Meet Nikita, the island’s Pilates girl – St. Lucia

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Nikita Dosatile offers classical mat Pilates, specializing in realigning bones, fixing injuries and building total body strength along with improving flexibility.

What is your story? How did you become pilates instructor?

I’ve always been an athlete taking part in every sport there was at school even the ones i wasn’t very good at, and my first job as a fitness instructor and play maker suited my love for physical activity and my blithesome personality. It was there I met Niedra Gabriel, a second generation Pilates instructor from Joseph Pilates, who was the current Pilates and yoga instructor. It was in preparation for a fitness pageant that I realized that I was strong but also very inflexible, it was then that Niedra recommended taking her class. Since then I’ve fallen in love with Pilates. She realized that I had a particular knack for noticing alignment issues and presented me with the idea of teaching. Soon thereafter I underwent intensive one on one training with her completing the teacher’s training certification course from Mind 2 Body Studio. I have been certified since 2010 and have been operating as a Pilates instructor teaching at 5 star hotels, gyms, studio classes and home privates.

How popular is it in St Lucia?

Sadly not yet very popular. There are few instructors who work solely at specific hotels. I am presently the only freelance instructor and my goal is to increase its popularity. My vision is to soon open a major Pilates studio to provide full equipment classes, including the use of reformers and benches.

Why should people do pilates?

It improves posture, enhances balance, reduces aches and stiffness, increases flexibility and creates a longer, leaner, more toned body.

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