equipment studio teachers

  • Alison Bray

    Alison Bray

    Alison trained as a dancer at Laban and enjoyed Pilates classes there so much that she decided to learn to teach with Alan Herdman, and qualified in 2000. As well as working for him, she has taught in several high - profile studios across London and Essex providing mat classes, including regular sessions at The Place, Laban and Central School of ballet.

    Alison has worked with individuals with varied abilities, needs and goals; from elite athletes and professional dancers to those with serious conditions and injuries in need of a particular rehab as well as people who just want to be at the optimal fitness level. She has also enjoyed teaching women at all stages of pregnancy and after.

    What started out as an interest in a "dance-like" form of exercise has become a passion for working with the moving body. Alison wants to develop as a teacher by learning as much as possible about the body, and finds complementary subjects like yoga, Feldenkrais method, Gyrontonic and the Alexander Technique particularly useful.

    Alison's areas of expertise include: back and joint injuries and rehab; pre and post-natal; hypermobility  (Ehlers - Danlos Syndrome); performance and sports conditioning.

  • Aud Aasbo

    Aud Aasbo

    Aud 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 Abbott

    Charles Abbott

    Charles 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.
  • Emma Douka

    Emma Douka

    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.

  • Emma Down

    Emma Down

    Emma has been immersed in the health and fitness industry for as long as she can remember with a family who were among the first private health club pioneers in the UK.

    Her “seeking’ nature has taken her through the mechanics of the body, an exploration of mind control and spiritual release.

    Emma coordinates the STOTT Pilates UK Training Centre, teaches at many of the capital's bespoke pilates studios alongside delivering the technology of Kundalini Yoga.

    Emma has long been involved with the YMCA and is a passionate advocate of its charitable mission.

    When not shining the light across the city she is found sleeves rolled up, at the vintage bike shop she co–owns www.fullcitycycles.co.uk

  • Gizella Zampetis

    Gizella Zampetis

    Gizella 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. Fascinated with the human body she went on to study physiotherapy at Brunel University in 2008. The union of both techniques, Pilates and physiotherapy, greatly benefited her understanding of injuries which transpires through her teaching of both Pilates and Gyrotonic.
  • Jinji Garland

    Jinji Garland

    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.

     
  • Kamenka Chavdarova

    Kamenka Chavdarova

    Coming from a family of a sports player, a father- professional footballer, and a mother, a medical nurse, Kamenka has been exposed to physical activity and the wellness and medical side to it all of her life.

    Seeing Joseph Pilates effortlessly upright at 80 has encouraged her to practice Pilates and then train as a teacher.

    She has completed the with the renowned Alan Herdman, which involved both classical Pilates for non-injured people as well as remedial side of it. Having anatomy lectures taught by a physiotherapist has also added to her knowledge of body mechanics.

    Kamenka likes to give her clients a workout which makes them feel a positive change in their body. The focus in her teaching is on alignment, breathing and movement.

  • Marco Brenugat

    Marco Brenugat

    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 Argenton

    Monica Argenton

    Monica 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

    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 Bishop

    Phil Bishop

    Phil 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 Oliver

    Serena Oliver

    Serena 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.
  • Stephanie Nightingale

    Stephanie Nightingale

    Stephanie is a certified GYROTONIC® and Pilates instructor, and an avid Yoga practitioner. She has been teaching since 2004. In GYROTONIC®, she is trained on the Ladder, Jump and Stretch Board, Gyrotoner, and Leg Extension Unit, as well as in GYROKINESIS®. She is also trained in therapeutic applications with relation to the pelvic girdle. She is trained in both Pilates Apparatus and Mat through Power Pilates. Stephanie is also a classically trained dancer and an actor and has been performing with immersive theatre company Punchdrunk since 2009.
  • Yarit Dor

    Yarit Dor

    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.