MEET OUR TEAM
Carlo YanezDirector – Master instructor - Registered Osteopath BSc (Hons)
Egil HagenAdministrative Director
Elisha ElliottInstructor Trainer
Registered Osteopath BSc (Hons)
Carlo is a Pilates passionista and musculoskeletal specialist who loves to inspire others. His affection for Pilates was born after a dance injury when he discovered the benefits of spinal rehabilitation through the Pilates method. His eye for precision and attention to detail stems from his career as a professional ballet dancer and from years of teaching movement to professional dancers and athletes.
Carlo is a GoSC registered Osteopath and a Level 3 REPS fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor. He trained at the STOTT PILATES® Training Centre in Toronto, Canada. He specialises in special Populations and injuries, including Pilates for scoliosis, osteoporosis management and ante/post-natal populations. He is also a qualified Xtend Barre Workout® instructor. By integrating different approaches to fitness and rehabilitation Carlo loves to challenge his clients whether they are an athlete or recovering from an injury. Carlo can help boost your conditioning performance and will carefully work with you to achieve your personal fitness goals through contemporary Pilates and bespoke personal training.
Egil is the person that makes it all happen. He brightens up the team with his administrative duties, bookkeeping, and marketing; all the boring bits that the creative team is not good at.
He is the person behind the scenes, always in the background making sure the wheels are turning.
A Norwegian born with a degree in Tourism and Marketing, Egil’s background is in hospitality and high end customer service. Having worked in managerial positions for some of the world’s most prestigious hotels, cruise lines and airlines, Egil has travelled the world over and trained people in hospitality and customer service for the last 15 years.
His knowledge and experience in the service industry is seen on the company’s approach to customer service. With strict attention to detail at every level, his mission is to make Core Kensington a leader in customer service, support and experience and his vision is to build, grow and diversify the company.
Elisha discovered Pilates while completing her journalism diploma in Australia. She spent her college breaks taking multiple classes until her habit became an obsession, and then ultimately, a change in career path. Elisha studied to become a MERRITHEW™ Instructor Trainer, specialising in STOTT PILATES® and Core Athletic Conditioning and Performance Training, a Cert IV personal trainer, and more recently trained in Xtend Barre, also becoming a Teacher Trainer for the method. Elisha taught in Sydney, Australia for 6 years, spent 5 years in the Middle East and moved to London in May of 2016. A love of all things competitive and a need to stay mentally and physically stimulated has seen her compete at a national level in swimming, run a half marathon and more recently fall in love with CrossFit and Weightlifting. Elisha takes this same approach in her teaching; striving to stay interesting, entertaining and never teaching the same class twice.
Chrisen began teaching Pilates in 2010 in Sydney, Australia. He is thrilled to be sharing his passion for mindful movement with London. Chrisen stumbled across Pilates when he was a teenager in his own living room. His mum had bought a Pilates DVD set from late night infomercials. From that day, Pilates and physical movement has been a huge part of his life. Chrisen believes “a movement practise that makes you feel connected from mind to body is essential to becoming the best version of yourself. Pilates empowers you and this helps you tackle life’s big challenges and the stress of everyday living.”
He is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® instructor, a certified Yoga instructor and a Barre instructor. He has also completed additional Pilates training with BASI Pilates, Polestar Pilates, and Courtney Miller. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his classes, having also studied a Bachelor of Arts and Science majoring in Anatomy and Music.
Chrisen’s approach to fitness is fun, functional and challenging. His classes are filled with warmth, encouragement and positivity. He has a distinctive style with his attention to detail, his creative variations on traditional Pilates exercises and his attention to self-awareness. He is very passionate about the precision of each exercise to maximise his client’s results, mastery and well-being. Aside from teaching Pilates, Yoga or Barre, Chrisen is also a musician and needs regular stillness and serenity to fuel his busy lifestyle. In his spare time, you will find him moving at a slower pace – singing, playing piano and finding quiet time by taking delight in long walks around the city.
Maria trained as a dancer at world-renowned dance institutions including The Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School and The London Studio Centre. As a professional performer, Maria has appeared in many musicals in London’s West End and on tour with hit shows which include Dirty Dancing, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins and White Christmas. Most recently Maria appeared in Top Hat which toured the UK and Japan.
Maria discovered the benefits of pilates as a way to help her demanding dance training by helping to prevent injury, improve posture and alignment and build deep strength.
Maria completed her Stott Pilates Matwork training in London and after relocating to San Francisco in 2016 certified in Reformer and Matwork at Blue Sparrow Pilates where she also taught.
Maria has a passion for sharing her love of Pilates with everyone from dancers, athletes and people over coming injuries.
Amber was first introduced to Pilates through her dance training. There she found fulfilment in conditioning and learning biomechanics through the Pilates method. Her belief in the benefits was strengthened after seeing the positive effects the training had on her mother after a disc herniation and later during recovery from breast cancer. This prompted Amber to train to become an instructor at the STOTT PILATES® head quarter studio in Toronto, Canada, enabling her to share the positive effects with others.
She is a fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor (Level 3 REPs) in all levels of mat and equipment, Injuries and Special Populations, as well as further speciality training including, Osteoporosis and Flexion-free. Continuing her love for movement and dance, she is also an active Zumba Instructor (for Kids, Aqua, and Gold).
Amber is passionate about teaching mind and body awareness wherein through precision, she encourages her client’s to continually progress. Her client’s well-being, and understanding of their body through movement and basic anatomy is most important to her.
Katie was introduced to Pilates as a young ballet student in The United States. Throughout her fifteen-year professional ballet career with the San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Pilates played an integral part in her conditioning and rehabilitation during injury. Even though unable to perform and rehearse during times of injury, the Pilates method helped her return to ballet as a stronger dancer with more control of her movement. She believes her practice of Pilates allowed for the longevity of her career and healed her from the injuries doctors deemed as career ending.In pursuit to help dancers prevent and recover from injury, Katie began her STOTT PILATES® training in 2013 and has obtained her Certification in Mat and Reformer. Regardless of age, body shape, profession and lifestyle, Katie encourages all students to explore the transformational benefits of Pilates and the ongoing discovery of new movement within the body. She fully promotes Joseph Pilates’ belief that, “Change happens through movement and movement heals”.
Aimee has had a varied career ranging from touring with the Australian Gilbert & Sullivan company, entertaining on P&O cruise ships,singing in Abba Tribute bands, Acting in Musicals within Italy, appearing on TV commercials, to supporting various artists such as Delta Goodrem and Simply Red .
During her intensive ballet training, ‘Pilates’ was most certainly adopted and this is how Aimee was first introduced to the incredible form of exercise, Pilates.
Aimee has always been great believer in the wonderful creation of Pilates, So last year she embarked on the highly regarded Stott Pilates training in both Reformer and Matt and understands there beautiful classical approach because of her background. Aimee believes that Pilates can be applied to varied physical standards,different individual shapes and sizes and is fantastic to bring internal muscular awareness to the body. She considers that the benefits of Pilates is amazing, where do you start, the list is endless!
Zsofia Nagy Nemes
Zsofia comes from a classical ballet background, educated from a young age at the Hungarian Dance Academy where she gained her B.A. Degree in 2004. She went on to dance professionally for over 10 years at the Hungarian National Ballet Company in Budapest with a challenging classical and contemporary repertoire. During this time she started Pilates and experienced the great value of injury prevention of the Pilates Method.
Zsofia felt the need to share her experiences and started the Stott Pilates certification program for mat and equipment in 2009, where the basis of the training includes the modern principals of exercise science and rehabilitation. This felt like a natural progression to her dance career and has been teaching group and one-on-one classes ever since. With a keen eye and attention to detail she’s a true inspiration as a teacher. Her favourite quote from Joseph Pilates is: ‘Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness’