Leah Matthews

ABOUT ME

I am a native New Yorker from Brooklyn. My dedication to movement began in 2nd grade when I started training and later, competing in gymnastics. Shortly afterward I began to study ballet and modern dance. I received scholarships to train with notable companies including Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Ballet Hispanico, Feld Ballet and the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. I also graduated from the prestigious NYC High School of Music, Art and the Performing Arts in 2000 with a degree in dance and have performed with companies in New York City and abroad.

After working through a serious knee injury in college, I completed a 200hr teacher training program through the Jivamukti Yoga School as a full scholarship recipient.  Over the years my yoga credentials were further supplemented by studying Antigravity Aerial Yoga, Kids Yoga, Prenatal, Thai and Standup Paddleboard Yoga. I am now a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.

In 2010 I completed a 600hr Pilates Mat & Apparatus certification through Half Moon Pilates. My Pilates training is further supplemented by a certification in the Antigravity Aerial Pilates method by Christopher Harrison and Jill Carnegie. Also in 2010, I completed certification in personal training through the National Association of Sports Medicine. By 2012 I worked my way up to Tier 3+ at the Equinox Fitness Training Institute. This included a nutrition certification through Precision Nutrition. Within two years I became a top-ranking trainer at Equinox, holding a spot within the top 50 trainers out of over 2,000 companywide. My PT credentials are enhanced by certifications in TRX, ViPR, Kettlebells, Trigger Point and FMS.

In 2012 I completed four levels of Thai Massage through the Lotus Palm School at the Integral Yoga Institute. In 2013 I went on to assist master certifying instructor Jyothi Wanatabe and later traveled to Thailand to supplement my studies on the island of Phuket.

For the past two years I have traveled the world, training mostly international clientele.  Whilst abroad I was able to delve into the sociocultural aspect of the fitness industry.  It was an unforgettable experience that allowed me to utilize my anthropological education from New York University.  During this time it became even clearer to me that connecting with people in a way that allows them to live their lives in a more functional way is not solely a career choice.  It is a gift.   I look forward to sharing this gift with you!