Our Team

Why our instructors are so incredible

Real Pilates is powered and driven by inspirational people who are dedicated to making a difference to your lives. We’re holistic to the core, open, honest, calm, caring and highly accessible.

All of our instructors are trained and certified in the STOTT PILATES method of exercise, one of the safest and most effective methods available. We are experts in our field and have specialist training in injuries and special populations such as pregnant women. Many of us have international experience and backgrounds in exercise physiology, rehabilitation, personal training, group exercise, weight training, yoga and dance.

At Real Pilates, we believe in ongoing training. All of our instructors are trained and mentored under the guidance of onsite STOTT PILATES instructor trainers.

Pilates & Barre Instructors

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Becky

Becky is from the U.S. where she has been involved in the fitness industry for over 15 years. Beginning as a step, kickboxing and muscle sculpt instructor, Becky was introduced to Pilates when she suffered from chronic pain in her shoulder. Pilates strengthened her shoulder and she has remained injury free for many years. She initially fell in love with Pilates because it helped her strengthen her core and utilise muscles often overlooked by traditional exercise.

Whilst, Becky enjoys every aspect of teaching her favorite part is helping clients improve their strength and physical ability. Becky focuses strongly on form and has worked with many special populations including pre-natal and post-natal clients as well as clients struggling with multiple sclerosis, scoliosis, arthritis, disc injuries, and spinal stenosis.

Becky earned her Pilates Mat, Reformer and Apparatus certifications through PHI Pilates and Personal Best Pilates Studio. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing from Michigan State University and has previously worked as a real estate consultant and market analyst. She also loves yoga as well, and is a 200-hour registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She has two daughters and is passionate about healthy eating and overall wellness.

Caroline Certified Pilates Instructor

Caroline

Caroline began dancing at the age of three and says Pilates is like an extension of dance, aligning the body and helping make it stable. She trained in dance at The Stella Mann College of Performing Arts and, after graduating, performed around the world. Pilates was an important part of her training. Caroline uses her background in professional dance to customise your Pilates experience and ensure you have an effective, fun and graceful workout. She teaches a variety of group mat and reformer classes and runs private lessons.

After she was involved in a terrible accident two years ago, fracturing her pelvis, back, collar bone and ankle she got a first hand experience in the remarkable effects of Pilates in rehabilitation. She credits Pilates for giving her the ability and strength to recover quicker than any of her doctors has predicted.

Caroline has completed the full STOTT PILATES certification and Total Barre Foundation Course. She teaches Group Pilates classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

Dana Certified Pilates Instructor

Dana

Dana is a highly-recognised STOTT PILATES certified instructor, personal trainer, Real Barre Instructor and TRX Coach with 10 years experience in the Health & Fitness Industry. Before moving to Dubai, she taught in Paris and the Czech Republic (she speaks both French and Czech). Dana graduated from the University of West of Scotland with a degree in Business Economics with European Economy & Language and worked briefly in the corporate world before she realised that health and changing people’s lives was more fulfilling. Dana enjoys working with all ages and fitness levels, and is passionate about helping you reach your health and fitness goals.

Dana has completed the full STOTT PILATES certification and Total Barre Foundation Course. She teaches Group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes, Private Pilates sessions and is a Real Barre instructor.

Dora Certified Pilates Instructor

Dora

Dora developed a passion for Pilates during her career as a professional dancer. She says Pilates helped her understand the alignment of the body and prevent injuries while dancing. Dora studied dance and theatre at the Hungarian Dance Academy, attended courses and workshops in Hungary, England and Italy, and in 2010, became a STOTT PILATES certified instructor. Her love of teaching is evident in her personalised and dynamic workouts. She brings enthusiasm and energy to her classes and is a great instructor to work with if you have knee injuries or back or neck pain.

Dora is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Level 1 Matwork and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor. She teaches Group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Hayley

With more than 20 years experience in dance, Hayley has been involved in movement and wellbeing for as long as she can remember. Her passion for all things fitness-related led her to complete a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and become a Level 3 Personal Trainer. She discovered Pilates many years ago as part of her dance training and chose to complete a Diploma in Pilates as well undertaking additional training in Pilates Reformer and barre work. Originally from Scotland, Hayley has worked as an instructor in the UK and most recently Abu Dhabi. Hayley likes to bring high energy and fun to her classes and push her clients to their full potential in a safe and effective way.

Jennifer Certified Pilates Instructor

Jennifer

Jennifer first discovered Pilates in 2007 while she was living in Toronto. She was drawn to its teachings and the remarkable way it works for different body types. She has been lucky enough to travel the world and gain valuable experience and knowledge whilst practicing Pilates in various studios. She moved to Dubai in 2008 and decided to turn her passion into a career and became a STOTT Certified Instructor, undergoing training in Dubai as well as Toronto. Jennifer enjoys working with a range of clients, and draws great satisfaction from seeing others motivated and inspired to better themselves.

Jennifer has completed the full STOTT PILATES certification. She teaches Group Pilates classes and Private Pilates sessions.

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Jessica

Jessica fell in love with Pilates and Barre whilst working as a product developer for British sportswear boutique Sweaty Betty. She loved the way that it made her body move and feel. Jessica began her training with STOTT PILATES in London and began to juggle full time work and part time teaching. A move to Hong Kong in 2016 saw Jessica transition into life as a full time instructor, where she added to her qualifications by completing her Xtend Barre and reformer Pilates certifications. We are now lucky that Jessica has made Dubai her home.

Jessica is a nutrition nerd and is studying for her combined Masters and Diploma in Personalised Nutrition through CNELM, Middlesex University in the UK.

With Jessica's diverse qualifications, she likes to get creative and always bring a dynamic touch to her workouts.

Jessica teaches Pilates Mat and Reformer,Real Barre and Body Burn as well as personal training sessions.

Maja Certified Pilates Instructor

Maja

Maja’s love of fitness, movement, music and performance all came together when attending her first Pilates class. It was love at first sight. After taking a break from the corporate world to start a family, and experiencing the enormous benefits of Pilates, she decided to become a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. Maja is Serbian/Croatian and played volleyball for a team in Serbia. She also spent 15 years acting and touring with an experimental theatre group. Whether you are pregnant, have an injury or simply want to improve your posture and strength, Maja will help you reach your goals.

Maja is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Level 1 Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac Chair and Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor. She teaches Group Pilates classes, Private Pilates sessions and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Olivia

Olivia was a professional dancer and says Pilates improved her dance and helped her recover from a serious injury. Olivia trained and performed with the Academy of Ballet in Stockholm, Sweden and at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York, USA. She is also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Advanced Personal Trainer REPs Level III, and she studied Pilates at the Pilates Foundation London in 2010. Olivia will encourage and support you as you try to lose weight, increase strength or improve your posture. She will also help you relieve stress and boost your confidence.

Olivia is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Level 1 Matwork, Reformer and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor. She teaches Group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Sanam

Sanam grew up in Iran and was introduced to Pilates when she moved to Canada. She quickly turned a love of Pilates into a new career. She became a certified mat instructor with the Physical Mind Institute of Canada, and completed her STOTT PILATES mat and reformer certification in Dubai. Sanam has skied from a young age and has a love of dance. She also has a BA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Criminology. She teaches a variety of mat and reformer group classes as well as prenatal and private and semi-private personal training sessions.

Sanam is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Level 1 Matwork, Reformer and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor. She teaches Group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Sara

Sara’s love for Pilates began when training as a dancer at London Studio Centre back in 2007. Graduating with a Foundation Degree, Sara went on to pursue a career as a Singer, Dancer & Aerialist performing around the world. Sara suffered with many injuries as a young dancer but when she was introduced to Pilates she was amazed how quickly she recovered and how over the years her injuries decreased to almost none. During her performing career, Sara was also very enthusiastic about the fitness industry so gained her qualifications as a personal trainer. Since moving to Dubai, she has continued to develop her interest in the fitness industry and qualified as a STOTT PILATES and Total Barre instructor at Real Pilates. Sara feels very passionate about Pilates and has seen first hand how incredible it is for the body, no matter what age, shape or size you are. Sara is an enthusiastic and positive instructor who promises to help each and every client who walks into her class to achieve their own personal goals.

Sara is a STOTT PILATES Mat and Reformer certified Instructor and Total Barre instructor. She teaches private sessions as well as Group Pilates classes, Body Burn and and Real Barre.

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Vicki

Vicki brings much knowledge and experience of teaching pilates to our studio. She was a medical negligence solicitor in the UK, but when she was injured she discovered the fantastic healing ability of pilates and loved the way it complemented her active lifestyle.

Training originally in the UK and then in Australia, Vicki believes that movement is lotion for the body and correct posture is essential for a high quality of life. She has been lucky enough to train with the best instructors internationally in the UK, Australia and throughout Europe. She loves applying her knowledge and personal experience to help clients improve their strength, mobility and flexibility, working with injured people up to elite athletes. You will find Vicki's positive attitude a great source of motivation.

Vicki is trained in matwork, Cadillac, reformer and chair. She is also a STOTT PILATES and Real Barre trained instructor.

Yoga Instructors

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Payal

Influenced by her peers, environment and travels, Payal aims to bring a unique sense of empowerment to each class. She teaches in a way that provokes thought and meaning. Payal completed her training in India and now teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow and Gentle Flow classes. She teaches in English and Sanskrit, with minimal demonstration and maximum hands on assistance.

"Through intention, mediation, pranayama and asana my goal is to have my students leave each class feeling refreshed and renewed."

Instructor Trainers & Rehab Specialists

Liz Pilates Rehab Instructor

Liz

Liz is the proud double winner of the Pilates Instructor of the Year Award at the 2015 and 2016 Fit Awards sponsored by the Dubai Sports Council, REPs UAE and Sport 360. She has completed the full STOTT PILATES certification as well as the highly sought after rehabilitation certification. Liz is from South Africa and went to the University of Cape Town and completed a degree in Bachelor of Health Science with Honours in Biokinetics (Exercise Rehabilitation). Her honours thesis focused on the effect of core stability on lower back pain, and she has been convinced of the benefit of Pilates ever since. She has a creative approach to teaching with a high attention to detail. She has a special interest in Orthopedic Rehabilitation and focuses greatly on correcting muscle imbalances as well as general fitness training. Liz is a genius when it comes to finding the right correction or exercise to alleviate pain and reduce the likelihood of further injury. She teaches mat, reformer, chair, prenatal, Real Barre.

Paul Personal Trainer

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Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer but also an advanced neuromuscular therapist, after training with Leon Chaitow ND DO of the University of Westminster and Judith Delaney, director of American Neuromuscular Therapy Florida. Paul is from Manchester in England and has been involved in the fitness industry for more than 25 years. Through his martial arts and military training he has developed a real passion for doing exercise right. His teaching style reflects his personality - clinical and precise - but he delivers it with a huge slice of humour.

Michelle STOTT PILATES Instructor

Michelle

Michelle, from Sydney, Australia, has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance). Over the past 14 years, she has taught hundreds of STOTT PILATES courses and workshops in the US, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the Philippines, the US and the UAE. Michelle is an intrepid traveller who loves an adventure. She is also a talented photographer and has managed to capture moments from all corners of the world.

At Real Pilates, Michelle is both the general manager, a STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer and a TOTAL BARRE Instructor Trainer.

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Tegan

Tegan has been in the health industry for over 10 years with a specialization in rehabilitation Pilates. After training as a Myotherapist in Australia, Tegan has spent 8 years at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) in London as a fully qualified Pilates instructor and teacher trainer. She has taught reformer and mat group classes and worked extensively in a one to one setting.

Alongside her Pilates, Tegan has an interest in how exercise can help improve general well being and mood, and also aid in the management of complex neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of London and a MSc in Neuroscience from King's College London's Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. Her research projects focused on overcoming pain during exercise and searching for mutations in genes implicated in motor neuron disease.

Tegan has worked with a large range of people, from professional athletes to people with neurodegenerative disorders. She brings a calm and focused attitude to all clients and loves celebrating their successes.

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Victoria

Victoria has worked for over ten years as a sports physical therapist in Dubai. She decided in 2010 to incorporate Pilates in to her practice and believes that the two modalities combined provide very strong and effective results. Patients grew to love the Pilates side of her treatments and continued their Pilates even after having been rehabilitated, some even becoming instructors themselves! In 2013, Victoria became an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specialising in STOTT PILATES and now teaches instructor courses and workshops, group classes and private sessions exclusively at Real Pilates. When she’s not busy teaching, you’ll find Victoria working out or baking and creating in the kitchen.

Customer Service

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Alex

Alex has qualifications in engineering, health studies and paramedic science and a strong professional background in customer service and hospitality. In her role as Customer Service Manager, Alex feels she can combine her methodical problem-solving skills with her interest in health and her love of working with people - people are her passion.

Originally from the UK, Alex is an avid traveller and really enjoys scuba diving wherever she goes. She often combines her interest in experiencing the world with humanitarian efforts and has been involved in numerous volunteer projects including building orphanages in the Ukraine, feeding street children in disadvantaged areas and packing supply boxes for tsunami relief.

Alex is an incredible baker so if you’re lucky, you might be in the studio when she has some of her freshly baked treats.

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Catherine

Catherine was part of the original Real Pilates team, arriving in Dubai in 2009, and has supported thousands of our members. She completed her Certificate of Computer Science at the Philippine American Computer Education before working as a data entry officer at Perfect Image Gym. She also held a secretarial role at the Kapis Mansion. Catherine was born in the Philippines, where she used to teach children catechism and volunteered in relief efforts after natural disasters hit her hometown. She loves reading books, camping and traveling.

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Jacque

Jacque is from Nairobi and describes herself as young, impressionable, constantly evolving and open minded. She loves that her job allows her to mix with different nationalities and gives her the opportunity to meet new people. Jacque has a degree in Business Management and Communications and also a diploma in Graphic Design. She loves travel, enjoys to dance, particularly the salsa and kizomba, and can sing. She was a member of the singing group Rays of Hope back in Kenya. When Jacque last returned home, she spent time on important initiatives such as AIDS awareness and church projects.

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Rita

Rita joined Real Pilates in early 2011, first at our Palm Strip mall studio, before moving to the JLT studio where balances her time between helping existing members with their classes and private sessions and suggesting the right classes to new comers. Prior to that Rita had accumulated 5 years experience in customer service in Dubai, inclduing over two years as a branch supervisor in a well-known salon where she successfully built strong client relationships. Rita grew up in Kenya and has a Certificate in Computers as well as qualification from the International Air Travel Agency (IATA). She spends her free time watching movies, swimming and being with family and friends. Her greatest gift is her ability to connect with people. Her mantra is always smile, be happy and in every situation, be calm.

Leadership

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Michelle

General Manager

Michelle, from Sydney, Australia, has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Dance) and is currently studying her Masters of Strategic Human Resources at the University of Wollongong in Dubai. She has travelled the world for many years, gaining valuable experiences and life lessons. Her love of an adventure is matched by her talent as a photographer, through which she has managed to capture moments from all corners of the world. Michelle has had roles in administration, staff management and programming at several established health clubs.

At Real Pilates, she is both the general manager and a STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer.

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Bita

Co-Founder & Director of Education

Bita is the secret behind the extraordinary success of Real Pilates as the regional training centre for STOTT PILATES in the Middle East. With more than 50 courses and workshops successfully conducted since the inception of the studio, Bita has helped turn Real Pilates into the region's most respected centre for world-class Pilates education and certification. Bita was previously the director of sales and business development at a leading regional IT consultancy firm. Her passion and determination has helped build Real Pilates to where it is today.

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Reza

Founder & Managing Director

Reza spent 10 years in the corporate world, working with multinational companies, and developing a career that many would envy, but in early 2008 he gave it all up to answer his inner calling and dream of helping others. Reza realised it was the right time to lean on his culture and personal background, languages, travel experiences, skills and aspirations to create something special. And so was born Real Pilates, a mind and body haven where, with the help of Reza and his team of certified instructors, you can de-stress, restore, reconnect and grow. Reza is excited about helping people transform the relationship they have with their mind and body, and believes the richest life is that of those who enrich other people's lives. This is only the beginning of a promising journey, as Reza’s ambition is to explore other aspects of the world of wellness and continuously find new ways of helping others connect with their best inner self.

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