Our Team

PURE Pilates is proud to have some of the most experienced Pilates instructors in the region. Between our team of 5 teachers, we have over 32 years of experience, and we speak 8 different languages. Our team is committed to the real work of Joseph Pilates – sculpting bodies and changing lives.


Founder of Pure / Instructor
Susanna has been teaching Pilates since 2003. She originally studied with Stott Pilates in Oxford and completed their full certification in 2007.

Her thirst for learning more led to the discovery of classical Pilates and she has been hooked ever since.

Susanna has spent the last 5 years travelling around the world training with the world’s leading classical Pilates trainers. In 2013 she was accepted to study under Jay Grimes in Vintage Pilates Los Angeles, a first generation master teacher who worked in Joseph and Clara Pilates’s studio over 10 years. She completed their intensive Masters Programme in 2014 and got invited to continue the mentorship programme with Jay until 2016.

Having managed a Pilates studio in Saudi Arabia and worked in several in Dubai, she opened her first own studio PURE in October 2014.


Pilates was love at first try! I found myself in the method, I started practicing pilates at the age of 24 while I was having a corporate job, it was a stress reliever, strengthening exercises for the whole body and a connection that I haven’t experienced before.
Pilates develops an awareness that pervades everything… an ability to make a moving connection between many parts of the body and mind. Pilates also taught me about discipline, observation, and having a process. The method definitely has a lot to offer!
After 4 years of practice, I decided to study pilates to become a teacher. At first it was to deepen my understanding, while in the program, apprenticing, I came to the conclusion that I needed also a career change, because I saw of how much I had changed as a person and how my body has changed, I wanted to give people the same experience. After graduating in 2013 I started teaching Pilates full time, of which I have been teaching at pure for 4 years now. In my years of teaching I have seen how people’s bodies and minds change, how people reclaim movement, get ridof aches and pains, and gain strength and happiness in their daily activities.

Cecil Haque

French native, Cecile started dancing at age 5 in a local ballet school near her home town of Lyon. At age 10, she was accepted into the Lyon Regional Conservatory of Music and Dance and at age 12 into the prestigious Cannes Rosella Hightower Ecole Supérieure de Danse. Cecile later moved to the U.S. where she danced professionally for over 10 years prior to beginning her extensive study of The Classical Pilates Method in 2016 in New York City.
Fascinated by human anatomy and movement, Cecile now focuses on the well-being of the human body. During her teacher training program and to this day, Cecile regularly meets with Mejo Wiggin (2nd generation teacher) to continue to sharpen her skills, both as a teacher and as a practitioner.
Thanks to her passion and commitment to the Classical Pilates Method, Cecile has helped clients of all ages to achieve more efficient movement, better posture, gain tonus and more. She also applied the method to helps clients suffering from injuries, back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and many other conditions. Pilates with Cecile is a pleasurable learning experience: simple, thorough and effective.

Elena Jbara

Elena discovered PILATES 10 years ago after giving birth to her first son.
She has suffered many injuries when she was a child and went through many surgeries.
So as a result was not allowed any physical actives, other than physical therapy.
But after discovering PILATES she understood the importance of sustainable approach to corrective exercises in order to improve her physical health and support the weakening joints.
Elena graduated from Pure PILATES teachers training, completing 600 hrs of training in a year time.
At the same time she took a course with Vintage PILATES Los Angeles, to dive deeper into understanding classical method.
She is fully devoted to the method and striving to achieve the best results with every session. Her Moto is “Pilates session takes only 1 hour of your day – make the best out of it!” And take it through your day!


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