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Studio Philosophy

Starting your training at the studio you embark on a journey with your teacher, discovering your needs, and setting your goals. You will become aware of how your movement patterns affect every day life activities. Together with you, a personalised and challenging program is created with the aim to achieve your individual goals. Our staff is very experienced and will offer helpful feedback throughout your sessions. The Pilates method offers a very large amount of exercises, which all have an unlimited number of variations. We encourage you to practice at home and design a small program for you to help to integrate the new movement awareness into daily life.

At Leilas’s Pilates we offer a private studio situation. In your class only you and the Pilates teacher are present in the space. We share our front door with the Fysio Diamond Factory, which allows for close collaboration with their physical therapists as well as their extensive network of health practitioners.

Each staff member at Leila’s Pilates brings their own personal and unique skillsets gained across their individual career and they’ve each been educated through the Polestar Comprehensive Education (www.polestarpilates.com).

About Leila

My personal Pilates career has spanned more than 30 years, which has allowed me to specialize in this field in depth. My interest in Pilates comes from my constant curiosity about movement of the human body and the unique way that harmony in the body can be improved with the Pilates Method.

I have a holistic approach to my work, which has its origin in the many years of education and development in combination with my intuitive nature. The special thing about this work is that everyone is so different, and I continue to find it fascinating to find the right attunement for every person I work with.

Over the past twenty years I have taught many professional dancers, among others at the Nederlands Dans Theater (www.ndt.nl), the Dutch National Ballet (www.operaballet.nl) and the students of the National Ballet Academy. I have also been guiding top athletes in injury recovery and performance improvement for almost ten years.

Since 2010 I represent Polestar Pilates (www.polestarpilates.com) in the Netherlands and as one of their senior teachers I am responsible for training future Pilates teachers.

In collaboration with the Physiotherapy practice ‘Fysio Diamond Factory’ I teach clients with a wide range of complaints and injuries. It remains special for me to be part of the recovery process in people, to see complaints decrease, and thereby contribute to the overall well-being of my customers.

Every year I attend classes and courses. Some of the teachers I’ve been inspired by: Clarice Marshall, Brent Anderson, Elizabeth Larkam, Marie José Blom, Karen Clippenger, Liz Bussey, Deborah Kolwey, Jane Paris, Madeline Black and Jelena Petrovic.

I have also given several major presentations at IADMS, an international organization promoting the science of dancers’ health.

In addition to my long career as a Pilates and floor barre teacher, I am also a certified Vaganova Ballet teacher.

A team of experienced teachers works at this studio, who have all successfully completed the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive training, and who have each built up their own expertise through their years of experience.

The Team

Ellen Meijer

My name is Ellen Meijer. I am an experienced Pilates and Yoga teacher and training mentor for the Polestar Pilates course in the Netherlands. 

My teaching practice is diverse: I work with dancers and athletes, but also with people who are healing from an injury due to illness. From pelvic instability from pelvic problems, lower back, breast cancer, neck and shoulder complaints to burnout complaints. In addition, healthy aging has my attention.


Leila Kester

My personal Pilates career has spanned more than 30 years, which has allowed me to specialize in this field in depth.

My interest in Pilates stems from my constant curiosity about movement of the human body and the unique way that harmony in the body can be improved with the Pilates Method.


Karen Gallegos

Pilates focusses on precision of movement. It allows my clients to get to know their bodies better, to improve their posture and to make them feel renewed after class.

I feel enthusiastic about teaching at Leila’s studio because most of my life I have danced ballet and would love to help dancers in their journey, with pilates. It is inspiring being surrounded by great teachers at the studio.


Arnaud Maquet

Arnaud is a former professional dancer and currently a physical therapist, Pilates teacher, and personal trainer.

Arnaud finds great pleasure in helping people move to the fullest of their possibilities. Guiding clients to learn more about their bodies and find pleasure in moving, brings him true satisfaction. He uses Pilates as a tool to help clients in the process of connecting the mind and body. Once this connection and awareness are established one can move better and feel better. From there, if you wish to, you will be able to be physically challenged safely during a session with Arnaud


Robin Rosa

Robin Rosa is physical therapist at The Diamond Factory. Robin has a professional dance education, and her love for movement brought her to Pilates.

She believes that Pilates improves the self awareness of the body, and augments the physical potential. She uses the Pilates Method during recovery, and for injury prevention. You can train with Robin with or without physical complaints.


Jorijn Vriesendorp

Jorijn discovered a love for movement through dance early in her life. She has worked professionally as a dancer for over 10 years, performing and teaching internationally. 

I will passionately guide my clients with developing strength, mobility and balance. My goal at the end of every class is for people to feel connected with themselves, more flexible and to leave with a soft and open mind.



Workshops on November 4th and 5th

Honoring the body in dance

This series of workshops is intended for dancers, dancer/pilates teachers and physios who work with dancers.

In these workshops I plan to provide compact and easy-to-use images/exercises/cues to improve your dancing and teaching skills, and your overall ability to build bridges between the high demands of this profession and the physical reality of the dancer.

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