Pilates & Yoga 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.
Rebecca’s passion for Pilates came about, like so many, through an injury resulting from running in 2011. During this time the only exercises possible for Rebecca, had to be on the mat, using light equipment, and Pilates was the answer to keeping mentally and physically healthy.
It was a revelation and the idea of a new career was born. Previously Rebecca has worked in the corporate and television industry, attaining a BA (hons) from Brunel University, in 1999.
Her motivation for working as a pilates instructor is to help people move better, educating them on how their body moves with ways to improve it, invoking modern scientific movement patterns, specializing in injuries and special populations.
Rebecca loves the outdoors, especially the sea, having previously worked as a Dive Master in Thailand, whilst there she also found a love of rock climbing. Since living in the ME for over 12 years, her passion for kitesurfing was born as all things related to the water including SUP boarding and wakeboarding. Her motto is ‘you are stronger than your mind thinks you are’.
Rebecca is a STOTT PILATES instructor, certified in Pre/Postnatal Pilates, Injuries and Special Populations and the Fascial Movement. She teaches Mat and Reformer group classes and private sessions.
Sandra had a long and illustrious career working in HR for luxury and boutique hotels in her native France and California before finding her way into the world of fitness.
Sandra found Pilates after she started training for marathons in an aim to achieve a fitter and healthier lifestyle. She was amazed with the results and started to practice as much as she could until she finally decided to follow her passion and leave the corporate world behind.
She completed her Matwork certification in London before moving to Dubai where she found Real Pilates. Sandra started teaching in 2014. Through her practice at Real Pilates, Sandra became even more passionate about Pilates; it’s mind-body connection, it’s breathing pattern facilitating movement, and the ability to help people move better with fun but awareness. And so, she decided to pursue her true passion and completed the STOTT PILATES Level 1 Reformer certification.
Sandra’s goal is to educate clients on how their bodies move and what should be done to make movements more efficient, pain free, whilst improving strength and endurance to use it in their everyday life, starting with breathing!
Sandra teaches Mat and Reformer group classes as well as private and semi-private sessions.
After 9 years of experience in the aviation industry, Mary decided to challenge herself in a new world that describes her the best: fitness and wellbeing.
She started athletics back in high school and specialized in sprint (100m, 200m and hurdles). She loves watching the Olympic games. Marion Jones was her first inspiration and Kobe Bryant the athlete whom she looks up to and is inspired by in so many ways. Mary even coached her school’s local basketball team for 3 years.
Aside from sports, she has an unconditional love for all animals. She is always amazed by nature’s beauty. She grew up surrounded with the love of man’s best friend - dogs that her family and her used to rescue.
Mary lives and breathes music. Hip-hop, soul, RnB, Latino, 70s-80s… her music repertoire has no limits. She beloves music connects the world and she loves exploring new cultures through her travel or simply networking here in our beautiful cosmopolitan Dubai.
An aspiring triathlete, Tanita has a passion for anything fitness and health related. Her journey into the world of wellness began in 2011 in South Africa and continues to play a role in her daily routine. You will find her swimming, biking, or running in any free time she has.
Despite holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science from the University of South Africa, Tanita finds personal success in creating environments that help and encourage others to find the same joy that she feels, with physical exercise. She loves organizing group rides, swims or fun outdoor activities for friends, family, and strangers alike, anyone who needs encouragement and might not necessarily have the confidence to take part on their own.
With over 5 years’ experience in managing fitness studios in Dubai, Tanita has now found home at the Real Pilates with a team of people who share the same enthusiasm and outlook on life.
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.