Maya is an experienced movement teacher and is continually developing her skills as a communicator and observer. As a fully accredited Reformer Polestar Pilates practitioner, including Mat instructor through Choreographytogo, Maya is always developing her knowledge by attending workshops and courses.
Polestar Pilates certifications:
Gateway Mat level 1
Reformer levels 1, 2 and 3
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Mat work
Fitness Pilates for Older Adults
Advanced Fitness Pilates in Pregnancy
Maya was diagnosed with Scoliosis at the age of thirteen and this began her journey into improving her spine and decreasing chronic pain. Her journey to managing the condition began with a four week course at the scoliosis SOS clinic in London. That helped her with understanding her spine's curves, gave her the knowledge of how scoliosis is never the same from one person to another and how an exercise plan can be catered to different curvetures.
Maya found that Pilates exercises worked in a similar fashion to those used by the scoliosis clinic,
allowing focus on strengthening and relaxing tight back muscles and building the core supporting
muscles but without putting pressure where it can cause harm or pain.
After seeing the benefits herself she decided to pursue her career in this field and help others through the use of Pilates.
After investigating the various Pilates bodies and teaching courses available she opted for the Polestar course because it is the most comprehensive and highly accredited. The course spanned several years commencing with several weekends of intensive physical practice on the Reformer at the Polestar studio.
The Polestar qualification also required a further 40 hours of private 1-1 mentoring sessions which Maya did with Diane Nye who is the highest level educator in the Polestar team.
As part of the training Maya observed 50 hours of Polestar instruction and logged a further 50 hours teaching practice while studying anatomy and the other requirements for the Polestar exams covering:
Building an exercise plan for various physical conditions and demonstration of teaching techniques. Anatomical points, Joseph Pilates history, contraindication needs, do/don'ts for a Reformer exercise, health and safety, anatomy of breathing, axial elongation and core control, spine articulation, organisation of head, neck and shoulders, alignment and weight bearing of the extremity, movement integration.
She continues studying to broaden her knowledge in this area and is now helping people suffering from chronic pain and back pathologies as well as a host of other physical conditions. Maya is now able to teach 130 exercises on the Reformer along with their variations, which takes into consideration the ability of the client. Maya uses functional testing to evaluate client's strengths and weaknesses to help them achieve their goals in a safe and progressive manner.