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Master Instructor / Owner
Maria Ivanova has a passion for health and fitness which is reflected in the quality of training at Euro Pilates Fitness Center. Maria is a professional gymnast with a degree in Sports Education and Movement. Maria has worked as the USA Gymnastics National Team coach and as an USA National Judge, working with elite, Olympic-class athletes in the United States and overseas.
Maria began her Pilates studies in 2001 while training athletes to improve their performance through specific strength and conditioning exercises. She fell in love with Pilates techniques and became an advanced STOTT Pilates certified Instructor, TRX trainer, and the fist TOTAL BARRE certified instructor in Florida.
Maria stays on the cutting edge of fitness innovations and health issues through constant continuing education. She attends fitness conferences and advanced Pilates courses throughout the year and shares that knowledge with her instructors and clients. This allows her to integrate the lastest skills and techniques into her training programs.
Maria uses her experience as a professional athlete, coach, Pilates instructor and a yogi to create a unique atmosphere at Euro Pilates that is focused on achieving the clients desired results. Maria’s goal is to make Pilates safe, fun, and accessible for people of all fitness levels. She trains at the advanced through beginning levels with a specialty in working with those who are pregnant/post-partum, senior, injured, or post-surgical.
“Being a professional athlete means being susceptible to numerous injuries. Having personally been diagnosed with scoliosis from the age of 10, I learned to live with discomfort and pain. Pilates training has been extremely effective in eliminating the constant pain experienced during my athletic career. My positive experience with Pilates training has proven to me how Pilates can change the quality of a person’s life. I want to share that knowledge and help my clients achieve a stronger, leaner, more flexible and balanced body and life.”
Fully Certified Instructor / Health Coach / Massage Theraphist
As a professional gymnast throughout her youth, Ania has had health and wellness at the forefront of her mind since she was a child. Throughout her athletic career, Ania’s conditioning program included a daily routine of Pilates equipment exercises which sparked her interest in this type of resistance training. With full belief in the effectiveness and discipline of Pilates, Ania went on to become a fully certified STOTT Pilates instructor. Her experience being a level 10 athlete gives her a unique perspective on the fundamental principles of Pilates, and she carefully tailors every work out to the specific wants and needs of each client.
After receiving her B.S. in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of South Florida, and with 5 years of experience in teaching Pilates, Ania decided to travel to India for a month long intensive 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training focusing in Ashtanga yoga. She now leads all of the yoga classes offered at Euro Pilates, her passion and deeply rooted love for yoga shining through in every class. Her experience in different types of exercise gives her a well-rounded knowledge of the human body that allows her to deliver safe and effective training to clients of different experience levels and abilities.
Ania will soon be continuing her education by completing a Yin Yoga Teacher Training, as well as the advanced STOTT Pilates certification. She is thrilled to be deepening her education in something she loves so much and is excited to soon be able to share her new knowledge with all her students.
Fully Certified Instructor
Dawn Lindow is Stott Pilates fullyCertified Instructor who started Pilates career right here at Euro Pilates in 2009. She then moved to Memphis where she worked with Elite Dancers for 3 years at Memphis School of Ballet.
Dawn then taught at Asheville Pilates for five years while living in Asheville, NC. Her passion and dedication for helping people become aware of their bodies so as to move more efficiently remains her number one priority. She always enjoyed seeing her clients grow in their strength and confidence. Currently, Dawn is also a Surgical First Assistant in a local hospital.
Fully Certified Instructor
Connie became very interested in mind-body modalities and general fitness after a brush with cancer in 2005. Connie began taking pilates in 2007 and found it to be very beneficial for rehabilitation. She later found pilates to be an excellent cross-training exercise for increasing her core strength for other activities. Connie spent many years paddling on a dragon boat racing team and participating in marathon walks. She continues to practice Tai Chi Chuan daily.
Connie is now a fully certified Stott Pilates Instructor. She is interested in helping others get the many benefits from Pilates that she has experienced. Connie has also studied with a master tai chi chuan instructor for the past 8 years. She has taught tai chi classes and workshops for the past 4 years. She has a tai chi instructor’s certificate from TaijiFit. Connie retired in 2011 from a 27-year career with Verizon that included senior manager positions in both I.T. & Marketing. She holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration and an M.S. degree in Computer Information Science.