Studio Director/Comprehensive Pilates Instructor/dance Movement Psychotherapist
After 8 years directing Body Alliance in Brixton, in 2016 Iovana set up Studio One Pilates & Movement in order to expand a variety of quality classes that can be joined by the whole community.
Iovana constantly practises and experiments different disciplines to support her thorough teaching. With a dance background and practices such as the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Dance and Yoga, among others. She incorporates the best of each into her Pilates teaching to protect, improve and balance one’s body as well as provide remedial support for those recovering from injuries.
Putting together 20 years of movement experience and her PILATES Foundation® UK teacher training, Iovana provides a deep understanding of human anatomy to best approach each individual body and injury. Iovana designs comprehensive and bespoke exercise programmes for each client.
“The key is body awareness applied to daily life. A connection and strength between body and mind brings about a healthy mobilisation for people of any age with any level of pain, fitness, stiffness or mobility.”
For the last 10 years Iovana has taught in various studios around London. For the last eight years she has been offering the highest-quality Pilates instruction in Brixton, Brockley and now in Forest Hill .
comprehensive Pilates Instructor
Born in Venice, Italy, Gloria began artistic gymnastics training at the age of 3 and dance training at the age of 9 (ballet, modern, jazz, contemporary) . After her diploma as a Dance Teacher at I.D.A. in 2009, she started her career and she also continued her studies abroad studying in NYC, in London and in Italy .
She discovered Pilates as a “treat” for herself while she was a dancer and it was “love at first sight”. She started to study it properly and deeply especially in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at True Pilates in NYC, and she became a Pilates Instructor in 2012 (F.I.F. Federazione Italiana Fitness). She specialised in Pre/PostNatal pilates with Carolyne Anthony of The Centre for Women’s Fitness in Manchester (MBodies Training Academy).
As of 2014 she is also a Zena Rommett Floor-barre TM technique certified teacher: she had the chance to teach this technique (great for alignment, to prevent injuries and to improve ballet/dance technique) at Move It in London in 2015 and 2016 and she has been invited to teach Floor-Barre TM for Ballet at several academies in Italy and UK (Northern Ballet in Leeds, etc).
“I’m a “movement lover” and I think that everything comes from a good alignment and that a good posture is our home and happy place. Pilates is the way to find that happy place.”
Gloria is at the moment on maternity leave.
Antenatal Yoga instructor
Mary first turned to yoga as a way of keepingfit, sane and anchored while working in a manic advertising role, she also found it highly useful in dealingwith her increasing anxiety. In 2011 she decided to press pause on the rat race; completing her 200 hour teacher training on a retreat in Dahab, Egypt; her mother's homeland. The country had an intense pull on her so she relocated there shortly after, teaching her Vinyasa style classes to ex-pats, holidaymakers, Egyptian and Bedouin women, which she describes as an enlightening experience..
Returning to live once more in London in 2014 she went on to complete an 80 hour Pregnancy teacher training with Yogamama Ltd. Her current group classes are a heartfelt fusion of dynamic Vinyasa, alignment focused Iyenger, pranayama and mindfulness techniques.
Through yoga and meditation she found a safe space to reconnect with her body, mind and breath which felt expansive and liberating. Its this balance that has had a huge impacts on her general wellbeing and its ability to help her navigate life's twist and turns that she is keen to share with you, on and off the mat.
Ania is a Professional Dancer, Choreographer and experienced Instructor. She regularly teaches classes for variety of abilities and ages. Ania holds a BA in Choreography and Dance Techniques and also a BA in Physiotheraphy. Ania trained at Central School of Ballet, Greenwich Dance Agency
Mat Pilates Instructor
Mariana is a level 3 certified Body Control Pilates® matwork teacher and an experienced dance artist born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
She first experienced the benefits of Pilates during a ACL knee injury rehabilitation and found Pilates' holistic approach important not only to recover from her surgery but also to enhance her dance technique, awareness and injury prevention. Since 2008, Pilates became a regular practice that has enabled a 10 years of professional contemporary dance career in London, where she has been working with a range of companies and independent choreographers across the UK and abroad.
Mariana also specialises in Pre and Post Natal Pilates which she is passionate about.
Creative Dance for Kids
Gemma always had a passion for understanding how the human body can express itself through movement.
"I remember sneaking into practice sessions whilst studying Choreography just so I could watch aspiring dance students progress and the sheer enjoyment they experienced after an impromptu suddenly becomes the focal point of their whole performance."
These questions have stayed with Gemma and form the framework for her creative practice. What makes us move the way we do? What is it that impacts the quality of our movement? How does this effect our mood?
Through Gemma's learning and work at Darlington and then Laban School of Dance, she understood that these questions are impossible to answer without a community around you to support your creativity. Since then she has channeled this into her practice and this has allowed her to support communities across all ages and abilities. Working across these traditional boundaries allows for a different quality of movement and deepens learning from participants (alongside making for awesome creative routines!).
Yoga and Pilates are her other passions and has been continual support for her dancing careea. Gemma uses these techniques as way to reconnect and rekindle understanding and care for the body. She finally decided to get her teacher training certificate in India in Hatha yoga connecting the body, mind and spirit into her teaching practice and is currently in training to be a Pilates mat instructor.
"As a qualified Hatha yoga and creative dance teacher, I love nothing more than learning with others on how best to draw out individual self expression and connection with each other in my classes."
Aerial Yoga, Acro balance Instructor
Veronica Rakli has an international teaching career in pole dance and aerial yoga. She has taught in 3 different countries and 5 cities; these include Hungary (Budapest), The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Tilburg) and the UK (London).
In 2012 Veronica took part in the Miss Pole Dance Hungary competition where she finished as second runner up. With this national result she received an offer to teach in The Netherlands at Fonty’s University, the Academy for Circus and Performance Art in Tilburg. She shared her pole knowledge with Chinese pole students. She also gave pole dance fitness and aerial yoga lessons in Rotterdam and Amsterdam for one year.
Veronica arrived in London in 2013 as she was admitted as an MA student at Goldsmiths University. She is currently in her final year, studying Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP). She gained a year of aerial teaching experience in London and is working as a DMP trainee in an NHS setting.
Veronica believes that pole dancing is a great means of self-expression, and that aerial yoga is the best way of keeping the body in harmony. Through teaching she hopes to contribute to the aim of challenging the prejudices surrounding pole dance in order to bring this attractive style of movement into the world of sport and performing arts. Hence, she is very proud that after such extensive experience she has the opportunity to start her business on a university campus.
Candice is a qualified Vinyasa yoga teacher in South East London. She began practicing yoga 12 years ago as an antidote to her fast-paced career as a magazine journalist and quickly fell in love with it. She continued to practice regularly when she moved to Sydney for six years and tried many forms including Ashthanga and Power before settling on Ashtanga-based Vinyasa.
Back in London, she finally took the plunge and completed her 200YTT with Yogarise in Peckham. Originally from South Africa, she is a mum to two young boys and loves to teach locally here in Forest Hill.
Her classes are fun, upbeat and grounded in philosophy. Expect to leave feeling lighter!
It doesn't matter how inflexible, unfit or unspiritual you are, yoga is for EVERY BODY and I'm excited to show you how.
Yin Yoga Instructor
Originally from Finland, Laura found yoga after finishing her contemporary dance studies at a music and dance college in Finland, and fell in love with the strong, graceful, precise yet flowing movement of Ashtanga Yoga and practiced this style on and off for years. In 2008 after moving to London, Laura began attending Norman Blair's Saturday morning led ashtanga class at Globe House, and it was also Norman who first introduced her to Yin Yoga at one of his 3-hour workshops - the first hour of which she remembers as being ‘agonisingly slow’.
With encouragement from her teacher, Laura embarked on a 7-month Ashtanga Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Yoga Alliance accredited 200hr training with Norman Blair & Melanie Cooper at Zolder Studio, completing the course in November 2015, and has been teaching both Yin & Ashtanga ever since. Laura is also the owner of Brockley Nordic Walking and has been teaching Nordic Walking - sometimes likened to ‘pilates with poles’ - since 2011 and has so far encouraged hundreds of inactive adults back into regular physical activity in the Borough of Lewisham.
Over the years Laura has had the opportunity to explore her own yoga practice with wonderful teachers such as Scott Johnson, Andy Gill, Roberta Giannotti, Emma Peel, Sarah Powers and David Keil amongst others. Most recently Laura attended Sarah Powers 10-day Level 1 Yin & Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation teacher training, and is looking forward to deepening her practice with further study with Sarah in November 2018.
Laura’s style of teaching is calming and nurturing, creating a space for her students to soften and slow down, and allowing the time for exploration of the physical body, the breath and the mind. Emphasis is placed on each student listening to their own bodies and letting go of expectations of what yoga should look like.
Darvina Introduced to yoga 15 years ago, with a performance background, having trained as a dancer, it was the sense of peace that a steady practise gave that kept Darvina returning to her mat and subsequently training to become a yoga teacher.
“Having yoga introduced to my life has opened my eyes and heart to have compassion, given me a safe place to come and do the work ultimately helping to settle my mind, be present and in tune with my breath, body and daily interactions/experiences with sincerity, awarness and a deeper level of consciousness.”
In Darvina’s classes she’s passionate about maintaining a strong focus on self exploration, aiming to provide a safe environment that helps students strengthen and better understand the mind, body and soul connection.