he teaches, it is this deeper awareness that he seeks to assist others in recognizing and enhancing through his teaching.

 

Lucero Barry

Lucero has taught Pilates for more than fifteen years. She has worked in New York, Cambridge, and -- most recently -- owned and operated her own studio in San Francisco.  She teaches both the authentic Pilates Method of exercise and the MELT Method of self-care.  In 2000, Lucero completed a rigorous certification program with Romana Kryzanowska, a pupil of Joseph Pilates himself, and with master teacher Bob Liekens.  In 2012, Lucero became certified as a MELT Method instructor (Hand and Food Certification, Instructor Certification and Strength Level 1 Certification) by Sue Hitzmann, the Method's creator.

Lucero received her B.F.A. in dance from the Boston Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, with an emphasis on choreography and teaching. After graduation, she moved to New York City where she spent eight years studying and teaching dance. She taught at Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Floating Hospital, Homes for The Homeless among other places. In 1989, to support her dancing career, she began taking classes in the Pilates Method with great teachers such as, Cary Regan and Bob Liekens. Throughout the years she took many workshops with Jean-Claude West, a renowned kinesiologist who shifted a paradigm by combining knowledge of human biomechanics with the Pilates repertory. She also has taken many Pilates workshops in New York, San Francisco and Seattle.  As cross-training, Lucero has run marathons and practices yoga.  She is currently in a two-year mindfulness program run by Spirit Rock Meditation Center. All of these practices influence her teaching.