About me

My name is Anikó Lakos. I am the founder and lead instructor of Animus Pilates Studio. I conduct 1 on 1 Private, Studio and Group mat Pilates Classes in Hungarian and in English as well.

Dance and sports have always played an important part in my life ever since my early childhood (ice skating, gymnastics, aerobics, jazz ballet, ballroom dancing, hip hop, kettlebell, weightlifting, Cuban salsa, Argentine tango).
I had tried several directions in dancing before I ended up dancing Argentine Tango. I have been practicing this beautiful dance since 1998 and I have been an instructor of Tango since 2001.

I qualified as a Recreation and Health Promotion Manager at the Szécheny István University in Győr.

I discovered Pilates in London, in 2003. Having noticed its benefits working on myself as a dancer, it was easy to explore the possibilities in this technique.

After a good deal of research, I settled at 2 internationally acknowledged institutions (Stott Pilates and Michael King Pilates) to master the technique. My heart made me stick to MK Pilates where I earned the privilege to also tutor instructors as a master trainer.

During my studies, I had observed the application of the Pilates technique during rehabilitation and pregnancy.

I keep revising and broadening my knowledge about Pilates by attending seminars in Hungary as well as foreign courses.
I have just recently finished my 3rd and most comprehensive training course in London, 2020 March.

I visit my mentors in London regularly to further my knowledge about this beautiful system we call the human body and movement.

I am comfortable with conducting classes both in English and in Hungarian, to the utmost satisfaction of those attending my classes.

I used to instruct at different gyms and dance schools during my career and finally, in January 2010. I opened my own Studio, Animus Pilates. I was looking for a name I could entirely identify with. 'Animus' is a word in Latin and one of its meanings is awareness.
The Pilates principles and movements are tools to teach you awareness while exercising. And as you grow more and more aware of your own movements and body posture and breathing outside classes as well, so you will become more open to everything else in your private life.

I have a passion for teaching so I would like to show as many people as possible how beneficial Pilates could be. My aim is to convey awareness and openness to you for you to be able to lead a healthier life in a healthier body and mind.


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Animus Pilates
2018

"I would directly say that Anikó is my life saver. I have hernia in my neck and when I first went to her I was so hopeless and in big pain. We worked out twice a week with her and in 2 weeks I started to see the result, my pain level was decreasing already. Even physiotherapy sessions(in hospital) didn't help that much. Anikó is really competent in her job and constantly learning more about health and body." Sanal Taskinli

Animus Pilates
2018

"Amazing experience! Anikó is very attentive to details and a knowledgeable therapist/coach. She adapted the sessions for my special needs. Highly recommended!" Nikka Lorak

Animus Pilates
2018

"Before coming to Hungary, I used to practice Pilates. I loved the classes I attended and I learnt a lot. However, when I joined Animus Pilates I realized that I was actually not aware of the importance of understanding the exercises. I used to copy/paste the movements without realizing how these could impact my daily activities. A good posture and breathing when sitting, when walking, even in relax mode can make a big difference, especially if you suffer from lower back pain like me. Aniko is a great instructor. Not only extremely knowledgeable, but also kind, patient and able to transmit that confidence needed whenever a new exercise feels like a big challenge. I can only say: Thank you Aniko for a wonderful year of learning. Looking forward to the next class! :) " Angelica F.

Animus Pilates
2018

"Anikó such a gifted Pilates instructor! Her attention to detail and ability to fine tune movements has given me a new appreciation for many exercises. She has a deep understanding of how the body moves and knows exactly what to do with my shoulder mobility challenges! Although I had been practicing Pilates for a couple years before meeting Anikó, I feel that under her guidance I now have a much better understanding of the fundamentals." Christina Campbell

Animus Pilates
2018

"Anikó is an amazing teacher, she has helped me rediscover Pilates even with lots of physical limitations. Her direction and instruction in English is spot on. Highly recommended." Sara H.

Animus Pilates
2016, USA

"Aniko is a thoughtful teacher that takes special interest in your personal goals and health. She does a wonderful job of creating visualizations for the exercises and always pays special attention to any issues you may be having on the day of class. I really enjoyed my private classes with Aniko and was so pleased with the changes I saw in my posture and strength. I would recommend Animus Pilates to any of my friends moving to Budapest!" Mandy A.

Animus Pilates
2016, USA

"If you're looking for a Pilates Studio in Budapest, Animus Pilates is a jewel of a find located in heart of Budapest. I've enjoyed 10 weeks (2 or 3 times per week) of personal Pilates training from owner Aniko Lakos. She is kind, patient, fluent in English, and extremely knowledgeable about the body-mechanics of Pilates. I strongly recommend Animus Pilates. What an incredible experience it has been!" Duane F.

Animus Pilates
2015, Ghana

"Approximately 3-4 years ago, a friend of mine (who is also a client at Animus Pilates) introduced me to Aniko her instructor. I recall that at the time I had a lot of lower back and shoulder pain and although I was initially reluctant to try Pilates, I decided to give it a shot. It has not been an easy journey but with commitment and a lot of encouragement from Aniko I have (and still) enjoy the workout sessions. As I always say, it may seem like torture but the benefits are worth the pain." Iris O.

Animus Pilates
2015, Sweden

"For many years I have had troubles with my shoulders which have dislocated several times and caused me a great deal of distress. I was recommended to try Pilates to see if I could make an improvement. Just after a couple of months of lessons at Animus Pilates I find that I am more toned with a better control over my body and most importantly: I feel a huge improvement in the strength and stability of my shoulders! Practicing Pilates with Aniko is pure joy! She is not only an excellent teacher, she also has a great energy and enthusiasm that she brings to each class and gives you as the student a very pleasant environment to work in." Josefin Jansson

Animus Pilates
2015, Switzerland

"I was lucky enough to 'find' Aniko via a colleague at work who recommended Aniko highly. My colleague was so right - Aniko is a wonderful Pilates teacher with the patience of a saint! She is strict in such a nice, positive way, to ensure that you learn and do movements properly. The studio is easily accessible, spotless and bright. Should I return to Budapest, I hope that I could resume classes again." Paula Boyle, Geneva, Switzerland.

Animus Pilates
2014, USA

"Aniko is a creative and thoughtful Pilates teacher with amazing attention to detail and a constant variety of exercises that work the body in its full range of movement.I am a STOTT Pilates teacher myself in the United States and when I was working in Budapest I was very happy to find Animus Pilates, conveniently located in District VI, and offering both individual and group classes at reasonable prices. Aniko was very considerate to teach me in my native language, English, and not only that, but she always corrected my alignment with great cues and imagery.Anyone who seeks a functional and healthy mind-body exercise to improve muscle balance, posture and strength will benefit from Aniko's classes. Best of all, Aniko is very friendly so her lessons are as fun as they are challenging." Karlanna L.

Animus Pilates
2013, Izmir, Turkey

"I had chronical neck and shoulder ache for 12 years. None of the treatments which I tried, worked out for my ache. After these, with a suggestion of my friend, I started to do pilates with Aniko. Its hard to believe but, after a short while from the beginning, most of my pain disappeared. For a long time I have been doing pilates regularly twice a week and I enjoy it very much. Most important part is that I feel very healthy. I have decided to be a trainer as well, currently my researches are in progress. By courtesy of Aniko - through Aniko - thanks to Aniko (which one is correct, I don't know:)) I like to do pilates very much...Really thank you very much Aniko :))))) " Nesrin ErdogmusUpdate: Since Nesrin wrote these lines, she became a super Pilates Instructor. She teaches in her home country, Turkey. Find her at The Pilates Lounge in Izmir!

Animus Pilates
2013, Russia

"I chose Animus Pilates studio for the highly professional trainer Aniko who thanks to her deep knowledge of the pilates adapts the program to your personal objectives and explains why you need particular exercise and how it will influence the body. She also provides advices on the well-being and nutrition helping to achieve great overall physical state. Being very caring person, Aniko creates unique atmosphere of harmony, relaxation and positive thinking. It is a true pleasure to come to her studio!" Oksana K.

Animus Pilates
2013, UK

"Having done Pilates classes for 6 years with numerous teachers, it was a joy to meet Anikó and experience her professionalism in both her private and group classes. Her teaching methods, clear explanations, and attention to detail with each student really solidified my knowledge of Pilates and helped me understand the method much more clearly, making each class more enjoyable, more challenging, and encouraging me to consistently strive to achieve better physical results. I also attended private classes during my pregnancy, which were a godsend, helping me stretch and strengthen carefully and thoroughly and understand how to do things a little differently as my belly grew. I cannot recommend Anikó highly enough." Klara L.

Animus Pilates
2013, London, UK

"I thoroughly enjoyed my one-one Pilates sessions I took with Aniko of Animus Pilates, whilst recently working in Budapest.The studio is lovely, bright and airy as well as being very well equipt. I have taken Pilates classes for years, but found that in my sessions with Aniko, I could really pinpoint and concentrate on areas I need to improve, in order to progress with my Pilates work in the future. Aniko has great eye for detail and is wonderfully clear and knowledgeable in her teaching.Thanks Aniko!" Rebecca Morgan

Animus Pilates
2012, London, UK

"I found Animus Pilates via a google search preparing for a trip to Hungary. As a pilates instructor in the US, I thought it'd be fun to connect with a studio abroad while traveling and get a workout in as well. Aniko's studio was a wonderful space. Bright, plenty of space and lots of props. She immediately put me at ease (she's Stott trained and I'm not so I was a little nervous I wouldn't know what to do). Aniko is a natural. She immediately sensed what my body needed after a brief postural assessment and her queues were great. She's well studied, understands how the body moves and would be a fantastic teacher for anyone really from an athlete, dancer, someone seeking rehabilitation or who just wants to move better. If you are in Budapest be sure to stop into her studio...really a quiet oasis in the city!" Marianne Powell

Animus Pilates
2011, London, UK

"Aniko's studio and classes provided a wonderful respite from busy working life in Budapest. The studio is an oasis of calm and Aniko's gentle and precise teaching method is very effective, energising and enjoyable." Emma Davie

Animus Pilates
2011, USA

"I found Animus Pilates via a google search preparing for a trip to Hungary. As a pilates instructor in the US, I thought it'd be fun to connect with a studio abroad while traveling and get a workout in as well. Aniko's studio was a wonderful space. Bright, plenty of space and lots of props. She immediately put me at ease (she's Stott trained and I'm not so I was a little nervous I wouldn't know what to do). Aniko is a natural. She immediately sensed what my body needed after a brief postural assessment and her queues were great. She's well studied, understands how the body moves and would be a fantastic teacher for anyone really from an athlete, dancer, someone seeking rehabilitation or who just wants to move better. If you are in Budapest be sure to stop into her studio...really a quiet oasis in the city!" Lucia Apollo Shaw