Anna Levin is one of the two “Master” teachers at Smartbody due to her many years of diverse training and teaching experience and overal quality of her work.
Anna started doing Pilates while dancing professionally in Chicago, Illinois. She certified at Body Balance, Chicago in 1999. Pilates brought a new element of core strength to her dancing and kept injuries at bay throughout her rigorous rehearsal and performing schedule. She certified in Gyrotonic in 1998. She moved to Amsterdam in 2004 where she helped build up Smartbody Studio in their early days. In 2008, she completed her Yoga training at Svaha Yoga. Anna has also studied with Cara Reeser, Elizabeth Larkam, Rachel Taylor Segal, Amy Taylor Alpers, Deborah Kolwey, Carolyne Anthony, Kirk Smith and Sharon Gallagher. More recently she is exploring Movement Based Mobility with different teachers and is doing The Kathy Grant Heritage Training with Cara Reeser. She is currently the assistant director of the Smartbody Studio Pilates Teacher Training program, teaching there regularly, as well as a guest teacher at Ekhart Yoga online yoga studio.
I love sharing my knowledge and experience through my teaching. Helping people find their limits and push their capabilities to a new level is very exciting. It’s also wonderful to work with people recovering from injury and see them rise up and come out of pain and stiffness to mobility and movement again. The joy I get out of teaching comes when I see my clients’ progression through regular and consistent practice. I love teaching and helping my clients succeed with their own bodies at their own pace. It’s very exciting to teach someone an exercise that appears to be impossible for them and watch their face light up when they succeed. (Anna)
Smartbody private sessions with Anna are the perfect remedy for body and soul and have truly become highlights of my week. Anna’s spot-on, challenging, yet patient, instruction targets my weaknesses and has resulted in strengthened core and posture, more attuned body awareness, and blessed stress release. And her intelligent, lovely demeanor in the peaceful Smartbody studios just keeps me coming back for more.
Lisa Ann Lydon – full time mother of three