Instructors

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Annette

Pilates Instructor

Annette’s love for movement started with ballet at the age of 5 in Panama where she is from. She grew up in in Panama City, surrounded by tropical nature and beautiful beaches. She was a ballet dance for 13 years, until she had to quit to go to university to pursue a career in Media and Communications before moving to London to complete Master’s degree in Fashion Brand Management.

While working in the corporate world she felt something was missing. Having scoliosis and suffering from severe back pain nothing worked until she discovered Pilates and fell in love with it! She knew right away that this was the new direction of her life. She had felt intuitively that the corporate world was not for her as he did not find real fulfilment in it. So the shift to the Pilates world happened naturally and with immense enthusiasm. She pursued her new found passion at Real Pilates in Dubai and became a certified STOTT PILATES instructor certified in Mat and Reformer instructor. The fact that Pilates allowed Annette to become pain free after years of suffering with back problems and regain real mobility, is the foundation of her desire to help others. She wants everyone to experience these and many other benefits of Pilates.

When she is not teaching or practicing Pilates, she is probably working on healthy new recipes as she also loves cooking. Eating well is part of her wellbeing and belief in a living a healthy and fit life. She strongly believes that the process of taking care of oneself happens both on the outside but also on the inside.

Annette is also an avid art lover, from cinema to architecture, interior design and of course dance, specially ballet. She loves to travel the world and discover new cultures and artists.

At Real Pilates, Annette teaches group mat and reformer classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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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,

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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 and Real Barre.

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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.

She teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, group Pilates classes, as well as Body Burn and Real Barre classes.

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Helen

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Helen’s journey with Pilates started, as it does for many, with a personal success story. After going through hip surgery in 2015, Helen was put on a path to start Pilates as part of her rehabilitation process. Seeing the results on her own body, Helen fell in love with Pilates, and vowed to bring this joy and movement into other’s lives as well, and so began her journey to becoming a Pilates Instructor.

Helen found the perfect marriage with STOTT PILATES, and through Real Pilates became a STOTT PILATES certified Mat and Reformer Instructor, before completing the TOTAL BARRE course.

Helen truly believes movement is the key to slowing down the aging process. Her passion now is to educate clients on the essence of movement and instill in everyone Pilates principles they can use in their everyday lives, enabling them to move with more energy, less pain, improved endurance and strength.

Not surprisingly, her hobbies include hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding and scuba diving!

Helen teaches a variety of Mat, Reformer & Barre group classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Jenny

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Jenny’s interest in Pilates started after 12 years as a competitive figure skater, dancer and gymnast in Australia. She continued regular Pilates sessions whilst studying business at university, and the classes were always the highlight of her day. After 3 years in a corporate working environment and battling some ongoing back issues, her passion for Pilates led her to become a certified Pilates instructor in 2009.

She is also a certified Personal Trainer, Barre Instructor, TRX/Suspension trainer, Post-Rehabilitation & FMS certified, and spent many years as a course presenter in Australia. Jenny has a keen interest in, and many years of experience with, pre/post-natal training. She has worked across Australia & Asia, and moved to the UAE in February of 2019.

Jenny is passionate about training people to move well, often & efficiently, and Pilates offers this like no other form of training. Through her teaching, Jenny hopes to inspire others to find this same motivation and enthusiasm for Pilates. She aims to provide a balanced, well-rounded workout that increases energy, improves strength and encourages a healthier lifestyle.

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Jessie

Pilates & Yoga Instructor

Since her childhood in Brazil, Jessie has been passionate about sports, salsa and other Brazilian dancing styles. Jessie earned a degree in business management, but after some time in the corporate world, she decided to pursue her passion for movement. Since then, she has found real fulfillment.

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 improved her strength and posture. She embarked on her education with Real Pilates: she trained in STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer, as well as TOTAL BARRE.

Yoga is the other love of Jessie's life. She is a RYT 500 Yoga Alliance teacher. When she discovered yoga for the first time, it was life changing. it gave her clarity, balance and inner peace. To her yoga is more than a series of movements, it is a way of life.

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.

She teaches Group Pilates and Yoga classes, as well as Private Sessions.

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Ketija

Pilates & Barre Instructor

Born in Riga, Latvia, Ketija spent two years studying in London where she successfully completed her Extended Diploma with distinction in Sports and Exercise Science.

To further her education and to follow her true passion, Ketija moved to Dubai in 2015 since when she has become a certified STOTT PILATES instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Stability Chair & Barrels. Ketija is also qualified in Pre & Post Natal Pilates, Injuries and Special Populations as well as being a fully certified REPs UK & UAE Personal Trainer.

Ketija's focus in life is on a healthy body and mind, and when not teaching or training in Pilates, she enjoys swimming, spinning, yoga, boxing, circuit training and snowboarding.

Ketija, with her amazing and fun attitude, brings a wealth of passion, expertise and motivation to her classes. She is the proud Winner of the 2017 Rising Star of the Year award at the Sport 360 Fit Awards.

She teaches group Pilates, Body Burn and Real Barre classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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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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Olivia

Pilates & Barre Instructor

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, Cadillac Chair and Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations and a certified Total Barre instructor.

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

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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 and semi-private Pilates sessions, group Pilates, Body Burn and Real Barre classes.

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Thomas

Pilates Instructor

At a very young age Thomas became aware of the imbalances in his own body, as he suffered from chronic back pain. This was later diagnosed as a mild scoliosis in the spine. His ongoing and keen interest in functional fitness and mindful-movement, first led him to practice Yoga in an attempt to manage his own postural issues. When he was introduced to Pilates in 2005, he was hooked for life! By diligently practicing Pilates and actively working on managing his scoliosis, he has been pain free ever since!

Thomas has been teaching Pilates since 2007 after he completed his Matwork and Reformer courses. He taught from his own studio until 2012 and has worked at various studios in South Africa since then.

Thomas holds a full certification (Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels and Special Populations), which enables him to assist and instruct clients with postural issues, those in rehabilitation, as well as athletes looking for a challenging workout.

His motto is: “We all start somewhere, and can always improve, no matter how fit or weak we may feel”.

He teaches private and semi-private Pilates sessions, as well as group mat, reformer and chair Pilates classes.

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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 and semi-private Pilates sessions and group Pilates classes.