Meet Our Instructors
Meet Arda, an extraordinary pilates instructor and the manager of Anka Pilates and Rehabilitation Centre. Hailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Arda has an impressive athletic background as a professional volleyball player and swimmer. However, a knee injury in 2011 led him to discover the transformative power of pilates during his rehabilitation. Experiencing firsthand the incredible benefits of pilates, Arda became captivated by its ability to isolate muscles, enhance power, flexibility, balance, core strength, coordination, and body awareness. Motivated by his own journey of recovery and improvement, Arda embarked on a mission to become a certified pilates instructor and assist others in reaching their goals, living pain-free, recovering from injuries, improving posture, and gaining overall vitality. Arda's comprehensive pilates training with Balanced Body, coupled with his personal training expertise and degree in Kinesiology, equip him with a profound understanding of human anatomy and physiology. This knowledge is evident in his teaching style, which involves providing lots of corrections, offering hands-on adjustments, and delivering technical instruction. Arda believes in the importance of intentional movement, ensuring his students grasp the purpose and mechanics behind each exercise, rather than simply going through the motions. Having trained a diverse range of clients, from athletes to individuals aged 5 to 85, Arda is skilled at tailoring sessions to meet individual needs and abilities. He firmly believes that pushing our bodies beyond our comfort zones and embracing new challenges carries immeasurable benefits to our overall well-being. In addition to his role as the manager of Anka Pilates and Rehabilitation Centre, Arda is committed to teaching classes three days a week. His passion for pilates shines through in every session as he guides and empowers his students to achieve their full potential. Get ready to experience the profound benefits of pilates under the expert guidance of Arda at Anka Pilates and Rehabilitation Centre.
Meet Ashley Rhianne, a versatile artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Ashley is not only a captivating bellydance performer but also an experienced Pilates instructor and dance teacher. With Stott Pilates Level 1 certification and a diverse teaching background, Ashley has honed her skills in various pilates settings. She has taught in high-intensity fitness environments, collaborated with physical therapists to provide rehabilitative pilates, and led dynamic group flow classes. In addition to her pilates expertise, Ashley holds a rehabilitation assistant diploma, further enhancing her understanding of the body and its movement. Ashley's passion for movement extends beyond pilates. With over 25 years of immersion in Egyptian oriental dance, she is an internationally recognized bellydance performer, teacher, and judge. Throughout her career, Ashley has had the privilege of performing around the world and training intensively with renowned experts in Oriental dance. Inspired by the transformative power of movement, Ashley believes in its ability to heal, strengthen, empower, and bring about personal change. She is eager to welcome you to her classes and guide you on a journey of self-discovery through movement. Join Ashley Rhianne and experience the magic of her instruction firsthand.
Meet Goli Cramer, a multi-talented fitness professional based in Dubai. Fluent in both Farsi and English, Goli is a certified Pilates instructor and experienced yoga teacher, specializing in various styles such as Ashtanga Vinyasa, Power yoga, Rocket Yoga, Aerial, and myofascial release. She is also trained in sound healing at level 3. Goli's teaching style is focused on body awareness, aiming to uplift and energize her clients while maintaining a strong rehabilitation focus. With over a decade of experience, she has been delivering customized training sessions to her clients and leading group exercise classes since 2008. Goli obtained her first certification in group exercise in 2000 and expanded her expertise to include rehabilitation-oriented exercises, particularly Mat and Reformer Pilates, and Aerial Yoga starting in 2011. As an E-RYTT 200, registered experienced yoga teacher by Yoga Alliance, Goli's knowledge and skills have been recognized and respected within the industry. Her work has been featured in publications such as Shape, Men's Fitness, Time Out, and Positive Med, where she has contributed a multitude of fitness articles and videos over the years. Goli's passion for fitness and wellness extends beyond teaching. She has been actively involved in major events in Dubai, such as opening and closing the Dubai Fitness Challenge for four consecutive years, participating in XYOGA for three years, and being part of Yogafest for four years. As a coach and instructor since 2000, Goli now focuses on rehabilitation-oriented fitness, particularly Pilates, Reformer, and Aerial Yoga. She finds true fulfillment in improving her clients' quality of life, both physically and mentally. What truly inspires Goli is witnessing her clients undergo a comprehensive transformation, not only physically but also psychologically, as they discover their innate mental strength by pushing their limits together. Goli's ultimate goal is to empower individuals to improve their lifestyle through fitness and cultivate a healthy mindset, keeping herself motivated every day. To learn more about Goli and her offerings, visit her website at http://golihashtroudi.com and connect with her on Instagram @golicramer.
Meet Alicja, a dedicated fitness professional who has a passion for holistic well-being bridging an unique perspective to the world of Pilates. Alicja is a proud alumna of the University of Gdansk, where she earned her master's degree in economics and management. Her academic journey instilled in her a strong work ethic, analytical mindset, and a commitment to excellence. Having spent several years as a fitness instructor and personal trainer, Alicja has honed her skills in helping individuals achieve their fitness goals. Love for Pilates was ignited 3 years ago, and since then, she has dedicated herself to mastering this transformative discipline. Her deep understanding of Pilates principles, combined with her previous fitness experience, allows her to offer a well-rounded approach to wellness. Beyond the Pilates studio, Alicja advocates for a holistic approach to health. She encourages her clients to consider all aspects of wellness, from nutrition and stress management to maintaining a positive mindset.