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.

Instructors

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Becky

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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.

She teaches Private Pilates sessions, group Pilates classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Caroline

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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 a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, as well as a Total Barre Instructor Trainer. She teaches Group Pilates classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Csilla

Pilates Instructor

With over 10 years experience in the Fitness Industry, Csilla is a Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels. She is also qualified in pre and post-natal Pilates.

Her passion for Pilates stemmed from personal experience, as she suffered an ankle injury while running the New York Marathon in 2010, and saw first-hand the remarkable effects Pilates had on her rehabilitation. Being a triathlete, Pilates soon became part of Csilla’s everyday routine in a quest to remain strong and injury free. Csilla then embarked on her journey of becoming a Pilates instructor, and has trained in London, Czech Republic, Malaysia and Dubai.

Csilla moved to the UAE in 2012, and has worked in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

She teaches private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes,

Dana Certified Pilates Instructor

Dana

Pilates 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.

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.

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Dana

Yoga Instructor

Dana considers yoga a gift that should be shared with others. Dana is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500. She completed her 200 hr yoga teacher training in Dubai with YogaWorks and the yogic path lead her to India where she completed her advanced yoga training with YogaFirst. Dana has always had a love for learning and teaching. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Educational Counseling. An eternal student, Dana believes that one never stops learning.She is also trained in meditation and is a spinning instructor.

Practicing and teaching yoga brings a sense of peace, love and balance to her life. The contentment she feels after teaching a yoga class is unparalleled - there is a certain sort of magic to the collective consciousness of a yoga class. Music plays an integral role in Dana’s yoga classes. Her classes focus on acceptance and unconditional self-love.

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Dora

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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 Private Pilates sessions, group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Hayley

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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.

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Jessica

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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 Private Pilates, group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Jessie

Pilates & Yoga Instructor When growing up in Brazil, Jessie (Jessica) used to love trying different sports and fitness classes,and was passionate about salsa and other Brazilian dancing styles. Jessie earned a degree in business management and almost completed a law degree. After some time working within the corporate world across various industries including legal, technology and aviation, Jessie decided to pursue her passion for movement. Since following hr love for fitness and wellbeing, she has found real fulfilment.

When she took her first Pilates class over five years ago, she was amazed by how it made her body feel and how much it helped her to improve her strength and posture, complementing the other activities she was practicing. She embarked on her education with Real Pilates, becoming a STOTT PILATES and Total Barre instructor.

Yoga is the other love of Jessie's life. When she discovered yoga for the first time, it was life changing. In Jessie’s words: "Yoga gave me clarity, balance, inner peace, and made me feel so inspired. To me yoga is more than a series of movements, it's a way of life and being able to share this gift with other students is very special and uplifting.” Her favourite styles are vinyasa, ashtanga and Yin Yoga and she considers herself a forever yoga student.

Jessie's classes are focused on technique and alignment with a systematic approach to building strength and balance, all with a nice hint of fun.

Jessie has trained as a STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer Instructor, completed the Total Barre Foundation Course and is a RYT 500 yoga alliance teacher.

She teaches Group Pilates, Private Pilates sessions and Vinyasa Flow.

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Maria

Pilates Instructor

Maria first fell in love with Pilates when she was a university student, undertaking a business degree in her hometown of Santiago, Chile. When she moved to Dubai and found Real Pilates, it was love at first sight. One day the idea of changing careers crossed her mind and she decided to go for it, signing up for her first course in 2014. Maria enjoys the precision of the movement and attention to alignment. She enjoys the satisfaction of helping people feel and move better and aims to educate her clients in the same way she learned when was one.

Maria is passionate about life, loves animals, travelling, nature, meditation and trying new experiences every time she gets a chance.

Maria is a STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer Instructor, Total Barre instructor and trained in Merrithew Fascial Movement. She currently teaches Group Pilates classes.

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Sanam

Pilates & 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 Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor.

She teaches Private Pilates sessions, group Pilates classes, Body Burn classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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Sara

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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 Real Barre.

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Vicki

Pilates Instructor

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 Total Barre trained instructor.

She teaches Private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes.

Instructor Trainers

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 is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer, as well as a Total Barre Instructor Trainer. She teaches Group Pilates classes and is a Real Barre instructor.

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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 certified Instructor, undergoing training in Dubai as well as Toronto. In 2016, Jennifer went on to become a certified Instructor Trainer for Matwork and Reformer. She 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 and is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer.

She teaches Group Pilates classes, Private Pilates sessions as well as Matwork and Reformer teacher training courses and workshops.

Paul Personal Trainer

Paul

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Lead 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.

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor. He is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specialised in Fascial Movement and STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, and Injuries and Special Populations.

He teaches Private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes as well as the full range of Merrithew teacher training courses and workshops.

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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.

Victoria is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specialising in STOTT PILATES. She teaches STOTT PILATES teacher training courses and workshops.

When she’s not busy teaching, you’ll find Victoria working out or baking and creating in the kitchen.

Rehab Specialists

Paul Personal Trainer

Paul

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES Lead 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.

Paul is a fully certified STOTT PILATES instructor. He is a Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specialised in Fascial Movement and STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels, and Injuries and Special Populations.

He teaches Private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes as well as the full range of Merrithew teacher training courses and workshops.

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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.

Victoria is an Instructor Trainer for MERRITHEW™ specialising in STOTT PILATES. She teaches STOTT PILATES teacher training courses and workshops.

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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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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Leigh

Originally from Zimbabwe, Leigh spent six years living in Australia before she moved to Dubai and joined the Real Pilates team. Travelling has helped her appreciate different cultures and so she loves interacting with our clients and learning about the great variety of countries they all come from. Leigh has previous experience in customer service and health care as she loves roles where she can help people.

Leigh intends to further her studies in Software Engineering. She loves all things gadget related so when you need to understand your latest iPhone update, she’s your girl. When she’s not at Real Pilates, you’ll find her listening to music or enjoying her new passion for watching sports.

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Linda

Linda would describe herself as a self-confessed travel addict. She loves exploring new places, getting to know different cultures, and takes delight in all the diversities of the human race.

Linda has a degree in Human Resources, and finds that the knowledge she gained and the skills she learned merges seamlessly to help her in her customer service role here at Real Pilates. She understands the true importance of Integrity and Respect, and makes sure this translates into every aspect of her daily life. Furthermore, she shows her passion for travel with a diploma in French as well.

When Linda isn’t consumed in her work, learning new languages or traveling, you might find her deep in concentration in a game of scrabble!

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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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Zoe

General Manager

With a BSc in Psychology from the University of Aberdeen, Zoe moved to Dubai in 2012 continuing a long career in the Fashion Retail Industry. With an affinity for sports and fitness from being a professional swimmer in her youth, Zoe began to explore the various options for keeping fit in Dubai and soon found Real Pilates. She fell in love with the studios and Pilates in general, and was a loyal client for many years.

Developing on her new found love for Pilates, she completed the Intensive Mat Pilates course with Real Pilates in 2015, but her then full-time workload in the corporate world got in the way of building on this further. Then, in 2018 when the position of GM for the studios opened up, Zoe jumped at the chance to combine her extensive People Management, and Business Development experience with her passion for Pilates and wellness, and take on a new challenge.

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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.

At Real Pilates, we believe in continuous education and ongoing training. All of our instructors are trained and mentored under the guidance of onsite Instructor Trainers.

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.

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