Abena relocated to the U.S. in 2009 from London. She first enjoyed the beaches of Santa Monica in California, before moving to the East coast in New York City.
She's an adept of fitness and well-being, she also practiced Yoga, Spinning and Zumba classes but she truly found her calling in Pilates. The method made her stronger, giving her more control over her body movement and posture. This satisfying feeling cannot be described but rather experienced and as the owner of Abena Pilates, her mission is to make people feel it!
Abena joined Garland Studio as an apprentice and became a certified Romana instructor under the mentorship of Trish Garland.
Abena had the privilege to join Mari Winsor's studio. The opportunity provided her the platform to perfect her teaching style.
When Abena moved to New York in 2016, she was welcomed as an instructor at True Pilates, home of the Romana certification program.
We teach the original method of Pilates as created by Joseph Pilates. Our exercises focus on strengthening, stretching and controlling the body.
We teach on the best equipment. GRATZ is the original manufacturer of Pilates apparatus and renowned for being true to Joseph Pilates vision.
We tailor the sessions to your body type, injuries and physical abilities. Each session is varied and the exercises focus on reaching personal goals.
As Romana certified instructors, we leverage the largest Pilates community to stay ahead of the curve and to continuously develop our craft.
We strive to make our sessions meaningful, intense, safe and above all fun. We don't measure success on a scale but from our customers' smiles!
We teach the ELDOA method designed by French osteopath Guy VOYER. Abena is a level 3 ELDOA certified instructor. Our exercises focus on body pain relief.
Leeju is a certified Romana instructor. She trained under the mentorship of Sari Mejia Santo (Level 1 Instructor) and Cynthia Shipley (Level 2 Instructor).
In 2015, she got a contemporary Pilates certificate and started to teach Pilates. She also studied anatomy to deepen her knowledge of the human body and to improve her skills.
She believes that the authentic classical Pilates method works for everybody and can guide people find their healthy lives.
Her commitment now is to preserve and teach Pilates as it was originally created with great passion and energy.
Katie is a graduate of Bob Liekens (former trainer at Romana's original studio). She was comprehensively trained at The Pilates Standard in New York City.
Originally from Maryland, Katie first tried Pilates in High School and has been hooked ever since. With 4 years of teaching experience in the fitness industry of New York City, Katie has mastered attention to detail, working through various injuries, and tailoring sessions to the clients needs in front of her.
Katie's sessions are inspired by her background in performance, with a focus on technique, challenge and having fun!
Fina is a Romana certified instructor. She trained under the mentorship of Sari Mejia Santo (Level 1 Instructor) and Cynthia Shipley (Level II Instructor).
Prior to her pilates experience, Fina was a piano instructor for 23 years. Teaching piano for a prolonged time had left her body asymmetrical, in addition to gaining chronic back pain after giving birth to two children.
Practicing pilates helped Fina cure her chronic injuries and it inspired her to become a certified instructor.
Fina seeks to be a teacher who shares proper knowledge and movement but also remains a student who expands her knowledge everyday.