Welcome! Pura Vida Urban Fitness opened its doors in June of 2011. Our uniquely qualified team members – trainers, coaches and instructors with a diversity of interests and backgrounds – all have one focused goal: provide you with personalized attention so that you can achieve to the best of your ability.

“Time to be the best” captures our mentality at Pura Vida Urban Fitness. Those are the words we hear from the moment the alarm goes off in the morning to the moment our eyes close at night – “time to be the best”. Everyday is a chance to enjoy a happier, healthier life – it is only a matter of making the most of your time and efforts.

We’ll never demand that you do the impossible, but we do think that you’ll be surprised and thrilled by what you can accomplish through effort – which we will always demand of you – and experience (the two ee’s of succeed).

Maybe you just want to switch up your training routine with a little cross-training or maybe you want to lose 30 lbs. In either case, your success is our success, and that’s why we’re here to provide you with the degree of support you need (from a little to a lot) in reaching your fitness and nutrition goals.

Brooklyn Personal Trainers & Fitness Instructors

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Morgan Sevigny
Brooklyn Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Morgan’s training style is greatly influenced by her active upbringing on Mount Desert Island in Maine and her enjoyment of team oriented sports. Morgan earned a BA from Brandeis University and has continued to pursue her interest in human anatomy and physiology at Long Island University. In addition to being a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and TRX Certified Group Trainer, she has pursued several continuing education programs including cardiovascular exercise for weight loss, prenatal/postpartum training, and youth coaching and conditioning.

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Alex Varga
Brooklyn Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor

Alex’s info coming soon!

Brooklyn Yoga Instructors

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Melissa Bourgeois
Brooklyn Yoga Instructor

Melissa practices yoga to help her find calm in a city that is not, and increase the strength and flexibility of her body and mind. She came to yoga as a physical practice, but was quickly introduced to its infinite layers of wisdom. Melissa teaches challenging, light-hearted sequences that focus the attention on the breath, and root the practice in correct alignment of the body. She is greatly influenced by Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions, and is certified through YogaWorks. Melissa is also a certified Integrative Health Coach, and is a Curriculum Developer & Coordinator for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She earned her BA in English from Columbia University and her MEd as a New York City Teaching Fellow from Lehman College. She has studied cooking, wine, and dance at various schools around New York City.

Stefania Vavylopoulou
Brooklyn Yoga Instructor

Stefania’s Bio Coming Soon!

Brooklyn Zumba Instructors

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Sarah Fishstrom

Sarah loves to dance and finds Zumba to be a great way to unwind, relieve stress, burn calories, and have fun!

Sarah loves all types of dancing including salsa, swing, merengue, and hip-hop. She first started teaching Zumba during her work for the non-profit organization, HealthCorps. As a HealthCorps coordinator in East Flatbush (2009-2011) she found creative ways to spread health and wellness to high school students by integrating yoga, meditation, cooking, dancing, gardening, and nutrition into a high school curriculum.

Sarah holds a BS in Sociology from the University of Michigan and is currently working on her Masters in Special Education at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus through the New York City Teaching Fellows. Sarah’s passion is teaching in addition to holistic wellness and loves to meet new people to learn from and share these passions with!