Pilates Connect
A rejuvenating Pilates & Rolfing Retreat in the Philippines
Ea Holm - Rolfing & Massage Therapy
from Denmark, based in Hong Kong

Ea is a certified Rolfer and massage therapist with loyal clients all over the world. She grew up in Denmark, but left at age 20 to travel the world and eventually ended up spending 6 years in New York 4 years in London. Through her travels she discovered a passion for more creative types of movement and found enjoyment in the disciplines of Karate, Yoga, Jazz dance, Pole dance Trapeze, silk and Pilates. After experiencing how restrictions and imbalances in the body would limit her progress in these activities, and at times even cause injuries, she became interested in the healing arts. She completed her training as a Massage Therapist in 2003 at the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in New York where she was trained in Swedish massage, deep tissue, Sports massage, pregnancy massage and shiatsu. 

After attending a Myofascial release workshop she became fascinated with the role fascia (the connective tissue surrounding all muscles and organs) plays in postural problems, which led her to complete the Rolfing Certification with the European Rolfing Association in Munich. 

Ea is currently based in Hong Kong, and she occasionally travels to give sessions at retreats and workshops as well as to her clients in London and Munich. She especially enjoys working at retreats and workshops because she finds it possible to achieve amazing results with clients that are doing guided movement every day in a relaxed environment away from the stress of daily life. For more information on Ea, see www.rolfinghongkong.com

Kishan Shah - Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Ayurvedic Consultation
based in California

Introduced to Yoga at childhood through his father, Kishan grew up sitting with him daily for morning sadhana. The spark for acquiring a deeper understanding into life's metaphysical and spiritual realms led him to pursue a degree in Fine Arts in search of creative expression. After an active career as a visual artist in the US and Paris, Kishan found himself  “creatively drained and spiritually hungry”. He moved to India and spent an intense year of training and spiritual practice fully immersing himself into Yoga. He completed his teacher trainings in the Himalayas with Swami Govindananda, and studied Advanced Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea at Sacred Movement. He also studied under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India as well as Lino Miele in Kovalum, India.

Today, he is finishing a graduate degree in Ayurvedic Holistic Medicine and serves as an adjunct Professor at UCLA in the Dept. of World Arts & Cultures lecturing on East Indian spirituality, philosophy, culture, and the practices of Yoga & meditation. He teaches Yoga at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, California.  www.kishanshah.com

Mareile Paley - Founder of Pilates Retreat Asia, Pilates & Personal Training
from Germany, based in Izmir, Turkey

From early age, Mareile had a zeal for being active and trying new things. Ballet, Jazz dance, Judo, Tap dance, and Basketball filled up her busy childhood schedule. At age 20, she left her home in Germany to study Communication Design in New York, a career that she loves and actively pursues to this day. Believing that there is a deep connection between creativity and physical wellbeing, Mareile continued her sportive endeavors through Snowboarding, Kiteboarding, Yoga and finally Pilates. When she took her first lesson back in 2004, she immediately took to it and never looked back.
Her passion for the method motivated her to pursue it professionally and she earned her teaching certificate through Core Pilates, New York City in 2007. Since then she has practiced and taught Pilates all over the world, including New York, Hong Kong, Munich, Paris, Istanbul and even Khorog, a small town in the remote mountains of Tajikistan.
Based in Turkey, Mareile continues to integrate her passions for Travel, Design and Pilates into her busy life as a wife, mother and company director.

For more, also see www.pilatesalacati.com and www.yogapilatesretreats.com

Pilates Retreats and workshops in Asia
Mary Chan - Pilates & Vinyasa Yoga
from Hong Kong, based in New York

Mary is a native of Hong Kong. After earning her bachelors degree in Political Science at the London School of Economics, she went to New York City in the early 90′s to study dance. While she was receiving her Pilates teacher  training, she discovered yoga and was convinced right away that yoga was not just a physical exercise, but a powerful practice that could lead to self-transformation. Since then she has studied from numerous teachers, earning her teacher certifications from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in 1997 and Jivamukti Yoga Center in 1998. Combining the disciplines of yoga, pilates and dance, Mary teaches a breath-inspired vinyasa style class that balances movement and flow with alignment and precision.

For the last 15 years  Mary has taught yoga at a myriad of places such as Jivamukti Yoga Center, the Shala, Random House and Doctors without Borders. In addition to teaching she was featured in yoga videos, Puma catalogues, the New York Times and on MSNBC. With the arrival of her daughter in 2006, she received her certification in prenatal yoga. As a teacher, she feels very fortunate to have worked with kids, teenagers, pregnant women as well as people with injuries and special needs. For more information on Mary, see www.marychanyoga.com

Andrew Cox - Personal Trainer & Holistic Lifestyle Coach
from Australia, based in Hong Kong

Andrew is a leading trainer and educator in the health, fitness and wellness industry. Founder and Director of Innate Fitness Ltd, he works with individuals, teams and corporations on health, wellness, performance and productivity. He is a regular on radio, a contributor to publications in the Asia pacific region and internationally on health, wellness and productivity, as well as being a founding member of the Weston Price foundation in Hong Kong. Fully dedicating his professional life to health and fitness, he is a master trainer and educator for PTA GlobalThe National Academy of Sport Medicine (NASM)Powerplate InternationalViPR and Trigger Point Performance Therapy.