Elizabeth ( Shakti) has often been referred to as 'one of the UK's cutting edge & best loved teachers. She began her fitness career in the late '80's after being widowed with two babies when she discovered the benefits of exercise for severe stress and anxiety. She became an aerobics teacher, personal trainer before becoming one of the very first fitness instructors in the world to train in the matwork Pilates method, which was just beginning to be heard of outside of New York and London's (Covent Garden) prestigeous studio. She trained with Micheal King, Stott Pilates, and Karin Locher. Karin showed Liz the pilates that Elizabeth had been searching for all along- pilates as a truly intelligent art form over just 'an exercise technique' When she took Karin's training course having already been teaching Pilates fpr 10 years, Shakti realized that she had 'only just scratched the surface'.....
Since opening the doors to St Albans' very first fully equipped Pilates studio back in 2001, Shakti has won awards not just as best instructor in Hertfordshire, but also best studio. She spends time each year teaching in SE Asia, having taught many local teachers in her 6 and 12 month teacher training apprenticeship.Shakti also studied Yoga for two years in 2000, having already been teaching the ancient discipline for many years prior. She teaches mindfulness, is a qualified Heart IQ practitioner, theta healing and Reiki practitioner and has also studied thai massage, NLP , spiritual coaching , and spiritualism. Shakti is an ecstatic dance temple facilitator, teaching embodiment through movement and linking this with her Heart Circling practice. 'The Middle-aged Goddess Playbook, about to be published, is a reflection of her life experiences, spiritual teachings, self help and humour. Her new website Rise shakti.com is the place to go for coaching and more info on anything 'not pilates:' although she insists.... true pilates is everything- mindfulness, heart circling, healing, focus, concentration....... all rolled into one - and that you can take the technique with you everywhere - from the dance floor to the bedroom!
Wayne Starkey is principle teacher and Studio Manager at Fit-From-Within and did his training with Shakti in 2010. He is a very popular and loved teacher due to his caring and compassionate nature.This work is ingtrinsic to Wayne's philosophy on life and so he therefore is very 'at home' in the fit from within studio teaching his passion of mind body and soul health and fitness. Prior to this Wayne has an extensive background in Postural Alignment Therapy and Holistic Mind/Body Work. He has a background in various fields such as: Mindfulness, Spirituality, Personal Development and Life Coaching which he likes to share with clients during his classes. Wayne is a also certified Massage Therapist (Thai, Deep Tissue, Chair) and a Nutritional Microscopist, Reflexologist and experience Body-Worker and Energy-Healer.
Asa practitioner of Martial Arts for over 20 years he is also Gold Medalist Champion and has competed both Natioanl and Internationaly in Tai Chi Quan and is a certified Martial Arts Coach and Competition judge. Wayne holds weekly Tai Chi classes at Fit-From-Within. In his classes all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome to join and participate. He is also a trained Dancer of over 20 years and teaches modern Street-Dance classes in the Studio to all ages and runs beginner and intermediate courses in Poi (Fire) Spinning.
Rita had been a student of Elizabeth for 25 years prior to taking her one year apprenticeship! Rita completed her teacher training with Fit From Within in 2017, leaving her corporate life well and truly behind her. With clear instruction, a friendly and helpful personailty and a lifetime of experience in teaching, Rita brings a good mix of knowledge, people skills and compassion to the team. Rita is also the admin co ordinator and can be contacted on Ritayoung@fitfromwithin.co.uk