The instructors at Bonita Pilates & Yoga are all hand-selected by its founder, Renee, based upon their knowledge, commitment, and training. All of them have at least 4 years of teaching behind them. And, the Pilates instructors also have a therapeutic background. This background in physical therapy allows them to recommend movement that is consistent with preventing injury and helping with restorative care.

Renée Carlson

Founder of Bonita Pilates & Yoga

Stretching The Status Quo In The Health & Fitness Industry

Renée Carlson is a breath of fresh air in the fitness industry. Balancing physical therapy and Pilates, her Bonita Pilates & Yoga Studio focuses on lengthening muscles, increasing mobility, strengthening your core, and preventing and alleviating pain.

An Entrepreneur with an Exceptional Educational Background

This 5’1 petite powerhouse has always been passionate about exercise as a path to wellness even while playing basketball as a point guard – really! Ready to jump to a full understanding of body mechanics, she earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from USC and an M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of the Pacific.

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Theresa Rincon Melhorn

Yoga instructor

Terri was initially drawn to the practice of Yoga over 10 years ago as a means to overcome stress. She discovered the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits and was inspired to expand her practice to teaching. She has been a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance for over 5 years and is a member of The International Association of Yoga Therapists. With her Bachelors in Physical Therapy and Masters in Psychology, Terri is a uniquely qualified Yoga teacher. She has a passion for helping others and combines her therapeutic approaches with her Yoga practice to create an environment in her classes that are safe yet challenging and compassionate yet energizing.

Rebecca Cummings

Yoga Instructor

IIn the every day hustle of growing up in NYC, Rebecca was quickly touched by a deep sense of empowerment, ease and grace after her first yoga class. Yoga and meditation became an aid through many challenges and transitions in her life and gave her tools for physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength. She received her first yoga teacher training through Naropa University while working for her degree in the Psychology of Health & Healing and her second training through Tillai University in Denver. She has committed thousands of hours of practice on the mat and on the meditation cushion and is grateful to share the yogic journey with others. Her passionate and playful nature makes her classes and one-on-one sessions filled with compassion, healing, humor and unconditional encouragement for all walks of life.

Erin Hardiman

Pilates Instructor

Erin fell in love with Pilates after recovering from chronic back pain due to competitive horse riding. Her compassion for her clients and knowledge of the body has made Erin a dynamic and thorough instructor. Erin herself is an all-around athlete who has given Pilates her complete focus and dedication, and her passion for teaching is apparent in every session she gives. Erin has a Bachelors of Science from San Diego State University, a Fitness Specialist certification and is recognized by the American Council of Exercise as a Personal Trainer. She has a comprehensive Pilates certification through Balanced Body and has experience training with the Romana Method.

Corey Cochiolo

Meditation Instructor

Cory’s kind manner and gentle voice takes you on a journey out of your busy mind and into peaceful non-judging space during her Guided Meditation class. As a Certified Hypnotherapist and with a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology, Cory is a highly qualified teacher of meditation. She has a passion for teaching people how to heal physical or emotional issues through the power of meditation. She developed a program called “The Power of Meditation” in 2011 and has helped many beginners learn the foundations of meditation practice and guide those versed in meditation to advance their practice. Her classes are relaxing, renewing, and mind-opening.

Melissa Minjarez

Pilates Instructor

Melissa has a diverse background of skills and training that she brings to Bonita Pilates and Yoga. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from CSU Stanislaus and Pilates Certifications from Pilates Coach and Balanced Body. She has over 15 years experience teaching and making a change in peoples lives through the powerful work of Pilates. Previous to her Pilates training, Melissa has been acknowledged as a competitive gymnast, wrestler, and track and cross-country runner. Being an athlete most of her life, she has had her fair share of injuries. She has overcome these injuries through the help of Pilates and her own personal fitness routine. Melissa is very passionate about how Pilates can transform the way your body feels, looks, and performs for both men and women of all ages and all fitness levels.

Eliza Korshin

Yoga Instructor

A devoted Yoga practitioner since 2007, Eliza completed her 200 hour teacher training with Dana Rae Pare and is certified through Yoga Alliance. Drawing from her Ashtanga background, Eliza's classes include strong emphasis on breath and the importance of proper alignment. Aside from a yoga mat, she believes that an open-mind, compassion, and a sense of humor are the most important things to bring with you to any yoga practice.

Karla Rodas

Yoga Instructor

Karla found Yoga as a navy spouse and mother of two sons, she was stressed out and wound tight when her husband was deployed for many months at a time. Since her first 200-hr Yoga certification, she has completed several more workshops and specializes in yoga for trauma/military communities and restorative-yin and yoga therapeutics for those suffering from chronic pain and injury. Through her practice of Yoga, Karla has evolved into an ambassador of love and hugs. She is originally a native New Yorker but now lives a chill San Diego life dedicated to help others self-heal and tap into their own inner beauty, strength and limitless potential.

Gina Bolles

Yoga Instructor

Gina is a professional dancer and Registered Yoga Teacher. While working toward her Masters of Fine Arts in Dance at the University of Oregon,
Gina was inspired by the physical, emotional, and mental transformation she felt as a practitioner of Yoga. She embarked on her Yoga Teacher Training with a deep desire to share this powerful practice with others. Her study and practice are largely inspired by teachers Gerhard Gessner and Jeanie Carlstead, and focus on the Vinyasa, Anusara-Inspired Flow, and Hatha styles of Yoga. In addition to teaching Yoga, Gina teaches dance at the Coronado School of Fine Arts and Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts

Liz Myers

Yoga Instructor

Liz believes practicing yoga teaches people to be a great observer of their mind, body and spirit. She earned her 200 hour teaching certification through the Mastery of Life Teacher Training program as well as certification in Yoga for Cancer Therapy.
Her inspiration for using meditation and other therapeutic mindfulness techniques comes from her personal journey through chronic pain and other health challenges. She provides mindfulness based healing practices such as meditation, yoga, mindful life coaching, counseling and restorative retreats. One of her most influential and recognized meditation training programs was earned through the UCSD Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program. Liz’s classes are revitalizing, enlightening, and healing.

Angelica Batista Cazares

Pilates Instructor

Angelica has been passionate about Pilates since 2009. She feels her creativity flows when teaching and after becoming a certified Pilates instructor through Stott Pilates Program she truly found her purpose. She has a strong background working with clients with an array of heath issues and injuries, clients looking to improve sports performance, or just improve their overall strength and flexibility.