Meet Lorena Cheverez

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara, CA

Lorena the Pilates Instructor
Lorena the Pilates Instructor
Lorena the Pilates Instructor





Private Sessions, Duets, Group Reformer Classes

Why do you love Pilates?

I thrive on turning ones’ day around for the better.

Why did you start?

Neck injury, posture, and lung expansion for singing.


Lorena discovered Pilates in 1995 after a neck injury in Los Angeles. She trained under Nela Fry and Mari Winsor, studying at the Santa Monica School of Massage. Lorena then worked with Anita Jackson in Maui, learning about the physical therapy approach to Pilates. She continued her studies in bodywork and obtained certifications in Massage Therapy, Reflexology, and Thai Massage. Lorena further enriched her Pilates practice with Siri Dharma Galliano in LA. In 2000, she opened her own Pilates studio in Montecito, which quickly expanded due to high demand. As founder of La Playa Pilates, Lorena has had the opportunity to work with renowned teachers such as Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Mejia Santo, Peter Fiasca, and Jay Grimes. Although she sold her business in 2006, Lorena continues to teach at La Playa Pilates. She enjoys her role as a wife and mother to her stepdaughter, Violet, and two sons, Joaquin and Sebastian.


Mari Windsor, Siri Dharma Galliano, Nela Fry, Anita Jackson, Peter Fiacsa, Arturo Peal, Deon Dewitt

Outside of La Playa you can find me…

Cooking, dancing, family

Favorite things

Music, animals, nature, movement and evolution