TRAINERS

Leah Matthews is a native New Yorker and world traveller. She trained in classical dance and gymnastics through childhood and began teaching yoga at Jivamukti in 2005. Leah has been a top ranking personal trainer and Pilates instructor in New York City since 2010. She has mentored many other trainers and works with celebrities and local community members alike. Leah’s yoga classes are a fun fusion of traditional sequencing, strength building and restorative work. Her personal training and Pilates sessions are challenging, effective and informative. Leah’s certifications include NASM, TRX, Pre/Post Natal, Senior Fitness, Kettlebells, Thai Yoga Massage, Jivamukti Yoga, Pilates Mat and Apparatus, FMS, Triggerpoint, ViPR, Stand Up Paddle Board and Aerial Silks.

 

 

 


Daniel Nunez
is Colombian born and grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida.  As a true Pisces he has always had a natural affinity for the sea.  Daniel spent his childhood near the pristine waters of the Gulf of Mexico and spent his free time surfing, wakeboarding, knee-boarding, fishing, boating and swimming.  At a young age Daniel recalls being captivated by local surfers braving the hurricane-strength waves and saying to himself, “I want to learn that one day.”  Daniel has been a surf coach for seven years and a swimming instructor for three.  He has spent years working in music, fashion and marketing, but was determined to stay with his greatest aquatic passions, and teach the lessons of the pool and the ocean to a new generation.  Daniel is CPR and Lifeguard Certified.

 

 

 

 

Or Reitman is a professional dancer from Givatayim, Israel. He completed 600 hours of Pilates apparatus and mat certifications at The Lab, in Brooklyn, New York. Or is a graduate of Alvin Ailey’s certificate program and began dancing at age 12. For Or, Pilates is a tool one cultivates to support an upright nature in relation to gravity. He teaches his students to extend the principles of Pilates into their daily lives and learn the functionality of the body through movement, breath and intention.

 

 

 

 

 

Chaliya Rivers was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She started dancing at the age of three and is knowledgeable in several forms of cross training for various sports. Chaliya is certified in Pilates Mat and Apparatus, Personal Training, Laban Movement Analysis and Reiki. Chaliya believes that nothing is impossible! Her intrinsic strength and sweet nature will move you to push beyond fear achieve your goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saya Baker was born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She completed her Pilates Certification at The Lab in Dumbo, Brooklyn and is also a NASM certified personal trainer. Saya has been dancing since the age of seven, holds a degree in visual art and is a certified Reiki practitioner.