About Abena Pilates

Biography

Abena is the proud owner of Abena Pilates studio, located in Upper West Side, New York. She holds a Romana certification in Pilates and an ELDOA Level 3 certification.


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!

Influencers

Garland Studio, LA

Garland Studio, LA

Garland Studio, LA

Abena training at Garland Studio

Abena joined Garland Studio as an apprentice and became a certified Romana instructor under the mentorship of Trish Garland.

Winsor Pilates, LA

Garland Studio, LA

Garland Studio, LA

Abena at Winsor Pilates

Abena had the privilege to join Mari Winsor's studio. The opportunity provided her the platform to perfect her teaching style.

True Pilates, NY

Garland Studio, LA

True Pilates, NY

Abena at True Pilates

When Abena moved to New York in 2016, she was welcomed as an instructor at True Pilates, home of the Romana certification program. 

Our Method

Classical Pilates

Personalized Sessions

Equipment by GRATZ

Open leg rocker by Joseph Pilates

We teach the original method of Pilates as created by Joseph Pilates. Our exercises focus on strengthening, stretching and controlling the body.

Equipment by GRATZ

Personalized Sessions

Equipment by GRATZ

Reformer at Abena Pilates in UWS

We teach on the best equipment. GRATZ is the original manufacturer of Pilates apparatus and renowned for being true to Joseph Pilates vision.

Personalized Sessions

Personalized Sessions

Personalized Sessions

Private session at Abena Pilates in UWS

We tailor the sessions to your body type, injuries and physical abilities. Each session is varied and the exercises focus on reaching personal goals. 

Romana Community

Romana Community

Personalized Sessions

Romana Pilates community

As Romana certified instructors, we leverage the largest Pilates community to stay ahead of the curve and to continuously develop our craft.

Having Fun

Romana Community

ELDOA Stretch

Duet session at Abena Pilates in UWS

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!

ELDOA Stretch

Romana Community

ELDOA Stretch

ELDOA community

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.

Guest Instructors

Instructor training at Abena Pilates in UWS

Leeju

Leeju first experienced Pilates in 2012 because of her bad posture when she worked in finance. After that, her eagerness for Pilates led her to become a Pilates instructor. In 2015, she got a contemporary Pilates certificate and started to teach Pilates. She always desired to improve her skills so she took lots of seminars and studied anatomy to deepen her knowledge of the human body.


After she met Sari (daughter of Romana, Level 1 Instructor) and Cynthia Shipley (Level II Instructor), her concept of Pilates has totally changed. She believes that this authentic classical Pilates method works for everybody and can guide people find their health lives. 


Her commitment now is to preserve and teach Pilates as it was originally created with great passion and energy.