JLT Crew

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Pilates & Barre Instructor

Deepti has worked for multinational organizations in India with a career spanning over 17 years. After moving to Dubai, she got introduced to Pilates to cure her lower back and sciatic pain and was amazed to see the benefits.

Being a fitness enthusiast, she had always been keen to learn and explore more, so she decided to say goodbye to her corporate career and pursue her passion for fitness.

Deepti is very focused on efficient and effective movements and teaches a variety of Mat and Reformer group classes as well as private and semi-private sessions at Real Pilates.

She is a STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor for Mat, Reformer, Pre & Post Natal, Barre and Injuries & Special Populations.

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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 group mat, reformer and barre classes as well private and semi-private sessions.

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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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  • Merrithew Instructor Trainer:
  • STOTT PILATES Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels
  • Functional Anatomy Instructor Trainer

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 STOTT PILATES full certification and is a certified STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer for Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels as well as numerous workshops.

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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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Yoga Instructor

Mahsa began her yoga journey back in 2015 and soon it became her daily ritual. In 2017, practicing in Thailand she became keen to advance in her journey. Having experienced the life changing benefits of yoga through her own personal practice she became passionate about sharing the advantages of this ancient practice with others .She completed her 500-hours teacher training at Vikasa Academy in Thailand in 2019 and since then she has been expanding her knowledge and practice.

Through the combination of Asana, pranayama and meditation she teaches, energetic and dynamic classes with blissful restorative elements, helping her students create and achieve balance between physical, energetic, mental and emotional body.

Mahsa has spent the past 10 years in Dubai, prior to that she was based in London. Having a background in Art; holding a Masters degree in Illustration from University of the Arts London, and a BA in Graphic Design. Her other passions are drawing, painting and spending time with her family.

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Maria Paz

Pilates & Yoga 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. She had never imagined she would be a Pilates Instructor but one day, as her passion grew, 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. She has continued her education over the years and became a Fully Certified STOTT PILATES Instructor in 2022.

Since becoming a mother in 2020, Maria also became passionate about supporting women through pregnancy and motherhood. She became a lactation counsellor in 2022, whilst also completing her Yoga teacher training and looks forward to exploring all these new avenues of interest.

Maria is a STOTT PILATES Matwork, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, and Barrels Instructor, and trained in Merrithew Fascial Movement as well as Injuries and Special Populations. She currently teaches Group Pilates and Yoga classes, and is available for Private Sessions.

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Pilates Instructor

Nasim has been fond of both calligraphy and sports since her childhood. In her early 20s', she became a Persian calligrapher and was busy holding calligraphy painting exhibitions. Simultaneously, she was attending Pilates classes and discovered how amazing the results were on her body. Despite her love for calligraphy, she chose to become a Pilates instructor because it brought her lots of positive energy as well as great physical results. She enjoys communicating with new people, helping people improve their quality of lives and loves to make an impact in her community. These desires were through teaching Pilates.

Nasim is from Iran and has been a certified Pilates instructor for Matwork since 2009. She ran her own Pilates studio for many years and taught many workshops and courses in different cities throughout Iran. Nasim’s passion and motivation led her to attend the STOTT PILATES mat, reformer, cadillac, chair and barrels courses at Real Pilates and is now a certified STOTT PILATES instructor. In her free time, she enjoys Persian calligraphy, running, traveling and cooking.

She teaches mat and reformer as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Pilates Instructor

Growing up in Dubai, being active was always a large part of Rashmi's early life. She loved playing all types of sports and even trained in the art of traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan dancing. In early 2021, the opportunity to work a project with the UN called Rashmi back to her roots in Sri Lanka. During this time she found and fell in love with Pilates. While practising it was great, she found the desire to, not only learn more, but teach others as well!

Upon moving back to Dubai in late 2022, Rashmi decided to go full steam ahead and work towards her true passion of teaching Pilates fulltime. This meant making the big move away from the corporate world and shifting into the health and wellness industry. After finding Real Pilates, she dove head first into Functional Anatomy 2 and fell in love with STOTT PILATES completing both Mat and Reformer courses!

She loves working with various individuals and aims to focus on functional movements that benefit and complement her client’s lifestyle. Her goal is to always make sure that her clients connect inwards while strengthening both their mind and body simultaneously.

You can find Rashmi teaching challenging and fun classes both on the mat and reformer. Her classes are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and stronger, and her bubbly personality will leave you with a big smile as well.

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

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Pilates & Barre Instructor

Salome has gained an interest in body power and movement during her childhood, when she was practicing gymnastics. This interest developed into a passion throughout the years and she has been dedicated to understanding her body and the most effective way to be strong and healthy through training and fitness.

Her professional journey began to change direction when she started to deepen her knowledge in mind-body practices like Yoga and Pilates. She was a big yoga enthusiast but after learning about the STOTT PILATES method, she decided to complete her education as a Pilates instructor.

Salome started to combine Pilates into Barre, TRX and strength training classes. She also began to enjoy combining Yoga and Pilates in Yogalates classes. As an instructor, she loves to see her clients confident and motivated to be their best and strongest version of themselves while moving safely.

Salome is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys cycling, walking, mountain climbing and travelling. She moved to Dubai with her family after living 8 beautiful years in China. She loves the sunshine and beach in Dubai.

She is a great listener, convivial, loyal friend, strict mother, and big foodie who loves eating and cooking.

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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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Pilates & Yoga 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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  • Customer Service
  • Education Support

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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Customer Service

Rita joined Real Pilates in early 2011, first at our Jumeirah 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, including 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.

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Customer Service

Born in Manila, Tipin has always had a great fondness for math and being around people and so she did both and joined industries focusing on these principles, now holding a Bachelor’s Degree with honours in Hotel and Restaurant Management and a minor in Accountancy.

Tipin carries with her nearly two-decades of experience in banking, hospitality, and government office. Her fondness to meet and collaborate with people landed her in leading customer experience jobs, with major companies but when she saw the opportunity with Real Pilates in Dubai, she knew it was time to make a change from the large corporate world to one focused on health and wellbeing.

What most people don’t know is that she has a long history when it comes to performing arts - this passion has brought her numerous opportunities representing her country, in theatrical and interpretative dance in different events in her country and overseas. After graduating from university, she decided to prioritize her corporate job but she still finds herself channeling and recharging her energy through physical movements, no longer through dance, instead via daily practice of either yoga or Pilates.

One thing is for sure, when you are greeted by Tipin, there is never a dull moment! She fills the room with positivity, beaming with joy and laughter. It’s impossible to miss the energy that she brings in any room she enters!