Welcome to Inner Strength Pilates.
My name is Nichole L'vov and I am a certified Pilates instructor. I have practiced Pilates for 10 years and have been teaching for 6 years. I hold certifications from the PhysicalMind Institute in NYC for teaching both Mat and Standing Pilates as well as on all Pilates apparatus. I additionally am certified in BalleCore Pilates - a style of Pilates that uses a wooden pole for balance and challenge in Pilates matwork. I have done training in Beamfit or "Beaming" - a wonderful new tool that has changed the way many of my clients feel about their posture and balance. I attend fitness conferences yearly and pursue additional continuing education as often as I can. But perhaps my most important training was in the presence of Mary Bowen, one of the last living students (or "Elders" as they are called) of Joseph Pilates himself. She is still teaching Pilates at 80 years young. I had a two-day intensive private lesson with her. She imparted so many wise and wonderful gems about Pilates and life. I continue to access this knowledge as I teach my own clients.
I originally tried Pilates because I had heard it helped people with scoliosis. I have suffered from lower back and hip pain for years and thought perhaps Pilates could relieve my symptoms. The very first private lesson I took, I realized I'd found a new passion. Wow! Pilates was truly a thunderbolt of awakening for me. Not only did I relieve my pain but I found a newfound awareness of my body and mind. I gained better balance (always a problem for me in the past), focus, coordination, muscle tone and body awareness. I began to notice when I wasn't standing up straight or if I was lifting something without using my "core". These little awarenesses compounded until I had truly become a different person both inside and out. Although I had always felt physically awkward and uncoordinated, through Pilates my confidence soared. Each time I mastered another move on the reformer or the Wunda chair, I became giddy with excitement. Who knew exercise could be so much fun? Pilates is so much more than getting a flat stomach, it is truly a way to find out who you really are. I am so excited and humbled that now I can help others find this awareness and begin their own path toward finding "inner strength". Please take a moment to explore this site and do not hesitate to contact me if you'd like to find out how Pilates can help you.
With sincere appreciation,