BA (Hons), MA
Maika has a Contemporary Dance background, as a dance teacher and a dancer/choreographer graduating from the London Contemporary Dance school (BA and MA). Wanting to study medicine, she discovered Pilates, which enabled her to link health with movement, rehabilitation with exercises, on many kinds of physical and non-physical levels. She qualified as a Pilates instructor with the Pilates Foundation UK in 2003 and has since continued her training in many other related areas.
Teaching Pilates mat classes at Triyoga since 2003, she also ran the Pilates studio at West1 Physiotherapy on Harley street for 6 years, and co-founded "Gentle movement Clinic" in 2011.
Maika's main aim is to make Pilates understandable and functional for everyday life activities - if it is housework, running a marathon or professional athlete training. Her youngest client is 7 and her oldest is 93 years old.
For her, Pilates is not just a series of exercises but it is a method - to develop awareness of our postures, alignment and biomechanics; to move with ease, flow and breath while maintaining centre, control and precision - always with a big smile! She loves her work and her clients, in order to compliment it, she continues her creative work in dance and theatre; and she loves swimming and the sea.