Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov
Founder & Owner of Pilates Studio Kildare Ltd.
A retired professional dancer and a movement teacher, Efrat - a.k.a. Aoife - is a certified Pilates instructor with over 25 years experience and training in The Pilates Method.
After moving to Ireland in 2001 and to Kildare in 2006, Aoife was teaching Pilates around Kildare until she decided to open a professional Pilates studio in Kildare Town, where she lives. Passionate about Pilates and movement Aoife wanted to be able to offer her clients the best Pilates experience in a dedicated space. In 2012 she opened Pilates Studio Kildare on the main street of Kildare Town.
As a dancer Aoife got a solid Classical Ballet and Contemporary Dance training and was introduced to Pilates during her dancing career. Pilates had become part of her practicing routine since 1990.
Training with The Israeli Pilates Centre, The Wingate Institute for Physical Education & Sport, BASI and taking apprenticeships in different Pilates studios around the world (including NYC) - Aoife had acquired quite a few Pilates qualifications from different programs in Israel, U.S.A and Europe and also studies for a B.A. in Theatre at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Over the years Aoife had deepened her studies of Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics and different Restorative Exercises modalities. Completing programs of specialised training she is a Pre & Post Natal Pilates Specialist, and Osteopenia & Osteoporosis Pilates for Bone-Health trainer.
Always looking for the latest research and strategies, learning more modalities of physical well-being to help her clients, Aoife constantly continues her education and studies.
Caring about each individual that steps into her studio, Aoife listens to each person and with a keen eye, skilled touch and attention to details helps them feel better in their body so they can enjoy life.
Don’t let Aoife’s small stature fool you – she’s small but mighty – and has a passion for Pilates and movement that is absolutely contagious. With her dance background, comprehensive Pilates trainings, certifications, qualifications, hours of teaching, mentoring and apprenticeships Aoife has tremendous amount of experience which she brings into her group classes and 1-on-1 Private tuition.