Meet Zeena

 
 

About Zeena

Zeena’s passion for posture is making its way to sarton Physical THerapy, where she’ll share her "straighten, then strengthen", wellness-from-within philosophies.  

Zeena Dhalla is a premier Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor in the Orange County, California area and is currently the Founder of VerticAlign Posture Coaching. Zeena graduated with a degree in Communications from one of the top ranked Universities in the US, Northwestern University. Her fitness education includes her Pilates course from BASI (Body Arts and Sciences International) where she received certifications in the Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel. She has her Personal Training certification from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), and her CoreAlign certification from Balanced Body University. She has also completed coursework in Integrative Flexibility from NASM, is a Certified Posture Specialist from the National Posture Institute, and is also trained as a Wellness Coach. Most recently she became a Postural Alignment Specialist certified by the Egoscue Institute®.  

Zeena has worked for years as a mentor and instructor for many other fitness professionals having served as a manager in the fitness industry for many years. She was the owner and operator of the Athletic Club for Women in Newport Beach, California where she grew the Pilates program there by over 200% during her ownership period. She then went on to serve as Pilates Director for the Orange County Division of YogaWorks, the premier Pilates/ Yoga studio in the Orange County area.

Zeena has been featured as a writer and fitness model by OC Squeeze, OC Metro, OC Register, and on the television show Daybreak OC. She was also featured in Pilates Style Magazine as the Author and Model for ‘Pilates for Baby Boomers’. Zeena is best known for co-authoring the Random House/Penguin published book Sculpt and Shape: The Pilates Way with Bollywood Celebrity Trainer Yasmin Karachiwala. The book soared to the top 5 self help book list on Amazon and has been endorsed by celebrities such as Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif, Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor.

Zeena has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Women Business Owners. Her philanthropic responsibilities include fundraising for organizations such as HelpUsAdopt.org, Relay for Life Cancer, and CASA Orange County. She is also heavily involved as a volunteer troop leader and service unit manager with the Girl Scouts of Orange County, and has served as the Fundraising Chair for her daughter's school/PTSA for the last 4 years.

Since becoming a mom to her daughter that she and her husband adopted from Kolkata in 2008, Zeena has focused on maintaining a balance between work and motherhood.  Her clients love her for being tough and demanding on their form, but gentle and encouraging in her coaching. She is passionate about posture because it's important to "straighten, then strengthen", and that achieving wellness starts from within.  "No Self Deprecating Talk" is the motto, and she wants everyone to walk out feeling stronger, leaner, and more importantly, more confident in themselves. 

Now Offering Posture Alignment Help Orange County Physical Therapy
Cristi Eid of Sarton Physical Therapy, Pilates
‘No Self-Deprecating Talk’ is the motto. I want everyone to walk out feeling stronger, leaner, and more importantly, more confident in themselves.
— Zeena Dhalla, Posture Specialist

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Communications, Northwestern University

  • Pilates course from BASI (Body Arts and Sciences International)

  • Completed coursework in Integrative Flexibility from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

Awards & Certifications

  • Postural Alignment Specialist certified by the Egoscue Institute®

  • Mat, Reformer, Trapeze Table, Wunda Chair and Ladder Barrel

  • Personal Training certification from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

  • CoreAlign certification from Balanced Body University

Organizations & Professional Involvement

  • Served on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Women Business Owners

Features & Publications