London, United Kingdom
I’ve been teaching STOTT Pilates for over three years and am an MSc qualified nutritionist. In addition to this, I regularly write for many health magazines and publications, including Women’s Fitness, Women’s Cycling, Glamour, Grazia, and OK magazine. I have over five years experience working in corporate health and wellbeing and contributing to online wellbeing products and smart phone apps.
I’m currently based in the south of France and London and teach individual and group Pilates classes, pre-natal Pilates and sports-specific Pilates. I also run nutrition workshops, one-to-one nutrition consultations and cookery workshops.
'Wellicious feels like I’m wearing luxury but I know that it’s also made with love for the environment. I love the shapes and designs as they’re comfortable yet unique.'
Pilates, Yoga, founder BodyMindSol
Loved by clients for her resonant voice, understanding of the human body and heartfelt and dedicated teaching approach, Sol gives each session her full attention.
Expect energising and flowing sessions that will drive you to discover new, fresh aspects of yourself and your practice when you're in Sol's healing hands.
Born to an active life incorporating sports as diverse as choreographed dance, basketball and cycling, Sol was first introduced to yoga at age ten and - through using yoga and studies of mind, body and being to work through her own rehabilitation - recovered from a knee operation 4 years later to eventually run a marathon, finish a half ironman and 10km ocean in her thirties.
This drive and zest for knowledge and transformation are mirrored in a lifelong fascination with the human body and spirit. Sol's private yoga, Pilates and energy healing based therapy sessions are an expression of the depth of her passion - after years of working with clients with special needs such as training for the Paralympics, recovering from trauma and surviving cancer.
Instead of "teaching yoga or Pilates", Sol believes that these forms of movement offer gateways to presencing particular person and allowing them to shift deeply and profoundly from within. This has been Sol's own experience both lived and experienced with clients as well as researched and studied. She believes students need to bring a willingness to shift and find what resonates with them in any particular moment to step fully onto their path. Courage with compassion, the way of the spiritual warrior resonate deeply with Sol.
Originally certified in Stott Pilates reformer and mat in 2010, swiftly followed by a number of trainings, certifications and a lot of regular classes and private clients, Sol's greatest influences are her initial energy work and Hatha yoga experience from her teens, her advanced teacher trainers, the internationally highly regarded Ana Forrest and Simon Borg-Olivier of Yoga Synergy, as well as in depth energy healing work with Ghata Iris Engels throughout 2013 and 2014 and lastly, her own body's many injuries and conditions during ten years working in other industries before returning back to her yogic path.
With a degree in journalism and her "former life" encompassing team leading, writing, modelling and presenting, Sol has created her own wellbeing company to shine her light wherever it helps the most. You'll find an extensive body of Sol's work online. If you're new to yoga, check out her column on "why yoga" here on the SBS website; http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/11/07/body-mind-and-sol-why-and-how-should-i-yoga
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Pilates teacher, Founder backzoom.net
Heike and her husband Thomas were among the first Pilates instructors to have been trained in Germany by Polestar. Since 2001, they live with their son in Majorca, where they founded the Via Vitale Pilates and Spine Center. Both teach with a lot of heart and passion and take the time for their clients. It is particularly important to them to stay true to the philosophy of Joseph Pilates. Beginning of 2014, they started with their team backzoom.net. The Online Back Club. It is their goal to create a customer-oriented platform relating to the back where people can get help, to do something good for their backs and to network with each other. Around 70% of people suffer from back problems. As a balance to her job she enjoys with her family the beautiful nature of Majorca and they like to go traveling together worldwide. It is important for her to find the balance, to find the center, between job, life, friends and family. Just like in Pilates - where it is also important to find the strong core :)
‘Wellicious is stylish, eco-friendly and of high quality; perfect for my day-to-day business.’
I was born in Cape Town. Since I was a girl I had a burning desire in my heart for movement, dance and music. However, being a child of colour, I was devout of the possibility to attend a ballet school . At age 10 I was very lucky to become the youngest member of a political dance group against the apartheid system. However because of the commitment of our family, the situation became somewhat dicey, so we moved to Germany. I finally had the opportunity to complete training as a dancer and a few years later followed the trainings as a certified movement therapist, yoga and Pilates teacher . Through my work I have the opportunity to travel a lot . Each trip brings me closer to what I've been doing with absolute devotion for 23 years - teaching , lead trainings and my great curiosity about the human body . Whether, in my own yoga and Pilates studio in Munich, as an expert in front of the camera or author, I am passionate about what I do. I teach classical Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Pilates and I work a lot with the fascia . For me, the top priority is to give my students room and never force them into a specific pattern. Why should I force someone to lie on their back in Savasana if they feel comfortable on their belly?!
'I like the variety of styles, materials and colours and the good quality [of Wellicious]. It's like a second skin!'
London, United Kingdom
Pilates, Personal Trainer
A background in dance and movement brought me to train with STOTT pilates and I currently teach reformer pilates at Bootcamp Pilates City and Notting Hill studios mainly. I am also a National Academy of Sports Medicine qualified Personal Trainer and currently specializing as a Sports Nutrition Specialist. I love an active lifestyle and promoting healthy, strong bodies that can work and play hard!
'As a supporter of ethically sourced materials, I love wellicious clothing and what it promotes. As well as the gorgeous designs, the clothing is also comfortable and easy to look after. Im delighted to be a Wellicious Ambassador!'
Classical Mat PilatesJane has been praticing and teaching Pilates for 10 years. She studied with Romana Kryzanovska (direct disciple of Joseph Pilates) and Sari Meji Santo in New York and Paris and was certified to to teach in 2006. She had taught in private studios in Paris ( Mystudio, Authentic Pilates, Studio Pilates de Paris), at the Cirque de Soleil ("Alegria" et "Corteo") and in the prestigeous Academie Fratelli where she designed and taught disciplin- specific Pilates programmes for Circus performers. She teaches with humour, kindness, energy and exceptionel précision. Aerial acrobat for 25 years Jane performed in Circuses Cabaret’s, street shows, musicals, private évents all over France, Europe and the world : Cirque Plume, Philippe Découflé, Friedrichstadt Palast, Zirkus Roncalli, Cirque Baroque, Buren Cirque, Cabaret Sauvage etc etc...
'My Wellicious pieces are lovely to wear and lovely to teach in. Always comfortable always elegant they perfectly reflect my teaching style and Pilates philosophy - taking care of yourself gently with love and beauty.'
Dublin, IrelandVinyasa & Restorative Yoga, Mat Pilates(website coming soon)Dee is a student, teacher and obsessed yogi. She is a certified Hatha/Vinyasa yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for over 8 years. She completed her 500hrYTT Purna Yoga in Byron Bay, Australia. Dee discovered yoga after struggling for many years with chronic illness and a demanding career in advertising and magazine publishing. Her passion is to teach classes in the Hatha/Vinyasa tradition with a focus on breathing and healthy alignment to promote spiritual and physical awareness, oh and to have fun. Dee enjoys teaching both dynamic and restorative classes for a full rounded practice. Finding stillness in breath and movement is the cornerstone of all her classes. She is also a qualified Anti-Gravity yoga & Pilates Mat Level 1&2 teacher.
Vienna, Austria8-year ballet training at the Palucca School Dresden and the Conservatory of the city of Vienna. Training to become a fitness trainer of the BafL (Federal Institute of Education), aerobics instructor and much more. Pilates trainer for mat with Juliana Afram. Afterwards Power Pilates training to become a studio-coach. 2004 opening of the own Pilates studio FIRST PILATES in Baden near Vienna. Additional training to become a teacher trainer and working as a presenter on international conventions. Worked as a trainer in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In addition, co-founder of the Pilates Association Austria and licensed Pilates instructor of the PMA (Pilates Method Alliance). Since 2013 the Director of School Education THE PILATES STANDARD (international Director Bob Liekens) for Austria.
Los Angeles, CaliforniaJessica’s dedication and passion for movement began as a young child and has continued to flourish throughout her entire life. After earning a B.S. in Kinesiology, Exercise and Movement Science, at San Francisco State University, Jessica has completed the pre-medical academic curricula and coursework in neuromuscular science.
Starting with classical ballet, Jessica continues to practice and perform all forms of dance. After having received certifications in Gyrotonic and yoga, she teaches these disciplines in her private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Along with her private practice, Jessica volunteered in two Intensive Care Units at the University of California San Francisco Medical Hospital under the tutelage of Heidi Engle, DPT, a pioneer in the early mobilization program.
To prevent and treat disorders in diverse populations, Jessica is creating specific equipment that combines the gymnastic aspects of Gyrotonic/Yoga/ Pilates/Capoeira with traditional physical therapy techniques. Jessica’s dream is to be earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in the United States to endow her with the expertise and experience to transform her passion into her life’s work.
Jessica is continuing her studies in the field of physical therapy at Samuel Merritt University, DPT class of 2016. She is indebted to the physical therapy profession for changing her life on three different occasions: first, as a blossoming dancer, then to her trials with lower extremity paresis and lastly, to her volunteer experiences. Jessica's ambition is to evince physical therapy is preventive medicine and benefits all members of society.
Toronto, CanadaCristin developed her passion for physical movement as a young dancer in New Hampshire’s White Mountains and went on to earn Bachelors degrees in both Dance Performance Studies and Communications from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she graduated magna cum laude in 2005. After college, Cristin danced professionally with Boston’s most highly acclaimed contemporary dance company, Prometheus Dance from 2006-2009. During those years, she additionally choreographed numerous theatrical productions and taught various styles of dance in the Boston area while earning a 600-hour comprehensive certification in Pilates (mat, reformer, cadillac, wunda chair, high chair, barrels, magic circle and ped-o-pull) by the worldwide leading educator of classical Pilates, Power Pilates, NYC.
Cristin relocated to San Francisco in 2009 to start her first business, Brio Pilates and dedicate 15 months to a rigorous study of nutrition at Bauman College in Berkeley. Since 2005, Cristin has balanced her work with a hobby of working as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) actor in many popular films, television shows and commercials.
Cristin is passionate about bringing supreme health to everyone that she is fortunate to reach. She believes that creating community through nutritious food and movement is the best way to do this. With her extensive professional experience in the fields of exercise, kinesiology, dance performance, and holistic nutrition, Cristin brings an abundance of knowledge to the table.
Cologne, GermanyPeak Pilates Teacher Trainer & YogaIn 1992 Dunja started working in the fitness industry as an ACE certified teacher, two years later she had become a teacher trainer, coach and presenter. She has educated thousands of fitness enthusiasts in group teaching of all kinds of aerobic styles (Step, Kick Fit, Workout, Pilates and Dance to name a few) for different German fitness associations like DFAV. As a long time international presenter, at tradeshows such as FIBO, her background as a pharmacist and a pharmacy owner has attracted much interest in her articles and lectures about anatomy, healthy nutrition, pharmaceuticals, aromatherapy, supplements and sports. Being a certified NLP practitioner and personal trainer provides her with in depth knowledge that she applies towards her teaching and coaching. She was originally certified with Polestar, followed by trainings with well-known classical teacher trainers. She has recently completed her Comprehensive Certification through Peak Pilates. Since 2006 she has owned her own Pilates studio "Absolute Pilates" in Cologne, Germany.
Enfield, EnglandPilatesKatie first came to be introduced to Pilates in 1998 at a local gym and since that day, she has seen her body gradually being transformed by the art of the Pilates method; becoming stronger yet more flexible as each year went by.
In 2005 she decided to train as a Pilates mat work teacher with the Pilates Foundation so she could share her experience and passion for Pilates with many people. After successfully running her mat work classes for a few years, she was eager to deepen her knowledge by embarking on Pilates studio training, and qualified as a comprehensive teacher in 2009. She loves the dynamics of teaching group classes just as much as focusing on specifics when teaching individuals, keeping her busy between her studio in North London and many central/north London sites where she offers regular group tuition.
Katie feels blessed to have found her profession in Pilates and ensures she will always make time for her own practice and learning in order to nourish her body and mind, and her teaching. She hopes to help spread the benefits of Pilates widely between genders, and to people of all ages and backgrounds. She is always thrilled to see people start to discover their body’s potential through the Pilates method and would love to share the experience with you.
Monte-Carlo, MonacoHatha, Yin & Full Moon Yoga, Yoga & Pilates FusionCathy has been a yoga teacher for nearly a decade having originally trained at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta in London where she was blessed to study with Swami Vishnudevananda. Also certified by Sunshine Yoga in Yoga & Pilates she is dedicated to making her classes available to all levels of ability using a variety of styles, including Pilates, to provide a practice which works on strength, balance & flexibility, all in harmony with the breath. She also brings her special gifts as a professional singer to the Sanskrit chants she sings during the final relaxation at the end of each class. A former professional dancer she continues to sing both as a solo artist & leading her vocal trio, The Moonlight Sisters. Cathy is also Sunshine Yoga’s Full Moon Yoga expert (see up-coming events for class description) & teaches her classes in English & French. Om shanti...
Paris, FrancePilates TeacherIn spring 1999, I was introduced to Pilates by a friend from my dance college days in Oslo, Norway who was living in NY, while I was living in Paris working as a freelance dancer.
I discovered the only Pilates studio that existed in Paris at the time, and got instantly hooked by the Pilates virus, discovering with time the multitude of benefits the method had to improve my dance skills. I signed up for the first Pilates teaching certification course to be organized in France and after several study trips to NY. I obtained my diploma in 2002 and opened my own Pilates studio, Keana, in Madeleine/Concorde, in the heart of Paris in 2004. I feel that teaching Pilates is a continual discovery process of the body and its possibilities and sensations where I everyday learn from the experiences; in my practice, with my students and by other teachers. I have also been practicing Yoga for many years; Ashtanga, Vinyasa, pranayama and have attended meditation retreats, I strongly feel the complimentary benefits of all these practices.
Monte-Carlo, MonacoPilatesNicole is a former French/Spanish teacher. During a four years stay in Thailand, she practiced muay thai daily and became interested in massage therapy. She studied Thai Massage techniques at the Wat Po traditional medical school in Bangkok. Just before leaving Thailand and after a hip injury, Nicole found a love of Pilates and decided to immersed herself in becoming a skilled Pilates teacher. She started her studies with the Pilates Method from the Spanish classical school Pilates Wellness & Energy, in Madrid. After graduating, Nicole was introduced to Rael Isacowitz at a BASI Pilates workshop and decided to continue her education by learning the BASI method. She completed her BASI studies in 2010 in Paris. Nicole founded her studio in Monte-Carlo in September 2010 and she's still traveling around the world to learn from master teachers.
Santa Rosa, FL, United StatesPilates TeacherCecile Bankston has been teaching Pilates for 20 years. She has been certified through Kathy Corey Pilates and the Physicalmind Institute.
As assistant director of Kathy Corey Pilates, she has taught continuing education and certification courses internationally. Cecile was one of the first 20 teachers to be invited to have her classes appear on the website Pilates Anytime, and she continues to be a visiting instructor for the sight.
Cecile’s workouts have appeared in Women’s Health Magazine, and Dance Spirit Magazine. She has appeared in over 20 DVDs for Kathy Corey Pilates, and has appeared on the cover of IDEA Fitness journal.
Cecile has taught at conferences such as the Pilates Method alliance conference, and both IDEA world and Inner IDEA conferences among others.
She has designed programs for the Louisiana State University Athletic Training department as well as the Louisiana State University Women’s Tennis Team. She also has worked extensively in the rehabilitation setting, and with Pre and Post Natal Clients. Presently Cecile lives in her hometown of Baton Rouge, LA with her husband and four children.
Founder of Contrology Pilates MethodKarin Locher is the founder and director of Contrology Pilates Method: A Comprehensive Teacher Training School, Professional Development Centre and Contrology Studio. She attracts students, teachers and clients to learn from the great wisdom of the body, from the genius of the Pilates legacy and from the phenomenal potential of the fascial organism.
Certified through Pilates International and the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA), Karin claims to have only acquired her true Pilates education whilst studying individually with the First Generation Pilates 'Elders', whom she continues to work with today.
A teacher, educator and lecturer for 12 years, Karin has dedicated her work to the original, now somewhat historical, teachings of Joseph and Clara Pilates and the profound life changing potential behind their Method, Contrology.
Karin dedicates her time to those inspired to unravel the human potential and learn from the wisdom of the body.
Stans, SwitzerlandHatha Yoga & PilatesFrancesca grew up in the mountains close to a pristine lake in the heart of Switzerland. She loves nature and spends time cycling, hiking through the beautiful countryside or snowboarding in winter. She is a BDY/EYU certified Yoga teacher and practices traditional Hatha Yoga. Francesca is also a certified Polestar Pilates trainer and teaches mat class, exo chair and Allegro Reformer. She is absolutely fascinated by the human mind and body and loves to explore the boundless possibilities of working with body and mind with her devoted students. Francesca is grateful for all her students witch inspire her so much and is always looking for Yoga clothing with good quality.
Vienna, AustriaPilates TeacherBased in Vienna Pilates System Europe was founded by Anna Schrefl, whose background stems from contemporary dance at the Amsterdam School of Art and Modern Dance Academy Rotterdam. Anna completed her Pilates education in 2001 in New York with Romana Kryzanowska, a student of Joseph Pilates. She then gained further experience in the classic Pilates technique in France and the Netherlands. Her extensive experience and long term associations with physical therapists and osteopaths combined with additional training in Spiral Dynamics© in Switzerland enabled Anna to develop her own Pilates method, called "Pilates System Europe,” and to establish a training institute in Vienna.
"We are building on rich experience and knowledge,” says Anna. "Joseph Pilates was a visionary and extremely creative thinker, who in the 20th century discovered and transformed a lot. The combination of his knowledge with the physiological findings of the 21st century is the vision that guides the services and training we provide at our studio." Anna is an active choreographer. For more than a decade, she has provided training for groups and individuals as well as workshops for dancers.
Frankfurt, GermanyPilates TeacherChristiane lives in Frankfurt. She is a certified teacher for sports and gymnastics, licensed trainer for Pilates, yoga teacher BDY and one of the first accredited TriYoga® teachers in Europe. In her seminars you can feel the strong commitment to and her love for her mission. She is well known as an author of several books concerning her philosophy, developer of various dvd-programmes and passionate teacher. Christiane is a teacher-trainer for Yoga and Pilates and based on her knowledge of anatomy and energy she created some innovative concepts for therapeutic Yoga. She loves teaching the wonderful TriYoga also. Clothing from Wellicious is perfect!
London, United KingdomVinyasa Flow Yoga & PilatesClaire has always been passionate about health and exercise. Inspired by the powerful effect that yoga had on her own practice, she left her position in a leading global advertising agency to start a journey of yoga study across South India. Since then she’s taught in some of London’s most popular centres and has been fortunate to work alongside many prestigious names. Today Claire runs a busy health and fitness consultancy in London where she teaches a broad range of disciplines. Her approach to exercise is multidisciplinary, with the ancient philosophy of yoga sitting alongside new and more technically advanced approaches to fitness. So whether it’s flowing Vinyasa, dynamic Pilates, Power Plate or body conditioning, Claire is keen to incorporate the synchronisation of breath and movement into everything she teaches and believes the principles of yoga can help everyone to live healthily, feel good and age gracefully. Claire works with triathletes to pregnant mums - sharing her love and understanding of health and fitness while providing a strong emphasis on flowing sequences, proper body alignment and anatomical understanding. Her philosophy is that, by inviting mindfulness and self-awareness, her students can improve their physical shape and balance their wellbeing. She’s delighted that the Wellicious brand is her preferred partner.