Originally from Russia, then the Bay Area, I now live in beautiful Sacramento, California.  I loved to move since my first ballet class when I was four years old. Years later, I found myself at gyms, Pilates studios, running on roads and trails, in spin rooms, lifting weights, and watching my dad throw Kettlebells around like nobody’s business. I pursued it all and loved to train.

I did not start out as a fitness expert – for years I did it all on the side while working in politics.

Fast forward a few years and  I realized that to add significant value into this world and do something I truly believe and stand for, I need to keep educating myself in physiology, anatomy, fitness, and nutrition, and use my experience to help others. I buckled down and started training, studying, and gained a Comprehensive Pilates Trainer certification through Balanced Body University. I quit my 9-5 job, and was on my way to opening a Pilates Studio.

For years, I struggled with finding the right balance between my career, keeping myself fit, and making time for my personal life and family – that’s why it’s so important for me to help you create a fitness and lifestyle plan that will bring you joy and satisfaction.

Pilates is the only exercise method that kept my attention for almost a decade. When I started my own Pilates practice I found it uniquely complimentary – no matter what was going on in my life, Pilates was the constant.

Maria recently set out to open Humani Pilates – a Pilates studio in Midtown, Sacramento – with the simple idea that no matter how many things we are juggling in our lives, we deserve to find a workout that feels good and fits into our lifestyle.


  1. Katerina
    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    Hi Maria,

    I came across your blog while looking for any information I caould find online on qualifying as a Pilates instructor. What a great bolg! Its so nice to be able to read your experiences and see whats ahead for me :)

    I am based in London (UK) and about to start my lev1-3 floor pilates (REPS Level 3) through Active IQ qualification that should take me between 9-12 months to complete. I would like to read up more on anatomy of Pilates are there any books you can recommend?

    TAke care,

  2. Katerina
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    Hi Maria,

    Thanks a lot for the reading list, finishing Anatomy of Pilates and its a helpful addition to the course im doing.


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