Meet Leah

Leah Stewart, M.S. is the founder and owner of LiveLife Pilates™. In addition to owning and running LiveLife Pilates, Leah is Senior Faculty and Lecturer for world renowned Body Arts and Science International. Leah has traveled across four continents to teach teacher training courses as well as present workshops and conferences on the behalf of BASI Pilates®. She has visited cities in the United States, England, Japan, China, India, Australia, and Italy. Leah has studied Pilates extensively under the BASI Pilates® founder, Rael Isacowitz. In addition to her BASI Comprehensive Teacher certification, Leah has studied Pilates and pregnancy with one of the field’s experts, Carolyne Anthony, and is a certified Pre- and Post-Natal Pilates Specialist.  Leah is also a certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and works diligently with clients to help them discover, correct, and improve their imbalances and incorrect movement patterns. Leah holds a Masters of  Science in Human Movement from A.T. Still University with a specialization in exercise prescription for older adults.

Prior to embarking on her current career, Leah graduated from Chapman University with a BFA in Dance Performance and a Minor in Art History. Leah has also danced and performed professionally with Orange County based contemporary dance company, Backhaus Dance. With her rich background in dance and movement, Leah brings movement creativity into each Pilates session. She is able to successfully adapt the Pilates exercises to meet the needs of each client, allowing them to experience the joy of movement while engaging in a safe, efficient, and challenging Pilates practice. Leah works as a freelance writer and regularly writes for various fitness and Pilates blogs, newsletters and publications. Leah has been seen on the cover of the Body Mind Spirit conference catalog and has been featured in Pilates Style Magazine and AKA Mom Magazine. Leah is also the fitness editor for Mom’s Advice Magazine. Leah is a featured guest instructor for Pilates Anytime, where is has a filmed a series for Pre/Post Natal Pilates as well as innovative sessions on a variety of Pilates equipment. Leah was honored to be one of the models seen in Rael Isacowitz’s book Pilates as well as in the second edition of the BASI Pilates Movement Analysis Workbooks.

With an ever expanding interest in nutrition and after being introduced to raw and live foods, Leah has studied to be a raw food chef with Alissa Cohen and enjoys the healthy and beneficial integration of raw foods into her diet. With a deep reverence for the art of teaching and for the practice of Pilates, Leah strives to continually enhance her skills as a teacher and practitioner of the Pilates method through a daily Pilates practice, continuing education, and an overall healthy and balanced approach to living life.  Leah resides in Costa Mesa, California with her husband, Jason, infant son, Turner and Miniature Schnauzer, Diesel where they spend their time preparing meals in the kitchen, gardening, running in the park, reading and of course, playing!

11 Responses to Meet Leah

  1. Sv August 7, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

    Hi Leah,

    I just want to let you know, I really enjoy your recipe videos. They are so inspiring. I would love to see more!! I am transitioning into a raw vegan lifestyle ever since I’ve been diagnosed with cancer (I’m only 23 years old). Your recipes are short and simple and I can’t wait to try every single one!

    Thanks for sharing them!

    Sarah

    • Leah Stewart August 9, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      Sarah,

      I’m so happy that you will try the recipes for your transition to raw vegan. And I do wish you the best with your treatment and healing from cancer.

      I’m working on the next batch of recipes :-) I’m due to have my second baby in just a couple short weeks, so new videos may not pop up until late this year or early next year. But I’ll add some recipe posts without videos ;-)

      Thank you and all the best to you!

      Leah

  2. France January 27, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Leah
    I am a newly graduated Pilates teacher (mat only) & I just discovered your blog
    In fact I was searching for Pilates materials with regards to pregnancy & post natal moms
    Your blog is such a sourcefull well of information at all levels since it is “In Living Life”
    In addition I cannot help sneaking to your Vegan section ….. All is yummy & so simple
    Thank you & Thank you
    France

    • Leah Stewart February 12, 2014 at 9:51 am #

      France,

      I am so happy that you found my blog and that your are enjoying the information on pre and post-natal Pilates, plus the raw foods ;-)

      Please let me know if you have any questions.

  3. Kate C. Mainieri March 11, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    Hello, Leah! I’m a fellow BASI certified Pilates instructor living in New Orleans! I have never been pregnant, but in preparation for a couple of expecting clients, I recently took your Pilates Anytime workshop on abdominal work in Pre/Post-natal Pilates, and have taken all of your classes on PA! I am so so glad I discovered your blog. Watching and learning from you has really motivated me to further my Pilates practice and career. Just love your energy and your nature, and your blog is fantastic! Thanks for sharing all your hard work. I’ve been teaching for about five years and hoping to start the BASI Master program next year, and you’ve been such a inspiration to watch and learn from! Thank you for that!

    Be well, Kate

    • Leah Stewart March 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

      Kate – thank you so much for reaching out and for your lovely comments. Continual education and growth is so rewarding, I’m so happy to hear that you are enjoying learning about pre and post-natal Pilates. If you’re ever interested in more education, please let me know :-)

      I have been taking a bit of a hiatus from my blog since my second son was born and I’m itching to get back to writing :-) I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the blog.

      Take care!!

      • Kate C. Mainieri March 18, 2014 at 5:03 am #

        I am VERY interested in more education! I’m open to any information you’d like to send on the workshops you offer. I’m also hoping to be able to start the BASI Master program NEXT spring. New Orleans is so far from Costa Mesa! Haha I’ve got to plan!

        Thanks for your reply.

        Kate

        • Leah Stewart March 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

          Great, Kate! Email me at leah@livelifepilates.com with your email address and I’ll send you information for future courses :-)

  4. Louise June 6, 2014 at 1:33 am #

    Hi Leah, I am a Mat Pilates teacher in the UK and just wanted to say that I am loving your website and blog and I particularly enjoyed your pregnancy pilates sessions on Pilates Anytime. I’m always looking for inspiration for my pre natal classes to keep them fresh and interesting. Can you offer any advice on where I might be able to access more ideas? Do you ever train teachers in the UK? Thanks again, Louise

    • Leah Stewart June 6, 2014 at 7:33 am #

      Hi Louise!! Thank you so much for getting in touch, and for your kind and wonderful words. I am so happy to hear that you are enjoying the website and also my classes on PA. Yes, finding inspiration is always fun, and feeling free to explore the movement can be very liberating ;-)

      In reference to training, I would love to teach my pre and post-natal Pilates education course/s in the UK. First, I need to find a host studio. I have spoken to a couple of studio owners in the UK, but nothing has been arranged at the moment simply because I am not quite ready to travel at this time as my little one is just now 9-months-old. But, I am already scheduling international courses for 2015. If you are interested in hosting, or if you know a studio owner that is, please let me know as if I could teach at a couple different locations in the UK when I travel there, it would be wonderful!

      In regards to finding more movement inspiration, I really admire and respect Carolyne Sidhu Anthony’s work (I know she just traveled to the UK to teach as well). Carolyne’s work and my work are similar in many ways, we are very like-minded in our approach, yet we have differences in our approach as well. I have also found much inspiration by studying books and archives that discuss the way women instinctively labor and give birth (whether it is tribal practices and customs to the techniques, positions and movements current midwives are practicing with women). Studying what is needed in the body for a successful labor and birth and what a woman needs to maintain a healthy, confident and safe pregnancy has really allowed me to explore fun and effective Pilates exercise modifications for pregnant women.

      I hope this helps a bit!!

      Thanks, again!

      Leah

  5. Louise June 18, 2014 at 5:47 am #

    Thanks so much for your response. I will contact some other teachers/ studios in the UK to see if we can host in 2015 – that would be awesome! Thanks also for the additional inspiration.

    Louise

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