At AVIVA PILATES, the quality of our trainers is one of our highest priorities. We encourage our trainers to learn new styles, expand their knowledge and obtain new certifications. We strive to give our customers the best possible experience using the leading techniques available.
With 20 years of Pilates and Fitness experience, Aviva Abrams is an industry expert. Aviva has over ten certifications in various fitness modalities including Pilates, TRX, Power Plate, Yoga (Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative), Barre, Reiki, Tupler Technique Treatment for Diastasis Recti, Pink Ribbon Program Rehabilitation for Breast Cancer and ViPR.
Her Pilates journey began as a client in 1999 after a near-fatal car accident. Aviva was fortunate enough to have a friend that recommended Pilates as part of her rehabilitation. It was extremely beneficial for her recovery, and she fell in love with the entire method. Aviva decided to pass this knowledge on and help people feel good within their bodies. That is when she began her health and wellness career.
Aviva began her fitness education in 2001 when she completed her Yoga certification with the Center for Yoga which is grandfathered into the RYT certification program. She then went on to get her Stott Pilates education in their home base studio, which is in Toronto, Canada. After completing the full repertoire, she began her career teaching in the high-end boutique Pilates studios in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan.
She spent over ten years honing her craft in Michigan, and created her signature class “Belly Tone”. Aviva then moved to Miami in 2011 to take her career to the next level. She decided to obtain a second Pilates certification with the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP). After teaching at numerous locations here in Miami, she opened AVIVA PILATES LLC in 2017. Now the studio has expanded and relocated to the Downtown Miami Shores, Florida.
I began my journey with movement and training from a young age as a ballet dancer going on to a professional dance career performing in Europe and the United States. As I moved into teaching Ballet and Contemporary dance I was fortunate to be training with an extraordinary mentor who introduced me to Pilates and encouraged me to go through a teacher training program. I found that it changed the way I worked as a dancer and as a ballet teacher. So much of what I had a feeling for was solidified through anatomy and the very logic of Joseph Pilates. I was certified through the STOTT Pilates system, as it was the most international and accessible system for me to be able to train and teach anywhere in the world. I was again, very lucky to be able to train with some of the leaders in the industry in a worldwide forum. I trained in Italy, Germany, the US, and also had instructors from Canada, and England.
I am truly passionate about movement, health of joints, and finding ways to change movement patterns that can enhance physical activity and daily life. I still work with dancers and am continually evolving and searching for ways to improve upon my skills and knowledge as a teacher and student. I believe in constant growth and learning. I am thrilled to be part of AVIVA PILATES and feel like I have found my Pilates “Home”.
Amy decided to leave the corporate world behind after a serious health scare at age 30 and became an advocate for health and wellness. She fell in love with the Pilates method which radically changed her body while improving her strength, self-confidence and posture.
Amy first studied Classical Pilates and received her certificate from Stott Pilates; a more modern approach, which includes specialty training in pre and post-natal, injuries and special populations. She has been teaching Pilates since 2005.
Originally from Michigan, Amy moved to Miami to join the Pilates Method Alliance. She was able to study and train with master teachers from all around the world at various conferences, including the PMA’s annual meetings.
Amy is also a 500-hour yoga RYT certified Yoga instructor. She attended courses in Bali, Indonesia and Asheville, North Carolina. She is also a passionate student of the GYROTONIC system, a do Terra wellness education, a life coach and an avid meditator.