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 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.
Maya is from Houston, TX and has a background in dance and movement. She attended SUNY Purchase and graduated in 2012 with a BFA in Dance. After college she danced and traveled to the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Alaska with Princess Cruises before returning to New York City to continue pursuing dance and Pilates. Having a dance background helped ignite her interest in Pilates and in January of 2016, she was directed to Alycea Ungaro's Real Pilates in NYC.
She later joined their teacher training program that May. Maya fell in love with the way that Pilates brings strength and awareness to the body as well as challenging the mind and in turn, likes to give a challenging and efficient workout that is detailed to each person in front of her. She is thrilled to be teaching at Abena Pilates!