Teachers at Bamboo Fitness

Crystal Palace London

Elina Karimaa

Elina’s first experience of Pilates was at the Finnish National Opera Ballet School in Helsinki where she was studying to be a professional ballet dancer. She felt that Pilates helped her to be more in control of her body and to avoid injuries. Pilates has remained an important part of her training regime ever since. Elina completed further dance studies at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds and went on to work in various dance and theatre productions in UK and abroad.

After practising Pilates for many years it was a natural progression to start teaching this wonderful method. In 2013 Elina trained in STOTT PILATES Matwork and two years later in Reformer. For Elina, the greatest thing about Pilates is how it can be applied to a wide range of physiological needs and its many benefts can be truly life changing.

Apart from enjoying Pilates and dance, Elina is a passionate lover of nature. She has previously studied Environmental Science and Policy in Helsinki University and she enjoys spending her free time hiking, kayaking, climbing or just relaxing in the country side.

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