I am a Pilates and yoga teacher with an extensive background in movement and dance.
I was first introduced to Pilates in 1995 when I was an undergraduate dance student at The Laban Centre for Movement & Dance, London. I was sent to the Pilates studio for ‘strength and conditioning training’ under the watchful eyes of Susanne Lahusen, Teresa Kelsey and Peter Curtis.
In 2004, towards the end of my dance career, I completed the year long and intense Pilates matwork training at The Place (a well known dance institution in London). The course was certified by the Pilates Foundation, the first not-for-profit Pilates organization in the UK. The course was run by three highly experienced ‘master’ teachers; Hana Jones and Susanne Lahusen (who began their respective trainings under Gordon Thompson in 1982) and Sonia Noonan (who trained in Pilates with Alan Herdman in 1977). Not only were we taught most of the Classical Pilates matwork repetory, we also had a great variety of guest lecturers who exposed us to a variety of other body-work modalities, including Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique and yoga.
In 2012, to help keep my teaching fresh and expose myself to a different style, I did my matwork training all over again with Body Control Pilates. I particularly liked working with Nathan Gardner on this course.
At the time of writing (June 2021) I am actively interested in exploring the Classical Pilates Matwork in greater depth then ever before and have embarked on a path of self-study and private practice with Pilates teachers who have been taught by Jospeh Pilates’ protege Romana Kryzanowska.
I have been lucky enough to teach Pilates and yoga, both in this country and overseas, for numerous gyms, studios, dance companies and within the private super-yacht industry.
I enjoy teaching at all levels of ability and have worked with many different groups of clients, including the elderly, those in post rehab, professional dancers, models, business leaders and Oscar winning actors.
I taught private in-person group matwork classes in South East London from 2004 up until the global Covid pandemic struck in March 2020. It is for this work, and the positive effect it had in my local community, that I was nominated to become a Fellow (FRSA) at The Royal Society of Arts.
In the last year I have been teaching exclusively online and recently moved to North West London (NW8). You can find my current teaching schedule here.
Pilates Teaching Style | My approach
My Pilates matwork inspired classes draw on the different influences I have been exposed to, which are namely Pilates, yoga, dance, gymnastics with a smattering of other modalities including strength training (weights), Alexander and Feldenkrais.
I believe that good functional movement is your birthright and I do my best to not only work your body in a balanced way from ‘top to tail’ in every class, but to also get you thinking about your movement habits and the affect they have not just on your posture, but also your state of mind.
At times I like to work ‘inside-out’ with a strong emphasis on the invisible inner landscape (the energy/feeling body), mindfully experiencing how that inner landscape can affect the way we move. At other times in the same class I like to work ‘outside-in’, with a direct focus on physicality and how movement affects us within.
No matter what your level of (in)activity, the Pilates method is a supreme way of offsetting imbalance caused by the lifestyle you lead. I don’t just teach the exercises. To the best of my ability I endeavour to build a dialogue with you in class and find the most suitable adaptations to each exercise for each and every person I teach.
Everybody is welcome and we teach all levels of ability. My group matwork classes have an inclusive feel and I do our best to foster a good communal spirit. I passionately believe that the sense of community built amongst the participants in my group classes is an enormous driver of wellbeing quite aside from the exercise content. Through my eyes this is movement too. There is so much more to movement than we might initially think.
My yoga biography and teaching style can be found here.