I started teaching at a very young age and immediately knew that I had found my vocation. Over the years I have taught Gymnastics, Acrobatics and general fitness.

I owned my own studio in Crete for 10 years.

On return to England 18 years ago I attained a teaching qualification and started to lecture for Gateshead College in the Community. In April 2002 I was appointed Team Leader of Health and Fitness in the Community. I managed a team of seven teachers.

I held a post at Sage Academy of Performing Arts for ten years, this entailed writing and delivering a Health and Fitness course designed for Dancers.

I qualified with the much respected Michael King and ‘Stott’ who are both worldwide recognized Pilates trainers.

In our studio at Pilates North East we specialize in rehabilitation, postural analysis, spinal health and individual programs. This work has profound results and is carried out on either the mat or using specialized equipment. The studio runs classes for Beginners – Athletes. I am always seeking to improve my knowledge and attend seminars and workshops regularly.

For the past 11 years I have been invited to teach at www.yogaplus.co.uk in Crete where the owner Radha believes in a combination of Ashtanga Yoga and Pilates for a balanced body. I am delighted to say that for the past two years my daughter Sofia has joined me on this journey and assisted me.

I have been invited to teach several workshops aimed at various sports people including the teaching staff at the Royal Academy of Dance, rugby players at the Newcastle Falcons and synchronized swimmers at a national level.

I have also lead Yoga specific workshops, most recently in Ireland at The Yoga House.

We run our own retreats in Crete, combining a daily practice, healthy living, therapies, walking and swimming, a slice of Cretan life and superb diet. It is said “to move forwards in life, we must first retreat.”

Meeting the needs of the individual are very important to me and quality is always in the forefront of my mind. I am passionate about my subject and it will be a pleasure to share that with you.

Love and light

Gillian

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