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Instructor Trainers

The members of our esteemed team of Instructor Trainers are accomplished and internationally sought-after educators known for their comprehensive knowledge, dedication and professionalism. Each hold full certification in the STOTT PILATES® method and have achieved additional designations to complement their training.

A diverse group, they come from varied backgrounds including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic therapy, dance, and group and personal fitness training to name a few. Every member of the team strives to uphold the highest standards of training that have been developed worldwide.

Lyudmyla Arefyeva
Pilates Italia
Milan, Italy

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels; CORE™, ZEN•GA® Mat

Bio

Lyudmyla has been working in the fitness industry since 1996, and in 2006 she received her first STOTT PILATES® Certification. In 2011 she became an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and currently works at Pilates Italia, the Licensed Training Center in Italy. She also runs her own Pilates studio in Grosseto, Italy.

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Maite Villalonga Pons
Akrostudio
Seville, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Redcord Active®, Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Maite was introduced to Pilates through dance in Barcelona at the Slamdancing Studio and Company & Company Dance School. In 2012, she became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in Matwork in Barcelona. She became fully certified in STOTT PILATES in 2015, and a few months later, became a Merrithew Instructor Trainer.

Her extensive experience and passion for sharing her knowledge and understanding of the STOTT PILATES method led her to train in other Merrithew-branded programs, learning other modalities and techniques such as Total Barre®. She currently teaches at Akrostudio, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Spain, and manages her own studio in Seville (Andalucía, Spain).

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Maki Fujiwara
Bcube
Osaka, Japan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer; Total Barre®

Bio

Maki graduated from the Kobe College Music Department with a B.A. in Dance. While in college, she studied classical ballet (the Graham Technique), and also began to study Pilates and anatomy. After graduating from college, she received her STOTT PILATES® Full Certification and is currently working as an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES and Total Barre® at the Licensed Training Center Bcube in Osaka, Japan. With her passion for dance, Maki loves to incorporate elements of dance performance into her lessons which has enabled her to share her knowledge with students when teaching at the Takarazuka Musical Academy.

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Mami Ozaki
Sky Pilates Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Bio

Mami Ozaki first encountered Pilates after restarting ballet lessons as an adult. She was looking for an appropriate conditioning class. Pilates relieved Mami of the back pain she’d been suffering from for a long time, and fell in love with Pilates instantly.

It had been a long-time dream of hers to work in the health and wellness industry, so she decided to become a Pilates instructor.

Mami became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2015 and joined Sky Pilates Tokyo.

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Marcela Bragagnolo
New York, New York, USA

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, & Barrels, ISP

Additional credentials and designations
ACE Personal Trainer, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis Teacher Trainer

Bio

A professional dancer, Marcela was first introduced to Pilates as a means of conditioning. She became a STOTT PILATES® Certified Instructor in 2001 and in 2007 she progressed to the level of Merrithew Lead Instructor Trainer specializing in STOTT PILATES. Marcela’s long history with body movement began with training in classical dance in her native Argentina and moved on to contemporary dance in New York City. She has danced with Ballet Proarte in Argentina, the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, and Ballet de l’Opera de Paris, and holds a French National Diploma in Ballet Teaching and a National Certification from the American Ballet Theatre. Able to teach in English, French and Spanish, Marcela’s passion is an integrated education with a focus on strong technique, a healthy body and a free spirit.

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Marelize Badenhorst
The Movement Lab
Durbanville, South Africa

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Total Barre® Qualified Instructor

Bio

Marelize Badenhorst has been a lover of dance, art and movement all her life. While studying design and classical ballet, she discovered Pilates to treat an injury. She gained so much from Pilates as a way of rehabilitating and realigning her body that it inspired her to change career paths. She enrolled in one of the first STOTT PILATES® Matwork courses offered by Merrithew in Cape Town, South Africa in 2000 and opened Pilates studios in Durbanville and Stellenbosch later that year.

Since then, Marelize has lived abroad and traveled all over the world to study. She has taught and presented in Oxford and at the YMCA in London. Marelize founded Precision Pilates, the first Merrithew Licensed Training Center in the Netherlands and hosted courses and workshops at various studios and facilities throughout the Netherlands. She re-located to South Africa with her family in 2014. She is currently working as an instructor and mentor at Core Concepts Pilates and Rehabilitation, a niche rehab-studio in her hometown of Durbanville, and is a part of the education team at The Movement Lab, a Merrithew Licensed Training Center in Cape Town.

Marelize is comfortable teaching a wide range of individuals, from seniors to young athletes in need of sport-specific training. Her greatest pleasure comes from assisting clients in a post-rehab program using Pilates to realign and strengthen their bodies to be the best that they can be, and sharing her knowledge and passion for Pilates with her students.

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Maria Adelaide De Marinis-Foote
YMCA One KX
London, United Kingdom

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
Himalayan Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga and Tapasya hot Yoga certified teacher

Bio

Maria Adelaide is a highly-respected fitness professional; an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew, specializing in STOTT PILATES® Mat and Reformer programming, and Yoga teacher. Having moved to London from Italy to continue her professional dance career, she first discovered Pilates whilst at the London Studio Centre, the performing art college where she graduated.

Maria Adelaide tailors each class to the needs of the students, safely and creatively using the experience acquired over many years. Her approach focuses on alignment and breath. She always feels encouraged and inspired to hear that her students feel stronger, dynamic, more flexible with improved physical awareness.

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Maria Angeles Trabas Toro
Madrid, Spain

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer, Total Barre®, CORE™

Additional credentials and designations
REDCORD ACTIVE

Bio

Experiencia profesional de màs de 15 años en el sector de la Danza, fitness y la salud.

Comenzó sus estudios de Danza y música a muy temprana edad. Ha estudiado en diferentes escuelas de gran reconocimiento como Broadway Dance Center (NY), Steps on Broadway (NY), PeriDance (NY), Madrid Dance Center (Madrid). Ha realizado toda su formación de STOTT PILATES® con Akrostudio España, más tarde completó su formación como Instructor Trainer en STOTT PILATES en Canadá, Total Barre® en Canadá, CORE en Canadá, Redcord Active en New York y Princeton, New Jersey (NJ), con Akrostudio.

Formación continuada, ZEN•GA® (Canadá) Instructora Fascial Fitness (Canadá Merrithew), Halo® Trainer con Akrostudio.

Apasionada por la Danza, Anatomía y el Ejercicio Terapéutico, se caracteriza por impartir clases muy dinámicas, transmitiendo conocimientos a través de diferentes estrategias, formando instructores altamente cualificados en diferentes paises.

Imparte cursos a nivel Internacional en los paises de habla hispana como México, España y Latinoamérica.

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Maria Joao Pereira Marques
PiTZ | Pilates Training Zone
Aveiro, Portugal

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork and Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
M.Sc; Physical therapist; Redcord® Active and Neurac Instructor Trainer

Bio

Maria is the co-founder of PiTZ | Pilates Training Zone in Aveiro, Portugal.

She was introduced to STOTT PILATES® in 2008, after completing a degree in physical education and sports. With a background in dance, sports and fitness, she immediately fell in love with STOTT PILATES and decided to pursue further education in the method.

While completing her STOTT PILATES certification, Maria went back to university to study physical therapy, specializing in rehabilitation of movement disorders.

By combining her knowledge of these complementary practices, Maria and her partner founded PiTZ | Pilates Training Zone and has since become a Merrithew Instructor Trainer.

Maria now splits her time between teaching classes, running physical therapy sessions and mentoring physical therapy interns. She is also a guest instructor in the physical therapy master’s program at the local university, and a Redcord® Active and Neurac Instructor Trainer.

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Maria Monks
The Movement Lab
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

IT qualifications
STOTT PILATES® Matwork & Reformer

Additional credentials and designations
BA Psychology

Bio

Maria Monks received her STOTT PILATES® full certification as an instructor in 2010. In 2013 she traveled to Milan, Italy to become an Instructor Trainer for Merrithew specializing in STOTT PILATES. Maria has been involved with movement of the human body from an early age, participating in gymnastics as well as Ballroom and Latin American dancing. While completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology, she discovered STOTT PILATES and became quite passionate about the method of exercise. Her past injuries created an awareness of how beneficial this method of exercise can be. Maria guides clients of all ages and different levels of fitness, focusing with sensitivity to their varying needs, to achieve their personal goals through strength and mobility.

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