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!
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