Liana grew up in an active household but because of undiagnosed Celiac and other food allergies, regular exercise left her feeling exhausted and often injured. Knowing the importance of movement and Pilates’ benefits, Liana’s mom encouraged Liana to give it a try. Little did she know the impact this introduction would have on her daughter’s life!
Liana loved that she could exercise and be left feeling stronger and energized. Over the years her practice deepened and when it became clear that her first career choice wasn’t a good fit, she decided to pursue a career in Pilates. Because of the removal of food allergies and years she spent consistently practicing Pilates, Liana was eventually able to exercise like an ‘athlete’ and became a regular with long distance runs, sprints, plyometrics and spinning. She loved how empowered these new forms of exercise made her feel and it is these journeys of health, injury and love for sweaty workouts that most influence her simultaneously athletic and rehabilitative teaching style today.
She is a STOTT PILATES® Fully Certified Instructor which is a certification program with an emphasis on rehabilitation and alignment. Liana is 1 of 7 Pilates instructors in Austin holding this level of certification and has studied under Chau Pham-Kid, STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, Paulina Vasquez STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, Tim Fleisher STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainer, Madeline Black, founder of ITT® Pilates and Tom Myers, author of Anatomy Trains. Liana recently studied under Mariska Breland to become a Certified Specialist in Pilates-Based Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis. The training also included designing exercise programs for stroke patients, traumatic spinal cord injuries and Parkinson’s disease in order to address common symptoms like balance difficulties, ataxia, gait abnormalities, single side weakness, general weakness, spasticity and bladder and bowel issues. In addition she maintains current CPR and AED Certifications.
Liana’s advanced studies and passions include athletic programming, assessing muscular imbalances and movement patterns, and developing customized programs specific to each individual. Her most recent passion is learning about neuromuscular re-patterning, neuroplasticity and the effect exercise has on the nervous system and brain. It’s very exciting for her to share the possibilities of forming new neural pathways in order to bypass central nervous system damage or to encourage more balanced and efficient movement patterns.
In Mauro Pilates’ early stages, Liana pioneered Austin’s first “Paddle Pilates” program, taught in various businesses, offered free classes around town, and began a Pilates program in schools she specifically developed for children. In 2011, this passion was rewarded and Mauro Pilates was voted “Best Pilates in 2011″ by Austin Fit Magazine. In 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Liana was voted top 3 “Best Pilates Instructor” and top 2 “Best Pilates Instructor” in 2013. Mauro Pilates was voted top 3 “Best Pilates” in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016. Liana was also featured in Peter Bronski’s book The Gluten Free Edge and is a regular contributor to Austin Fit Magazine.
In Liana’s free time she loves to paint, write, read, learn about nutritional healing and holistic wellness, dance, sit outside and enjoy being and creating memories with family and friends. She’s also an avid animal lover with a particular weakness for her two kitties, Lola and Jasmine.