Welcome to the Deep Breath Pilates Studio (DBP)! We offer classes in Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) and Pilates, and movement classes fusing YBR, Pilates and dance. By moving the BreathStrengthening and Releasing Muscles, and Moving the Whole Body our work deepens body awareness, builds mind/body connection and reconnects us to our body’s innate wisdom and intelligence. It is more important than ever that we heal, strengthen and move our bodies.

All DBP classes and individual sessions are currently offered online via Zoom. See the class schedule and booking options below. For individual and semi-private sessions please contact me through the site. See Offerings for class descriptions.

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Class fees are sliding scale $12-$20. Please pay using the button below or Venmo me at @Chris-Evans-10 to complete the booking. A zoom link for class will be sent to you just prior to class. Thank you from DBP!

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Deep Breath Pilates Studio current online offerings are:

Yamuna Body Rolling classes will focus on muscle release and stretching. Using the Yamuna Black Balls (pair), and the Pearl ball we will work to stimulate bones and release muscles from the origin to the insertion. We will work with Yamuna Breath Work techniques to expand our lung capacity, develop directional breathing, and to stretch and strengthen from the inside out. We will learn how to use our breath as a tool for our healing. The goal is to lengthen muscles, increase space in the joints and body, release stress and anxiety and cultivate a sense of relaxation and well being.

You will need a set of Yamuna Black Balls and a Pearl ball. If you are interested in purchasing balls please contact me through the site.

Pilates classes will focus on building strength and increasing body awareness. Classes will draw on Pilates Mat repertoire to build exercise progressions that increase in difficulty. There will be a special focus on building strength in the core, but each week will include a focus on other parts of the body, as well as whole body movement. The progression, moving from easier to more challenging versions of an exercise, structure enables students of all levels to work where they are both challenged and safe. The goal is to build deep strength that supports healthy, easeful movement.

Moving Medicine classes will synthesize Yamuna, Pilates and a variety of dance-based movement techniques. The class will flow, be supported by music and focus on whole body, three dimensional movement. We will move breath, muscles and the whole body as we explore the healing medicine of movement. Classes will typically begin with Yamuna breath and release work, move through a set of Pilates exercises and integrate movement techniques, specifically the Talawa Technique, developed by Thomas Presto, to move us toward increasingly more complex whole body movement. The goal of these classes is to cultivate awareness, love and the power of our moving bodies.

The classes are all an hour long and designed to complement each other for those who may want to take two or three classes, or can be taken separately.

Upcoming Online Workshops

Yamuna Body Rolling and Breath Work – January 23, 2021 (11:30 am – 1 pm), Cost $25. This workshop will focus on releasing the muscles of the pelvis and spine using YBR and integrating breath work techniques to expand lung capacity and direct breath to different parts of the pelvis and spine to facilitate release. You will need Yamuna Black Balls and a Pearl ball for the workshop.

When the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have lifted we will be welcoming clients back into our studios as described below for private sessions and classes.

The Deep Breath Pilates Studio is equipped with Balanced Body Cadillac, Reformer, Barrels, and a variety of Yamuna balls. Private and Semi-Private sessions take place in the Pilates studio and group classes take place in the Idora Park Project Space dance studio.

Private 50 minute Session ($90) – Private sessions provide an opportunity for me to tailor work on the Cadillac, Reformer, Barrels to the specific needs of the client. I typically begin the session with Yamuna release routines and then move into the program designed for the client’s specific goals and needs.

Semi-Private 50 minute Session ($100) – Semi-Private sessions are on the two Reformers in the Pilates studio. I would typically design a class for the duo drawing from the Reformer repertoire based on the duo’s goals and fitness levels. Yamuna routines would be integrated for muscle release. The semi-private structure works best when the duo have similar fitness levels and goals.

Pilates Mat Class (Sliding scale $12-$20) – Mat classes are one hour and take place in the dance studio. These classes draw on Pilates mat repertoire and Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) routines for muscle release and strengthening. Classes are typically 4-8 people with a maximum of 10. Yamuna balls are provided.

Yamuna 70 minute Private Session ($110) – Yamuna private sessions can be whole body release or tailored to the areas of the client’s body in need of release. I use the gold, silver, pearl, and black balls combined with hands on traction to release areas of the upper and lower body, hips, legs, back, shoulders.

Yamuna Workshops 3 hours – ($60) – DBP offers periodic YBR workshops. The goal of these workshops is to familiarize students with YBR routines, enable students to feel the effects of a variety of the releases in their bodies, build body awareness and anatomical knowledge, to expand their movement and/or YBR home practices. Each workshop begins with releases that address the large muscles of the body to facilitate a sense of whole body release. We then dive more deeply into a specific part of the body, e.g. the back, hips, shoulders, knees. All needed balls are provided.

About the Studio

The work at Deep Breath Pilates begins with the belief that our bodies are intelligent and that they hold the knowledge/memory of easy, efficient, balanced, movement. But we have accumulated habits, movement patterns that take us away from our body’s genius often leaving us to manage chronic pain. Our work is to find ways to strip away the layers of unhealthy movement patterns so that we can reclaim our body’s innate intelligence.

I, Chris Evans, began doing Pilates in 2013 when I realized that dancing would no longer be enough to build the strength and flexibility, and develop the understanding I needed to prevent injuries. I have had the great privilege to do my Pilates certification with Dallas Everleth at Center Strength.  Her rigorous and detailed anatomical focus combined with a deep understanding of Pilates provided the foundation for my development as a Pilates Instructor. In addition to being a Balanced Body certified Pilates Instructor, I am a certified Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR) Practitioner. YBR has added a critical addition to my bodywork toolbox. It enables me to work with clients to find release and elongation of muscles, fascial release, and increase space in the body – what I see as the preparation for recovering healthy movement patterns and building strength.  I am currently completing a YBR Breathwork certification training, and am participating in Pilates for Rehab training with Zeina Grifoni of Synergy Pilates. I have also recently completed the Level 2 certification for  Thomas Presto’s Talawa Technique.  

A final focus of the studio is to build community by connecting practitioners in different healing modalities to each other and potential new clients, and to offer a variety of healing resources to clients. The Healing Network is a network of practitioners that I know and trust. My hope is that clients will see the work we do as one part of building their personal practice. The Healing Network is a way of exploring and expanding their practices. 

About Me

I was born in San Francisco and grew up in Oakland and have lived in Spain, France, Los Angeles and Concord, New Hampshire. I have a lifelong interest in movement and the body. I am a dancer and choreographer, and have been a competitive tennis player. Basketball, skiing, swimming, biking, and running are all sports I have done at different points in my life. Most recently I have begun learning Aikido. Through my dance training I have also had the great privilege of studying Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais. Though not a practitioner (there is deep and important work one can do with a practitioner of these modalities) these somatic explorations continue to inform my own movement work and work with clients and students. My other passions are playing cello, languages and literature. I have a BA in English from Stanford, an MA in Comparative Literature from SFSU and studied cello and chamber music at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, France.

There are a number of teachers I want to express my deep gratitude to for all that they have taught me about the body and all the support they have given me over the years.

Anne-Lise Reusswig, Dallas Everleth, Shelley Senter, Amara Tabor Smith, Ellen Sebastian Chang, Randee Paufve, Eric Kupers, Naomi Leiserson, Dave Lewin, Zeina Grifoni, Dana Iova-Koga, Thomas Presto.


Yamuna Body Rolling Theory and Technique

My friend Ying Mei Tcheou shared this article about Yamuna Body Rolling from the Journal of Physical Therapy. The abstract follows. For the full article click on the link below. This paper provides information about the theory and technique of Yamuna Body Rolling. In order to treat physical problems, using the specialized Yamuna Body Rolling …


Working with Chris is helping me become conscious of the parts of my body I’ve forgotten how to listen to. I am learning new ways to breathe. I am learning how my physical posture is a mirror to my mental/emotional posture. I am recalibrating my relationship to gravity. 

–Alexa Burrell

Our bodies are the containers of our lives. Who we share our bodies with is always an intimate risk with the hopeful possibility of goodness, health and love. After so many failed attempts with past “trainers, yoga, exercise” instructors,  I took a much needed risk to engage my Self under the guidance of Chris Evans’ Deep Breath Pilates. Her attention to detail, gentle patience, skilled practice, the brilliance of her integration of Yamuna and Talawa Technique within the foundation of Pilates speaks to her depth of understanding of the body from a human perspective, but also a cultural perspective. With Chris, I felt first the freedom to be fully clumsy, shy, unsure. In releasing this my strength began to support those places as balance and healing. She will continue to be a part of my process of healing the past as a healthy present. 

–Ellen Sebastian Chang

I have been a runner, walker, hiker, swimmer, and biker for most of my life. As I grow older, I am in intimate touch with the need for ways to care for my body to allow it to continue doing the work it has always done for me. Chris Evans’ movement classes are proving to be exactly the attention my body needs to sustain and enhance my other activities. As much as I enjoy the body movement, I enjoy the body knowledge Chris brings to her practice and shares with me. I also love the sense of loving and supportive community she fosters in her classes – I look forward to coming every week.

–Danyelle O’Hara

I have been working with Chris Evans for the last 18 months one to two times a week and I have noticed a marked improvement in the way I move and walk. Chris is an amazing instructor who is very knowledgeable in the correct way the body needs and wants to move, and her deep compassion makes her an indispensable part of my healthcare and fitness team. I would recommend her to anybody who is already fit, to people such as myself, who want to age gracefully and still roll around on the floor with their grandchildren. Chris is absolutely a sound investment in self-improvement!

–Julie Franklin