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Sarah Artha Negara, Owner & Operator of Bali Body Pilates, is a Balanced Body® Pilates Master Instructor, PMA® Certified Teacher, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist, YogaFit® Instructor, and Reiki 2 Practitioner. She is also a Kinesiology & Dance Faculty member at College of San Mateo and has taught at Cabrillo College, Mills College, Mission College, and University of California, Santa Cruz.

In 2011, Sarah founded the Pilates Instructor Certificate Program (PICP) at College of San Mateo, featured in Pilates Style Magazine (April 2014). It is now in its 6th year and has over 100 graduates who teach at over 50 Bay Area locations and abroad.

Sarah's areas of expertise range from injury prevention (pre-hab), post-rehabilitation training, Pilates for Scoliosis, Pilates for Osteoporosis, Pre/Post-natal Pilates & Yoga, Performance Enhancement, Flexibility Training, Dance Conditioning, Barre, and beyond.

Sarah began her Pilates training while obtaining an undergraduate degree in dance at Long Beach State University training under Susan McLain (Martha Graham dancer) and Karen Clippinger (Kinesiologist, Master Instructor, author of Dance Anatomy & Kinesiology and Pilates Anatomy). In 2002 she completed a teacher training program with Nora St.John and Naomi Leiserson at Turning Point Studios and obtained Balanced Body Faculty status in 2010. Sarah is also a graduate of Mills College with an MFA in Dance Performance & Choreography.

At the start of her career she taught and directed Pilates programs in the San Francisco Bay Area while dancing for a variety of local modern dance companies. After earning a master’s degree in dance at Mills College in Oakland, she expanded her career into academia. She currently lives in her home-town of Santa Cruz and spend periods of time at her family's home in Bali as well. She fell in-love with Bali in 2010 after meeting her husband, I Gede Oka Artha Negara, a Gamelan musician and dancer from Bali, Indonesia.

Sarah is dedicated to providing high quality training and education to clients and instructors alike, She is not just a teacher’s teacher, but continues to deepen her own education and practice as much as possible. She is hungry for personal growth in her own life and for her clients. She continues to take workshops and classes from other master instructors; is open to looking at things from new & traditional perspectives, and stays in tune with current trends and research. She also believes in a positive approach to teaching and communicating using inclusive and transformative language (read her Pilates Intel article). Her passion for movement and the arts is embodied in her mind-body-spirit. She believes in doing what you love and loving what you do and wishes to inspire others to do, embody, and live with this same sense of purpose and satisfaction.


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