Jumeirah Crew

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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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Jenny (maternity leave)

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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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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Leah

Pilates Instructor

Leah’s journey with Pilates began when she was a teenager, her background as a ballet dancer meant muscle conditioning and rehabilitation were very important. Pilates and dance go hand in hand and even after she finished up dancing she continued Pilates as a compliment to her other active hobbies.

After completing her Bachelor of Commerce and working in a corporate environment she decided to change her career, and completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction in Perth, Australia in 2016. She is qualified in Mat, Reformer, Barrels, Cadillac and Chair, along with Pre/Post natal. Leah has been teaching in Australia since 2017 and made the move to Dubai in 2021 to continue furthering her career with Real Pilates.

When she’s not in the studio, Leah enjoys road trips and exploring the coastline, anything outdoors and active, dancing and trying out new restaurants.

Inside the studio, Leah aims to give her clients a fun, invigorating class with smooth transitions and exciting variations.

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Maria Paz

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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Rachael

Pilates Instructor

Rachael’s love of trying new sports led her to Pilates and from day one she knew Pilates was for her. She decided she wanted to teach and share her knowledge after taking classes for over 10 years. She has trained in her beautiful native New Zealand as well as Australia, the US and now here in Dubai.

Rachael’s passion for Pilates shines through in every class. With an eye for detail, she motivates and encourages clients to get the most out of their workout with a focus on posture and technique.

Rachael has a Bachelor of Music degree and a background as a Flute Teacher and playing in orchestras. She also enjoys skiing and hiking. She has walked both the Camino Frances and Camino Portuguese, hundreds of kilometers across Spain and Portugal.

Rachael is a STOTT PILATES Instructor in Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrels and Injuries and Special Populations. She has also completed a number of specialized workshops, including Pre- and Post-natal Pilates.

She teaches Mat, Reformer, Chair and Prenatal Pilates classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Robin

Yoga Instructor

Robin has been teaching Yoga as professional instructor for over 16 year, but his journey and deep relationship with Yoga started more 25 years ago in his beautiful native India.

In 1997 he started competing in various Yoga Competitions in India till 2002. After a few years of competitive break, in 2014, he started participating in international professional competitions this time. That same year he became also officially became an International Yoga Referee.

Robin has a Master’s in Physical Education and has been living in Dubai since 2003 with his wife Bhama who is also a highly skilled Yoga teacher. They have been sharing their knowledge and experience with healthy lifestyle enthusiasts and yogis from all walks of life. Robin believes Yoga has a real message for humanity – a holistic message of physical, mental and spiritual wellness. To Robin, Yoga is so much more than just an exercise form or a profession. His motto is: "practice Yoga and experience the changes in you".

At Real Pilates, Robin teaches Hatha Yoga group classes as well as private sessions on demand.

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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.

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Ione

Customer Service

Ione likes to describe herself as a wanderer. After gaining her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, Ione chose to move to Dubai as an airline crew member, where she was able to pursue her passion for travel. She is thankful to have had the opportunity to visit more than 20 countries, and loves getting to know the culture, food, and the people of the places she visits.

Ione is also passionate about Photography and enjoys the discovery of beautiful things to photograph through her lenses, she honestly believes in the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.

She enjoys staying active by going to the beach, and the gym, she loves cooking different cuisines, and enjoying time with her friends. Ione joins Real Pilates with a desire to continue her journey of learning and growth by honing her already gained skills in Customer Service and continuing to meet and interact with new people every day.

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Kathleen

Customer Service

Having served in the airline industry for most of her adult life, Kathleen’s forte is her inherent ability to immediately connect with people and maintain strong relationships. During her flying days, she served as a Manager inflight overlooking efficient customer service while ensuring that safety information was accurately provided, and regulations were followed.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is constantly learning and updating her own knowledge and skills. She recently completed a diploma in Special Needs Education certified by KHDA and Cambridge Training College Britain.

Her passion is fur babies, devoting most of her free time to rescuing and fostering dogs and nothing gives her more happiness than seeing them placed in permanent homes across the globe. She also loves hiking, baking and music.

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Michelle

  • Customer Service
  • Education Support

Originally from Mexico City, Michelle loves all things travel; experiencing difference cultures, trying new cuisines, and getting to know new people. A self-confessed Barre fanatic, Michelle enjoys all types of sports and physical training activities, everything from football to Pilates.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and has a passion for enabling others to achieve their goals, nothing gives her more satisfaction than seeing them succeed. She believes the secret lies in accepting greater responsibility for our own health and fitness. It is all about adopting and taking on a positive attitude toward achieving a balanced healthy mind and lifestyle.

Her high energy and passion for fun come with her in day-to-day life. Having lived in 4 different countries already, Michelle moved to Dubai in 2021 and is ready to take on another new country, and new adventure!