equipment studio teachers
Aud AasboAud studied dance at the Norwegian Opera Ballet School before continuing her dance training at the Laban Centre in London. She worked as a freelance dancer in London before training as a Pilates instructor with Moira Stott (Toronto) and the Pilates Foundation UK in London. Aud is also a certified instructor of Gyrotonic® and Skinner Releasing Technique. Her teaching aims to increase the individual’s body awareness through the use of the Pilates Technique, creating well aligned, freer and more efficient movement. Aud is currently completing a Master's degree in Dance Theatre: The Body in Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Charles AbbottCharles completed the rigorous 2-year Pilates Foundation comprehensive teacher training and is fully qualified to teach both Pilates matwork and equipment classes. His training in anatomy supports a keen interest in postural problems. Using carefully-selected Pilates exercises, he helps his clients to improve their posture, reduce back pain, recover from injury or surgery and to deal with many musculo-skeletal issues. Passionate about Pilates, Charles believes it is an ideal way for anyone to keep fit, supple, strong and prevent injury. His classes promote alignment and elongation, working to strengthen the body without building bulky muscles.
Charles welcomes working with any client - no matter how stiff, weak, flexible or strong. Above all, he believes that Pilates should be enjoyable and tries to ensure that his clients find it a positive, enlightening experience and are left with a sense of satisfaction and well-being.
Emily ApplegateEmily moved to London from Australia in 2002. She studied Myotherapy in Melbourne and worked in various clinics and sporting clubs (including an Australian Rules football club) treating musculoskeletal injures and providing corrective exercise training. An avid lover of all things health and fitness and personal fan of Pilates after using it to help herself with long term lower back dysfunction she studied to be a Pilates teacher through the Pilates Foundation UK. She specialises in using Pilates in a rehabilitative quality (especially relating to back injures) but also loves to challenge fit and healthy clients to get the most out of their bodies.
Emily's teaching focuses on using the pilates principles to achieve better balance and creating a body that works to the best of its ability. She has a musckuloskeletal therapy background so uses pilates based corrective exercises to realign, re-balance and re-train muscles and joint structures. She is also a runner and keen fitness fanatic so enjoys challenging clients (within their limits) and prove that pilates can provide a physically demanding class in a safe, effective and efficient way.
Chronic back pain led Emma into relentless research of various methods of bodywork. After a regular yoga practice of some 5 years she finally discovered Pilates, and it was then that she felt she could take control over her condition and bring a change from within. In 2007 Emma moved to London to train as a Pilates teacher and in 2010 she completed her training with Anne-Marie Zulkahari, one of the founding members of the Pilates Foundation UK. Emma is currently practicing Scaravelli Yoga with Anne-Marie Zulkahari and Catherine Annis.
Using the Pilates technique Emma aims to increase the individual’s body awareness as a means to reeducate and strengthen their bodies, and gradually encourage them to explore new possibilities of movement.
Gizella ZampetisGizella has been passionate about dance since she was four years old and trained at the University of Culture, St Petersburg. She came to London to study and become a Pilates teacher. Gizella discovered how to look after the joints, have a correct posture and how to stretch correctly. In turn, she enjoys teaching other people how to strengthen and protect their bodies so that they can have more freedom of movement. She is now in her last year of physiotherapy studies. The union of both techniques, Pilates and physiotherapy, greatly benefited her understanding of injuries which transpires through her teaching.
Jinji trained as a dancer and graduated with a BA and also holds a Diploma in Dance. During her training and as a professional dancer, she studied pilates which she then trained in Australia and continued her training with BCP in the UK. She has worked in Australia, UK and India and her style of teaching has been influenced by her experience in many different studios, from dance colleges to remedial and therapy centres to classical and dynamic high –paced studios.
She teaches with an emphasis on bio-mechanics, quality and good functional movement, as well as infusing her classes with flowing movement in multi directions, to encourage strength, release, alignment and grace.
She is also a qualified ballet and yoga teacher, teaches Vinyasa Flow and ballet as well as mat and Pilates on equipment.
Keah LanKeah's interest in natural health began in 1996 where she trained at the family run, international Kim-Loong Wushu Centre in the disciplines of Shoalin Quan and Sanda, as well as Jing-An wellness center in the disciplines of Taiji Quan, meditation and Chi cardio in South Africa.
After many years as a reflexologist as well as working on detox retreats in Europe, she decided to embark on a career as a pilates teacher with the amazing Alan Herdman.
Keah teaches a dynamic style of pilates, yet her calm personality will relax your mind and body. By incorporating the knowledge of martial arts and alternative therapies into her teaching style Keah works to re educate and restore the body to the optimum muscular and skeletal function as well as to detoxify and re energise the body to achieve improved fitness, greater flexibility and a hightened sense of wellbeing.
Leonidas MezilisLeonidas has a background in dance and drama, and is trained as a teacher in both Pilates matwork and dynamic yoga. He has been working as a Pilates equipment teacher since 2004. He also works as a holistic masseur which gives him an excellent understanding of anatomy and movement. Leonidas’ classes are a mixture of Pilates evolved repertoire with yoga and dance - dynamic, fun and inspiring. His sessions are particularly good for people with physical issues, as well as, people who live active lifestyles.
Maika KlaukienMaika Klaukien has a dance background (BA + MA) and has been teaching since the age of 16. She qualified with the Pilates Foundation in 2003 (matwork and equipment) and has since specialised in rehabilitation from injury, working closely alongside Physiotherapists. Maika's main aim is to make Pilates understandable and functional for everyday activities. She will introduce the method as a way to enjoy moving with ease, flow and breath, while maintaining centre control and precision.
Marco is a pilates instructor who takes a holistic approach working with his clients. For him pilates is about wholeness, and a path to mental, physical, and spiritual well being. With his rich background in dance and movement, Marco brings movement creativity into each pilates session. He can adapt the pilates exercises to meet the individual needs of his clients, so they can enjoy moving while engaging in a safe but challenging pilates practice.
Marco is a trained ballet dancer who has worked with major ballet and modern dance companies, in the U.K. and Scotland. He first got into pilates which helped him getting into a full recovery when he suffered a work related injury.
He is a qualified teacher from the Pilates foundation under the tutelage of Dominique Jansen but has also trained with Anne Marie Zulkahari and Alan Herdman.
Monica ArgentonMonica Argenton, originally from Italy, moved to London in 1998 to start her professional dance training at London Contemporary Dance School. Here she was first introduced to Pilates and found the system helped her to meet the demands of her professional dance training and cope with injuries. She has been practising Pilates since and, after several years working in the arts sector, went on to qualify as a Pilates Foundation teacher with Anne-Marie Zulkahari. She has been teaching mat and equipment based Pilates in North West London since January 2009 and has gained a postgraduate specialisation in Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates in January 2012.
In her teaching, Monica combines love for movement with precision and attention for details. Her classes are dynamic at all levels whilst still introducing functional Pilates concepts useful in every day life.
Nes Levi has been studying and practising Pilates and yoga, since 2000. This grew out of her interest in diverse types of dance traditions she has been involved in, as well as her study of movement and body and mind connection.
Her personal experience of rehabilitating through Pilates gave Nes a useful insight into the clients’ perspective and a certain empathy with remedial clients. Pilates for her is is a wonderful technique to enhance the body's natural ability to move efficiently and teaching this technique is just one way of helping people live better.
She has been working with clients with diverse needs including: pregnant women, back pain sufferers, those recovering from invasive surgery or injury and clients with various musculoskeletal or degenerative conditions, as well as people who wish to enhance their athletic ability. She is very hands-on and has a keen eye for each individual’s own abilities and restrictions.
Phil BishopPhil has been a practitioner of Sports Massage for 8 years. He is also the only triyoga therapist who combines his massage practice with Pilates instruction. The Pilates sessions allows Phil to identify and work on specific postural issues that are often the underlying cause of muscular complaints, and then tailor the follow-up Sports Massages to treat the specific problems.
Phil's target is to lead to economy of movement for every client through identifying and working on changing habitual body patterns.
Serena OliverSerena began training with two Pilates Foundation founders, Anne-Marie Zukahari and Hana Jones, in 2004. She has taught where she trained since graduating and currently serves on the Pilates Foundation’s Professional Standards Committee. She relates easily to clients whatever their physical ability or issues, combining her practical skills and creative approach with many years’ teaching experience. Incorporating learning from personal activities such as circus training, Serena creates fun, challenging classes that work to clients’ capabilities, whilst providing support to overcome any physical impairments or imbalances. Excellent attention to detail and precise corrections mean faulty movement patterns and weaknesses are addressed, enabling the body return to balance and improve sporting performance.
Yarit completed her Comprehensive Pilates teacher training course with Dror Raz Classical Pilates and Physiotherapy and did an additional Pilates Bridging programme with Alison Goodman's “Pilates Passport”. She has specialised in pre and post-natal Pilates with The Center for Women's Fitness and with Polstar Pilates. Yarit also teaches movement and stage combat for performers and is a qualified Garuda instructor.
Whether in a rehabilitation oriented session or a dynamic workout, Yarit's teaching aim is to realign, restore and challenge her clients. Since her own injury rehabilitation through Pilates, she teaches focusing on a full movement-breath integration and strives to bring her clients to their highest Pilates practice ability.