The Pilates Hub Team

Ellie Carr

Studio head, full studio teacher, teacher trainer

  • 360º Pilates trained teacher under Benjamin Degenhardt, 2017
  • 360º Pilates Level 1, 2 and 3, 2016, Cologne, Germany
  • 360º Pilates Full Circle training in traditional Pilates on full apparatus, 2017, various locations
  • Reformer training, Ellie Ioannidou, Pilates Body Europe, UK 2015
  • Mat (2006) and apparatus (2010) certified, supervising teacher mat and reformer 2008 to 2015, Body Control Pilates, UK

You’ll find Ellie lacing up her trainers for a long run or draped over the ladder barrel in the studio. She is a mover, a teacher and an advocate of getting people off the sofa and moving their bones. No matter your age, size or physical condition. She loves the simplicity of Joe Pilates original exercises and the developmental logic of the full system on mat and apparatus and the way it meets every individual where they are.

Ellie is a keen student of the bold new frontiers of pain science and neuroscience and uses this to drive her teaching and that of her teachers. She believes in empowering people to take up physical activity, achieve their goals and manage pain using positive language and teaching tools. Follow her work on The Movement Revolution to find out more about her bid to foster a generation of fearless, happy movers.

Ellie originally trained as a contemporary dancer, got injured, became a journalist, had children, became a Pilates teacher. She is a keen but average club runner and has tried movement disciplines of all kinds but it is her old-school Joe style Pilates practice that she swears by for keeping body, mind and soul in one piece; that and family, friends, laughter and coffee. Her movement revolution would involve a combination of all of the above.

Judyta Kajstura

Full studio teacher

  • Mat (2016) and reformer (2018) certified, Body Control Pilates, UK
  • Comprehensive classical bridge training, Pi Pilates, London under Holly Murray, ongoing

Seven years behind a desk and injuries sustained in training are what spurred Judyta to take up Pilates five years ago. She saw dramatic improvements in back pain and ability to sustain her super active lifestyle and was inspired to train as a mat teacher with contemporary training school Body Control Pilates. As apparatus apprentice to The Pilates Hub she is now exploring the full Pilates method and going a bit more old school Joe.

Behind the cool, calm exterior Judyta is a force to be reckoned with and often to be found working on her pull ups and handstands. We suspect she may be in secret training to join the SAS. She is a generous and encouraging teacher who is ready to help you discover your personal movement potential whatever your starting point.

Judyta’s own Pilates practice involves a daily routine to complement triathlon training, biking and parkour. She sees herself as a movement practitioner and like Joe, finds value in doing activities of all types.

Scott Balfour

Full studio teacher, resident running and triathlon coach

  • Mat Certified and Apparatus trained, Pilates Therapy;
  • Mat Certified, Body Control Pilates

Scott chanced on Pilates during a tryout with his running club many years ago and has never looked back. As well as teaching Pilates to fellow athletes and triathletes he coaches swimming, biking and running and has also taught kayaking and orienteering in the past. Scott is a very popular teacher and coach, known as ‘Bonkers’ to his students for his love of endurance sports. He will be the last to tell you about the scores of Ironman, triathlon and marathon medals in his cupboards as he is more interested in helping clients reach their personal goals.

Thanks to sensible training and Pilates Scott is still competing in his 70s. He is ready to help you achieve similar longevity whether it is marathon running or walking the dog.

Scott has a contemporary Pilates training background and is now going a bit more Joe and immersing himself in the full Pilates method with the team at The Pilates Hub.

Try Scott’s class. You will be challenged and find out more about your movement patterns and it might even be a little bit bonkers.

Elaine Turner

Mat teacher

  • Mat certified, Pi Pilates, 2016

Elaine made the move from Pilates client to teacher in 2016 whilst living in Hertfordshire.

She studied with the renowned Holly Murray at Pi Studios in London. Her passion for the ‘classical’ Pilates method brought her to The Pilates Hub in 2016 when she moved home to Edinburgh and was looking for a studio with apparatus and matwork that would work her hard. Elaine is classically trained in mat Pilates to ‘progression plus’ level and is inspired to help others to feel the change in their bodies and minds that she has personally experienced through the method.

As well as Pilates, Elaine is an experienced coach and is currently completing her Executive Coaching & Mentoring Qualification with Institute of Leadership & Management Elaine promises to work you hard in class, to make you sweat and to have some laughs too.

Kevin Briggs

Full studio teacher

  • Comprehensive Certification, The Pilates Centre of Austin, Texas, 2004

Kevin is a dynamo of a guy who only ever slows down to bring his calm teaching voice to the studio. This warm Texan-Scot discovered Pilates while taking a university degree in dance in his home state. Kevin’s teaching is centred on the integrity of classical Pilates, but also highly influenced by his dance training and experience with various somatic approaches to movement. We love hearing Kevin’s soothing voice in the studio as he motivates his students with a deep knowledge of the Pilates system and the way it works on individual bodies. Take a lesson with him and be inspired and moved!

Lorna Magee

 

 

 

 

 

Full studio teacher

  • Masters’ Program, The Pilates Center, 2018
  • Advanced Teacher Training Program, The Pilates Center, 2013

Born and raised in the USA, Lorna was introduced to Pilates as a young dancer.  She is a woman of many and varied talents. She holds a degree in Economics and spent several years teaching English in Madagascar. Still travelling, she circled back to her movement roots when she moved to London, diving into classical Pilates teacher training with The Pilates Center at Pepilates.

TPC was arguably the first formal comprehensive teaching programme in the world. Dubbed the ‘Harvard’ of teacher education, we reckon this makes Lorna our resident Pilates Professor.

Over the years, she has been invited to guest teach in Dublin, Hong Kong, and Bangalore – and when at home – feels very fortunate to have studied under some of the most highly trained teachers in the UK.  She joined the teacher training staff at Pepilates in 2014, and this year completes the final stage of her training to become a Licensed Teacher Trainer for The Pilates Center worldwide.

After seven years in The Big Smoke, Lorna and her partner have relocated to Scotland, in pursuit of greener pastures, calmer waters and bigger hills . . . and of course she’s very excited to become a member of Team Hub!

When she is not in the studio perfecting her Pilates Ninja moves; helping clients discover theirs; or training future teachers – Lorna is to be found hanging upside down in aerial classes, trying to balance on her hands in yoga, swimming lengths at the pool or – very occasionally – sitting still. 

More than anything Lorna loves to move, and to share this with her students. In class she strives to give clients the joy of deep, strong movement, and to share the amazing potential that Pilates unlocks in every body.