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Ella Barney, Studio Director

Ella Barney, Studio Director, Joy of Pilates

Ella Barney is a fully certified STOTT Pilates® instructor. She has been actively involved in the fitness/health arena since teaching fitness classes at UCLA in 1994. Following graduation she served overseas as a captain in the U.S. Army. After her military service, she attended Whatcom Community College and became a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Ella spent five years working both inpatient and outpatient care — invaluable experience working with all levels of patient care. Because of her passion for health and well-being, she studied Pilates and was certified as a STOTT Pilates® instructor in 2003.

Ella Barney

20150812_204733She continued her training to become a Full Circle certified instructor on all equipment. Based on her personal experience, she is a true believer in Pilates as a means to rehabilitate injuries; she has completed the Injuries and Special Populations course, as well as various rehab courses and workshops, including breast cancer survivor rehab and osteoporosis. She is also a certified ACE personal trainer, ResistaBall trainer and YMCA Silver Sneakers instructor.

Her goal is to bring health and happiness to her clients and help them reach their fitness goals.


“Pilates reconnected my body after I had my babies. I am stronger now than ever, and I credit Ella and her vast knowledge of the body to making me ‘me’ again. Thanks, Ella!” — Beth B.

“I just wanted to say how much I am enjoying the studio. You have such great staff, clients and a lovely space! You have done just an excellent job with Joy, and I am super thankful and happy to be a part of it!” — Brenda M.

“I had my 65-yr-old lady wellness appointment with my family doctor last week. One of my test lab appointments is for bone density. My last one was 7 years ago when I still worked at the pd and I was at the lowest point of being good; so I will be curious as to what it is after all these Pilates dates! (That appointment is for the first week in Jan.)

She said to me during our wellness exam that now that I am in this age category a major thing to be working on is maintaining good balance. She asked me what kinds of things I do for it and for general exercise. She was happy to hear I have been doing a weekly Pilates class and that I use balance tips received in class throughout the week. I felt like a star patient!”


Email Ella at ella@joyofpilates.net with questions or to schedule a private session.