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.
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 is also a Real Barre instructor.
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.
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 ISP (injuries and special populations). She is also a Real Barre instructor.
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.
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, chair, cadillac, barrels and ISP (injuries and special populations).
Manny studied Pilates in Italy, before she returned to Canada to earn certification in matwork and reformer at the STOTT PILATES head office. She was a personal trainer in Scottsdale, Arizona and also competed for many years in track and field events, which inspired her to compete for Galaxy and Eliminator in the US. Manny has lived in North America, Europe and Asia. She is also passionate about travel and fashion, and graduated in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design in Montreal, Quebec.
Manny is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in level 1 matwork, reformer and ISP (injuries and special populations). She is also a Real Barre Stick instructor.
Megan discovered Pilates in 2007 after a back injury and decided to take an instructor course to learn to work more effectively and be more able to manage her injury. She then went on to complete her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction and become a certified Barre Attack instructor. Megan has a degree in Agribusiness marketing and spent 12 months living on a farm in the country where, along with conducting farm research projects, she was teaching Pilates classes at the local footy club. Horse riding is one of Megan’s big passions. She has a horse named Dillon and has found that horse riding and Pilates go hand in hand - the balance and body awareness make it easier when the going gets rough! A lover of Italy and all things Italian, Megan will be spending her time in Dubai scouting the best coffee and cafe breakfasts.
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 ISP (injuries and special populations). She is also a Real Barre instructor.
Paria’s love of Pilates and her search for new training led her to Dubai, where she trained as a STOTT PILATES certified mat, reformer and ISP instructor. She attended the Merrithew Mindful Movement World Tour in 2013 to continue her education and train as a Total Barre instructor. Originally from Tehran, Paria has always had a passion for fitness and loves to swim, ski and play volleyball and tennis. She is also a trained Zumba instructor. Paria is excited to introduce others to mindful exercise and determined to help you reach your goals.
Paria is a STOTT PILATES instructor certified in level 1 matwork, reformer, chair, cadillac, barrels and ISP (injuries and special populations). She is also a Real Barre instructor.
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 ISP (injuries and special populations).
Susan is a well-established Dubai resident, having moved here from the UK over 25 years ago. She continued her classical ballet career here working as a registered Royal Academy of Dance teacher with Ballet Centre and most recently Dance Horizons. Susan began her Pilates journey with Real Pilates 5 years ago in order to rehab a back injury. Pilates proved not only beneficial but hugely addictive, prompting her to become a STOTT PILATES certified instructor. Susan has fully embraced this challenging change of direction in her career and is now passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with Real Pilates clients.
Tahlia, from New Zealand, has a long history of performing on stage and in front of a camera. She made a career out of acting and dance until she suffered a back injury that left her unable to reach her full potential, no matter what rehabilitation program she tried. That was until she discovered pilates.
She is an avid world traveller who has experienced many countries and cultures far and wide, and was always able to seek out the local STOTT PILATES studios wherever she landed. Finally, after settling with her young family in Dubai, she decided it was time to make a career out of pilates. She became an instructor of a rehab program she had herself experienced, as she wanted to share its powerful secret.
Tahlia is certified in mat and reformer work.
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.
Hodis fell in love with fitness at an early age. She was born in Iran and, after graduating from university, taught yoga, aerobics and step classes in Tehran. She moved to Dubai and trained with private clients, whilst continuing to practice and study other forms of fitness. Hodis has completed her 200-hours Yoga Certified Teacher certificate, the STOTT PILATES Intensive Mat Plus course, as well as a certificate in TRX Suspension Training. She is also in her fifth year of the Iyengar Yoga Teachers Training Certificate, a form of hatha yoga.
Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation and, for Hodis, her passion is for the spiritual side of this discipline. She also has an interest in natural remedies and nutrition. At Real Pilates, Hodis teaches Hatha Yoga classes.
Sarah relocated to Dubai from NYC, where she was teaching yoga at Atmanada Yoga Studio while working as a trauma nurse. She has been practicing yoga and competitive ballroom dancing for over 15 years. She completed her RYT 200hr yoga teacher training at Atmanada where the focus is on vinyasa flow sequencing and philosophy with a strong emphasis on alignment and breathing exercises. Sarah studies a variety of yoga techniques (including ashtanga, hatha, bikram & iyengar) as well as Pilates and Gyrotonics to complement her passion for dance. The primary focus in her classes is to allow each student to work inward through the cultivation of prana (life energy) in order to open the body to awareness. Sarah guides her students through asanas to help them gain flexibility, improve posture, reduce chronic aches and pains, and improve muscle tone. At Real Pilates, Sarah teaches Vinyasa Flow classes.
Liz is the proud winner of the Coach of the Year Award at the 2015 Fit Awards sponsored by the Dubai Sports Council and REPs UAE. 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 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, 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.
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.
Originally from Zimbabwe, Emilia was fortunate enough to study in Malaysia and travel Asia where she developed a love of Thai food. She is very passionate about travelling and particularly enjoys exploring areas with ancient architecture. Emilia holds a BSc in International Tourism and Hospitality Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management but lists her greatest accomplishment as 'being a mum’. When she’s not at work, you’ll find Emilia reading marketing journals or the latest Danielle Steel novel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.