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Shirley Archer

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at

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About Me


  • BA, American Studies, Stanford University
  • Master's Degree, Regional Studies--East Asia, Harvard University
  • JD, Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Certifications / Trainings

ACE - Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Spinning - Certified Spinning Instructor (STAR 1)
TheMethod Pilates - Matwork: Exercise/Fundamentals
Yoga Alliance - E-RYT 200
Pending Verification
NSCA - Certified Personal Trainer
Power Plate - Power Plate - Fundamentals
Strong, Stretched & Centered Body-Mind Institute - Mind-Body Instructor
Agency Unavailable
Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Academy - Certified Yoga Siromani
Agency Unavailable
The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute - Advanced Yoga Teacher Training
Agency Unavailable
Ananda Yoga - Certified Level I Teacher
Agency Unavailable
University of Massachusetts: Mindfulness-Based Str - 9-Day Intensive Practicum in MBSR, qualified to te
Agency Unavailable
Pilates Institute - Matwork Diploma
Agency Unavailable
YMCA - Faculty Trainer
Agency Unavailable

CPR Certified

American Heart Association
Expires: Nov 20, 2017

AED Certified

American Heart Association
Expires: Nov 20, 2017
Amerian Heart Association
Expires: Dec 31, 1969

Additional Information


$0.00 / hr

Payment Methods

Cash, Credit Cards, Personal Checks

Years Experience


Awards & Accomplishments

  • IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year 2008-09
  • American Council on Exercise Group Fitness Instructor Achievement Award, 2nd Runner-Up 2005
  • 2003 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence, Health, Medical & Technical Writing
  • 2001 Author of the Year, Australian Fitness Network
  • 1999 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence
  • IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Top 3 Finalist 2005
  • 2015 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence: Article, Train Yourself Happy
  • 2016 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence: Article, Mind-Body Personal Training
  • 2017 APEX Awards for Publication Excellence: Article, Mindset Training

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1 Review

5.0 out of 5 Stars

  • by sarah rees on Mar 04, 2015

    I'd love to reference your article, "Fitness and Wellness Intertwine: A Major Industry Rises", for a paper for a holistic cosmetology class. I was wondering if that would be alright with you if it is properly credited to you. It was a beautifully written article, filled with amazing facts about this growing health and wellness movement, I just wanted to clear it with you before doing so. Thank you!

    Sarah R.