The Center by the sea


The Instructors

Angel Maffei

Brenda Galvan



Angel is a Massachusetts native that describes herself as a “diehard fitness enthusiast”. Angel has been active throughout her life in the fields of martial arts, kickboxing, cycling, aerobics, yoga and more.

In 1990 she moved to southern California and became certified as a personal trainer and spinning instructor. She taught classes while she continued her higher education studying Spanish both abroad and in California. Angel worked after that as a Medical office manager in Marina Del Rey for many years. During that time she realized that the busy pace and stress of the corporate world was not for her.

She had begun taking Pilates privately and was loving it more than anything she had ever done before. To her, this became the “end all, be all”. It was a discipline that was not only physically demanding, but mentally challenging as well. This seemed to be the perfect fit.

Angel received her certification to teach Pilates through the acclaimed ‘Pilates Center’ in Boulder Colorado in 2001. She is a PMA certified instructor and continues her Pilates studies through continuing education as well as her devout practice of yoga. Angel opened The Center…by the sea in September of 2008. She teaches both yoga and Pilates at her studio as well as in clients homes.

She believes that through these methods she can help clients to become better in tune with their bodies on all levels and to promote better overall balance and well-being.

Brenda’s relationship with Pilates began shortly after moving from San Diego out to the South Bay of Los Angeles.

She was to eager to find a fun yet challenging activity that she could do after work hours to relieve the daily stresses of life. She soon discovered Pilates and immediately fell in love with this body and mind exercise. It was love at first hundred!

Brenda decided to take her passion of Pilates to the next level and become an instructor. She completed the BASI comprehensive teacher-training program in Costa Mesa where she learned how to combine the science of human movement with the art that is created when it is done correctly – aesthetically and passionately.

Brenda enjoys sharing her love for Pilates to others through her teaching.

She is a native of California but has traveled and lived internationally throughout her life.

Brenda graduated from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.

When she’s not in the studio, Brenda continues to stay active with outdoor activities including running and paddle boarding in the beaches of Los Angeles.