Our Team


Efrat (Aoife) Kahanov

Founder & Owner of Pilates Studio Kildare.
Pilates Teacher

A retired professional dancer and a movement teacher, Efrat - a.k.a. Aoife - is a Pilates instructor with over 25 years experience and training in The Pilates Method. Training with The Israeli Pilates Centre, The Wingate Institute for Physical Education & Sport and taking apprenticeships in different Pilates studios around the world (including NYC) - Aoife had acquired quite a few Pilates Comprehensive qualifications from different Pilates programs and is also a Pre&Post Natal Pilates Specialist and Osteopenia & Osteoporosis Pilates for Bone Health trainer.
With extensive knowledge in Pilates, Anatomy, Body-Alignment and Biomechanics Aoife brings her years of experience, keen eye & skilled touch to her clients both in group classes and 1-on-1 sessions.

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Aisleen McEvoy (Flanagan)

Pilates Instructor

An avid and dedicated practitioner of Pilates for over 12 years and an advocate for the many benefits the Pilates method has to offer – both from her own personal experience and with her close family and friends – Aisleen had dived into the rigorous Comprehensive Teacher Training Course (CTTC) of BASI to become one of the first BASI qualified Pilates Professionals in Ireland. With over 500 hours of learning, practical and written exams, written paper, personal practice, observations and teaching practice Aisleen had acquired the knowledge and understanding of the full Pilates Method – theory, exercises and teaching skills on all Pilates equipment (Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Ladder Barrel and Arc). Aisleen is teaching group classes in our studio both on the Mat and Reformer.

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Anne Hennessy

Pilates Instructor

Anne comes to us from Canada and has graduated from the Contemporary Dance Program at The School of Dance in Ottawa.

Anne is a Fletcher Pilates® Qualified Teacher since completing the Fletcher Pilates® Comprehensive Program in 2011.

Right up to moving to Ireland Anne had been teaching Pilates at the Pilates Space in Ottawa, Canada and have recently followed her heart and moved to Portarlington, Co. Laois.

With her extensive dance experience and Ron Fletcher's teachings Anne brings flow of movement to her classes that keeps mind and body "at the ready."


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"Absolutely love these classes Aoife is an amazing Instructor and her care and attention to each and everyone no matter how many is in the class is fantastic. I feel so much better, fitter and happier since I have joined the Studio I'm on my second course and would happily do the class 7 nights a week"

Kristina Friary

"I really like it when Aoife can sense how tired people are some weeks and helps restores a sense if calm by turning down the lights."

" We retire too early and we die too young.
Our prime of life should be in the 70's and old age should not come
until we are almost 100. "

Joseph H. Pilates

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