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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Anita Buzzy Prentiss

Anita’s love of movement began as a young girl- ballet, riding horses, biking, and ice skating.  She graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in Communication Arts where she was very involved in acting, singing, and was the student director of the modern dance company.  She is a mother of two young girls, and a Tai Chi and yoga enthusiast. She is a portrait and wedding photographer and owner of Buzzy Photography since 1996. 

 

She is comprehensively certified through Peak Pilates and has been teaching since 2010. “Pilates gives me strength, flexibility, and good energy to be able to enjoy each day.  I love helping people feel their best through Pilates!”

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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.

Sophie Randall

 

Pilates has helped me gain confidence and clarity. I want to encourage you to trust and have faith in yourself through the mind body connection.  Pilates will help you build strength and flexibility. The breathing practice will help with mindfulness    It allows you to focus on what is important to you in the moment.  I want to encourage you to trust and have faith in yourself through the mind body connection. I hope to help others reach their goals and take everything one step at a time while enjoying the process!"

 

Sophie Randall, originally from State College, PA learned about Pilates through her love of movement.  She began taking mat Pilates classes while studying at Penn State University.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Policy and Administration.  She is a certified health coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. And enjoys working with clients to help them reach their goals.  She is a certified Pilates mat instructor through Power Pilates and is working on becoming comprehensively certified on all Pilates apparatus

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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.