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Innerstellar is a full-service Pilates and yoga studio specializing in chronic pain and injuries. We offer group classes, private instruction, workshops & teacher trainings, featuring the most potent styles of Pilates, wellness therapies and yoga, including Forrest Yoga & our own signature style, Stellarflow. Our mission is to provide an outstanding educational resource for health and healing in a safe learning environment that benefits all our students, staff and teachers.

Our “Feels Fear but Does It Anyway” Leader, Kristin “Kiki” Lovelace:

Kristin ‘Kiki” Lovelace began her career in movement at the age of six in tap shoes and a pink tutu, and took her first yoga class at age eighteen. She considers her own daily practice as her foundation for healing, growing and evolving as a human being. She has been teaching full-time since 2001, and has a particular gift for helping students work with injuries and chronic pain.

As Owner and Director of Education at Innerstellar Pilates & Yoga Studio in Berkeley, CA, Kiki is a Certified Level 5 Forrest Yoga Teacher & Guardian, Certified Pilates Instructor and a self-proclaimed anatomy nerd. She is a Lead Teacher in Innerstellar’s Stellarflow Yoga Teacher Training, the Innercore Pilates Teacher Training and the Forrest Yoga Mentorship Program, and takes great pleasure in working with her trainees. 

Kiki has deep reverence and gratitude for her Forrest Yoga Hoop, including her dear teacher and friend Ana T. Forrest, her fellow Guardians and all of her Forrest Yoga colleagues and students. When not teaching, she is often lying around reading books and playing puzzles with her two-year old daughter, doing handstands, taking walks with her family and beloved pit bull Schnitzel Boy or performing with her 1960’s go go dance troupe, The Devil-Ettes!


Our Staff:

General Manager Marisa Kelly:

marisaMarisa’s passion is the skillful management of wellness spaces. This passion drove her to the world’s leading program in Integrative Health. In 2013 Marisa graduated with a Masters of Arts in Integrative Health from The California Institute of Integral Studies. During her masters she studied integrative wellness management in private and corporate contexts. Her mentors, Dr. Meg Jordan (editor of Fitness Magazine) and Dr. Yosuke Chikamoto (Kaiser Permanente’s Sr. Consultant for Physician Education and Development) solidified her skills as an administrator and space holder. Marisa seeks to make Innerstellar a dynamic, safe, informative, and enlivening place to heal and grow strong.


Assistant Manager Kate Clabby:


Kate first came to Innerstellar as a student of both yoga and Pilates, and she so loved the skillful teaching and the warm energy of the space that she joined the administrative team in August of 2016. She is thrilled to bring her management skills and experience from other sectors of the service industry to Innerstellar. In fall of 2016, she completed the ICTT Pilates Teacher Training, and she is now teaching Pilates as an Apprentice Instructor. In her role as Assistant Manager, she especially loves working with Innerstellar’s teachers, interacting with clients, and writing and editing pieces for Innerstellar’s website and marketing materials.


Marketing Manager Lisa Day:


A lucky accident brought Lisa to Innerstellar in 2013. Here she discovered ways to work with and heal old injuries, strength she didn’t believe she possessed, and a community of dedicated and supportive students and teachers who grew to become dear friends. Her studies at Innerstellar led to taking the Forrest Yoga Foundation & Advanced Teacher Trainings with Ana Forrest as well as the Innercore Pilates Teacher Training and eventually to a whole new career teaching mindful movement.

As Innerstellar’s Marketing Manager, Lisa weaves her passion for teaching and building community with her extensive entrepreneurial and small business management background, bringing 10+ years of marketing, branding and communications experience to the studio. Her focus is to inspire, educate and share the magic of Innerstellar, its students, teachers and the healing modalities it offers.


Retail Manager Kate Mattson:


Kate Mattson is a California Bay Area native who first came to Innerstellar as a student, and exhausted Fashion Designer with a desk-related back injury looking for a path back to wellness. After a year as a student, she found her way to the deep realization that her corporate fashion job was not supporting her health, wellness, or creativity and embarked on a new artistic path as an independent fiber artist and designer. As fate would have it, at the very same time Innerstellar found itself in need of a new Retail Manager. Kate uses her 10+ year background in Yoga/Active Apparel design, and her love of all things spiritual and “hippie dippie” to inform the products we offer at the studio. If you ever see her in class, feel free to let her know what you’d like to see in the boutique – listening to people is one of her favorite job duties.