Nicole is a certified Pilates instructor and co-founder of Sweet + Thrasher. She has been teaching Pilates since 2004, when she began with her mat certification in the Bay Area. After moving to New York, and getting a job at an ad agency, she realized Pilates was her passion and furthered her education and became certified on the Pilates apparatus. The agency allowed her to meet Marisa and start daydreaming about combining her loves for Pilates and the beach, thus the idea of the retreat was born. She currently teaches private reformer and mat Pilates in NYC. Most recently, Nicole was ranked as one of NYC's 20 Most Popular Pilates Instructors of 2012 by Rate Your Burn.
Marisa co-founded Sweet + Thrasher with Nicole five years after they started working together at an ad agency in NYC. Their idea came to fruition after Marisa moved to Grand Cayman and Nicole went to visit. They both realized their dream must happen. Marisa's educational and professional background is in brand marketing management and event production and is responsible for handling all the behind the scenes action. She enjoys working out and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and thanks to Nicole, enjoys Yoga and Pilates after Nicole used to drag her to classes in their agency days.
Sasha Nelson is a yoga instructor, certified health coach, dancer, and music lover based in Brooklyn, NY. She works with individuals who seek to balance wellness within their modern lifestyle, and teaches primarily vinyasa-style yoga in Brooklyn and Manhattan. A former Fashion Merchandising MFA graduate from Academy of Art University, she now works for Brooklyn-based Hyde organic yoga apparel. When you don’t find her doing any of these things she is experimenting in the kitchen, poppin’ and lockin’, and practicing Breakti®. For more information, visit and follow brooklyntreehugger.tumblr.com.