Pure Pilates first opened its doors in May 2010, and is situated right in the centre of Ilkley, in Back Church Street Court, opposite All Saints Parish Church, close to the thriving shopping areas of Brook Street and The Grove. Ample parking is just a couple of minutes walk away.
Kirstin has used her wealth of experience of teaching in widely differing Pilates Studios around the world, in terms of teaching style, studio structure and equipment, to develop Pure Pilates in Ilkley as a calm, relaxing and 'me-time' place to exercise and learn about your own body.
Kirstin has a variety of international, comprehensive Pilates qualifications and is also a Level 5 Romana's Pilates Teacher having completed her training with Kinetic Pilates (London) and Marjorie Oron of The Pilates Studio in The Hague. She has brought to Ilkley her extensive experience gained working in studios around the world, in London, New York, the Caribbean and Australia, and in Pilates Teacher Training. Kirstin has been practising and teaching Pilates since 1997. As a dancer at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, Pilates was part of the daily conditioning routine. Pilates has allowed her to travel and to work with a wide range of clients from celebrities to athletes; from clients who just wish to get fitter to those with chronic pain.
"After all the years of teaching it still excites me to see the dramatic effect Pilates has for a client's confidence, and more importantly their quality of life. All my clients are taught Pilates as it was originally taught, on the equipment and progressing to Matwork which, if handled correctly, is superbly beneficial for them.”
In addition to owner and Principal Teacher Kirstin we have Leiko Miura, a dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet, who trained and worked with Alan Herdman. She joined us from London as an instructor at Pure Pilates in the autumn of 2017.
Her precise approach and attention to detail has helped educate many clients, allowing them to reflect and adjust their habitual movements, thus strengthening the weaker muscles found to be the most challenging to activate. Leiko worked at a pilates studio in Japan for 4 years, and in London for 8 years.
In her spare time, Leiko enjoys the challenge of rock climbing – especially now in Yorkshire! Although we have to admit that the picture was taken in Turkey!