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, the contributing blogger for the FitCity SA fitness blog, as well as a contributing Fitness Editor for SA Monthly magazine. 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, Clark and Boerne and has worked with dancers from Heather Stolle’s School of Dance and Lone Star Collective. 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.