Teachers

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Viviana Romanazzi PMA®️-CPT

Viviana Romanazzi moved to Pittsburgh from her home in Rome, Italy in 2015. Her path to studying and teaching Pilates first began as a client almost 15 years ago, just when the Pilates method was starting to become popular in Italy.

 

After discovering the big improvement undergone by her body after a few years of practice, Viviana decided to become a teacher. She started her training with Patricia Medros, from Chicago, and a direct disciple of Romana Kryzanowska, which led her to obtain her first Degree in Pilates Matwork from “One Pilates Rome” in October 2012.

Viviana has taught Pilates at various gyms in Rome while at the same time, studying to obtain her final Degree in Matwork and Apparatus in July 2015. Immediately after, she and her husband and two young daughters moved to Pittsburgh for his career. Here, in 2018, after working with different Pilates studios in town, Viviana realized her dream to have her own space, and founded ViviPilates, a small studio in Squirrel Hill. With the Covid-19 outbreak, the studio has moved online and is still offering both virtual and in-person instruction. 

 

Viviana's passion for the method has led her to continue her education with Shari Berkowitz ("The Vertical Workshop"), a Teacher of Teachers, Biomechanist and Ergonomist from New York. She's currently enrolled in a program for teachers, "Pilates Intensives", and she's becoming a host for Shari's Teacher Training Program. With Shari, Viviana is deepening her understanding of the human body, and learning how to apply modern biomechanics to every Pilates exercise, and it is her mission to teach people how to move well, connect with their body and feel better.

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Christin Lukondi

 

Christin Lukondi earned her Comprehensive Certification in 2018 under Marcie Callan of Pilates Sol, who is  a Second Generation Teacher, trained in the traditions of Pilates Elders Lolita San Miguel and Eve Gentry.

Christin immediately fell in love with Pilates when she began taking classes in 2015. She relocated from her home town of San Diego to Pittsburgh in 2016 where she pursued her career to become a Pilates Instructor.

Christin attributes her improved posture and conditioning to the Pilates method. Pilates also supports her outdoor hobbies of running, hiking, and horseback riding. She regularly attends continuing education workshops from well-known and respected instructors in the Classical Pilates industry.

Christin has taught Pilates to children, teens, and young adults at Point Park University for their International Summer Dance Program. She has worked with a wide range of clients with orthopedic issues and loves seeing how the method can help them regain strength and balance and relieve chronic pain.

Christin is also certified in ROLLOLOGY, a cutting edge discipline that starts with the core using a medium density roller, which works together by stretching and strengthening the abdominals to properly align and support the body for optimal posture.

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Lynn Rescigno

 

Lynn's love for movement started at the early age of 5. She studied Ballet and Modern Dance for over 30 years. Lynn was first introduced to Pilates in 1991, while in the professional program at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. She pursued Pilates Teacher Training in 1998 in the intense 600 hours of training under Romana Kryzanowska, a Master Teacher trained by Joseph Pilates, and completed her training in December 1999.

Lynn taught Pilates in NYC at Drago's Gym, The Pilates Studio of NY, Reebok Sports Club, and The New School. And in New Jersey at the Atlantic Club and Center for Pilates Red Bank. She continued her education with the late Romana Kryzanowska, Sari Santo, Bob Liekens, Michael Fritzke, and Ton Voogt.

Lynn is also a Jivamukti Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, and runs a 200 hour Classical Yoga Teachers Training.

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Emelia Ardito  

Emelia is a classically trained Instructor. She has always had a passion for fitness, adventure, and cooking. Her love for cooking and travel enabled her to move from her home state of North Carolina to Hawai'i, where a friend introduced her to Pilates.

Practicing classical pilates empowered Emelia; she began to see herself in a different light- walking taller with more confidence, increased body awareness, and an overall feeling of lightness.

 

After relocating back to North Carolina, she felt it was her calling to become certified to teach. She completed her education through Romana's Pilates International. Emelia is dedicated to sharing her passion with others so they can experience the same self-empowerment Pilates brought her. 

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Zane Rankin

A native of Pittsburgh, Zane moved to New York City as a young dancer in 1976.  

 

He studied modern dance at the Martha Graham School, Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor schools as well as ballet at the private studios if Madame Darvash, Maggie Black and The Joffrey Ballet School.  

 

Rankin toured nationally and internationally with dance companies as well as Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.  

Realizing its benefits early in his career, Zane studied Pilates at the original Studio in New York under the tutelage of Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates’ protégé, giving him the elite designation as a second-generation instructor.

His lifelong accomplishments as a dancer in classical ballet, modern dance and musicals coupled with 45 years of private Pilates practice and instruction give him a unique perspective on teaching the Pilates method.

He's now moving back to his hometown of Pittsburgh, and ready to share his expertise with us.

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Hailey Steinhauser

Dr. Hailey Steinhauser has a healing mentality, a calming energy, and is highly educated. She treats every patient with the understanding that health is multidimensional. She cares for each individual in ways specific to their needs. Her aim is to identify and correct the underlying root cause of the problem, whether it be from a physical injury, emotional stressors, poor posture, or any multitude of issues. 

 

Born and raised in Michigan, she earned her Bachelors of Science (B.S.) in Movement Science at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology and continued her studies at Life University earning her Doctorate of Chiropractic. She has further training in Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET) and is a Certified Postural Neurologist. NET is an incredible technique that allows the practitioner to remove “limbic loops” from a patient's neurology in order to extinguish the charge from negative life events that may be causing non-ideal reactions to stressors. As a certified Postural Neurologist, she is able to create lasting changes in a patient's posture which helps to heal current injuries and also prevents future pain and neurological decline associated with poor posture. 

 

Before moving to Pittsburgh, Dr. Hailey worked as a chiropractor on the beautiful island of Malta. Working in Malta gave her the opportunity to treat a wide variety of patients from babies and pregnant women, to athletes and geriatrics who needed to improve their posture; many of whom had never been to a chiropractor before. Dr. Hailey guides patients through posture programs and uses a variety of techniques to make sure each patient feels comfortable and heard. Though she misses the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean Sea, she is overjoyed to be setting roots in the Squirrel Hill community.

  

Dr. Hailey has a special interest in brain-based posture and changing internal stress responses. She also plans to continue her studies in neurology, pediatrics, and veterinary chiropractic as well. With her strong academic training, she target’s her patient’s health from all angles so they can take control and live their fullest lives.