Starting your training at the studio you embark on a journey with your teacher, discovering your needs, and setting your goals.you will become awayre 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 have a special relationship with the respected Physical Therapy De Nieuwe Keizers, which allows for close collaboration with their physical therapists and 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).
My personal Pilates career spans over 30 years, a journey where I’ve acquired education and experience that has allowed me to become highly specialised in my field. My passion for Pilates stems from my curiosity of human movement and the unique way movement can be enhanced via the Pilates Method. The holistic approach I take with my clients is attributed not only to my years of Pilates education and development, but to my innate intuitive nature.
The past twenty years I have taught Pilates to dancers of Nederlands Dans Theatre (www.ndt.nl) and Het Nationale Ballet (www.operaballet.nl) and students of the National Ballet Academy; aiding these professionals to cope with the demands of this highly skilled profession. Since 2009 I have had the pleasure of representing Polestar Pilates (www.polestarpilates.com) in The Netherlands as one of their principal educators for emerging Pilates teachers. Over the past decade I have also worked with numerous athletes, collaborating with their coaches and therapists to help hem overcome injuries and heighten their athletic performance.
There is always more to learn, and I keep developing myself by working with exceptional teachers. Some of the teachers I have been especially inspired by are: Clarice Marshall, Brent Anderson, Elizabeth Larkam, Marie Jose Blom, Karen Clippenger, Liz Bussey, Deborah Kolwey, Jane Paris, Madeline Black and Jelena Petrovic.
Outside the Netherlands I have taught classes and workshops abroad, in New York, London, Athens, Vienna and Avis (Portugal). Also I have presented three times at IADMS, which is a large international organization that promotes research and science to heighten the health care for dancers.
In addition to my extensive Pilates experience, I am a certified Vaganova Ballet Teacher and Masseur.
My personal Pilates career has spanned more than 30 years, which makes me deeply, I was able to specialize in this field. My interest in Pilates stems from my constant curiosity to movement of the human body and the unique way that the 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 training and development in combination with my intuitive nature. The special feature of this work is that everyone is so different, and I think it's fascinating to find the proper alignment for each and every man with whom I work.
Over the past twenty years I taught professional dancers, among others the Nederlands Dans Theater ( www.ndt.nl)), The Dutch National Ballet (www.operaballet.nl)), and the students of the National Ballet Academy. Further, I have been coaching for almost ten years with top athletes blessureherstel and performance improvement. In cooperation with the physiotherapy Practice ‘The New Emperors’ ( www.fysiotherapie-keizersgracht.nl)I also add les to customers a very wide range of complaints and injuries.
Since 2010 I am the point of contact for Polestar Pilates (www.polestarpilates.com) in the Netherlands, and as one of their senior teachers responsible for the education of future Pilates teachers in Amsterdam and in Athens.
Pilates teaches you how to use your body in a healthy and controlled way. You get stronger, but it also allows you to look into familiar and everyday movements in a fresh way, thus deepening your consciousness of movement.
My pilates lessons are influenced by extensive knowledge of dance, myofascial work, yoga and breath. These different movement concepts are powerful tools that reinforce each other and increase our overall awareness.
I like to think outside the box and believe the dialogue of intelligent movement, breathing and concentration have a healing effect on one’s mind and body. #motionislotion
Working at Leila’s Pilates has a special attraction to me because of the close relationship with the physical therapy Practice De Nieuwe Keizers.
My background as a primary school teacher has made me a keen observer - a skill that I further developed in teaching Pilates. As the body has so many aspects to discover, I continue to study with many different international teachers, such as Frances Carty Melis, Elizabeth Larkam and Lolita San Miguel.
Through this work, I get to work with a large variety of clients, which I enjoy very much. Over the years, I have developed special expertise in working with musicians and people with professional or genetic asymmetries.
I have been educated by Polestar, both Mat and Comprehensive, and continue to study with them. I have also become a Mentor in their Education Program.
I teach Pilates at several studios in Amsterdam. In addition to teaching, I play the cello at a semiprofessional level.
I feel at home at Leilas Studio because of the friendly atmosphere and the like minded collegues.
I love sharing my experience with my clients, encouraging them to develop strong and efficient bodies.
I really enjoy deepening my knowledge, and take in depth courses and personal trainings on a very regular basis: the body is so fascinating and complex that there is always more to learn.
At Leilla's Pilates it is possible to be taught at by students of the Comprehensive Polestar Pilates training. They already have completed the largest part of the training, and are familiar with the Pilates Method and the equipment. These lessons you can only buy in packages of six lessons buy, to give the teacher-in-training the opportunity to build up an effective program with you. For these lessons, they will get the supervision of Leila, Ellen or Andrea.
Leila has guided me through my pregnancy with so much care and love. Doing Pilates with her was an incredible part of my day- communication with my body and most importantly with a new lie growing inside me. Leila took care of both of us. She prepared her exercises thoroughly - I felt wor-ked ad the baby felt ‘embraced’ ( very comfortable). Everyone who needs a special hour of ‘me-time’ definitely should work with Leila, who will guide you gently, accordingly to your needs, and you will be amazed how much stronger you become within very short time. Great workout for the body and the mind.
Having Pilates classe with Leila has not only helped me with my rehabilitation after having surgery on my Achilles tendon, but it has also helped me understand the meaning of movement within. I love working with Leila. I believe that the work I am doing in Pilates is going to help me blossom to my full potential.
For more than twenty years I work together with Leila Kester. Espacially for clients that have trouble to learn to move from a stable core, the work with Leila is essential in my practice. As a Pilates teacher Leila is for me the authority in the Netherlands.
Already for 6 years I have been working on a weekly basis on a with Leila. It helps me a lot to find the balance between strength and flexibility, what is very important for me as a ballet dancer. Also mentally I feel stronger after a session, because of the personal attention and the tranquil environment of the studio. Whether I work on simple exercises during the recovery of a severe injury or when I do the more complex exercises in preparation of a performance, I always come out of a session with a satisfied feeling,
Pilates is important to me because through my daily practice I have been able to live a healthy life.
When I was young, I suffered a traumatic lower back injury. I was told by my doctors that I would never dance again and that I would also have pain for the rest of my life.
Thankfully to Pilates none of this was true. In addition to having a pain free life, I also been able to have a successful dance career with many companies including Nederlands Dans Theater.
As a dancer and as a human being I would fully recommend Pilates as part of an active lifestyle.”
The Polestar Comprehensive Teacher training under the direction of Leila is an amazing opportu-nity to enrich one's knowledge about Pilates, its theory and its application when teaching clients. After the year of training, one will walk away with the tools and confidence needed to be a special-ised Pilates teacher in today's market. I recommend anyone interested in learning the expansive repertoire on each Pilates apparatus from the best teacher in the Netherlands to participate in this course.
I enjoy my private class with Leila once a week firstly to keep my body in shape. As an ex-dancer and present teacher, keeping my body strong and flexible as I grow older is imperative. Leila guides me through each exercise, pointing out details with her hands-on approach,of where I can better activate deep, core muscles. Her knowledge of classical ballet strengthens our work. This is inspiring for not only for my sessions with her, but also for my own classes in my work with my students.
The Pilates Method is used worldwide by many physiotherapists used as a supplement to regular treatments. I give Pilates-exercises my selfas a part of the physio session, and I refer regularly the students of the National Ballet Academy to Leila.
The training of Leila effective and safe, with personal attention. Thanks to the training on the various Pilates devices students with an injury can keep exercising during their recovery. They are given a tailor made progam to suit their individual needs, which makes a very useful contribution to their healing process. I n my experience I found that Pilates has a great positive effect on the performance and well-being of the students.