Helen is the owner and director of HD Pilates and is delighted to open this boutique studio. She has always had a strong passion for dance and movement which stated at an early age with 15 years training in ballet and contemporary dance. It was a natural progression to move to Pilates and she initially qualified with Body Control Pilates in 2003 and then went on to complete her studio machine training with Body Pilates Europe in London.
Helen has now been teaching Pilates for over 13 years and has taught in numerous acclaimed studios including The Pilates and Rehabilitation Studio in South Kensington alongside Gordon Thompson (founder of Body Control Pilates) and Ellie Ioannidou.
As well as running mat classes ranging from Beginner-Advanced Level, Helen also teaches 121 sessions with a strong focus on flow, technique and rehabilitation. She has set up numerous workshops for the more advanced clients and Pilates teachers, and continues to provide individual training for many teachers. She has undertaken extensive training in a number of areas including ante-natal and post-natal, back care/ postural issues, rehabilitation and remedial work.
Helen brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise with her, and her attention to detail whilst teaching helps clients develop their true physical potential.
Passionate about dance and movement, Lynn Staff began her Pilates teaching career in Buenos Aires, Argentina, training under the direct supervision of Tamara di Tella, the founder of South America’s largest Pilates studio chain.
Her ongoing commitment to the Pilates method brought her to Barcelona, where she gained qualifications in both Pilates matwork and studio equipment with Stott Pilates, a world leader in Pilates training.
Lynn has also done extensive training in both the Laban Technique, and sports massage, adding to her extensive knowledge of anatomy and movement patterns of the body.
She moved to Hove in 2014 where she continued to develop her professional teaching skills under the guidance of Master Trainer Paul Anthony McLinden, the former Head of Teacher Training for Body Control Pilates.
Heather spent 8 years performing and teaching dance in New York City, where she also was introduced to the Pilates method. She trained intensively in the City that Joseph Pilates himself cultivated his technique, learning from highly skilled teachers such as Kelly Kane and Teri Steele. She has since returned to England and become a certified instructor under the renowned Pilates Foundation.
Heather draws from her teachings both in NYC and London, and her extensive background in dance, in which she also holds a Batchelor of Arts Degree, to bring a level of teaching that is knowledgable, encouraging and approachable. Heather believes that one of the keys to being comfortable in your own skin is to know about what goes on beneath it. Pilates helps to re-pattern bad posture and re-educate the body on how to move more efficiently, therefore refraining from injury and pain. Heather has found that by practising frequently, Pilates sculpts the muscles in the same way dance training provides the lean, toned 'dancer's body', which is an added aesthetic quality that can be much welcomed
Amy Ku Redler is a health and well-being consultant with over 25 years experience. She started her training with Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga and Meditation in Thailand in 1991. She then went on to train in Ayurvedic Massage in India, and as a Yoga Teacher with Mary Stewart in 1994. In 2007, she trained with the Pilates Foundation as a Teacher and alongside that gained a post-graduate degree in Counselling.
In 2010 she completed her Pilates Mat Work with Pilates Foundation and in 2013 she completed her Pilates Equipment training with Anne-Marie Zulkhari. In 2015, Amy qualified with Breathworks as a Mindfullness Teacher.
Most recently, June 2018, Amy graduated with an MA in the Traditions of Yoga and Meditation at SOAS University, specialising in mindfulness practices for chronic pain, for which she co-developed an 8 week programme which ran at UCLH.
Her interests lie in working with individuals and groups, helping them to discover ways of supporting their health and wellbeing. Looking at the bio-mechanics, alignment, posture, stress factors and lifestyle patterns that cause dysfunction, stress and dis-ease physically, emotionally and psychologically.
Amy’s passion lies in helping to develop re-education programmes that support this process that are practical and manageable with daily life commitments, by supporting the individual to become aware of what is going on within themselves and to develop their intuition and ability to listen to their own needs.
Yoga, Pilates and mindful practices have been, and continue to be, a significant and vital part of Amy's personal as well as professional development.
Amy has taught at various locations including; Triyoga in London (7 years), the Scottish Government, the BBC, various mainstream gyms & specialises in 1-2-1's.
During her career she has been featured in The Times, Vogue, TimeOut, Harpers & Collins and cited as one of London’s top 100 therapists in the London Evening Standard.
Anna brings a life long passion and practice of dance and other movement styles to her pilates teaching. She discovered the beauty, strengthening and therapeutic benefits of pilates well over twenty years ago following a foot injury and eventually decided to train as a teacher, qualifying in the mat-work with Helge Fisher and Stephanie Beeson of The New Pilates School, then on the studio machines with Gordon Thompson and Ellie Ioannidou at the Pilates Body Europe studio in South Kensington. As well as continued professional development and learning with a wide range of master pilates and other movement specialists, she also participated in anatomy review sessions for bodywork professionals at Imperial College, London.
Anna’s wide teaching experience includes matwork classes in a number of venues in the Lewes, Brighton and Hove areas, as well as individual coaching with the small apparatus and machine studio equipment. Running her own well established practice Pilates Contigo from a shared clinic and studio space adjoining the walls of Lewes Castle, Anna also teaches and advises at Glyndebourne Opera House, where she has run courses and workshops for singers and stage crew as well as regular classes for administrative and production departments.
Whether in a group or one to one, Anna is interested in fine tuning the work to the individual, whatever their level or needs. She believes in pilates for the person, exploring flowing movement from the centre, promoting flexibility and encouraging awareness and enjoyment of happier alignment and balance in the body.
Jenny’s active life style and passion for fitness began as a child where she was introduced to Outdoor sports kayaking and Mountain walking.
After gaining a BSC in Sports Science from Greenwich University, she started working as a Fitness Instructor and then went on to manage and develop a GP referral scheme in Hackney. She trained as a Pilates Instructor 9 years ago after finding it helped her to maintain and recover from old injuries.
"I love Pilates as it helped me to understand the importance of body awareness. Becoming more aware is helping me to identify negative movement patterns in myself and others. I am also using Pilates to recover from an injury I sustained in my tummy after the birth of my daughter."
Jenny has taught Pilates for 7 years in London and Brighton. She enjoys helping people to feel better about themselves. She feels satisfied and happy when clients really notice a difference in their bodies after a Pilates course.
"My classes are detailed at first to help the client understand and embody the basics of breath, movement, engagement, posture and flow. This gives a solid foundation for continuing classes. People then will start to develop an awareness of the different movements they are learning and how it feels in their body. This will help them to slowly work on their own specific goals in a safe, controlled and realising manner."
I was drawn to teach Pilates as I had been practicing pilates for a year and it had really helped me deal with bad back pain. Previously I had worked as a Gardener and Garden designer which meant sitting at a desk for long periods alongside lots of heavy lifting! I was also working as a Photographer so was carrying heavy equipment and these physical jobs meant that I was in pain constantly and told by my doctors that I had degenerative discs and should Practice Pilates.
After finding Pilates so beneficial - I decide to train to teach Pilates.
I have been on many of Body Control Pilates excellent specialist courses including Scoliosis, Bone Health including Osteoporosis and Older Persons courses. I am also a Back4Good Practitioner which is a Body Control Back Pain specialist course and I have completed my studio equipment training in Brighton and love the variety of teaching Mat and Studio classes.
Whilst training to become a Pilates teacher, I also completed the Brighton and Hove Training Association (BHTA) Fitness Instructor and Personal Training course which is a Level 2 and 3 REPS qualification, as I wanted to build on my knowledge on fitness and nutrition.
I am passionate about how Pilates can really help strengthen the body and think that Pilates should be accessible to everyone. My lessons are about getting the body moving and love to see how my clients have grown stronger over the months working regularly with me.