Ana came to Pilates as a martial artist looking for an efficient and intelligent way to heal her body after years of injuries, and to gain a greater understanding of anatomy and proper biomechanics. Her teaching style focuses on enthusiastically encouraging your body to move in the best, most efficient manner. Ana holds a Comprehensive Pilates Certification through Balanced Body and has taken continuing education courses with Karen Clippenger, Bob Liekens, and Shari Berkowitz. She is a 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and is a certified IMPACT Self Defense instructor, with extensive experience teaching to trauma and abuse survivors. A 10+ year Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga practioner, she is currently studying with Patricia Walden and Nancy Turnquist. A California native, she came to the east coast to study Film and Spanish Literature at Cornell University.She is also a commercial and fine artist, avid cook, and long-distance runner.