I would like to introduce myself if we haven’t met yet. I am Sarah Ghilardi. I am from Zürich, Switzerland. While in Zürich I practiced gymnastics for 8 years. Near the end of my gymnastics career, I would later discover Bikram Yoga. Bikram is where my practice and love for yoga began. Additionally, over the years I’ve studied and practiced Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Sivananda traditions. I continued practicing yoga once I moved to the states. The states had many forms of yoga and revolutionized another form of movement I had a natural knack for, Pilates.
In 2012, I competed in and won 1st place at the Swiss Yoga Asana Championship. Competing at this level led me to travel to Los Angeles to compete internationally. I also had the opportunity to train with Bikram and participate in my first 9-week long yoga teacher training.
In 2016 and 2017, I earned my 500-hour JM Vinyasa certification from Lighthouse Yoga School in Brooklyn, NY — an experience that enhanced my spiritual and physical practice. I completed my first Mat Pilates training in 2017, subsequently becoming certified in mat, pre/postnatal Pilates and Reformer.
In 2018 my husband Chris Parnell and I created Action Team Fitness. When Covid hit I took the opportunity to grow Action Team Fitness to an online platform for on-demand and livestream Yoga and Pilates sessions. In addition to my regular schedule, I provide one-on-one sessions and work with companies like Zonda, Public Goods, and Red Digital with weekly Yoga and Pilates sessions.
The practice of and being able to teach Pilates and Yoga gives me purpose. Incorporating them into my routine gives me strength — physically and spiritually. I love to see students become stronger, recover from injuries, and discover new things about themselves within their own practices. It motivates and inspires me to do the same. Everyone deserves access to better health & wellness. I’m driven to provide a platform where I can share my love for and understanding of Pilates and Yoga with a wide audience.
I can’t wait to practice with you soon!