Meydan Crew

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Diana

Pilates Instructor

Diana has been living in Dubai for 12 years, after originally relocating for her career in HR within the Oil & Gas industry. She then decided to take a break from her corporate life when first becoming a mum, and as it does for many of us, her second pregnancy brought with it some acute lower back and hip pain.

She understood she needed to develop a more active lifestyle, which is what first led her to a gym. She tried various group classes but didn’t feel any improvements on her body. She then discovered Real Pilates, where she realized what a significant change the mindful movement exercises could bring to the everyday life. She has been pain-free since for years now.

Diana chose to complete STOTT PILATES certification in Mat and Reformer so she could share her newfound passion and knowledge with others. She is also trained in Total Barre. She would love more people to experience all the benefits of Pilates.

Besides Pilates, Diana enjoys traveling, hiking, and skiing.

Diana teaches group mat, reformer, barre and prenatal classes, and is available for private and semi-private sessions.

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Emma

Pilates Instructor

Emma is from the UK and from a young age has had a keen interest in a variety of sports. From the UK, Emma moved to Vienna for 7 years where she worked at the United Nations.

In 2013, Emma decided to try out Pilates for the first time and immediately realised the benefits it provided and how well it complemented her other sporting interests and has loved it ever since. After relocating to Dubai, she took time out from work to care for her young children. When she was ready to return to the working world, she decided to pursue a career change and follow her passion for Pilates by training to be an instructor through Real Pilates. She has completed her STOTT PILATES Level 1 & 2 Mat and is also trained in pre- and postnatal pilates.

In her spare time Emma still loves to keep active and particularly enjoys running, cycling, kickboxing and, of course, Pilates!

Emma hopes to impart her enthusiasm and positivity for Pilates during her classes. Her goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of her clients through a better understanding of their bodies. Always studying new aspects of Pilates, Emma tries to keep her classes fun and innovative.

Emma currently teaches group mat and reformer classes and is available for private and semi-private sessions.

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Maria

Pilates, Yoga & Barre Instructor

Maria’s love for movement was born through a passion for dance. She began her professional dancing career in her hometown of Aracaju, in Brazil, over 20 years ago. As an expert Samba and Belly Dancer, Maria was performing all over the world before this passion led her to Pilates. She soon realized how much Pilates helped and healed her body after the years of strenuous training and knew then she wanted to share this with others.

Maria followed her new love for Pilates and completed her STOTT PILATES Matwork and Reformer certification right here at Real Pilates.

Maria brings her own unique style to each class, harmonizing humour, flair and attention to detail to get her clients working to their best abilities. From helping beginners to Pilates find their body’s potential, to pushing athletic clients to the next level, Maria also thrives in helping those affected with pain or dysfunction to regain their movement.

Maria teaches mat, reformer, prenatal pilates and hatha yoga, as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Talha

Pilates Instructor

Talha is from Bosnia and Herzegovina and has been in Dubai since 2017. After a few years in the corporate world and finishing her master’s degree in marketing, she decided to change her profession and become a pilates instructor. She had already been doing pilates for her lower back pain and realized how much it had helped her. Working in an office, sitting for long hours had put additional pressure on her spine and she decided it was time for a change.

In 2020, she completed her comprehensive Pilates training program, because she wanted to grasp knowledge and be certified to conduct classes on all pilates equipment. Talha is now fully certified to teach mat, reformer, cadillac, chair, ladder barrel and spine corrector classes.

Pilates has changed her life for better in so many ways, and she cannot be happier to have chosen to be an instructor. She finds pilates to be so rewarding, because she gets the chance to be a part of someone's wellness journey. Seeing clients progress fills her heart with joy!

Talha teaches a variety of mat and reformer group classes, as well as private and semi-private sessions.

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Sheryl

Customer Service

Sheryl was born and raised in the Philippines and has made the UAE her second home since 2014. She likes to learn new things and loves taking on new challenges that come her way. She loves music, singing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Sheryl loves organisation and wants to always keep everything neat and tidy as she believes that a clean space helps get things done better and faster.

She completed her degree in AB International Studies in Xavier University which helped her adjust to working abroad. She has 6 years’ experience in Customer Service in a supervisory role, leading a team of customer service advocates.

Sheryl’s dream is to travel and see the world. She wishes to go to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower up close.

She has a calm demeanor yet has a very cheerful personality and can break into a boisterous laugh at any given moment. She is a positive person inside and out and believes that life can be enjoyed if you pay attention to it’s details.

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Fernanda

Studio Manager

Fernanda was always passionate about sports and wellbeing from a very early age and holds a brown belt in Judo and a nursing certificate.

In the last sixteen years, she gathered knowledge from different sectors as she worked in aviation, hotel operations, and exhibition centers. She's always been working vigorously, leading her teams to deliver the best experiences to their customers. After going through spine surgery some years’ ago, Fernanda began to search for the best forms of exercise to help her recover and soon discovered Pilates. Her love for the discipline grew from here as she started to see the real benefits Pilates had on her body.

After becoming a mother, Fernanda started to feel the need to review her priorities and find a better work-life balance and started to explore career opportunities outside of the corporate world. When the position at Real Pilates - Meydan became available, Fernanda was delighted to find she could marry her love for Pilates in a positive working environment and found the exact opportunity she was looking for. Along with Sana and the Meydan team, Fernanda combines her passion for entrepreneurship and operations, driving the team to ensure excellent customer experiences.

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Sana

Franchise Owner

Sana Mohammad Suhail is the franchise owner our most recent Meydan studio. Having worked in various UAE government departments her entire career, Sana also has a passion for wellness and has trained in Pilates and Yoga for many years. Combined with her entrepreneurial spirit, Sana turned her passion into a business by launching the first ever franchise for the brand.

Sana’s interest in wellbeing has grown over the years and she’s a firm believer that wellness is the best investment anyone can ever make in themselves. She has found that Pilates and Yoga are not only effective workouts, but balanced ones. To raise awareness of the amazing benefits of Pilates and Yoga alongside her love for the values that Real Pilates stands for, Sana decided to open the studio in Meydan near her beloved Nad Al Sheba community.

In her current role, Sana is the Head of Transition Office at the newly established Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority. Prior to that, she held the post of the Undersecretary at the Ministry of Community Development.