A world-class team

Shannon Renee Bynum 
PILATES + GYROTONIC®
Shannon Reneé Bynum is a nationally acclaimed trainer and wellness consultant. She founded Urban Body San Jose in 2016 as the only boutique studio featuring Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC® in the country’s tenth largest city.  

Ms. Bynum is a Power Pilates certified full comprehensive instructor, certified GYROTONIC® trainer and GYROKINESIS® trainer focusing on strengthening for rehab, weight loss, cross-training and other exercise. Prior to the fitness industry, she enjoyed many leading roles in a decade-long professional dance career with the former Ballet San Jose. She’s a past member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, having served as union rep for the Silicon Valley.  

Ms. Bynum is known for advocacy of investing in one’s body. She has been featured in media as a wellness industry thought leader and her stories and work have been covered widely in regional and national publications including Content Magazine, Gentry Magazine, The Mercury News and Pilates Style Magazine where she was also cover girl in 2014. She is a frequent guest trainer to companies, helping to promote movement and creativity in a healthy workplace environment.  

A proud San Jose native, Ms. Bynum is an artist at heart. An American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, she is an adjunct instructor at ballet academies throughout Northern California where she educates and inspires the next generations of artists, patrons and cultural supporters. She’s a constant champion of the arts as a season subscriber of Symphony Silicon Valley and active in the local community as a member of the Silicon Valley Capital Club, San Jose Downtown Association and Victorian Preservation Association of Santa Clara Valley. A modern day urbanist, Ms. Bynum is a resident of downtown San Jose’s historic Northside Neighborhood, just blocks from the studio she created.
Maria Yu
PILATES
Maria Yu came to Urban Body San Jose after a full career as a principal dancer with the former Ballet San Jose, where she enjoyed a seventeen year-long professional dance career.  

Highlights of Mrs. Yu’s artistic career included lead roles in many classics including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Copellia, and Firebird which was uniquely created for her. She credits Classical Pilates used as cross training to stay fit, healthy and active during the regular season and summer months off. After retiring from the stage in 2013, with the encouragement of Urban Body San Jose owner Shannon Bynum, Mrs. Yu earned her full comprehensive Power Pilates certification under the guidance of Power Pilates master trainer Allison Gonzalez. Additionally, she has completed Benjamin Degenhardt's 360 Pilates certification. 

Mrs. Yu, the mother of three, teaches Classical Pilates and shares the effectiveness of the Pilates method at Urban Body San Jose. She’s a visual representation of the power of what Classical Pilates can do for the body. A Florida native, Mrs. Yu, her husband and their family live in the storied Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. She’s actively involved in neighborhood activities and finds ways to participate in San Jose’s unique creative community.
Sarah Eriksen
GYRONTONIC®
Sarah Eriksen came to Urban Body San Jose after a decade-long journey as a dancer with the former Ballet San Jose, where she enjoyed a professional dance career. Favorite roles with the company include: Stomper Girl in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Serenade and Theme and Variations.  

Mrs. Eriksen received her ballet training from Santa Cruz Ballet Theater and Ballet San Jose School. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified instructor and teaches ballet at The New Ballet School in downtown San Jose and guest teaches at respected academies throughout the Bay Area.  

Having used the GYROTONIC® method herself since 2011 with trainer Catharine Grow, Mrs. Eriksen earned her GYROTONIC® certification in 2014 so she could share her knowledge with dancers and non-dancers alike. Mrs. Eriksen, a proud San Jose native, teaches The GYROTINIC® Method to inspire greater knowledge of the body at Urban Body San Jose. She is also certified to teach GYROTONIC® as a Musical Journey, which is the musical portion of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System. She and her husband live in Santa Clara Valley’s south county region and enjoy spending quality time with their growing family.
Jessica Woodman
GYRONTONIC®
Jessica Woodman joined the Urban Body team in 2017 after enjoying the studio as an active client for nearly two years. As a professional dancer, Jessica is a soloist with Bruce Steivel's Bay Pointe Ballet. She has had the pleasure dancing both Soloist and Principle roles in many of Mr. Steivel's ballets including Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Tiger Lily in Peter Pan.  

Ms. Woodman has also had the pleasure of working with renowned choreographers such as Yannis Adoniou, Gregory Dawson, Mark Foehringer, and Liz Roman, as well as being a part of Michael Lowe's Menlowe Ballet, Graham Lustig's Oakland Ballet Company, and The Milissa Payne Project over the course of her professional dance career.  

As an instructor, Ms. Woodman has been teaching Ballet for over 10 years. She is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher having successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Ms. Woodman is currently Ballet Mistress of Nor Cal Dance Arts and has students who have been accepted into various college programs including but not limited to Loyola Marymount, NYU, University of California – Los Angeles, Columbia University, Chapman University, and The Juilliard School, as well as many who have gone on to their own professional dance careers. Ms. Woodman teaches The GYROTONIC® Method and shares her knowledge with dancers and non-dancers alike at Urban Body San Jose.
Christine Toha
GYRONTONIC®
Christine fell in love with the GYROTONIC Expansion System® after being introduced to it while studying as a dance major at Florida State University’s School of Dance. From practicing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods as a supplement to dance training, she noticed improved strength and increased fluidity in movement from the many three dimensional movements and breathing patterns. It quickly became a fundamental tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation that supported her dance training. Her experience in dance includes performances in classical, contemporary ballet, and modern repertoire with The Tallahassee Ballet, World Ballet Inc., Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive.

After receiving an MSc in Dance Science, Christine continues to concentrate her expertise on teaching movement using the Gyrotonic method and dance science research. She has presented research at the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) Conference and continues to investigate ways to understand and enhance methods for dance injury prevention and performance enhancement. While teaching the Gyrotonic method she customizes programs to best fit clients’ needs and includes assessments to track progress. She specializes with artist athletes on strength and conditioning methods as well as rehabilitation. At the heart of her teaching, Christine focuses on using different techniques to help clients discover their greatest movement potential and become empowered by it.
Christine Toha
GYRONTONIC®
Christine fell in love with the GYROTONIC Expansion System® after being introduced to it while studying as a dance major at Florida State University’s School of Dance. From practicing Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis methods as a supplement to dance training, she noticed improved strength and increased fluidity in movement from the many three dimensional movements and breathing patterns. It quickly became a fundamental tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation that supported her dance training. Her experience in dance includes performances in classical, contemporary ballet, and modern repertoire with The Tallahassee Ballet, World Ballet Inc., Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive.

After receiving an MSc in Dance Science, Christine continues to concentrate her expertise on teaching movement using the Gyrotonic method and dance science research. She has presented research at the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) Conference and continues to investigate ways to understand and enhance methods for dance injury prevention and performance enhancement. While teaching the Gyrotonic method she customizes programs to best fit clients’ needs and includes assessments to track progress. She specializes with artist athletes on strength and conditioning methods as well as rehabilitation. At the heart of her teaching, Christine focuses on using different techniques to help clients discover their greatest movement potential and become empowered by it.
Shaina Leibson
GYRONTONIC®
Shaina Leibson has enjoyed a fifteen-year career as a professional ballet dancer. She has been a dancer with several companies including Alberta Ballet, Ballet Austin and Ballett im Revier in Germany. She also spent eight years dancing as a company member of the former Ballet San Jose.

Ms. Leibson received her ballet training from the renowned San Francisco Ballet School. She also earned merit scholarship to spend a year studying abroad at the Performing Arts College,  London Studio Centre in England where she received a diploma with high honors. 

Ms. Leibson attributes the longevity of her ballet career to her active interest in body mechanics  focusing particularly on placement, alignment and use of lengthened muscles. For ten years  she had the privilege to work with Christina Bernal, creator of the Bernal Method for ballet  technique, which focuses on heathy body movement that promotes strength and balance.  Ms. Leibson was a sought after instructor for this method and was invited to move to Germany where she had a position teaching professional dancers. She also served on the Gotland  international Dance Seminar’s faculty for five years in Sweden. 

Shaina is excited to bring her teaching skills to the GYROTONIC® Method at Urban Body San Jose where she has been part of the team since 2017. She feels that GYROTONIC® is truly an exercise method for anyone, bringing both suppleness and strength. It creates a powerful physique and promotes wellness and balance to people of all ages, from all walks of life.  Ms. Leibson is currently on faculty as an instructor for both Nor Cal Dance Arts and the Los Gatos Ballet. She also continues to dance as a freelance artist in the Bay Area performing with  companies such as Bay Pointe Ballet and Menlowe Ballet.
Vicky Bauer
PILATES
Vicky Bauer joined the Urban Body team in 2017 after enjoying the studio as an active client. She began Pilates in 2011 under BASI trained instructor and dance teacher colleague Tamara Gililand. Mrs. Bauer is passionate about Pilates, and after teaching ballet for more than 35 years, she started her own certification process to help others the way she had been helped by the same breath-based movement.

Mrs. Bauer is a Registered Nurse and specializes in cardiac step down. She practices at Watsonville Community Hospital in the Telemetry Unit where she has been since 2015. Her prior appointment from 2008 – 2014 was at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California.

With extensive choreography and performance background, Mrs. Bauer has studied ballet and modern dance with influential teachers nationally and globally including Los Angeles, New York City, Utah and South Africa. She taught ballet, jazz and tap dance at studios and academies throughout Southern California and developed a pre-school dance program which was contracted to schools in the Inland Empire region of California.

Mrs. Bauer was born and raised in Fullerton. Married for over 30 years, she and her husband raised four children in Orange County until moving to Santa Clara Valley’s south county region in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fullerton in Theatre Arts and Dance.
Young Hyun Kim
PILATES
Young Hyun Kim is a Power Pilates Certified instructor. Mrs. Kim recently completed the 360 Pilates program by Benjamin Degenhardt. She is an avid believer in the value of Classical Pilates, a movement-based, systematic and integrative approach. 

Mrs. Kim was first introduced to Pilates as a way to heal her chronic lower back pain. After taking several sessions of Pilates, she realized the benefits of Pilates in her own body, not only to minimize the back pain but also to correct spinal alignment, get fit and tone her body. These positive changes in her own body lead her joyful journey to become a Classical Pilates instructor.  Mrs. Kim is committed to sharing the valuable benefits of Pilates with her clients by helping them to safely progress to their desired fitness level with an energized pain-free workout. She always strives to have clients feeling vibrant and rejuvenated at the end of a session.

Mrs. Kim studied political science in Korea and earned her Master in Education from Stanford University. She lives in the Cambrian Park neighborhood of San Jose with her young family and is actively involved in her childrens’ school activities. Mrs. Kim joined the Urban Body San Jose team in 2017 and is bilingual, available to teach Classical Pilates both in English and Korean.

Shannon Renee Bynum

Pilates + Gyrotonic®

Shannon Reneé Bynum is a nationally respected trainer and wellness consultant. She founded Urban Body San Jose in 2016 as the only boutique studio featuring both Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC® in the country’s tenth largest city.

Ms. Bynum is a Power Pilates certified full comprehensive instructor, certified GYROTONIC® trainer in levels 1, 2 and Musical Journey, as well as GYROKINESIS® trainer focusing on strengthening for rehab, weight loss, cross-training and other exercise. She has also completed Benjamin Degenhardt's program of 360 Pilates. Ms. Bynum received her Bachelor of Arts from Fresno State University.

Prior to the fitness industry, she enjoyed many leading roles in a decade-long professional dance career with the former Ballet San Jose. She’s a past member of the American Guild of Musical Artists, having served as union rep for the Silicon Valley. Ms. Bynum has undergone five orthopedic surgeries and two hip replacements which is what led her to finding her body again through Classical Pilates and GYROTONIC®. 

Ms. Bynum is known for advocacy of investing in one’s body. She has been featured in media as a wellness industry thought leader and her stories and work have been covered widely in regional and national publications including Content Magazine, Gentry Magazine, The Mercury News and Pilates Style Magazine where she was also cover girl in 2014. She is a frequent guest trainer to companies, helping to promote movement and creativity in a healthy workplace environment.

A proud San Jose native, Ms. Bynum is an artist at heart. An American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher, she is an adjunct instructor at ballet academies throughout Northern California where she educates and inspires the next generations of artists, patrons and cultural supporters. She’s a constant champion of the arts and active in the local community as a member of The Alameda Business Association. An urbanist, Ms. Bynum is a resident of downtown San Jose’s historic Northside Neighborhood.

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Maria Yu

Pilates

Maria Yu came to Urban Body San Jose after a full career as a principal dancer with the former Ballet San Jose, where she enjoyed a seventeen year-long professional dance career.

 Highlights of Mrs. Yu’s artistic career included lead roles in many classics including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, title roles in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Copellia, and Firebird which was uniquely created for her. She credits Classical Pilates used as cross training to stay fit, healthy and active during the regular season and summer months off. After retiring from the stage in 2013, with the encouragement of Urban Body San Jose owner Shannon Bynum, Mrs. Yu earned her full comprehensive Power Pilates certification under the guidance of Power Pilates master trainer Allison Gonzalez. Additionally, she has completed Benjamin Degenhardt's 360 Pilates certification. 

Mrs. Yu, the mother of three, teaches Classical Pilates and shares the effectiveness of the Pilates method at Urban Body San Jose. She’s a visual representation of the power of what Classical Pilates can do for the body. A Florida native, Mrs. Yu, her husband and their family live in the storied Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. She’s actively involved in neighborhood activities and finds ways to participate in San Jose’s unique creative community.

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Sarah Eriksen

GYROTONIC®

Sarah Eriksen came to Urban Body San Jose after a decade-long journey as a dancer with the former Ballet San Jose, where she enjoyed a professional dance career. Favorite roles with the company include: Stomper Girl in Twyla Tharp's In the Upper Room and Demi Soloist in George Balanchine's Serenade and Theme and Variations

Mrs. Eriksen received her ballet training from Santa Cruz Ballet Theater and Ballet San Jose School. She is an American Ballet Theatre (ABT) certified instructor and teaches ballet at The New Ballet School in downtown San Jose and guest teaches at respected academies throughout the Bay Area. 

Having used the GYROTONIC® method herself since 2011 with trainer Catharine Grow, Mrs. Eriksen earned her GYROTONIC® certification in 2014 so she could share her knowledge with dancers and non-dancers alike. Mrs. Eriksen, a proud San Jose native, teaches The GYROTINIC® Method to inspire greater knowledge of the body at Urban Body San Jose. She is also certified to teach GYROTONIC® as a Musical Journey, which is the musical portion of the GYROTONIC® Expansion System. She and her husband live in Santa Clara Valley’s south county region and enjoy spending quality time with their growing family.

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Jessica Woodman

Gyrotonic®

Jessica Woodman joined the Urban Body team in 2017 after enjoying the studio as an active client for nearly two years. As a professional dancer, Jessica is a soloist with Bruce Steivel's Bay Pointe Ballet. She has had the pleasure dancing both Soloist and Principle roles in many of Mr. Steivel's ballets including Snow Queen in The Nutcracker and Tiger Lily in Peter Pan. 

Ms. Woodman has also had the pleasure of working with renowned choreographers such as Yannis Adoniou, Gregory Dawson, Mark Foehringer, and Liz Roman, as well as being a part of Michael Lowe's Menlowe Ballet, Graham Lustig's Oakland Ballet Company, and The Milissa Payne Project over the course of her professional dance career.

As an instructor, Ms. Woodman has been teaching Ballet for over 10 years. She is an American Ballet Theatre certified teacher having successfully completed the ABT Teacher Training Intensive Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT National Training Curriculum. Ms. Woodman is currently Ballet Mistress of Nor Cal Dance Arts and has students who have been accepted into various college programs including but not limited to Loyola Marymount, NYU, University of California – Los Angeles, Columbia University, Chapman University, and The Juilliard School, as well as many who have gone on to their own professional dance careers. Ms. Woodman teaches The GYROTONIC® Method and shares her knowledge with dancers and non-dancers alike at Urban Body San Jose.

Download bio > 

Christine Toha

GYROTONIC®

Christine Toha fell in love with the GYROTONIC Expansion System® after being introduced to it while studying as a dance major at Florida State University’s School of Dance. As a result from practicing GYROTONIC® and Gyrokinesis methods as a supplement to dance training, she noticed improved strength and increased fluidity in movement from the many three dimensional movements and breathing patterns. It quickly became a fundamental tool for injury prevention and rehabilitation that supported her dance training. Ms. Toha’s experience in dance includes performances in classical, contemporary ballet and modern repertoire with The Tallahassee Ballet, World Ballet Inc., Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School and Complexions Contemporary Ballet Summer Intensive.

After receiving an MSc in Dance Science, Ms. Toha continues to concentrate her expertise on teaching movement using the GYROTONIC® method and dance science research. She has presented research at the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS) Conference and continues to investigate ways to understand and enhance methods for dance injury prevention and performance enhancement. While teaching the GYROTONIC® method she customizes programs to best fit clients’ needs and includes assessments to track progress. She specializes with artist athletes on strength and conditioning methods as well as rehabilitation. At the heart of her teaching, Ms. Toha focuses on using different techniques to help clients discover their greatest movement potential and become empowered by it.

A resident of San Jose, Ms. Toha joined the Urban Body San Jose team in 2017 and is certified in GYROTONIC® Levels 1 & 2 as well as GYROTONER®. She is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science and the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

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Shaina Leibson

GYROTONIC®

Shaina Leibson has enjoyed a fifteen-year career as a professional ballet dancer. She has been a dancer with several companies including Alberta Ballet, Ballet Austin and Ballett im Revier in Germany. She also spent eight years dancing as a company member of the former Ballet San Jose. 

Ms. Leibson received her ballet training from the renowned San Francisco Ballet School. She also earned merit scholarship to spend a year studying abroad at the Performing Arts College,  London Studio Centre in England where she received a diploma with high honors.

Ms. Leibson attributes the longevity of her ballet career to her active interest in body mechanics  focusing particularly on placement, alignment and use of lengthened muscles. For ten years  she had the privilege to work with Christina Bernal, creator of the Bernal Method for ballet  technique, which focuses on heathy body movement that promotes strength and balance. Ms. Leibson was a sought after instructor for this method and was invited to move to Germany where she had a position teaching professional dancers. She also served on the Gotland  international Dance Seminar’s faculty for five years in Sweden. 

Shaina is excited to bring her teaching skills to the GYROTONIC® Method at Urban Body San Jose where she has been part of the team since 2017. She feels that GYROTONIC® is truly an exercise method for anyone, bringing both suppleness and strength. It creates a powerful physique and promotes wellness and balance to people of all ages, from all walks of life.  Ms. Leibson is currently on faculty as an instructor for both Nor Cal Dance Arts and the Los Gatos Ballet. She also continues to dance as a freelance artist in the Bay Area performing with  companies such as Bay Pointe Ballet and Menlowe Ballet.

Download bio >

Vicky Bauer

PILATES

Vicky Bauer joined the Urban Body team in 2017 after enjoying the studio as an active client. She began Pilates in 2011 under BASI trained instructor and dance teacher colleague Tamara Gililand. Mrs. Bauer is passionate about Pilates, and after teaching ballet for more than 35 years, she started her own certification process to help others the way she had been helped by the same breath-based movement.

Mrs. Bauer is a Registered Nurse and specializes in cardiac step down. She practices at Watsonville Community Hospital in the Telemetry Unit where she has been since 2015. Her prior appointment from 2008 – 2014 was at San Antonio Regional Hospital in Upland, California.

With extensive choreography and performance background, Mrs. Bauer has studied ballet and modern dance with influential teachers nationally and globally including Los Angeles, New York City, Utah and South Africa. She taught ballet, jazz and tap dance at studios and academies throughout Southern California and developed a pre-school dance program which was contracted to schools in the Inland Empire region of California.

Mrs. Bauer was born and raised in Fullerton. Married for over 30 years, she and her husband raised four children in Orange County until moving to Santa Clara Valley’s south county region in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Fullerton in Theatre Arts and Dance.

Download bio > 

Young Hyun Kim

PILATES

Young Hyun Kim is a Power Pilates Certified instructor. Mrs. Kim recently completed the 360 Pilates program by Benjamin Degenhardt. She is an avid believer in the value of Classical Pilates, a movement-based, systematic and integrative approach. 

Mrs. Kim was first introduced to Pilates as a way to heal her chronic lower back pain. After taking several sessions of Pilates, she realized the benefits of Pilates in her own body, not only to minimize the back pain but also to correct spinal alignment, get fit and tone her body. These positive changes in her own body lead her joyful journey to become a Classical Pilates instructor.  Mrs. Kim is committed to sharing the valuable benefits of Pilates with her clients by helping them to safely progress to their desired fitness level with an energized pain-free workout. She always strives to have clients feling vibrant and rejuvenated at the end of a session. 

Mrs. Kim studied political science in Korea and earned her Master in Education from Stanford University. She lives in the Cambrian Park neighborhood of San Jose with her young family and is actively involved in her childrens’ school activities. Mrs. Kim joined the Urban Body San Jose team in 2017 and is bilingual, available to teach Classical Pilates both in English and Korean.

Download bio >

What our clients say

“ I want music in my body and poetry in my body” 

Pilates Client 1

San Jose

What our clients say

Pilates helps dancers with proper alignment, injury-prevention and rehabilitation while creating a greater ease of movement for a seamless performance.

Pilates Client 1

San Jose

What our clients say

Pilates helps dancers with proper alignment, injury-prevention and rehabilitation while creating a greater ease of movement for a seamless performance.

Pilates Client 1

San Jose

What our clients say

Pilates helps dancers with proper alignment, injury-prevention and rehabilitation while creating a greater ease of movement for a seamless performance.

Pilates Client 1

San Jose

What our clients say

Pilates helps dancers with proper alignment, injury-prevention and rehabilitation while creating a greater ease of movement for a seamless performance.

Pilates Client 1

San Jose