Our Team

With the right trainer everyone can achieve their potential, and here at inBalance we have the best team in San Antonio.
If you're looking to work up a sweat and burn off calories, improve your posture with Pilates or find some inner peace in our yoga classes our expert trainers will help you reach your goals. So, what are you waiting for? Let's meet the team.

Hope Cowgill | inBalance - San Antonio

inBalance founder and creator, and fitness and wellness expert, Hope Pedraza, fell in love with dance at the age of 3 and has yet to stop moving. Born and raised a Southern girl in Louisiana, Hope Cowgill Pedraza has had a passion for rhythm and movement since she could walk, and danced her way through high school and college before discovering the benefits of Pilates and the mindfulness of yoga. This strengthening and flexibility enhancing exercise appealed to her as a dancer and came as second nature.

After a decade of teaching fitness and earning certifications in fitness and Pilates, including becoming a licensed Fletcher provider, a 500 Hour BASI Comprehensive Pilates, a Certified Personal Trainer through ACSM, a certified Nutrition Coach through NAFC as well as The Nutritious Life and is a Board Certified Member of the America Association of Drugless Practitioners, Hope opened inBalance, a fitness and wellness studio offering yoga, pilates, barre, dance and fitness classes in San Antonio, Texas.

Her goal with inBalance is to help others enjoy the exhilaration of Pilates and dance and the peace-of-mind that true health brings. While running her business in its start up phase with a full time job, Hope eventually “retired” from her day job as a high school teacher and dance team coach, so she could devote her time and energy to her studio, to focus on her true passion and love of health and fitness, share the concepts and techniques of Pilates and her love of movement with other people, to provide a sense of belonging and community, and to educate them on the power of purposeful movement.

Hope is best known for her high energy barre, pilates and dance cardio classes. She developed the inBalance Barre® Certification program to showcase her love and talent for teaching and developing barre and fitness classes, and to propagate a lifestyle that demonstrates a love of movement and prides itself on connecting the mind, body, and spirit for wholeness. She uses this program to motivate and inspire her clients as well as other fitness enthusiasts, to combine dance movements she loves with other methods, like yoga and Pilates, to make these modes of movement accessible to everyone, even non-dancers.

Hope is a member of the San Antonio Mayor’s Fit Council and is the contributing blogger for the FitCity SA fitness blog. She has experience working with various college level sports teams in strength and condition including the Louisiana Tech football, boys’ and girls’ basketball, teams, and the Trinity Baseball team, and is now the go-to fitness expert for strength and conditioning for numerous dance teams in San Antonio and surrounding areas and works with high school teams including O’Connor, Reagan, Churchill, and Boerne and has worked with dancers from Heather Stolle’s School of Dance and Lone Star Collective as a part of their summer intensive program. To schedule trainings with your team email Hope@inbalancesanantonio.com..

Hope is an Aerobics and Fitness Association (AFFA) and Nation College of Sports Medicine (NASM) Continuing Education Provider, and hosts her studio as an official BASI Teacher Training Studio.

Ashley Ludwick | inBalance - San Antonio

Where were you born and raised?
born in Kansas, raised in Ft.Worth

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I got started on my Yoga journey in January 2000 because I thought "I could exercise sitting down". It didn't take long for me to develop a relationship with the practice and it has enriched my life in more ways than I can count.

What is your favorite class to teach?
My favorite class to teach is the one where students disconnect with the outer world long enough to nourish themselves and rest in a state of steady ease, sthira-sukha.

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I want yoga students to have a relaxing, stress reducing experience in my class.

When she isn't doing her downward dogs or practicing her asanas, Ashley likes hanging out with her daughter, enjoying fresh salads and, of course, spreading the word of yoga. Oh, and her favourite yoga position is the Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose).

Leslie Sawaya | inBalance - San Antonio

Where were you born and raised?
Tupelo, Mississippi

How did you get into health and fitness?
I started subbing aerobic classes right after college for my sister and knew it was for me. I love encouraging my students and clients to move their bodies correctly ,and enjoy movement, while getting stronger and acquiring perfect alignment .

What is your favorite class to teach??
I love teaching a variety, I love all types of yoga and functional fitness classes, boxing ,barre and meditation. I am a Pound Pro but have not taught that yet.

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
Each and every one of us are stronger than we know . I want my students to understand the exercises and why they are doing them while feeling confident . Love your body as is and as it becomes .This body we have been given to travel through life in is a priceless gift. When we love ourselves in a healthy way we will take good care of ourselves and be a great example to our family. Healthy mind , body and spirit equal healthy life.

Amy Collins | inBalance - San Antonio

Amy Collins has been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching for 5. Born and raised in San Diego,CA she meandered her way into a yoga class at 18 and found love at first asana. She does her best to walk the 8-limbed path with grace, humility, and a whole lot of laughter. Her laid-back teaching style and adventurous nature offer a multi-faceted yoga experience with honest exploration of body, mind, and spirit.

Natalie Smith | inBalance - San Antonio

"We physically exercise in order to more powerfully move the body; we spiritually exercise in order to more powerfully quiet the mind. The two together make us more powerful, period." - Marianne Williamson

Natalie knows the joy of connecting the body and soul in movement and loves sharing the art of Pilates and fitness with her students, friends, family and colleagues.

After almost 15 years in the care-taking, Counseling and Mental Health fields, she finds the same rewards and effects in fostering trust, inspiration and growth in her Fitness students.

Natalie is open, "judgementless" and meets students exactly where they are in the moment in order to reach out and bring them to a better, stronger, healthier place. She especially celebrates those "lightbulb" moments when her students transcend former limitations, connecting with their body and abilities in ways for the first time. She has been a proud teacher of athletes, young, old, and for individuals with injuries and illnesses. She has also helped students achieve their personal fitness bests through short-term goals intensive goals such as wedding preparation and finds no matter what the key is to stay connected from the mind to the soul to the body!

Monica Zapata | inBalance - San Antonio

Where you were you born and raised?
San Antonio, Texas

How did you get started in health and fitness?
After becoming a mom, I was determine to reignite my fitness journey. I tried routine exercise at the gym and other small studios in the area when I was fortunate to find inBalance in June of 2013. This is where I truly learned how to push myself beyond traditional workouts and realized I could challenge my body further and extend this same motivation to others. I began my first Piloxing certification in December 2015, followed by Piloxing Knockout in February 2016, Piloxing Barre in April and inBalance Barre in the fall.

What is your favorite class to teach?
I love all the formats, but my favorite class is Piloxing SSP. It's a full body workout and I love the powerful movements of boxing and Pilates delivered through an intense interval workout. The power of the boxing ignites a good burn and empowerment within myself and my students. The Pilates strengthens our muscles and core balance, add some dance to that and it's a party, which makes it fun and fast paced workout while burning up to 1200 calories in an hour, depending on level of effort. My runner up class is Barre Bounce!

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I want my students to feel they had a great workout and excited to come back for more. I also want them to realize their full potential and know what their body is capable of doing over time. Most importantly, I want them to feel the support they have from me and others in the studio to help them achieve all of their fitness goals.

NATHAN PILATE

Where were you born and raised?
Born in Yoakum, Texas and raised in Moravia, Texas.

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I got into fitness by being an athlete by myself through college. I was always battling through injuries: tight hamstrings, knees, and rolled ankles, which kept me from being the best I could. I told myself that I wanted to help others in their situation for any goals that they had, if it was coming back from injury, losing weight, or to just becoming healthier.

What is your favorite class to teach?
HIIT or Bootcamp

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I would want every person in my class to get from my class would be that moving correctly in different planes of motion are important, working the whole body and not just focusing on certain aspects. Have fun while doing so, and learn to always become better.

Rachel Enochs

Where were you born and raised?
San Marcos/Houston TX

How did you get started in health and fitness?
In college, group fitness started out as a stress reliever and hobby for me and eventually morphed into a passion. I worked at UTSA for 5 years in student affairs and career counseling full-time before deciding to stay at home with my two kiddos. I fell "in love" with barre after finding inBalance studio in 2015 and decided to take a leap of faith by pursing fitness instruction which now gives me the flexibility to put my family first.

What is your favorite class to teach?
inBalance Barre

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
A whole lot of fun and a little bit of sweat (OK maybe a lot of sweat too).

Carolina Betancourt

Where were you born and raised?
Tepic, Nayarit México. My family moved to San Antonio in December of 1994.

What is your favorite class to teach?
inBalance Latin Sculpt

How did you get started in health and fitness?
My love for dance, I was the always the choreographer at family functions, and that led me to pursue fitness. I obtained my Zumba certification in 2012. That was followed by a Piloxing Barre certification in 2015 and in early 2016 I became a part of the inBalance team.

What is your favorite class to teach?
What do you want every person to get out of your class? I make it a point to make my classes fun and available to every level of fitness. I focus on helping clients become more in tune with themselves and really getting to know their capabilities.

Taylor Aougshten

Where were you born and raised?
Lufkin, Texas

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I was a runner for 20 years but had to stop due to 2 hip surgeries. I started doing yoga, Pilates, and strength training. Then I started taking Barre 3 years ago and fell in love with it! It was the first fitness regimen that actually changed my body. So I became certified and I love teaching! I am also a certified nutrition coach! I love to cook and serve people. I think was born in the kitchen!

What is your favorite class to teach?
Barre

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I want everyone to have fun, get an excellent workout, and see results!

Sheri Huehn

Sheri is a practicing Physical Therapist and the director of therapy services for UT Health Science Center San Antonio. She holds degrees in Biomedical Science and Physical Therapy from Texas A&M University and Texas State University and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UTHSCSA. She is board certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association and has been in clinical practice for over 18 years. Her professional journey led her to an appreciation for Pilates as it combined her healthcare background with her fitness pursuits. She utilizes Pilates principles and training for her patients and is now pursuing her comprehensive certification through Balanced Body.

Sheri's favorite role in life is as a mom. She has a beautiful toddler Finley Grace whom she counts as life's biggest blessing and joy. She is proud to be married to Dr. Joel Huehn of Boerne Stage Veterinary Clinic in Leon Springs. They make their home in Boerne along with their two rescue dogs Bella and Gertie.

Alix Jack

Where were you born and raised?
Keller, Texas

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I danced from childhood through college, where I studied Kinesiology. I went on to earn my Doctorate in Physical Therapy, so you could say I've been studying movement my whole life! After I became a mom, I looked for ways to incorporate my love of movement into my busy life and found a home at InBalance!

What is your favorite class to teach?
I love all my classes for different reasons! Barre comes most naturally to me because of my background in dance, but I love the balance of strength and flexibility in Pilates and Barefoot Bootcamp is just a good sweat!

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I would like each person leaving my class to feel that they have gotten a balanced full-body workout, that they have cleared their minds for some time, and that they have gained a some confidence in the process!

Sheri Huehn

Where were you born and raised?
San Antonio, Texas

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I found fitness when I took on an office job and found that my new sedentary lifestyle was the contributing factor to my recent weight gain. I then followed a successful girl on youtube who helped me develop a passion for pilates and loving your workouts no matter how much they burn! Home videos are great but actually getting out to a class shows a different level of commitment and results, and that is why I chose to change my career to becoming a group fitness instructor.

What is your favorite class to teach?
[Soon to be] Pilates Rhythm and Flow

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
A smile and a good sweat!

Adriana Alvarez-Tostado | inBalance - San Antonio

Hi everyone! I'm Adriana! I was born in New Jersey, moved around with my family quite a bit but mainly grew up in Mexico City.My blog ToastyA.com (a style and travel blog) came to be because of tennis (yep not the traditional fashion background) I wanted something I could do while traveling, to be able to escape the routine and share my experiences about the places I go with a little bit of fashion mixed into it.

This space is built mainly to inspire girls who love fashion but are at times a bit scared to go for it, reminding them that you don't have to be a model to have amazing style! Also my "Where tos" when it comes to traveling and new places to visit.

I've been training and competing on a high level for most of my life now, and although this was not a part of ToastyA, I am excited to be able to share my experiences, favorite workouts (or which ones I avoid... we all have a few we hate:) ) and new ways to be healthy. I am so excited to be partnering with InBalance and being able to work together.

Marisa Guerra | inBalance - San Antonio

Jeanelly is a fashion and lifestyle blogger in San Antonio, TX. In her blog, she talks about style on a dime, while sharing here travel diaries and some fitness tips. With The Fashion Lotus her goal is to show that every woman is beautiful and empowers women to look and feel beautiful no matter what their financial situation is, their body shape, age, where they live or work.

She also works as a Style Contributor and Pop Culture Manager for Style Lush TV, San Antonio's premier Online Fashion Television Network.

Aquila Mendez-Valdez | inBalance - San Antonio

Aquila Mendez-Valdez is one of the preeminent authorities on lifestyle blogging and PR consulting in San Antonio, Texas. She launched Haute in Texas as a personal blog in 2011, and it has since grown into a community of like-minded women in pursuit of the haute life. In addition, she lends her public relations expertise to a variety of clients across the fashion, beauty, and retail industries. A passionate writer and social media enthusiast, she has partnered with an array of brands including Vogue, Prada, H&M, and Dove, among others. She also serves on the board of Fashion Group International and is the Fashion and Beauty Editor for San Antonio Woman magazine. But perhaps her greatest honor is her role of wife to her husband Orlando, and mother to her two daughters, Cora and Issa.

Jessica Milligan | inBalance - San Antonio

Jessica Milligan is a full-time college student, as well as a full-time blogger. Her blog, Devoted Existence (which launched in 2016), focuses on health and wellness. As a social media influencer (Instagram), recipe/content creator, writer and photographer, she has a large platform from which she shares about her healthy lifestyle through food, fitness and faith. Her passion is to find balance in all areas of her life and to encourage others to do the same. She works with True Food Kitchen, Daniel Wellington, and several health food brands.

Taylor Aougshten

Where were you born and raised?
I was raised in Palacios, TX

How did you get started in health and fitness?
Growing up I desperately wanted to be a ballerina. However, growing up in a small town there weren't very many options for professional dance training. I began dancing at a small studio that came to town in Junior High and proudly danced on the Sharkys Angels Dance Team all four years of High School. During college I was able to take a modern dance course which I absolutely loved! The instructor was extremely talented and genuine, the entire experience was unforgettable. After graduating, I became very passionate about clean eating and daily exercise/training to gain that confidence in myself that I've never really had. I've made huge strides in my overall health mind, body and soul. Currently I'm focused on furthering my dance studies and hope to one day teach.

What is your favorite class to teach?
Barre

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
My goal for each class is to get that full body workout but most of all I want everyone to be able to leave my class feeling on top of the world.

Taylor Aougshten

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Borger TX, grew up in Ennis TX.

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I was a college athlete, so have always been pretty active, but after having children I realized how important fitness is for your overall well being, not just physical.

What is your favorite class to teach?
I love to teach a strong heated power flow yoga class.

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I want students to test new limits when they practice with me. I want them to set goals and conquer them. I hope my students leave feeling better about their selves and knowing they can accomplish what they set their minds to.

Erin DiNicola

Where were you born and raised?
Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Erin has lived and worked all over the world, including Afghanistan, Vietnam, England and South Africa.

How did you get started in health and fitness?
I have always been active in sports - basketball, tennis, dance, cheerleading, and ten years of running track & field as a nationally ranked 100m and 300m hurdler - but it wasn't until I became pregnant with my first child that I turned to yoga and Barre to tap into the physical and emotional strength needed for motherhood. I am yoga certified (RYT 200), prenatal yoga certified (RPYT), InBalance Barre certified and trained in Suspension Barre.

What is your favorite class to teach?
I love teaching Barre classes! Barre is so deceptive because people look at Barre work and think, 'oh, that's easy, I don't see what the big deal is', but then 30 seconds later, they're pouring sweat and shaking. Barre really does tone and shape your body in a way that no other exercise does and I love having people who have no previous dance or Barre experience really embrace their inner bad ass to crush some plie pulses.

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I want people to enjoy themselves in my class. Yes, I want them to have an incredible work-out and leave a sweaty mess, but I also want them to leave with a smile on their face. I tend to be pretty high-energy in my class and make a lot of silly jokes because I think laughter is the perfect complement to working out!

Yashvi Shashtri

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Belgium and lived there until I was four years old. My family then moved to India, where my passion for dance began. We all moved to Texas in 2001.

How did you get started in health and fitness?
As a dancer, health and fitness has always been an important aspect of my life. I did my undergraduate degree in Human Sciences which helped me further my knowledge and interest.

What is your favorite class to teach?
I love to teach Bollywood dance but my favorite fitness class to teach would have to be a mixture between Zumba and Bollywood Fitness.

What do you want every person to get out of your class?
I would love for everyone to enjoy the choreography and music and also get a great workout in!

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