Canan Tekinel is the co-founder and owner of Taxim Pilates Taksim, Nisantasi and FLEX by Taxim Pilates Levent studios in Istanbul, Turkey. She discovered Pilates as a method of rehabilitation after having neck surgery and it quickly turned into a passion and lifestyle. Canan has been teaching Pilates since 2010 and has organized STOTT PILATES training and workshops in İstanbul since 2011. She studied political science at Rennes University in France. In 2015, she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew™ specializing in STOTT PILATES. Canan has a basketball, classical ballet and gymnastics background. She also practises kitesurfing and yoga.